There is something about rainy weather that inspires me to post. Another storm is moving in, the rain has just started in our area. There are predictions of high wind, I hope our home is protected from some of that, especially our trees. Amazing how much information I can get about this storm, I can see the radar images, with intense activity, read tweets from the local news station with pictures of fallen trees and the rain and get feedback from people in our neighborhood about rainfall and flooding.
Went walking with my son today, on a trail by the San Diego River. A few of the photos I took while we were out.
The start of our walk, looking back towards the hills around Lakeside
For the last few days we have had rain, which is different. We’ve also had cold weather, although I don’t think it is as chilly as it was last year. At least that’s what my hips think since they don’t ache quite as much this year as last. I was able to take time off from work and I caught up on baking. I finished off with a batch of bread and lefsa, see pictures below for my lefsa making.
Things I learned today while baking for Christmas:
- The family pie dough recipe could be used to make two thick pie crusts instead of 4 thin ones
- Thick pie crusts are a lot harder to get into the pie pan after they are rolled out
- Parchment paper makes it possible to get the pie dough into the pan mostly intact
- Pie dough is not very forgiving when it is rolled out twice
I am cooking, again, this time my lunches for the next month. Now that we have a big freezer I make big batches and freeze most of it. I am also mixing up a big batch of cookies once a month, then freezing three weeks worth. While I like to cook, it is nice that I've reduce how many times a month I do my cooking.
It is the evening of Thanksgiving, the food has been cooked, served and eaten, the good dishes cleaned, used and then cleaned again before being put away. I've already had my first plate of leftovers, enjoying the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans along with some gravy for extra flavor. And a home made roll, of course, with real butter, just to make sure I get enough carbs for the day. Since it was my husbands birthday today, we had cupcakes for our dessert instead of pie.
For the last three years, I have been working out. I have gradually improved my fitness level and I continue with my workouts for three days a week now. It hasn't been easy but the improvements in my mental and physical condition have been worth the price.
Yesterday, I went for my warm up run in order to loosen up before I start my workout. For the first time in my life, I can run a mile without stopping to walk or rest. I even look forward to this ritual as I feel my body working, legs moving, arms pumping, and lungs pulling in air.
The seeds of the war were planted back in the summer of ’13. We had moved to a new year, with a larger yard in 2012 and had lots of space. There was plenty of room for a vegetable garden, so we set up a raised bed garden space in our back yard. I planted tomato plants, peppers and herbs that did very well that first year. With that small success, I expanded our garden space and by the winter of ’15 we had three areas for vegetables.
Since I live in San Diego, the weather is mild which means that it is possible to have a garden growing year round. Back in October 2014 I decided I’d like to try growing a garden so I found some vegetables that should do well in cooler, wetter weather. I drafted my husband and son to help in getting lumber for a raised garden bed and to build it for me. Fortunately, they kindly agreed to help out and about two weeks later I had a new garden bed.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a pleasant start for 2015. Our weather has been wintry, for San Diego, and it has been nice to have a few days off to rest up and prepare for all of the various projects I want to work on.