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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kitty Kraziness

Reggie is our little clown.  What else to expect from a teenage boy.
At the age of two-and-a-half, he's still a kid in every way.  His whole life is getting into trouble and playing and sleeping his day away.  I've found that with cats, like humans, the males do not mature as fast. 

He loves to play in the bathtub, usually with one of the pull tab rings off the top of a milk container.  He can practically twist himself into a pretzel.

Look at those wild eyes!

He loves to chase the girls.  Fortunately Isabel can hold her own and doesn't take any foolishness.  Penny, who is showing fewer signs of settling into sensible adulthood, is right there finding mischief along with him.

Do you see the light spot right in the middle of Zip's guitar case?  Reggie is in there waiting to hop out and surprise Deiter.

With all of his craziness, he is a sweet kitty who will once in a while settle down and sit quietly with us while we watch tv.  I love the older more sedate cats, but it's fun to have a few wild young ones around too.

The lovely Isabel has grown into a delightful companion for when I'm knitting or sewing.  She just likes to be quietly close.

All she needs is a nice little piece of fabric to lay on and some gentle conversation.

This past week Weis market had beautiful large heads of cauliflower on sale for $1 each.  Horay!!!
We bought eight of these beauties for saving in the freezer.

I cooked one for eating now.  They are some of the best I've ever tasted.  Thanks, Weis Market!

A gardening friend of Zip's offered us some sweet potatoes so I baked them and they went in the freezer also.  We are getting a nice collection of fruits and veggies to eat this winter.

I'm still religiously following the Weight Watchers plan.  After two months, I've lost twenty five pounds (a mere drop in the bucked!).  I'm trying to cut out all processed foods.  It means a lot more cooking for me, but I think it will be worth the effort.

One of my favorite breakfasts!  Flour tortilla stuffed with a slice of low fat cheese, egg beaters, spinach and pico de gallo.  Fruit on the side.

Pico de Gallo

3 large tomatoes
1/2 med mild onion
lime juice

Finely chop onion.  Seed and chop tomato. 
I let the tomato drain in a colander a while so the pico is not so watery.
Put onion and tomato in a bowl, add chopped cilantro to taste, salt and about 2 T. lime juice and a pinch of sugar.

Great with chips and as a relish on sandwiches and tacos.

I started a sweater after much debating and procrastinating.  So many patterns I want to try and can't decide what to do first.  I am making a top down v-neck pullover with a lace pattern from below the bust down to the hem.  I forgot to take a picture of the pattern so will show that the next time.

It's a sport weight yarn.  Knitting is going slowly.

Time to get to the kitchen for a cup of tea to warm me up.  Its a chilly fall day here.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


It's becoming the color of my life.
Or at least my food.

Since I rejoined Weight Watchers six weeks ago I have eaten more green stuff than in the previous year.  And ya know what?  I'm beginning to like it.  It's especially gratifying when the numbers on the scale keep going down each week.  Slowly, but at least down.

I hope this time the healthy eating becomes the norm.

Last Wednesday my friend Marian and I took a drive to East Berlin to the Manning's hand weaving and yarn shop.  There were several books I had ordered in preparation for a knit-along that will be starting Saturday on Ravelry.  I'll save the sweater stuff for a later post.  Guess what color yarn I'm using....  GREEN!  Yikes!!!

We also visited with Carol at Woolgatherings, the rug hooking and knitting shop.  We had a great time talking for several hours.  She had a series of knitting pattern books for sale that I could just not resist.

We admired Carol's lovely back yard.  She spends a lot of time planting and weeding to keep it this nice.

Then it was lunch time.  Oh, the treat of the day!  Sidney restaurant on the square in East Berlin.
Chef Annis is Iron Chef contender material.  He elevates food to an art form. 

I don't know when the building was constructed, but it is old.  They have kept the colonial atmosphere intact, with a few modern art pieces for interest.

Marian had the open-faced haddock sandwich topped with jumbo lump crab meat and seasoned fries.

OK, you say-  is this on Pat's healthy food plan???
The beauty of Weight Watchers is that you can eat whatever you choose.  You just have to account for it and stay within your points budget.  I saved all my daily points for this one great happy splurge. 

I had the vegetable quiche with greens and balsamic vinaigrette.  Oh my, the quiche was scrumptious, but the salad was the star of the plate!  On the porcelain spoon is an assortment of olives and candied walnuts.  Yum!

We just had to take a peek at the dessert menu, but in prudence, decided to pass.

All in all it was a fun day out.

On the home front, the kitties have been enjoying the cooler weather.  Here Izzy is hiding.  She thinks if she stays really still and tries to camouflage herself, no one will notice he.  She can do a pretty good job sometimes.

She and Penny are still best friends.  It's nice to snuggle up together on these cool evenings.

Tipper is less stressed since she is spending part of each day alone in Zip's bedroom.  She's eating well and seems much happier.  I guess we all need some peace and quiet at times.

My big fat fuzzard, Deiter is enjoying his Mom time.

I love this cat!!!

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