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The plumber wasn’t too horribly expensive, thank goodness. The furnace guy will be here Tuesday. The call itself won’t be horrible but the guy hasn’t told me what it will cost to repair or replace the furnace. Miraculously, I am surviving the heat. Every fan in the house is running, and I manage to get cooler air in at night, so it’s not awful.

Recipes for July

July 9 - Juicy balls. I have no idea what is in the original recipe, but they are inspired by a recipe that Constance makes for her food group while camping. They smell like they are made by cooking meatballs in onion soup mix and water, so that’s what I did. I used about 1 1/2 lb pure ground beef and browned it in the frying pan. Then I added about 1/2 a package of onion soup mix and some water, and allowed everything to cook down. When the soup was getting to be almost like a sauce, I mixed in cooked noodles (Constance served hers on the side because some people had gluten issues). It turns out that Constance now makes them with beef broth and desiccated onion because some instant soup mix has sugar (another no-no for part of the food group).

July 18 - Cherry pie filling (https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/218432/cherry-pie-filling/). I have no idea how this turned out because I gave the pie to my dad. He said it was good.

Carrot top pesto (http://www.organicauthority.com/3-carrot-top-recipes-because-carrot-greens-are-not-poisonous/). I accidentally left out the garlic, which is a shame because I had planned to use up some garlic scapes. However, I really liked the flavour without garlic. It may have been the lemon-infused olive oil I used when I ran out of my regular stuff.

July 23 - Swedish meatballs (https://addapinch.com/swedish-meatballs-recipe/). I really liked these, but my daughter thought they tasted funny - perhaps because I didn’t use pork, and possibly because I used garlic scapes instead of garlic.

Book challenge:
July was a book tied to your ancestry. I don’t know much about my ancestry. My mother’s family is German, via the USA and somewhere in Turkey or Russia. She said my birth father was of Norwegian background, so I chose Peer Gynt, because it was on the shelf. Trust me, the occasional music written by Edward Grieg is way better. This is one of my favourites: https://youtu.be/dyM2AnA96yE. This month’s challenge is to read a book with a yellow cover. It may be time to re-read The Art of Possibility.

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Staycation - Day 4

I'm on the bus to my folks' house to weed their garden. I'm on the bus because I have completely lost control of my car. Today the girl is going for a ride. Tomorrow she has a riding lesson and then plans to shop with a friend. I put my foot down to claim the car for something I wanted to do on Saturday, and I'm allowed to have it on Sunday as long as I get it to her workplace by 3 pm and then bus home. 

I didn't go swimming this morning because I wasn't sure what her plans were so I hung around waiting for her to wake up (she worked 14 hours yesterday so was a very sleepy bunny). Instead, I washed windows and watered plants. Sadly, I discovered that my last borage plant accidentally got decapitated when I was weeding yesterday. So much for those suckers being indestructible!

Yesterday was nice. We went out to our leadership coach's place, which turned out to be a gorgeous custom-built house facing a golf course. We had a lovely visit over beer-butt chicken and grilled vegetables. Barbecued radishes are the bomb!

I'm starting to worry that I won't come close to getting all my planned projects done. I had two specific things to work on and haven't touched one, while the other has gotten only minimal attention. I have eyed starting some new things (foolish me) and am working at others that are not time sensitive. If only vacations really were about relaxing instead of family and other obligations. Sigh.

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The Friday Five

1) Has the weather where you are finally started acting like spring is here?

It’s teasing us today. The ice is almost off the river, and my daughter wore shorts to pick me up after work. I saw two brave crocuses in my lawn this morning. We are expecting 10-15 cm of snow on the weekend, and night-time temperatures will be well below zero.

2) Do you have any special spring activities or outings planned?

I planted my tomato and cucumber seeds and got a notice for my community garden’s AGM. I have seeds and dirt in my future.

3) Have you started wearing different clothing appropriate to spring?

I broke out a more summery top, but wore it with a winter coat. I chose it because it is comfortable for travel and I have a long day today.

4) What signs of spring are manifesting around you?

Cabin fever. Lots and lots of cabin fever. Also playoff season.

5) Are there special foods you enjoy preparing and/or eating in the spring?

Salads, especially those with “weeds” from my garden. If I have to pull them up, I may as well eat them. I eat very little salad in the winter because I can’t get anything local.

The Friday Five

Since we are so close to St. Patrick's Day, how about a bit o' the Irish today?

1. Are you Irish?
2. Do you like Guinness?
3. Do you know what the symbol of Ireland is?
4. Have you ever watched Father Ted?
5. Do you believe in leprechauns?


1. No. I am mostly German on Mom's side, and I believe my birth father was of Norwegian ancestry.
2. It's not my favourite but it will do. My taste in beer runs either to really dark (and Guinness isn't dark enough compared to what some friends brew) or light and fruity.
3. I do. It's a harp, on a green background. It is also on my SCA heraldry.
4. No.
5. Only whan I'm out in the woods or my imagination is running wild late at night.

