We have "fallen back." I don't like this winter time. I don't like it getting dark at 5 p.m. And "gaining an hour" means little when you don't really have a schedule and operate on free form time. So, bring back the light!
The temperature here in Michigan is supposed to drop radically tonight. I don't know what radically means -- none of the weather people are committing (probably smart), other than to say it will be a good preview of winter. And they are predicting snow. Well, I live in Michigan so we don't have hurricanes and fewer tornadoes than certain areas, far fewer wildfires. Stop complaining, Jeanie.
Lizzie, on the other hand, has not adjusted to falling back. She's fine in the morning because I think overall she prefers sleep to food but she's started bugging me for dinner at 3:30. Now, I don't feed her till 5 or 6, but the usual nagging doesn't start till after 4. It's not that she doesn't have food in her bowl. Our Lady of the Neurotic Eating Habits has taken to not eating her dry food unless she is attended.
This means throwing kernels across the room where she'll chase and devour it or pretending to put new food in her bowl or taking it out of her bowl and putting it on her mat. At our sale, her catsitter, Claudia, said that she would arrive each day and the food hadn't been eaten, so she would sit and be with her to be sure she ate.
At least she's thinking inside the box again. (Now that I've said it, I'll regret that!) She went through a period of about three months where once every seven to 10 days she would go outside the box. Not far -- about six inches, on the cement floor next to it. I tried puppy pads (she really liked those, so that idea was a bomb). I kept a bucket by the boxes for fast clean-up.
Well, all this has stopped since we've been home from the lake to stay. Let's keep hoping.
Our sale last week went well. Not as well as we wished, given the pouring rain almost all day Saturday, a home game and no evening traffic. But we all came home with money and in my case, special orders. I was thrilled some of my watercolors sold and loads of cards, so no complaints.
I'm working on getting new things into the Gypsy Caravan here in case anyone is interested. Hopefully next week...
Yesterday Kate and I went to IKEA (and Trader Joe's) and my big purchase was a high chair for our Baby Grand! On Saturday, Molly and I are going to Southern Exposure for Christmas Decorating on a Shoestring and Rick is baby sitting while we're gone. I'm not sure which of us is more excited!
He's been cooking like crazy from Paul Hollywood's book. Last week he made two so-delicious-you-can't-stand-it things -- one was a pizza with bacon, brie, carmelized onions and potatoes. The crust was thin and perfect and it was so good! The next day he did this bread in a springform (Pain de Savoie) that had ham and cheese in it. It looked like a cake but was bread texture and the best lunch ever.
He also did baguettes, which were delicious with Julia's VERY EASY French Onion Soup. I've made this twice over the past few weeks and it's to die for. And did I say easy? Only change I made to the recipe was adding more onions and since I didn't have the cognac, skipping the tablespoon right before serving. It wasn't missed!
November is here with cold nights, dark skies lit by a moon the size of a kleig light, crunchy leaves underfoot (they are finally falling) and the promise of holidays to come.
The beginning of the busy season. Hold onto your hats!
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