Simple Woman’s Daybook

June 29, 2015

I am joining other bloggers who are writing posts for the Simple Woman’s Daybook. Please click the link to see what others are up to.

For today …  Monday, June 29, 2015

Outside my window … it is a beautiful summer day.

I am wearing … gray tee, black pants, and a very pretty apron.

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I am creating … a donation for an academic silent auction. It happens just before Christmas, so I hope “Rosie” will make a lovely gift. I found Rosie at a thrift shop and the first thing she needed was surgery and a haircut. Rosie needed to have her arms detached and reoriented with her palms up and thumbs up. The surgery and haircut have both been done. I tried braids first, but the hair was not done well enough to make that work. The yarn lengths were too inconsistent to make braids possible. She has pigtails.

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On my knitting needles … is the very beginning of a knitted dress for Rosie. She will have socks, shoes, a hat, and whatever else I can make for here before the silent auction.

I am going …  no place today. My car will be in the shop all day.

In my garden … the lilies started to open.

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Favorite quote for the day … Because of the garden lilies beginning to open, I recalled Matthew 6:28-29.  “Consider the lilies of the field. They neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.…” The lilies remind me to fret less.

I am reading … a few sermons today, based on Matthew 6:28 because of my quote above. If you haven’t seen Bible Hub, it’s worth a look. It has a variety of useful features. One feature is sermons on specific Bible verses. After you find the verse you may be interested in, tap the link to see if there are any sermons based on the verse. In the photo below, I have circled the link you need to tap to get the sermons. It says ‘SER’.

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In my kitchen … I am cooking a batch of pickle relish for canning thanks to Dianne at The Grandmother Gig. Click the link for the recipe.

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The pickle relish will pair up nicely with the other thing going on in my kitchen: Monday Meats. On Monday mornings, when I am not at work, I go to the market and check the butcher’s specials. The inexpensive meats are most often ground beef reduced to sell after the weekend. Perfect for burgers or meatloaf, both of which go well with pickle relish! Thankfully, the butcher got his specials marked before I had to get my car into t

.he shop this morning.

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In my DVD player … is a video in the film series Love Comes Softly. I stumbled on two of them at the thrift shop and liked them enough to find the others in a bargain book/video store. The films are based on books by Janette Oke. I have been watching the films while I work on Rosie’s knitted wardrobe.

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Must scoot. The pickle relish is done. I started this post while the relish was cooking. The jars have since been sterilized, filled, and processed. The lids have popped. Music to a canner’s ears!

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One jar is for my neighbor, two will be saved for winter, one is to use now because there was not enough to fill a fourth jar, and the  wild daisies are from my Sunday walk with my granddaughter.

Now comes the cleanup, hence the very pretty apron.~

Sunday Walk

June 29, 2015

Would you like to join Goodnight and me on our Sunday walk?

We took a drive to a regional park and if we had stayed on the paved path, we would have been in and out in a half hour. But . . . I have wandered that park for many years and I know my way through the woods on even smaller trails than the ones in the photos below. We heard a catbird’s mew call and cardinals chirping, but never saw them. There were too many mosquitos to go any deeper into the trees than we already were.

We were in the woods and hour and a half, so I hope you have good walking shoes on! Oh, and an umbrella would be good, too. It was sunny when we started our walk, but by the time we got back to the car, it was dumping rain on us, but we still stopped to pick our prize at the very end. (See last photo)

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Goodnight will be using the berries we picked in a bread pudding that she has made before, but she swaps out the fruit called for in the recipe with what we have locally. We saw the bread pudding made by Andreas Viestad on the New Scandinavian Cooking show on PBS.

Rescue in Progress

June 27, 2015

I have played with them, made many, and am the keeper of my grandmother’s, but I thought I was done with dolls. A recent yarn rescue mission at the charity shop taught me that there is still a time to step back through the looking-glass into make-believe. I came across a doll that needed my help.

I should mention that I don’t look for dolls and I don’t need to browse the toy department. The doll in question was in the craft section. I have named her “Rosie.”

Look at the photo below and tell me if you can spot the malady that needs corrective surgery. Make your guesses and I will tell you in a moment.

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The first thing I did was to make the wee thing a blanket. For whimsy, I used Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth and kept knitting until it was a suitable size for Rosie.

