This And That

This And That

What a beautiful day it is here today! A perfect day for this and that!

Attila has decided to replace the back wall of the garage, since it is no longer a load bearing wall, and it is heavily damaged by water, mildew and mould. Out it will come, and new fresh lumber will be framed to make a new, sweet smelling wall. It needs to be done. Projects can lead to other project, as this one is doing. I am enthusiastic about making the garage a pleasant place to spend time!

The garden needs some attention, and it is perfect day to do it! We will be spending the day out of doors, enjoying the warm sunny day, with reasonable temperatures and relatively low humidity.

The Hoya was growing some very, very long stems, four feet in length. Time to prune it, and put cuttings in water in the window to root. Also, additional soil needs to be added. The Hoya was gifted to me more than 15 years ago, when we lived in the city.

The Spicy Orange Chicken dish was a big hit again for dinner last night. The Instant Pot is my friend. It has made preparing a daily hot meal a simple, and interesting task. Now that I am solely responsible for cooking five days a week, this is a wonderful development.

Most of my Instant Pot cooking involves rice. We have been eating a lot of rice. I am noticing that my body is responding positively to this altered dietary regime. My body likes rice, and it isn’t just my tastebuds.

My next area of exploration with the Instant Pot will be fish. Both Attila and I really like fish, so I am inspired to learn how to cook one pot meals centred around fish. I don’t notice many Instant Pot recipes online that focus on fish, there are many focused on beef, pork, and chicken. I will enjoy ferreting out or creating great-to-us recipes to add fish to our Instant Pot dinner options.

Worldly Distractions


Date:8:00 AM EDT Saturday 7 July 2018
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 17.8°C
Dew point: 11.5°C
Humidity: 66%
Wind: NW 7 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“There is an applause superior to that of the multitudes: one’s own.”
Elizabeth Elton Smith

Something that seems to be largely overlooked in the Age Of Selfie.


  1. Teri

    Interesting that you’ve noticed a chance with increased eating of rice. Rice is actually quite high carb but could whole nations of eaters be wrong about its benefits?

    Fish doesn’t take very long to cook. You might find you have to add it to your InstaPot at the last minute. And I’m wondering how much flavor the fish will impart, since its not part of the extended cooking.

    It’s a beautiful, calm, clear day here, today. Lots of folks working on their gardens this morning.

  2. Teri, I am not sure why rice is so compatible with my body, it just is. We are all different. Rice sustains millions of people, who aren’t suffering from carb related obesity, or other carb related health issues.

    Yes, fish is going to be challenging, finding a way to cook everything at once! It will be interesting to see how it goes, I’ll probably try just fish to start with, and then try to add other ingredients to see how they play together.

    Beautiful here today too! The garden likes the sun, but is having a bit of bother with the dryness.

  3. Diane, rice is easy to digest. The changes are beneficial to my digestion, also to how hungry I feel hours after eating, my energy levels (higher), and a bit of weight loss as well. All good, in my estimation.

    The weather is wonderful! It was 30C for a wee while today, but the humidity was not high, there was a breeze, it was nice and now it is evening and the air is cool and refreshing.

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