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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Introductions and nothing in particular

We have a new visitor. Stephanierj lives in Pennsylvania and has an adorable little boy who likes to climb furniture, especially rocking chairs.

She and I are frequent visitors to Sweet Juniper and she dropped in tonight. I hope she'll be back. I enjoy her blog; it's funny and smart. You can find her at:


CaliGirl dropped in earlier as well. I've lurked around her blog a few times but I'm not sure if I ever de-lurked. I'll have to fix that. Thanks and welcome to her as well as the other visitors Andrea sent my way. Some are new, some have been visiting for a while.


She is a California girl with a daughter and living on Prince Edward Island.

Midori has a son and lives In Japan. She's already on the blog roll.

kuri and ping

They travel. A lot. I'm envious.

If I missed someone new, I apologize. If you're not new and I've forgotten, oops. Another senior moment.

Ray is still doing well. We made it to church today, all except Elcie, who still has a scratchy throat but I'm sure it's not strep - just a little hoarseness. She learned to make instant butterscotch pudding this morning (for breakfast?). At least it contains milk and she didn't pig on it.

Rochelle was "outstanding Reader" for the month. She read her Award to me.

Rebecca has gone out of her way to be agreeable and helpful. We're still cooking together. I have taught her how to "fold" instead of stir. And how to do it without half of the ingredients landing on the wall. She's a little enthusiastic at times but she's a quick study when it's something she wants to do.

We've had unseasonably warm weather which means the girls can spend more time outside. I have some environmental concerns because it's really outside the norm for this time of year. I should be scraping ice off the windshield and I haven't had to do it yet. Nights have been a little chilly but not that bad. From what I've read, I'm not the only one thinking about global warming.

I've been catching up with my blogging friends today and doing some posting on the other blog. Lots of stuff going on these days, especially the Supreme Court nomination. Of course, we have the usual around the house. We're almost back to what passes for normal around here. The worst seems to be behind us.

We're down to two cats. We finally took four of the kittens to the shelter but kept one (Fidget), at least for now. We'll see how he adjusts. On Monday, we'll try to find the momma cat who keeps bringing us her litters and take her as well. I don't know what else to do. The kittens will either find homes or have a safe place but I'm not sure the no-kill shelter will take her. I can't keep having her show up to give birth and I can't catch her in time to have her spayed. She's already pregnant and these kittens are three months old at most. She must be worn out and she's homeless.

Tim called a little while ago. He has the tickets for Brokeback Mountain and he, Jim, Melissa, and I are going to the matinee tomorrow. Friday and Saturday were sellouts. After shooting off my mouth the way I did, I don't dare wait for the dvd. It will be the first walk-in film I've seen in years.

No recipes today unless you want to know all about tuna glop which is what we had for dinner tonight. It's one of the girls' favorites and involves opening cans, cooking pasta, and mixing them together. If I'm feeling really energetic, I put it all in a large casserole dish, put bread crumbs and cheese on top, and bake it. Otherwise, we dish it up from the top of the stove.

It's almost midnight and I should be sensible. Girls are long since asleep and for once there's no cat on my pillow - yet.

There have been so many kind words since Ray was taken ill last week. I've tried to reply to as many as possible but I know I didn't get to everyone. Please believe how much it meant to have all of you who are old friends as well as people I hadn't met before thinking about us and wishing us well.

Good night.


Mother Damnable said...

Hi Granny

My Computer monitor has exploded! So I'm back cybering it.

Thanks for your kind words and I send you all love and best wishes, I can't wait till I'm straight again and can check out all your lovely visitors, thanks as ever for the links :>)

madcapmum said...

Outstanding Reader! Well, that's pretty impressive. Congratulations on that, and I'm glad things have settled a bit with Ray.

Gawdessness said...

Outstanding reader and learning to fold instead of splatter ( we are working on that here!) and a throat on the mend are all good things.

I wish that we could have cats but we can't, Cabana Boy has a severe allergy! Maybe that is why we go overboard on the dogs.

Tuna glop! MMMMMM.
First dish I ever learned to make:
1 can of tuna, 1 can of cr. of mushroom soup, 1 box of mac n cheese. Sprinkled with crushed potato chips.

Love it even now sometimes.

I found it amazing how good it felt to have the internets leaving good wishes for me at my blog. It really does.

So glad that Ray seems to be in better shape.

ipodmomma said...

sounds like things are getting back to the usual routine... that is great!!!

when I was a kid, we used to eat, on occasion, creamed tuna on toast...

I loved it.... but haven't had it in maybe 30 years....

tuna pasta here is a big thing, with basil... my friend Peg has made it, and it's yummy!

Badoozie said...

i cringe when dylan wants to help "stir". flip is more like it.

as for the cat. you gotta get them fixed. if you take cats to the humane cat place down there, they sell them to biology classes to cut on.

stefanierj said...

I didn't even see this post before I left my comment--thanks! I'm updating my blogroll today, but I like the thought of "welcome letter" even better...hmmm, might have to try that.

Thanks, sweetie. The 3 fat cats who live here say THEY love tuna glop, too. :)

Janice said...

Hi Ann,

I'm glad Ray's on the mend, and kids are doing great too!

Your tuna golp kinda sounds like something I make in a pan on top of the stove.

2 cans tuna
1 can green beans
a package cream chesse
four slices american cheese
1 angle hair posta noodle roni

Make noodle roni same as directions, then when nearly done add cheese, and cream cheese. Then when melted add tuna, and green beans. Stir together and serve right away.

Feeds three because my huband likes seconds, but you can add more tuna and another package of noodle roni to fee more people.