Lunches

My workplace does not currently have a cafeteria, this means we must all bring our lunches if we are to eat.  I could drive to a few fast food places nearby, however; that would take my entire 30 minutes.  So bring my lunch is what I do most days.  Leftovers are usually the name of the game.  Occasionally I take some tuna.  A little tuna salad with veggies and veggies as the chips helps me eat more of the good veggies we all need.

One of my favorite bloggers/podcasters Liz Wolfe talks about eating sardines here.  They are suppose to be very good for you.  I have tried a few times to eat them,  the bones kinda creep me out and they smell much worse than tuna.  This week I noticed in passing an items on my Facebook page about tuna containing soy.  I thought no way.  It is tuna, soy has nothing to do with tuna, right?  Am I right?  NO!!

tuna

Check that sh*t out.  Smack dab in the center of the label contains fish and soy. Now WTF?  why add soy to a perfectly good product? 

Over two years ago during an enforced week off from work I found all kinds of blogs that gave me information on the food that we eat and how bad it all is for us.  We exist in a world of chemicals.  I try to not eat any GMO corn or soy.  So how then did I not know that my tuna contained soy?  This was one label I figured I did not need to read.  What a moron, huh?  I suppose this means more Sardines for me.  Wonder if I can make them tasty to take to work?  I believe this is my project for the next few weeks tasty cooked sardines.

Do you read labels?  Does anything on them amaze you?

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Story Time

Not much happening this week around my little homestead.  Tomatoes still growing crazy like.  Gave lots away this week so I would not have to can again this weekend Winking smile.  The weather has been beautiful.  What better time to read a book, right? 

I love getting my books from Story Bundle.  One of this months bundles is Dark Fantasy.  That is urban fantasy with a dark twist.  Story Bundle runs on the premise of I pay what I want if I pay at least the minimum then I get all titles.  I can choose to donate money to a charity as well and with all the “ice bucket” challenges going on out in the world this month I can choose ALS to donate to.  They support multiple formats, Kindle, Nook, tablets and smartphones.

Story Bundle is a great concept.  They offer different bundles about every 20 days.  If you get a chance check them out.

My first love was reading.  Books can take me to fantastical places and far away lands.  I can travel the world and meet interesting people.  I have to thank my grandmother for my love of books.  She started me reading at a very early age.

Do you read?  Have a favorite genre or author?  I would love to hear more…..

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Games

I have not talked about any video games in a while.  That is because I am not really playing any.  Warlorads of Draenor the next expansion for World of Warcraft will not release until November 11, 2014.   While that does not sound like that far away in game time it is forever.  We have not raided since early July.  That is a long time for our group to not be together. I am sure when the next expansion drops most of our group will come back, however; not sure if it will be enough.  We will see.

I have heard about a new IOS game Revolution 60, this game was designed by women.  The entire company is women.  You can get the first chapter for free to try it out here.   Good game play and  storyline.  It is a little more that this cheap girl wants to pay for an IOS game but, the first chapter was fun.

The hubs and I are playing a little Star Wars the Old Republic again.  They dropped 5 new levels, new gameplay is always appreciated.

I have been playing a lot of IOS games like Candy Crush, Pet Rescue, Bubble Witch Saga 2.    The hubs plays all kinds of steam games(too many to list Smile). 

One game I have been loving is The Wolf Among Us.  This is by Telltale games and is very similar to The Walking Dead, they are story type games with some game play and lots of violence.  I am on the last chapter of the Wolf so today I will probably finish it Sad smile.

Hopefully November will arrive soon so I can play more WoW.  I miss my fix.

What games are you playing?

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1st Time canning with pressure

While growing up my mom had a pressure cooker that she made pinto beans in.  After reading all the info on how great these appliances are I figured my mom had no idea how to use hers.  She would cook those beans all day.  Little water and the pinto beans.  The little weight on top would be making it’s steam sounds for hours on Sundays.  Due to that history, amazing how things from our childhood refuse to let go, I did not want a pressure canner/cooker. 

