Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's March on the Palouse

It was a wonderful day yesterday for the Women's March. The sun came out and there were approximately 2600 people from the Palouse at the march. I am a wreck today, tho I didn't march. The romping thru the snow and across the ice (even with Yaktrax I HIGHLY recommend them or similarproducts if you have to deal with ice on a regular basis). I foresee a serious soak in the tub today.

Here is a link to some of the over 1000 photos I took yesterday:

Women's March on the Palouse

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Got up this morning to -4F temps and sunshine. TO COLD!!! But pretty:

Going to be fun when the snow melts from the snow the plow piled up on the end of the lawn.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cutting the cord

This last month we ditched our satellite dish. So no cable, no satellite. I don't really miss it at all.

Granted I do miss my Expedition Unknowns and watching the guys from American Pickers find hidden gems in junk. But when we figured out how much we were paying for so few shows, the cord got snipped.

I did go thru a week of withdrawal tho, I so miss my Mark Peterson in the mornings, along with the rest of the gang on Good Morning Northwest on KXLY. But I follow them on Twitter and Facebook, watch when they live stream in the morning (a bit more on that in a minute) when they have one and catch a lot of the stories they broadcast on their website later. Same with the other Spokane news stations.

So instead we have a Roku that lets us stream Acorn TV, Netflix and Amazon. Also can watch YouTube and listen to Pandora. There are a ton of free channels, you do get commercials (and in some cases the same 3 commercials, over and over and over and over and over.....) but we've found some gems on a couple of the black and white channels where they run big blocks of old commercials from the 50s and 60s. They are great.

Between the 3 we are watching a lot of shows. Granted there are some we can't get right now (come on Netflix, put Babylon 5 back on streaming!), but with so much to watch we are patient. If there is a movie we simply have to see that isn't free on Netflix or Amazon I can usually get the DVD thru the library and watch it that way. Plus we have a few hundred DVDs we burned of movies and shows that we need to catalog and get into some order so we can find it (for which I have an idea, just need binders and DVD sheet pockets).

We also ditched Sprint and switched to AT&T. Hubby spent a week talking with all the providers and got us a decent deal from AT&T that included new phones. Now granted, I was not happy with giving up my Samsung Galaxy S5, it has been a wonderful phone, but we couldn't transfer it, so I now have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S7 that has been pretty nice so far. Camera is not as big as my old one (12MP over the 16MP), but the photos look great and the photo editing software that comes with it is nice. So I can live with it.

But the really cool thing is I can broadcast stuff on my phone onto the TV via the Roku. So when I find videos and what not I want to watch, I can do that. My desktop computer has no sound at the moment (sound components puked), so I just beam what I want to watch to the TV and I get to see it on the big screen with 5.1 sound :D Which is really nice when I watch the live stream stuff from my morning news show.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A pain in the ass, literally!

Finally get in to see my doctor yesterday about the BP meds he put me on and to find out the results of the x-ray on my tailbone. My BP is back down to normal for me, I really think the rise in numbers is from the accident. Body is still stressed. Unfortunately a cough I picked up seems to be caused by the meds, so he is switching me to a different medication.

No cracks or breaks in my tailbone. It is however riddled with arthritis.


So now I've got an arthritic butt, tail bone at least. Apparently trauma such as a car being driven over a bone like that can trigger arthritis, so I have to live with it. Definitely will be doubling down on anti-inflammatories such as turmeric and sweet potatoes. My turmeric should be about ready to harvest so I can get more tincture going and a couple more roots planted to grow for the next year.

Snowing again. Still snowing. At least the temps are warmer for a couple days. Should have a couple days of no snow, then snow again. I am so tired of snow at the moment.

Napoleon was totally adorable yesterday:

He actually curled up in myy lap a couple times this last weekend. I think he is discovering that he gets pets and scritches when he does. Now I just need to figure out how to turn his "attack mommy's hands and shred them" button off.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Almost called in spa today


Hit the spa after the pool for 5 minutes or so and the water temp was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO perfect I really didn't want to get out. Would have loved to soak for an hour or so more.

Was actually warm outside when I got up this morning, a whole 12F! Today is about the last day of the really cold. Temps are going up to the 20s and 30s, but that also means more snow on the way. Luckily I have a well stocked pantry and freezer, so we are good for warm hearty meals. In fact, I have a slow cooker of chili simmering away today.

I browned the burger last night and then set it aside while I sauteed the onion, red bell peppers, a generous amount of garlic, some green chilies, chili powder, and cumin. Oh the house smelled yummy last night. Hubby was wondering about chili for dinner last night, but since the beans hadn't been soaked I told him he had to wait.

Got the beans soaked overnight (red kidney and pinto beans) and tossed everything into the slow cooker this morning. SOOOO looking forward to dinner tonight. Not too mention leftovers chili for the next several days.

Muppet Show - a number called Java

IT'S FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Serious snow and creative neighbors

This last week we noticed some neighbors down the hill were out in the snow building something igloo shaped, tho tall. Yesterday on the way home we had to stop and get pictures as they were out enjoying their snow cave:

Decorated with beer bottles, they had a nice fire going:

If you wanted to get out of the night they had a nice place to sit inside:

The best place to be is in the entrance. You get the heat from the fire and the heat reflecting back from inside. It was so nice!

If I were 20 some odd years younger I would probably build one in our yard. But alas, me doing serious stuff in the snow is not to be. Tho if I were to have several energetic young people who volunteered to build stuff out of the snow in our yard, I would be more than happy to be supervisor and provided hot beverages and lots of cookies LOL!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Surprise roommate

So I was looking at my turmeric to see how it was doing (leaves are starting to turn brown, so getting close to being able to harvest it) when I noticed there was an unexpected presence in the pot:

Seems when I brought in the pot from outside last February, there was someone already living in it. I must be doing something right tho, it is a very happy looking worm. I will transfer it to the other pot when I go to harvest the turmeric roots. I figure I will also move the small start I have been meaning to re-pot while I am at it. The soil will go with it.