June 27, 2016

Monday - Cooler and sunny

A good day.

I got up a few minutes late, but was soon able to have my lovely tea and cereal breakfast.  I got a few things done early that I needed to do as well.  

F came home for a quick lunch and then was off again to work.  I got to work once he left.  I set up the slow cooker for tonight’s dinner.  I was making chicken fajitas in the slow cooker, so I prepared everything, set it, and let it go.  

I did start my column today, but I also found myself watching a Simon Pegg movie too.  It wasn’t a great film, but it was quite watchable, if a bit dark.  I enjoyed it.  

I had an early for me lunch and then cleaned up right away. I took a quick shower and thought about prepping for dinner, but waited to hear from F first.  I did put a few more veggies in the slow cooker though.  I didn’t want them all to get mushy by putting them all in at the beginning.  

When F finally called me I set the table and got a few things ready.  We had the fajitas and they were okay.  I had only used half of the seasoning pack, maybe all of it would have given us better flavouring, I’m not sure.  And the fajitas were really juicy-runny, even though I used a slotted spoon to take the meat out of the cooker.  Well, it was an easy recipe to do, but honestly, I think I like them the other way more!  We’ll have the leftovers for dinner tomorrow night.

After F did the dishes we went out for a walk.  I was a little more pro-active tonight and insisted that we start out slower than usual and build up speed.  It was a good call.  My foot hurt a bit, but it was nothing like it was last week when we called off our walk.  This was quite bearable.  We went a couple of times around the park and then set off down the road.  We walked along the river and then came home.  We didn’t visit a convenience store tonight either!  Yay us.  

When we came home, I had some tea and set up a pot for cold brewed tea.  F had a beer and went to bed a while ago.  

Tomorrow I must work on my column.  I have a one movie written about, now to pick a few more.  This time I have a list of films that fit the topic so I think I’ll be good if I just make myself do it! Come back later and I’ll tell you all about my day.  Until tomorrow….

June 26, 2016

Sunday - Muggy and rainy

A good day.

I got up this morning just after F came home from taking his mother out.  We ended up going back to bed for a nap.  F had wanted to go for lunch, but I wasn’t really hungry, so didn’t care right then.  

We didn’t really move until almost 4:30. I insisted that we have “lunch” so we went to Subway for a couple of Spicy Chicken Filet sandwiches and potatoes. After that, we ran a few errands.

F wanted to buy some soil for his garden at his mother’s house, so we went to a hardware store with a garden centre for it.  No problem.  We went to one near Yamaya, the store that has a foreign food section, so of course, I wanted to go to Yamaya. 

We got a few things there, nothing too special really.  I picked up another packet of tortillas.  Their price is really good compared to other import stores.  I also bought a large bottle of diet soda and some feta cheese.  Yummy, yummy.  

F asked if I’d like to have a massage.  I knew that he wasn’t doing well, so said it was fine.  We went home first, and dropped off me and the food.  F went to his mother’s house and then came back.  While he’d been gone, I had attempted to look up the massage place on line to check its hours, but the website was down.  I got F to phone and he was able to book us both in tonight.  

We had a little time to wait at home, so we relaxed, and then at 8 pm we drove over to the massage place.  We both had to change and had different courses for a change.  I had reflexology and F had a back massage.  The last time I went, I really enjoyed the foot part of it, but when I had to lie on my stomach for the back massage part, I found that my nose plugged up so much I couldn’t breathe.  It wasn’t fun having to breathe through my mouth for so long.  

The reflexology was very nice and at the end she massaged my hands too, up to my elbows.  I enjoyed that quite a bit.  When our time was up, we both changed back to our clothes, paid, and left.  

My original wish for dinner had been Indian food, but it was late.  I didn’t think we should eat such a big meal so late at night…it was after 9:00 pm after all.  Instead we went to Coco Ichibanya, the curry place.  We each had a different kind of curry, and were well pleased with our meal.  I had chicken and vegetable curry with scrambled egg, F had the handmade pork cutlet.  I gave him a whack of my rice too because I didn’t want it and he did.

We bought a few groceries too tonight.  I am going to try chicken fajitas in the slow cooker tomorrow.  I’m a little nervous, but I hope it’ll work.  I know it won’t be as good as the ones I make in the frypan, but I doubt F will notice anyway!

That’s about it for me.  Tomorrow I hope to get started on my latest column.  The deadline is Friday and I’d really like to get it done soon.  Come back in a while and see what happens with my Monday.  Until tomorrow….

June 25, 2016

Saturday - Warm but cloudy, rainy at night

A good day.

I got up when F came home this morning.  I was surprised to see him so soon, as I assumed that he’d be at the doctor’s office for longer.  He’d also said he’d take him mother out today.  He was back around 9 am and stayed home.

