Friday, January 8, 2010

Do Like the Natives....

My lack of posting this week has been due to lots of things - mostly all good. I spent Monday and Tuesday finishing the rest of the painting in the kitchen -- it looks fabulous! But we haven't had much sun, so any pictures I take right now won't show well. I'll wait until a nice, sunny day to show you the result.

We've had a little snow and a lot of freezing rain and ice recently. I usually take my daily walks in any sort of weather, but with the bitter cold here I found that my feet just don't stay warm in my runners and I don't have the support I need on snow and/or ice. So I went winter boot shopping online and look what I found!

They fit perfectly, have lots of support and plenty of traction for just about anything but sheer ice! I remember how cold my feet were standing for 2 hours at the Christmas parade at night just after we moved here - next year they will be warm and toasty and fashionable - just like the natives!

I've also begun baking in earnest again thanks to Ulla and Melanie giving me a jump start with 2 great recipes! I've always used King Arthur Flour and just love the catalog they put out. I saved the last one I got at the old house, brought it here and decided to pick up a few things!

I've always had trouble proofing yeast, but King Arthur carries an instant yeast that requires no proofing! I thought I would give it a try. Also when I was packing up the cupboards in the old house I threw out the rest of my dark Dutch baking cocoa as it hadn't been used for quite some time. Now I have a new bag and there is a great recipe on the back for double chocolate brownies! I also got 2 bags of white icing mix for cookies or royal icing, and decided to try their Vietnamese Cinnamon. Wow - I wish computers had smellavision! This stuff is incredible! If you have some time, do visit their website - see the link I provided above - they have all kinds of recipes, too!

The other thing that kept us busy this week was Miss Sophie. She began throwing up every day a couple of weeks ago. Her wonderful new vet did some blood tests and didn't find anything. While we were waiting for those results, she had two Grand Mal seizures - nothing is more scary than watching your pet go through something like that. The vet then did a complete thoracic (sp?) workup and still didn't find much of anything. She decided that Sophie needed something to keep her calmer so she wouldn't have the seizures, or at least lessen them. We had to get a compounding pharmacy in Arizona to make up a lotion that is rubbed inside of her ear as she won't take pills or liquid. Check out the cute toys the pharmacy sent with the script below - how nice, and Sophie loves them!

This weekend I'll be buying paint to do the small bathroom off the kitchen. Two rooms done and 8 to go......

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your kitty in residence being under the weather. Not fun! Love the new boots, you will definitely be styling. My daughter uses King Arthur products and loves them. Thanks for the website and the good tips on their products..Sounds like you are moving right along with your painting and settling in.
Louise

Rannyjean said...

I love the boots, where did you get them? With my fibro, any type of cold in my feet or hands is miserable. Prayers for the kitty, poor baby!

Darlene said...

Wow, it's so nice to 'see' you Miss Candace! Those boots are definitely perfect for your walks in extreme weather.

Barb said...

sorry to hear about your cat...hope all is well now.

Love the boots....and wish I could enjoy your baking....

Jackie said...

Merrell makes a really good shoe. I think you'll be really happy with the ones you purchased.

We can only get King Arthur flour here. My oldest son, Chris, is a wonderful cook. His first year after he moved back here he asked for their cookbook. He loves it!

Orcsmom said...

I am sorry to her about your kitty. I also love King Authur's Flour. I do have a choice, but I always choose the King! I can't wait to see the pictures of your kitchen. I bet it looks great! Your new boots actually look very comfy! Take care! Hugs!

Pam

Ulla said...

Your boots look just perfect. Also remember to keep your head warm. We natives of a cold country do that.
Have a nice time baking!

Melanie said...

Sorry to hear about Sophie. Hopefully the ear drops will help.

Love the boots. I've been going around in black knee high CAT boots and small brown CAt boots with a fur trim- so warm and toasty in the snow with great grips. I love your new ones!

Great that you finished the kitchen painting.

Sorry I'm a bit slow to get here- had computer problems.

Kaaren said...

I hope Sophie gets better soon. I have a really hard time hearing about animals in distress.