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Look at that face. What’s not to resist?

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I had a little doll that looked like Rosie when I was young and the face looked the same, so this is a sentimental rescue as well as charitable.

Rosie needs a hair cut.

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She needs clothes.

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She needs socks and shoes.

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I will fix her up nicely and then donate her, with accessories, to the post-secondary academic silent auction coming up in December from which the proceeds will go to college scholarships.

But first, she needs surgery to remove her arms and have them reattached right-side-up. They are pronated and because the arm attachment does not allow for shoulder rotation, the palms should be supinated. Rosie can only clap the backs of her hands at this point.

Did you guess what is wrong with Rosie? She will be fine after all is said and done. I like that the silent auction is so close to Christmas. Rosie will make a lovely gift.

 

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There is another rescue in progress, as well, from the same Rosie Rescue Mission.

I am in the process of making a lightweight blanket with the yarn I rescued from the same department where I spotted Rosie. I could not pass up the cone of fingering weight ecru cotton-poly bouclé yarn. It is nearly eight inches in diameter, so there is a LOT of yarn there.

The interesting thing was that there were two cones of the same yarn with the same amount on each. They were priced differently. One was a dollar more than the other. I bought the less expensive one and got a 30% discount as well!

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I am in the process of testing counterpane patterns to see if any will work. Though the bouclé is so subtle at that weight, I still think the yarn may have to show itself off without the distraction of a complicated counterpane design. We’ll see. There is no hurry.

Rosie’s first arm surgery will be today.

The Scavenger Hunt

June 24, 2015

I decided to motivate my granddaughter by using technology in a way I thought she might enjoy.

When I took my morning walk today, I took some photos with my phone and prepared a text message with the pix as attachments. When I returned home from my walk, Goodnight and I had breakfast together and then I told her to get ready for a scavenger hunt.

I drove her to the lake, sent her the text message and told her to walk around the lake and her scavenger hunt was to look for the sights I had sent her.

She grumbled a bit. It’s two miles around the lake. I get the grumbling. My bad knees don’t like it either, but my spirit does. I told her to text me at various intervals to let me know she was safe.

Twelve minutes after she began walking, I got my first text. She had only gotten to the first curve in the lake.

I told her I thought it had taken her a long time. She told me she had stopped to take some photos. My response was “The lake does that to me too. Look for the scenes in the photos I sent you, but take photos of ‘anything that interests you.”

About thirty minutes after I watched her begin her walk, I got a text from her telling me she had come across a windfall of wild berries and was stopping to pick them.  “Grammy! There are hundreds!”

I wondered how she was going to carry “hundreds” of berries in one hand, because I knew she was texting her friends as she made her way around the lake. But, she was only picking enough to take home for me to use in a breakfast smoothie for her tomorrow morning.

By the time she got all the way around the lake, GN had found all the scenes in the photos I sent her and had taken very interesting shots of her own. Her morning mood had changed and the change has stayed with her all day.

There were some sights I could not capture on my phone: the loon in the middle of the lake, five young woodpeckers all in the same tree, and a hovering blue dragonfly.

NOTE: The fly has been identified by a reader, FSOF, as a damselfly.

Thank you, Lake! Thank you, Technology!

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The photo collage below was made from photos Goodnight took. She was able to capture a photo of the dragonfly dameslfly in the air! It’s in the left photo. Thanks again to FSOF!

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Simple Woman’s Daybook

June 22, 2015

I am linking up with other bloggers who are writing posts for the Simple Woman’s Daybook. I enjoyed reading the weekly Daybook posts for quite some time before getting my feet wet. I am intrigued by the variety of thoughts posted. Perhaps you will be too. Check the link. I skipped a couple of the categories due to the length of some of my entries.

For today . . .  Monday, June 22, 2015

Outside my window . . . skies are very stormy and gray. It will clear later.

I am thinking . . . about the SPLURGE it was to add a Piano Bar to my house. I hope I like it! I do play the piano. What would Mozart have to say about my Piano Bar?

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I am thankful . . .  for my folks. The anniversary of their wedding was last week. Dad has been gone a while and Mom is still with us. Indybro and I had a recent email discussion of what Mom and Dad chose as their special song. Indybro did something very sweet for Mom regarding “their” song.