I had an early shower and then watched Click and The Travel Show before we went out for lunch.  F picked a Sushi/Fish restaurant so I had sashimi. It was okay.  

After lunch, we were both a bit sleepy so we came home and slept!  I think we had a three hour nap or something.  F’s was probably longer than mine, since I got up before he did.  

We had a quick and pretty good dinner at Gusto.  I had spicy chicken on bean sprouts, F had some kind of noodle dish and we shared an avocado shrimp salad.  Yum. 

After dinner, it was off to the cinema for us.  We went to see Spotlight tonight and it was great.  A really great ensemble cast, great writing and a deep story.  Both F and I were impressed with it.  I thought it was a brilliant movie, and think it’ll probably make my top ten of the year.  

We bought a few groceries since I really needed some soy milk and then came home.  I watched a couple of TV programmes and F went to bed fairly early.  

No idea what we’ll get up to tomorrow.  A lot depends on the weather and how we are both feeling.  Come on back in a little bit and check out my day.  Until tomorrow….

June 24, 2016

Friday - Rainy and Humid

A good day.

I got up basically on time today and watched Castle, breakfasted and drank tea in the morning.  I read things on my computer and even made the bed and got dressed a little earlier than usual.  I even watched the second episode of Castle at 10:30.  It was the repeat of last week’s.  

I had a quiet day really.  I didn’t go out and I didn’t work on my column.  Sigh.  I just couldn’t get motivated about anything.  F didn’t come home for lunch either.  

I did watch most of Still Alice as it was on TV.  It was good, and also terribly sad.  I watched an episode of Once Upon a Time too, and enjoyed it.  

F was quite late tonight.  He didn’t call me until well after 7:00 pm, and didn’t get home until almost 8 pm. Luckily I had been working on dinner and it didn’t take very long to get it on the table.  Tonight we had fresh pasta with alfredo sauce, duck breast, and sautéed zucchini.  I took the zucchini recipe off a postcard I received.  It was supposed to be a pasta sauce, but I served it as a side dish.  It was quite nice.  We also had some salad and cucumber sticks too.  

At 9 pm I watched Castle (if you are counting, that is 4 episodes of Castle within 24 hours….The repeat of last week's at midnight, the 9:00 am older episode, the 10:30 repeat of last week's-yeah I watched it again…and then at 9:00pm this week’s new episode.  I may be obsessed.)  I did a bit of crochet and then went back to my computer for Numb3rs.  I made tea then too.  

That’s really about it.  I had such a quiet day.  I didn’t go out and I didn’t accomplish anything that I had hoped to do.  Oh dear.  We didn’t walk tonight because the weather was bad and F was tired.

On Saturday I hope to go to the movies and maybe do a little shopping.  Come back in a bit and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

June 23, 2016

Thursday - Rainy, clearing towards the evening

A quiet day.

I got up on time this morning and went through to the living room for my Castle fix.  While taking care of that I made breakfast - porridge - and tea.  It was nice.

I had a quiet day today.  I didn’t do any postcrossings last night, so I didn’t have anything to scan or send out.  I did get dinner started around 6 tonight, as F hadn’t even called to say he was finished work.  

When he came home, I got dinner underway fairly quickly.  I sautéed some garlic cheese chicken, and we had that with some Japanese style pickles that I made with a seasoning packet from the store.  That was fun.  I had to bash a poor unsuspecting cucumber with my rolling pin first.  Good for relieving tension.  We also had some regular cucumber sticks, some tomatoes and salad.  Oh, yes, there was tofu too, with a packet sauce.  Yum.  

We did go out for a walk, but we got down the street and I noticed two things.  Firstly, my right foot was really sore, and secondly, F was 15 feet ahead of me.  If he’d slowed down for me, or even looked in my general direction once or twice I would have done my best to keep going.  I thought about just turning around and going home and seeing if and when he’d notice, but I didn’t.  Finally, he did slow down and asked how I was.   When I told him my foot hurt, he said that we should go home.  I was quite surprised…and happy that he wasn’t going to make a big deal out of it.  

We came home and after a little had some cherries that my friend had given me yesterday.  We had them with mint ice cream, which didn’t really go, but wasn’t terrible!  After I finished my late dessert, I worked a little on the runner.  This time I’m trying a single crochet to see how I like it.  I’m undecided at the moment.  

That’s about it for tonight really.  It was a quiet day.  I did do a little research for my movie column and have started to think about it which is important to me.  Tomorrow night we might go and see the fireflies if the weather isn’t bad.  Come back in a bit and most will be revealed.  Until tomorrow….

June 22, 2016

Wednesday - Hot and sunny

A good day!

I woke up late this morning. F had come back from his medical check and stopped in to say hello.  Grr.  I was angry with myself because I hadn’t gotten up.  I had woken up a few hours before and decided to go back to sleep until my alarm went off…only I didn’t hear it.  Not sure what is going on with it.  Lately the volume things on my phone have been quite wonky.  

