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Storm Aftermath

Good Luck Calvin

My nephew is fighting tonight out in Vegas… best of luck, Cal! 💕

Way to go Calvin! Great match.. we’re all so proud of you! Congrats!

Best of luck, Cal!

Seasmoke

…. Taken last winter during sub-zero temps here. Forecasted for tonight.. minus -3-5 with windchill of -25. Brrrr!

Seasmoke

Newest Addition

… meet Azul 😊 He’s a twelve week old ragdoll with a fabulous personality, settling in nicely and the boys are loving his daredevil spirit.

Azul

Countdown Begins

Sixty-five days til Spring! The countdown begins 😊

Butterflies, bees, and hummers are drawn to this lovely prolific grower. Plan to plant some of these easy growers in your garden this year.

Gallardía

My COVID

Rapid COVID test


Well, I knew that at some point I would come down with this awful virus and that time had come…. I went to visit my family in Boston for the holidays and took every precaution for my trip, as did they for my protection- but in the middle of my 10 day vacation – I came down with Covid. I decided to head home early, as if I was about to become sicker.. I wanted to be in my own home.


I was not diagnosed until I was home for 3 days, but after declining more each day had firstly done a rapid test that turned out to be positive… followed by a PCR to confirm it on the following day. I would like to give a shout out of praise to my doctor who’s done everything possible, but hold my hand through these trying two and a half weeks.

Oh, there have been fever, chills, headaches, shortness of breath, painful ribs due to the chronic coughing spells and severe tiredness… along with absolutely no appetite. Challenging enough for an asthmatic diabetic. I felt as though I had a bad pneumonia.. like some of the bouts I’ve had in past.. even though I hadn’t a mentionable cold in the past 5 years.. I ached everywhere.. as though I had a bad flu… or a rather large truck had just run over me. 😟 Just plain awful. I just keep taking Tylenol or aspirin and slept when I could. Just an overall pooped out feeling.. with no appetite… and the broths I did eat, though warming.. I just couldn’t taste a thing. Doc said to expect this and to get as many liquids in as possible.


Some of my observations have been, that there seemed to be a lack of rapid tests for the general public. Fortunately for me, my daughter had a case full of the tests due to her work and sent me home with two boxes. I was not sure about the proper protocol after being diagnosed – so, there was a sharp learning curve out there for me. Much of the information I was hunting for simply couldn’t be found on the CDC website 😟 I was then contacted by my doctor two days later suggesting that he thought it best I go into the hospital for the monoclonal antibody infusion, Regeneron, which in some ways scared me moreso than having COVID!


But here I am on day sixteen, to tell you that I’m finally beginning to feel so much better. I was a lucky one. God has been good to me and the power of prayer an immense help. I am planning on quarantining for an additional 10 days and will no doubt be symptomatic another few weeks says my doc… but there isn’t an awful lot else to do this time of year with our sub zero temps we are seeing.. but to lay low and catch up on a lot of reading.


So, I am really feeling blessed this morning and wanted to apologize for my blog absense here of late and to lift up a prayer for all medical staff everywhere who are working tirelessly in caring for the needs of people all around the world…. Be well.

Johnny’s

The first sign of spring arrived in the mail today. We’re headed into the coldest part of our winter over the next few weeks, but it’s always fun thumbing through the Johnny’s Selected Seeds catalog this time of year… dreaming of warmer colorful days.

Keeping Afloat

Happy New Year.

Years ago an old woman I worked with suggested that we are all like swans. We try our best to move through life gracefully, when all the while, we are paddling like hell below the surface to maintain equilibrium and keep afloat.
My wish for you on this New Years Day, is that you get to appreciate your grace, and moments of stillness between daily navigations to remember that we are still afloat, and that in fact sometimes we can even take wing!

Keeping afloat

“Life is a circle. The energy you put out to others will come back to you, many times over ” Namaste.

New Year Lentil Soup

New Years Lentil Soup – Cotechino

As with most things Italian, many New Year’s Eve traditions are celebrated with food and other good-luck charms.

The Italian people eat a traditional New Year dish called cotechino con lenticchie… pork sausage served over lentils. This New Year food is eaten because of the presence of fatty rich pork sausage and lentils in it. Cotechino sausage is a symbol of abundance because they are rich in fat; while lentils symbolize money (being both green and gold coin shaped. So this New Year food promises double-packs of luck!

2021 was a year of many changes for me, both joys and losses and I’ll be ringing in the New Year with dear friends who know who they are and who’ve been immensely supportive and simply loves in my life. I don’t think I could have gotten over some of the bumps without you. Xoxo

So because I personally, happen to LOVE lentils, on my stove is a pot of lentil stew with pork sausage–and I’m ready to bring in this New Year, traditionally tomorrow.

As with most things Italian, so many of the celebrations center around food. Meals are served slowly… one course at a time. This allowed the people sitting around the table to talk and listen and laugh… and clearly laughter IS good for the soul.

New Year’s Eve traditions are no different. Yes, the food is important, but the friendships were even more so 🙂 Have a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

New Years Lentil with Sausage Soup

1 1/2 cups dried, & rinsed lentils

1/2 lb Italian sausage or turkey sausage, precooked

3 carrots, diced

1 onion, diced

3 celery stalks, diced small

3 cloves crushed garlic

1 can roasted tomatoes or chopped whole tomatoes

1 quart broth, chicken or vegetable + 1 cup water

1 tsp each: dried thyme, oregano and ground fennel

*opt – pinch red pepper flakes

Sea salt & ground pepper to taste

Olive oil and grated Romano cheese to garnish

Note: sometimes I add in a bit of torn Swiss chard or spinach at the end of the cook, but that’s optional.

To Prepare:

In a heavy bottomed pan, drizzle with olive oil and add in the garlic, onion, celery and carrots, sautéing gently.

Add in the cooked sausage.. Sauté til the sausage is cooked through and veggies softened. Add the spice mixture, stirring well to mix in evenly.

Toss in the cooked lentils, coating them with the vegetable mixture.

Pour in the broth and water. Add the tomatoes.

Bring to a light boil, then allow it to simmer until the lentils have softened . Taste for seasoning.. adding more if needed.

** If the lentils thicken up too much for , simply add a bit more water or broth loosen it all. Lentils, by nature tend to swell up. Feel free to double the recipe.. it’s that good!

Garnish your New Years Soup with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of freshly grated cheese.