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The Friday Five

1) Who made you feel good this week, and how?

My team at work. They did things on private time that support our work (women and girls' rights). I admire their dedication.

2) What did you do this week that moved you closer to reaching your goals?

I baked cupcakes - I have been fundraising for the Humane Society.

3) What did you most enjoy doing this week?

I went for a ride on Fancy and felt like I was doing all the things right that we had practiced in my lesson. As a bonus, she didn't try to bite me. Sometimes, she can be a good horse.

4) What did you learn this week?

I learned some new veil moves and dance steps at bellydance class.

5) What’s the funniest thing that happened to you this week?

In yet another example of "Ottawa is a small town" it turns out my substitute bellydance teacher knew a very old friend of mine who died a couple of years ago. I first met him and his wife back when I was still in university.

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Colton Boushie

Colton Boushie was a young Cree man from Saskatchewan, who was killed last year by a farmer when he went onto the farmer's land to get help with a flat tire. Some of the kids in the car had been drinking. There had been thefts at nearby farms and these kids may have been trying to steal from the farmer. No matter. Boushie was shot in the head at close range while sitting in the driver's seat of the car. The farmer claims his gun went off accidentally. Tonight the jury acquitted the farmer of all charges. The jury was all white (anyone in the 750 person jury pool who looked like they might be indigenous was objected to by the defence). Of all provinces, Saskatchewan has one of the largest indigenous populations as a percentage of its total population. Race relations were already difficult there, and things have gotten worse throughout the trial. I happened to catch the live updates as the verdict was announced, and the courtroom erupted - not in a good way. It has been several hours now and I don't even want to turn on the news to find out what is happening. I fear that Regina may look like Baltimore post-Freddie Gray.

I am beyond angry, and also deeply ashamed of some of my fellow Canadians.

The Friday Five

1. Where did you go the last time you took an airplane ride?

Kabul, Afghanistan

2. Are you a nervous flyer or a comfortable flyer?

Comfortable. Don't particularly enjoy traveling because it is usually for work, but being a nervous flyer would be a real problem in my job.

3. Window seat or aisle seat?

Window. I hate being bumped by people walking past.

4. What is the worst experience you've had flying?

There have been several unpleasant experiences. Almost all involved going through Miami airport.

5. What is the best experience you've had flying?

Flying business class is almost always great. For sheer fun though, the flight attendants on a trip to Jamaica were the best. It was a tiny plane, and they were incredibly friendly, telling jokes and even singing.

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The Friday Five

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Today's Friday Five is brought to us by eno_on on Livejournal.

1. After your first language, what language would you most like to learn? (Say first language too)
2. Does your country have a second language? What is it?
3. How many languages can you count to 5 in? To 10 in? List them.
4. What is the first overseas country you visited? And from where? (ie/ timbuctoo to mars)
5. What country do you most want to visit? And why?

1. My first language is English. I also speak French, Spanish and Portuguese. I would love to learn either Chinese or Icelandic. I would settle for improving my German significantly (I was never good in it, and even that is really rusty now).

2. Our second official language is French. The NWT had 11 official languages before it was split into NWT and Nunavut (Dene, Inuktitut, Cree, English, French and I'm not sure what else). I'm not sure which territory has which official languages now. Increasingly, there is pressure to have at least some First Nations languages used in Parliament. Then we have all the immigrant languages. Chinese, Hindu, Punjabi, Ukranian, Spanish and Tagalog are among the larger groups. Approximately 200 languages are spoken in the city of Toronto, an incredibly diverse place where about half the population has a mother tongue other than English or French.

3. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German.

4. France, from Canada. Technically it wasn't a visit as we moved there when I was two and stayed for five years.

5. I have wanted to visit Iceland since I was a little gir. Back then, I was fascinated by the geography. Now I want to visit all the historical sites and museums, too.

The Friday Five

1. Where did you grow up and do you miss it?
Military brat, so I lived in many places. The longest was in Germany (two stretches, totaling 7 years if you consider that I was away at university for three and went back for holidays). I also spent four years in France, which was immediately before the first stint in Germany so I count it as almost the same place. I do miss them. Technically, I spent four years in a very rural part of Ontario, but - like all the other places in southwestern Ontario where I lived, I loathed it.

2. Which are your three favorite words in the dictionary and why?
Cogitate, spelunk, gundiguts. I just like the way they sound. Also they are less often used words for fairly common things.

3. What is a vegetarian dish that you really like?
There is and Indian curry and potato pocket (done in puff pastry, not fried like a samosa) that is really good. Also vegetarian pizza with olives and feta.

4. What do you do when you have a misunderstanding with your friend?
No idea. It has been a long time since I had one. I I have had the occasional falling out that was more serious than a misunderstanding. I walk away from those.

5 What do you daydream about?
Sewing, holidays, doing all sorts of things besides what I should be doing at the time of the daydream (usually happens at work or when I'm trying to get to sleep).