 I am wearing . . . black slacks, a bright green tee that says “Minnesota” across the front, and a perpetual look of perturbation on my face (if you were to ask my granddaughter). The tee gives the impression of being a tourist in my home state and the look of perturbation is just a misinterpreted facade!!!

I am going . . . to finish this sock today! The bright strand of green yarn is how I marked where to measure the sole length so I can knit the mate the same length. What looks like a possible gap at the narrow end of the gusset is not a gap at all. It is the dark yarn. (I didn’t even notice it until I looked at the photo and vanity made me go back and check my work.) Knitters will get the gap vanity.

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I am wondering . . . who has been cleaning out all their wool yarn and donating it to my local charity shop. My granddaughter and I will have new wool socks for winter thanks to those folks and their housecleaning. I have had unusual good luck finding wool in the last few weeks.

I am hoping . . . the Amherst. H. Wilder Foundation will raise enough funds to transform a second bus into a Mobile Market. What a wonderful idea! I heard about the fundraising and had to check out what they have so far. Their first Mobile Market is providing shopping access to fresh fruits and vegetables in under-resourced neighborhoods of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Perhaps you’ve heard of  ‘food deserts’. The Mobile Market can help solve the lack of choices and reduce the cost of buying groceries at gas stations when that may be the only option in a given area. The second bus is planned for serving Minneapolis, Minnesota neighborhoods.

Out of curiosity, I looked at the schedule and map for the Saint Paul Mobile Market and I saw that the neighborhood where I raised GN’s mother is on their route. I used to walk to a grocery store carrying Angel in a child carrier backpack and then having to carry her WITH my groceries back home. The grocery store is no longer in that neighborhood and hasn’t been for quite some time. I went to the Mobile Market location there for a visit. What you see in the photo below is the interior of the refurbished bus with lots of shelving for fresh produce. The interior is even outfitted with shopping carts! I am hoping Minneapolis will be seeing their Mobile Market very soon.

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I am reading . . . various knitting patterns for socks, due to my recent windfall of sock wool!

In my garden . . .  there will be edelweiss blooming in about eight weeks. I am thrilled! It is a Bucket List item that I added to my unofficial mental list last year. I had to research whether they could thrive in Minnesota and they can! The opportunity to buy edelweiss plants fell into my lap recently and I bought two!

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In my kitchen . . .  there are Microwave Bread and Butter Pickles from Mimi’s blog. Scroll to the bottom of the post. I shared a jar with my neighbor. They are wonderful and oh so easy peasy! Thank you Mimi (and Bev for sharing with Mimi).

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A favorite quote for today . . . came from the cryptogram puzzle I solved in my free Daily Puzzles app. The origin of the quote is always noted in the center at the top.

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A peek into one of my days . . . Photo below is from my pre-sunrise walk this morning. I got out very early in order to walk by the lake before the storm arrived. I made it just in time!

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Post Script . . . One of the blogs I enjoy reading weekly is Hayestackhayes. Anita posts a weekly update about her previous week. She is a knitter, so there is usually knitting included in her writing. I don’t recall how I stumbled on her blog, but Anita’s posts are upbeat and cheery, a great day-brightener. I enjoy my Sunday visit at her place. Thank you, Anita!

See you all later as I make my rounds to your Daybook entries.

Inside, Outside, Under, and Behind

June 21, 2015

Happy Sunday!

There was only one chore on my list for yesterday: clean the refrigerator. That task included all the prepositions in the title of this post. I thought that was plenty work for one day.

Remove ALL items from inside.

Remove shelves and drawers.

Wash inside of refrigerator case.

Pull the appliance away from wall.

Sweep floor where appliance resides.

Dust the walls in the corner.

Scrub the floor.

Wash the walls in the corner.

Dust the coils.

Wash the outside of the refrigerator.

Wash the shelves and drawers while floor and walls dry.

Put drawers and shelves back in refrigerator.

Push appliance back into the corner.

Replace contents of refrigerator.

It looks like new! So clean.

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When I got everything cleaned up from my refrigerator chore, I decided I wanted to drink a latte while I knit. ☕️ I’m a little rusty on my easy peasy at home latte method, so . . . I had to add a minor second chore to my work list: clean the microwave. It was worth it!

