Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday, Sunday

Ahhh... Been a great day today. Stayed in bed until almost 9:00 this morning. I had an extra glass or two of wine last night to celebrate mom's successful move. Fcuk. What a relief that that is over and done and with very good results, to boot! We also watched Burn After Reading last night. Enh... Brad Pitt, George Clooney, et al, but I still couldn't get into it.

After walking Kaiser and having breakfast, I checked my lotto tickets to see if I'd won $40 million last night. I hadn't, but neither had anyone else, so the jackpot is now a record $49 million for Wednesday!! I want it!!

I then went for a swim at 11:00 a.m. and swam for 25 minutes non-stop. I have to get back into swimming much more often. And biking outside, and biking in the basement, and walking with my friend Jessica a couple of times a week in the evening!

It was a rainy morning (thank God, too, that I don't have to worry about mom's room flooding with every rain storm!), but it stopped around 1:00 p.m. or so. I made a rhubarb pudding in the afternoon, did several washes and a pile of dishes, and got dinner ready. We had our usual Sunday night fare - baked salmon, potatoes, and tonight with the fiddleheads I was telling you about earlier. Dessert was the rhubarb pudding. Mom called just after supper and said that she wishes she had moved in to her new place in the beginning. She is ABSOLUTELY LOVING it! The caregivers are much more friendly and helpful and the food is... well, there is no comparison with respect to the food. For breakfast she had bacon and sausage and a pancake, homemade soup for lunch, and for dinner they had a very tasty ham supper with all the fixings and bread pudding for dessert! She likes the other ladies who are there and very much enjoys the views. Music to my ears!

Here are a few pics of my day:

The Rhubarb crisp is very easy to make, simply chop enough rhubarb to half-way fill a pyrex baking dish, add one cup of white sugar evenly over the chopped rhubarb. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, one cup brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon baking power. Use a pastry cutter to add in a little more than a 1/2 cup of butter. Cut until crumbly. Sprinkle over rhubarb mixture in pyrex pan. Bake at 350 F for about 50 minutes. Yum! Spring pudding!


Wine in a new glass from Boston

To start: tomato with spiced feta, mine with fresh chopped chives and grilled peanut oil (purchased at Dean and Deluca in NYC), Brad's with olive oil & my expensive Balsamico from Italy

Brad made some new doggie beds today (the covers being a gift from non-pesky Barb! Thanks Barb!)

Fiddleheads about to be steamed

Part of our rhubarb patch - Do you Europeans use rhubarb, by the way?

Chives in our herb garden

Lemon Balm in our herb garden - I make a great custard with it (you steep some in milk and it gives a very delicate lemon flavour)

Tulips in our back garden. Remember all that snow a few months ago?? We were chasing the squirrels out of the tulips today. They eat them!

My raspberry patch! This is the before photo. Hopefully, I'll get them tied up properly (à la Michel) tomorrow. We have a holiday here tomorrow. Canada celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday on the 3rd Monday of May. Now I am off to watch the season finale of Survivor. Thank God that odious Coach got voted out last time. Of the remainder, I'd like for Stephen to win. Hasta pronto!


Jim said...

Oh gee, thanks. After reading your post and looking at all the photos full of yumminess, I'm really hungry now. My stomach is growling. George and I are flying over right now to have some dinner with you guys.

Oh wait...I can't. I'm not allowed to bite into solid foods because of my dental treatments.

Darnit! Darnit! Darnit!

Oh well, here's me having another cup of apple sauce.

We love your garden though :)

Jeff said...

LOL... I feel for you Jim, I really do! And you and George would be most welcome to come to dinner anytime! :)


Joy said...

I'm going to try that crisp you made. Wish I had someone around who cooks!

Mark in DE said...

So glad your mom's move went so well and that she likes it there! Your dinner looks lovely!