Duplicate Blog?

I started a new blog, www.finegrind.blogspot.com fairly recently, to act as my "main page" with all of my recent posts listed. I started posting on that blog as well, and since it's sort of a general, "multi-topic" blog, it's left this blog redundant.

I don't want to delete this blog because of archived content, but maybe I'll just refer to it as dormant for now, and continue to post all of my general stuff at Fine Grind.

Soooo... if you follow this blog, you might want to follow Fine Grind instead (and thanks for following :)

Who knows, I may reactivate this blog at some point in the future, but for now...

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Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Ok. Here's mine...

It wasn't me (honest) who, uh, borrowed some of my husband's poker change to buy some of my daughter's school fundraising chocolate and to secretly hide it in the freezer intending to savour it for a few days and then ended up eating it all at once.

(who did that, anyway??)

Not me.


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Manic Monday Meme

What would you do with an extra hour each day?
Blog!!! LOL actually, I hate to admit it, but probably waste more time. Oh, you mean what would I like to do? What tv and eat chocolate!!!! ('cause that's not a waste of time ;)

Do you wear a watch? If so, tell us about it. If not, how do you keep track of time?
I am far too Type A to function without a watch. I feel positively naked without one.

If it was possible, would you want to know how many days you had left to live?

Click here to play :)

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Burnt The Chili. Now What?

I'm making another pot. It seems like such a waste, but DH has the most SENSITIVE taste buds in the entire universe and beyond.

I surfed a bit for some suggestions, and read about adding peanut butter to remove burnt flavour. I was desperate enough to try it, and sure enough the burnt taste is gone but now the chili tastes like peanut butter!! (and I only used about 2 tsp for a large pot). Um, yuck.

Sorry the-peanut-butter-saved-me fans. This isn't one of those "wow, it worked!!!" posts.

Correction - I just tasted it again. Not so much peanut butter now - instead, more like vomit. (At least if I had any doubts about cooking it over again, they're now gone ;)

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My Cat Is Still Special

Ah yes. The same cat who was leaving juice box straws in her food dish a couple of weeks ago has now taken up permanent residence on my kitchen counter. No amount of tossing her off appears to make any difference.

I tell myself that all the spider killing and lap cuddling is worth it, but sometimes, I tell ya...

What does she want? It's not like I keep open cans of tuna up there. More often than not, it's just some fliers, my open daytimer, and a dusting of spilled coffee grinds. (Maybe that's it... she's a caffeine addict! It would certain explain a lot of things).

On another cat related note - my husband has noticed that since he's been putting Canadian Springs water in their bowl, they've been drinking more. (We have two cats, and apparently we're so flush for funds that we feed them bottled water. It's Evian for my hair washing next.)

Still, if you're a Canadian Springs marketing person, you're linking to this post, ha ha. (On the other hand, seriously - what's wrong with our tap water??!!)

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Why My Cat Is "Special"

(Not sure what else to call her).

I had a cat that used to drink from a running tap as if it were a water fountain. I also own a cat who scoops up cat food with his paw and eats off his paw like a hand.

Then there's my other current cat.

She's, um, well let's just say she's in touch with her prey drive. (Did I ever blog about the LIVE mice she brought in the house one day? I'll have to look through my archived posts to see). Anyhoo. I'm learning a lot about cats and their prey drive - for instance, apparently what they "catch and kill" they store in their food dish.

At least this time it's not squeaking and wriggling, nor is it in any way icky. It's just funny, in a "omg you're so bizarre" kind of way. I babble... the picture says it best:

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I Love My Air Popcorn Popper, But What A Mess!!

Either I don't have the right size/shape bowl to sit beside my air popper, or it's design is a wee bit lacking. I say this because once it warms up and starts popping kernels, half of them end up blown around the room.

My solution? A paper towel held on by a bit of tape, to create a "tunnel" over the bowl. Works like a charm :)

Just thought I'd share...

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New Post Ideas

I haven't had any ideas for a few days now, so I thought I'd write a post about that. More specifically, I thought I'd google "new post ideas" and share anything I found interesting:

1) Expand on previous posts.
Here's an awesome post at Problogger about a technique called mind mapping to create new posts from your previous ones. I particularly like the idea of expanding on previous posts because you can link back to them, creating more links within your site. I was so intrigued with this idea that I almost did that instead of continuing with this post ;)

2) Expanding on comments I've left on other people's blogs.
So many times I've started what was meant to be a short comment that turned into a mini-blog post in some one's comment section. From now on I'm going to try posting more and commenting a little less.

3) Browsing through forums and newsgroups can inspire a host of new topic ideas.

4) Here's a fabulous list at Patdoyle.com of other ways to generate some ideas, from writing book reviews to running polls.

OK, I think that should help me ;) Off I go...
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I'm Not Lazy, I'm Just Motivationally Challenged

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
- Albert Einstein

See? I'm not insane! (phew) I may not be Martha Stewart, but I'm not insane.

I'm referring to my, uh, inept housekeeping efforts. I like a clean house as much as the next person, but every time I clean it just gets messy again.

What is with that, anyway??!!

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Ruby Tuesday

Here's my Ruby Tuesday photo - it's a magnet from our fridge :-)

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Mellow Yellow Monday!


I've never played along with a blog meme before, but thought I would this time. Here's my pic (I hope you like it - I know my kids would, lol :-)

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Enough Fog!!

I have an issue with my visibility being impaired, but at least with blowing snow it's for a good cause. It ends up on the ground and you get to shovel (which I enjoy! strange I know), your kids can make snow men and snow forts, they can ride their toboggans, they can play outside, their boots are clean when they come in the house, your snow dog (husky cross) is happy happy happy, the evenings are brighter because everything is white, etc etc etc. I can go on and on ('cause I love the white stuff), but I won't.

We had a good run this winter on the south coast of BC. (I am hoping it's not over - shhh, don't tell my neighbours 'cause I think everyone else in the lower mainland is happy to see the snow gone). While they've all been complaining as we were blinded by endless falling snow, now it's my turn.

What's with the fog??? Seriously!! I can't see a flippin' thing. Grrr. It's all damp and clammy and icky... and it's so COLD!!! Honestly, the snow was warmer. I don't care what those weather people with their thermometers say. (Pffft. What do they know anyway ;-)

GET LOST FOG!! You are visibility obstruction with no purpose. Please please go away (and tell snow to come back, wouldya?)

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One Question...

...how on earth does a snow bank get this dirty??? (!!!)

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Cheese Fights Cavities

Did you know that cheese can help fight cavities? I had no idea until a friend, who knows a Dental Assistant, recommended eating cheese after sugary treats.

Supposedly the nutrients in cheese help to neutralize plaque, and the texture of cheese stimulates an increased flow of saliva, which also attacks plaque.

Here are some links to check out:


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Photographic Evidence That I Am The Anti-Martha

I think the picture pretty much says everything (let's just say that I'm, um, alternatively enabled...)!


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