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Then, on to some knitting for the evening. I finished Goodnight’s first sock and asked her to try it on. She deemed it perfect. She likes shorter socks, so hers does not have the length called for in the pattern.

But . . . I decided to start a sock for me before I knit her second sock. Changing up projects keeps things fresh and I make better progress . . . besides, I had great yarn luck at the charity shop again yesterday. There was a skein of sock yarn there and I loved the colors, so I wanted to see how the yarn worked up.

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This particular skein had been wound into a ball, but at least the yarn band was saved and included in the bag. All the yarn is there. I weighed it to make sure. I think I will follow the pattern on the inside of the yarn band just for fun.

When I finish knitting this first sock for me, I will knit Goodnight’s second sock, and then my second sock. Seems fair. 

This and That from Thursday

June 19, 2015

I had a few chores on my list for yesterday, but when set a box fan in one of the upstairs windows, I saw this.  ⬇️  Look at the grime! 

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I decided to ditch my list and clean the fan instead. (NERD ALERT: You know there are very interesting articles online about static electricity and the leading edge of the fan getting dirtier than the trailing edge?)

I took the fan from the window and got to work. Two different sized brushes, a phillips screwdriver, a filthy bathtub, a dirty rag, and several hours later, the fan looked like new. The blades are spotless and the little toothbrush I used for e-v-e-r-y slat on the front and back worked nicely. The back of the motor is dust free as well It took me so long that the sun had moved to the other side of the house, but that fan is clean.

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It’s not the first time I’ve cleaned the fans,  but I forgot how long it takes. I have two more box fans to clean.

With how long the fan took me, I decided to pick a lighter chore to finish off the afternoon. I have been cleaning and sorting and that means items to donate to the charity shop. (Can you guess what’s coming?) I parked at the donation side of the building and made my drop-off and not to waste the trip, I thought I would peek at the craft aisle and see . . . if just by luck . . . any wool had come in since the day before. 😉

Sure enough! There was a bag with five skeins of 100% wool. I particularly like the yellow and think it will make very cheery winter socks. The blue in the middle is worsted yarn, but that won’t bother me. I will incorporate it into a pair of socks somehow. No hurry because I am going to knit up GN’s socks first.

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I don’t even feel guilty because I have made excellent headway on Goodnight’s socks in the last two days.

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Can you keep a secret?

I ordered a gift for Goodnight. I contacted the artist in the eastern part of the U.S. who made the brooch shown below. (Sorry the photo is fuzzy, but you get the idea.)

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I asked her if she would make the brooch into a pendant and then change the horse into a unicorn. Goodnight loves unicorns and there are several occasions coming up in the next months for which a lovely gift will be appropriate.

I received a reply from the artist and she is so excited about the suggested change to her horse that she will start adding unicorns to her collection.

 

When it was time for getting into the kitchen and preparing dinner, I asked GN if she wanted to help me. She knows how to cook, but it was more for the family time that I invited her. We made Garlic Parmesan Chicken Legs and corn on the cob and I served fresh grapes for dessert. It was the first time we tried that recipe and GN dubbed it a “keeper.”

I agree, and so is she!

 

Gram’s Chore List For Today

June 17, 2015

I seldom write a chore list. Things get done when I get to them, especially with my work schedule. Sometimes I write a list when I think I have time to get through a few things in a day.

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I got there before 6:30 this morning. I wash and dry my winter quilts in the industrial machines there to save wear and tear on my domestic appliances at home.

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Don’t want to miss my walk even when there is work to do. It was nap time at the Gosling Day Care.

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A bit of Pipe Thread Seal Tape took care of the splattering stream. No splatter now and the fix cost less than a dollar!

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Looking good! You can see the reflection of the wallpaper in the shine. It won’t last. It’s a very busy faucet.

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Easy peasy! Kicked out part of the hem on my walking pants. That’s fixed now.

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It actually hasn’t been too hot overnight with the flannel sheets on the bed, but they’re laundered and put away now. Anyone else love Rob Roy plaid? Or am I influenced by living in Minnesota and growing up with Paul Bunyan lore? 

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Brainerd       Bemidji       Akeley       Mill City Museum Gift Shop

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Looks cozy, but no napping today.