Yesterday I was contemplating my tomatoes and the need to start canning some.  Google search here I come!    While tomatoes can be waterbath canned, pressure canning is quicker, especially at my altitude.  Off to the store the hubs and I go to peruse the canning equipment.  I bought the Presto 23 Quart Pressure Canner.  It is probably bigger than I might need but, have you seen my garden and all those tomatoes? I found a better deal online, then it would have arrived on Tuesday and I would have wanted to try it out.  That never ends well.

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Used it yesterday and

tomatoesWaala!  Three pints of tomato sauce.

Not a huge amount I know, for my first attempt not bad either.  I need to find me some quart jars and plan on canning more next week. 

I am hoping my tomato plants last for a while longer.  There is a horrible virus going around and destroying tomato plants.  I believe 2 of my plants have it and of course one is the cherry tomato plant, tragic just tragic.

Do  you can with a pressure canner?  Any tips?

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Birthday Gift

For my birthday the hubs actually did give me a present, regardless of what I alluded to here.  He tried hard to get me  my present ON my birthday.  The world conspired against him. I did however finally get my present yesterday.

PRETAT\

can you guess what it is?

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Yes!  A beautiful tattoo. I have been talking about getting another one for probably years.  It is my biggest one to date. 

The hubs tried to go with a tattoo artist that our nephew knows.  She was flaky.  Did not return emails or calls for over 2 months.  Finally called on my birthday and still would not give a date for the tattoo.  The next weekend we drove to GJ to see her and she was booked until October and would not give a date for October.  She informed me I would have to come in the end of September to get an October date.  I don’t know about your schedule but, mine opens the next month i.e. my October would open August 1st.  We decided to find someone else to do my tat.

The artist I found is close to my house and did an AMAZING job.  I love my tat.  My leg is sore and wearing shoes for the next week or so will be a problem.  I have to figure out how to not let my boss know I am wearing flip flops to work.

My present may have been a little delayed, but it was all the better for the care and love that went into choosing it.  Thank you Hubs for the best present you could have given me.

Do you have tattoos?  Do you have a regular tattoo artist?

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House Work

The hubs had the week off and tackled another home project.  Poor guy needs time off where he does not have to do work on the house.

When we first got the new countertops the hubs asked if I was excited to get them, I said no because we never finish a project.  Here the new countertops were installed, I was thinking it was about a year ago, nope, December 2012.  Time flies huh? 

The hubs ripped out all the old tile above the countertops, retextured, painted and then …….

countertops

TADA!  Beautiful new backsplash, paint and no more ugly tile.  The backsplash really ties the kitchen together.

I am always amazed at what my hubs can accomplish by himself.  No one has helped him with any of the projects that he has done in the house.  The next kitchen project will be to paint the cabinets and attach new hardware, that will be a joint project.

Thank you sweetheart for making all these wonderful improvements to our home.  You are AMAZING!

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WTF is with all the weeds?

This week alone I have probably spent over 2 hours weeding the strawberry bed.

STRAWBERRIES

As you can see I am not sure I made any kind of dent in the weeds.  Most are some form of puncturevine a.k.a. goathead.  I am currently searching for other ways to eliminate these horrible weeds.  Anyone tried puncturevine weevils?  If so do they work?  I also read that high heat i.e. propane torch will kill the seeds.  Where do I find one of those?  If the hubs does that will he also kill all my strawberries?  Would that be an acceptable loss this year?  Maybe.

I have hated weeding anything for my entire life.  As a child I would do my best to not weed  as an adult I have no one to give that task to.  Sad panda Sad smile.

I do get to listen to my audiobooks and/or podcasts while weeding so that makes it slightly more enjoyable. 

We also have a pet pigeon.

PIGEON

He lives between my house and my neighbor to the left.  The neighbor said one day the pigeon flew into his front window, looked dazed and then never left.  He guards my house in the front during the day and visits both houses at will.  Pet guard pigeon.  Amazing.  I should feed him, wait I believe he eats some of those strawberries.

Do you have any options for the goatheads?  Should I name the pigeon?

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