Monday, February 17, 2014

Crusted fillet of eyeball?

This cold or flu thing is really trying to keep me down. I can't wait for it to go away so I can see if the allergy medication is really working like I *think* it is.

In the meantime I'm having coughing fits like I have bronchitis, and my sinuses are jacked up. You know the kind, when you sleep on your right side you can breathe out of your left nostril and when you roll over everything swaps. My eyes are producing all sorts of fluid and those lovely morning crusty eye buggers are making it difficult to even open them. I've never experienced anything like this before, so I give credit where it's due; sick coworkers and trying new medication.

Not one to be held down, I read:


Rock went out for 2 walks on Saturday (why can't I get sick when there is college football on, TV is absolutely horrid otherwise). Here is Rock on our first Saturday walk, it was really windy but in the 60 degree range it made for really fast snow melt.
Then it was time for Costco. Rock was kind enough to help me take out the recycles.
That flat did have strawberries in it. I say did, since I was so bored on Sunday I enlisted a volunteer and made more preserves.
The blueberry I made in the last post is not thick enough, but it will work. I suppose it will be great on pancakes or as a thin layer of jam on bread. I like my jam thick but I didn't add enough pectin, math fail on the ingredient measure. This strawberry is going to be perfect, nice and thick: 5 pounds of strawberries, 8 cups of sugar (yes, low sugar version), 1 1/4 cup pectin. I'm not one for skimming the foam (I end up drinking it if I do) so there is some foam in the jars but I doubt anyone will complain.

I'm sort of glad I was going stir crazy, it's nice to get more canning done before spring hits. We also got a new vacuum, stepped up to a Dyson finally with some coupons we had. I chuckled as I watch someone run vacuum for almost 2 hours. I guess it's the little (and new) things.

I also raked the yard yesterday afternoon as the sun was setting. I think Monday of last week we had around 18 inches of snow in the yard and yesterday I raked. No complaints, I just can't wait to get back in the gym and on the running trails.


8 comments:

  1. Sorry you are feeling poorly. Maybe when spring comes it will be better.

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    1. All things get better with time, thanks.

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  2. Dysons do rock as far as vacuums go.

    Max, that darn cough does hang on forever doesn't it? If it wasn't for that cough, I'd have been over this mess for at least a week..

    Rock looks like a pretty pleasant dog to be around.

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    1. I try to buy good things that last hopefully forever, the $99 vacuums are horrible after a couple of years.

      Rock is a great dog but he actually isn't friendly at all unless people spend time around him (and that's exactly how I like it). I had to tell a random person who was no leashing it that all dogs are friendly until they aren't. He didn't understand, but that's why we don't go to the dog parks.

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  3. Sounds like you made good use of your time, the cold notwithstanding. And Rock? Good dog.

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    1. Thanks, I'll be struggling a few more days with it, perhaps I'll get the laundry not only cleaned but put away.

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  4. hey there max!

    i know you are getting belted up there in the mountains - you sure have one enthusiastic helper there - we will be digging into our frozen berries nest week to make more fruit preserve preps!

    really sorry you are feeling crappy - been a tough year - hang in there and you will come out swinging!!

    cheers!

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    1. Another day of 60 degree weather, it's almost spring.

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