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Notice that there is no checkmark? Weeding was cancelled due to rain. Bummer. ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️

 

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That meant I had time to get out to my favorite charity shop. I went to look for something specific and found it within two minutes of walking into shop. With extra time on my hands due to the rain, I took a s-t-r-o-l-l through the craft section. Darned if I didn’t find more sock wool. (Thank you RAIN!)

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I am going to spend the rest of this rainy afternoon and evening getting a good start on a pair of socks for my granddaughter. I will use the Sockenwolle yarn on the right in the above photo. It is 75% wool. I think GN will like the colors. The yarn on the left is a pretty minty green.

I decided to knit the After Bertha socks from SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS, 70 Winning Patterns from the Knitter’s Magazine Contest edited by Elaine Rowley, first published in 1999. They are tube socks and I think GN will like that part, too.

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💦💦💦💦💦💦💦 Thank you rain! 💦💦💦💦💦💦💦

Morning Walk by the Lake

June 16, 2015

My morning walk usually turns into more of a stroll through an outdoor museum. Would you like to join me?

 

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I never tire of the view from this spot.

 

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If I could walk on water, I would step off the fishing dock and follow that path of light.

 

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Early Morning Canada Geese Flyover

 

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Water Lily Blooming

 

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Canada Anemone – Minnesota Wildflower

 

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Fungus on a Log

Simple Woman’s Daybook

June 15, 2015

I am linking up with other bloggers who are writing entries for the Simple Woman’s Daybook. Even if you don’t have time to write, check out as many as you find time for and see what others are up to. I learn a lot!

For today …     Monday, June 15, 2015

Outside my window …     I can see the top of my hydrangea bush.

I am thinking …     that I should drink a cup of coffee so I can stay awake for the entire hocky game tonight. ☕️

I am thankful …     for the yarn luck I had at the charity shop on Sunday. The pink and coral yarns are virgin wool and the green is organic cotton. The cotton still had the original price stickers on it and I recognized the name of the yarn shop. The green yarn alone would have cost me over $60. I brought home nearly $100 worth of yarn and change back from my twenty-dollar bill. Very thankful indeed! GN and I both love wool socks.

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I am wearing …    a red tee from the International Peace Garden gift shop. Stunning place to visit! I’ve been there twice. The tee reminds me of my favorite quote for today (See the quote further down the page.)

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On my knitting needles …     I have begun working a glove in one of the wool yarns I found on Sunday. It’s a three-ply, 16 wpi, light fingering weight and I’m using #0 DPNs.

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I am going …     to have a Charlie Chaplin film fest this week. I have an academic motive for doing this.

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I am wondering …     when the lilies will open. It won’t be long.

I am reading …     the Sunday Paper. I didn’t get through it all yesterday.   

I am hoping …  that Goodnight will want to volunteer again for Habitat for Humanity. She helped with the interior of a house last week.

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I am learning …   how to grow old gracefully. I’m not sure I’m successful and I don’t much care for some of the lessons. 

In my garden …     the lettuce pot stays handy for daily lunch salads and a second pot has been planted for continuous salad eating.

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In my kitchen …     my countertop yogurt and salad bar is freshly restocked. Some time ago, I repurposed a thrift shop wine rack and found matching water bottles from a dollar store to hold yogurt and salad toppings. Breakfast and lunch are easy! In case you’re curious, right now the containers hold dried cranberries, raisins, goji berries, granola, two kinds of croutons, sesame sticks, and nuts. Some toppings only work for the yogurt and some only for salad, but some work for both.

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UPDATE: Thanks to Paula for asking the question about what kind of bottles I used in the above salad/yogurt bar. I bought ten 32-0z bottles from a dollar store (during the summer when they had lots in stock). The bottles have simple screw caps with flip-top tabs . . . easy to keep clean and sterile. I use nine of the bottles on the repurposed wine rack and the tenth bottle is kept in the refrigerator and often holds chicken breast cubes or marinated garbanzo beans for protein in our salads.

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A favorite quote for today …  “There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.” -Ghandi

A peek into one of my days …     The photo below is from one of my morning walks near the lake. The walks help with the above-mentioned peace. ~

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Thanks for stopping by. Must scoot. It’s time for me to go pick some lettuce for my daily salad!