Love your Merrells. I have something similar but not fur-lined. They look so warm and toasty.

I just can't wait to see some pics or your "new" kitchen. I just bet it's smashing!

Stephanie said...

While in Chicago I went to a spice store, Penzeys...nothing but spices. I bought some Vietnamese Cinnamon. Oh the lovely aroma. I've going to use it in my coffee cake recipe. Did you find what the fuzzy stuff is made of at the top of your boots? I just LOVE them. I know Miss Sophie is well loved and what a special treat for her to get toys in the mail.

Julia said...

So sorry to hear about Sophie, I hope that she will be alright.
(((hugs)))

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Cool boots! I wish I had a pair right now. It's so cold here.

So sorry Sophie isn't feeling well. I laughed when I read about the ear medicine. In the past, we've had medicine mixed in a liquid form and made to smell like fish! Kind of like kitty gravy! Oh, the things we do for our pets. Hope she's feeling better soon.

Trisha said...

Your boots are so cute!

Kay said...

Poor Sophie! I hope she gets better. I never heard about medication on the ear. Good to know; it's sure no fun to give a cat a pill against her will.

I know what you mean about walking in snow and ice. I joined a gym since I don't like doing it--too afraid of a fall and broken bone. Be careful!

Redneck Junkers said...

Im pretty sure I need those boots. Where is this website that you ordered them from?
the Redneck Junkers

Bonnie said...

Poor kitty! I hope she is well soon.

Those boots look wonderful! Now that we've moved to Florida I don't need quite so warm, or so I thought until this week! It has been quite cold here and I can't seem to get my feet warm!

Enjoy the baking. That's almost as much fun as quilting!

Libby said...

I do hope they find the cause of Sophie's troubles - no one feels good when the babies don't feel good.

Hang in there with the painting - it really does end. We are down to 2 baths, a hallway and the staircase (which we will gladly be hiring someone else to tackle *s*)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Those look like some great boots! I need some just like that!

Karen said...

Oh poor Sophie. I hope she recovers.

Love the boots, they look so cozy with the fur lining!!

I find your partiality to a certain flour funny :) I've never thought that much about it!

Nadine said...

Lovin' the boots! We were doing the freezing rain/fog stuff last week also....had to add the clamp on ice studs to mine! Sunny today...yay!

happy zombie said...

I love those boots!!! More like shoes, but still very booty. Sh'booty!

I need to get me some so I can up up with you when I follow you around.

Anne said...

Love the boots. I'm gonna have to look into those. I sure hope Sophie is doing better. So scary when our "babies" get sick. Guess what? We have a contract on the house. I'm hoping that all goes well with the inspections. Whoppee!

Lisa D. said...

Poor Sophie - I hope she's better with the lotion. Love your new boots - how cute are those? Sounds like you are very busy - who said retirement was all about relaxing?

pratima said...

so sorry about the kitty :(
hope she's doing well now.

Your new boots are looking so good to keep warm in this weather :)
I love king aurthur floor too!

*karendianne. said...

Oh Sophie, being a behind Blogger I had NO IDEA you were going thru such a terrible time. I'm sorry to hear about this. Please let me know how you're doing, will ya?

sewtakeahike said...

Candace, LOVE the new shoe/boots!! Those are completely awesome. REI has a pair of boots I really want, maybe sometime this spring when they go on sale (if they do).
I'm with you on KA flour. Luckily, our grocery carries it so that's all I buy. They have the best stuff!
I'm so sorry about your Sophie! Is she doing better now that she has the creme? I've recently had to take our Foz-man into the vet as well for blood in his urine. He's on a special diet now and we go in on Monday for a followup UA. Hopefully the crystals in his urine have been reduced with the special food they have him on!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh my gosh Candace. You've been so busy. You need boots. You'll wear them out at the rate you're going.

ytsmom said...

I hope Sophie is doing much better. I know what it's like to have a sick kitty. Love the boots.

Linds Clift said...

great to catch up wish I could stop by for a coffee,loved the Porch blog brought memories flooding back of my years in Canada