Anyway, I got up and hung up the laundry that I had done overnight.  My machine has a delay function, so you can do laundry overnight and hang it up when you want to.  It’s convenient when I remember it.  

I took a quick shower and got dressed for going out.  I had a quick cup of tea and then my friend arrived.  We decided to have lunch at Junior Paper Moon.  We both had the same dish, the ladies lunch.  It was very nice, a kabocha gnocchi.  It came with a salad, a drink and dessert.  The dessert was another of the sampler plates.  There were a lot of different choices and it was fun to try.  

We drove out to Mikawa and first went to a business suit shop to get something for my friend’s husband.  After that we visited Nittori, a furnishings shop.  I looked at kitchenware and bedding, my friend looked at some furniture too and also got a couple of pillow cases.  I bought us a new bottom sheet for our bed.  I was hoping to get one at Costco, but the last time we were there, they only had the winter weight ones and I don’t need fuzzy warm sheets in summer.  

After that, we went over to the Mall and had a little tour through the shops.  After a while we went to Seattle’s Best Coffee and had something to drink and a long chat.  It was really good to connect and share a few laughs.

All too soon, it was time for her to leave and she was on her way.  I sent F a quick text to say I was still at the mall and went and did a little shopping.  I looked for, and found something for my niece in Canada and bought that.  I also looked at a few other things, but when I was taking a little break, I noticed that F had called me.  I texted back in case he was driving and a few minutes later got another call.  He was in the mall.  We walked towards each other and found ourselves.  He was tired and thirsty so we had a tea or coffee at Mister Donuts and a doughnut too.  While we were drinking we decided to go upstairs for dinner.  F wanted ramen, I didn’t.  

F ended up having a cold ramen, that didn’t look horrible.  I had a bibinba that I rather liked. Since there weren’t any new movies, and I’d done my shopping, we just decided to go back to Tsuruoka. 

We drove back into town, went to the grocery store, and then came home.  F did ask if I wanted to walk tonight, but I didn’t.  Truth be told, I walked a lot in the mall today and one of my feet is a bit sore, so I really needed a night off.  I’ll likely go out with him tomorrow if the weather allows.

I worked on an edging for my sister’s runner, but I I don’t like it, so will rip it out.  I can’t find one that I like.  It’s a small motif, but the usual types of edgings don’t really fit.  I’ll work something out I think.  

Tomorrow I had better get started on my movie column.  I have a week to get it done.  I have a few ideas at least so I hope it’ll go fairly well.  Come back later and find out what I end up doing with my day.  Until tomorrow….

June 21, 2016

Tuesday - Warm and sunny

A good day.

I got up early for a change and made my breakfast.  Castle was quite good today and I did some internet stuff during the other shows.  I even made the bed a bit earlier than I have been lately, even got dressed then too.

F came home for lunch and had cheap and cheerful ramen.  It smelt quite good and I was reading another blog about wonderful food so I got a bit hungry for a change.  Still didn’t have any ramen!

In the afternoon I watched a few things off the DVR and had an early lunch for a change.  That was good.  I finished up my quinoa and last night’s chicken.  I made a buddha bowl thing with those two things, the last of the swiss chard and a little salad.  I made up my sauce as well and the whole thing was a big yum!

I scanned my cards today too.  I had a whole pile of incoming cards to do.  I’ve received quite a few in the last few days…it surprises me how they seem to come in waves.  I had three outgoing cards too.  I scanned them, stamped them, and ran them off to my local post office.  

I came home and got started on dinner.  I started with the dishes and then washed the snow peas.  I had found an interesting recipe for them, so had to prepare them.

F was a tad late tonight.  He didn’t phone me until 7 pm ish.  I had most of dinner ready, I just had to cook it.  We had quite a good one.  Cucumber sticks, tomatoes, salad, miso pork sauce and sesame snow peas.  It was really good and it all disappeared!

F washed the dishes, sort of, and wanted to go for a walk again.  I said it was okay and got changed to go out.  We preplanned our route tonight and that was a good thing.  No convenience stores tonight, and not quite as long as last night either.  We walked just under 2 miles tonight.  I might try and take a break for a night or two, my foot is quite sore and isn’t getting the rest it needs to recover.  

I watched Suits tonight on the couch.  I didn’t crochet, I just looked for some good edgings for my runner.  I didn’t really find any.  I found one on Pinterest, but when I went back to look at it again, I couldn’t find it.  

And that basically was my day.  Tomorrow I’m going out with a friend to Mikawa to do a little window shopping and to see what’s new at the mall.  We’ll probably have lunch and hopefully just enjoy ourselves.  

Come back in a bit and see just what I get up to!  Until tomorrow….