April 17, 2011

Urban Rummaging

One of the advantages of having a spoiled pooch who demands two walks a day, is that Hus and I get to know our neighbourhood very well - and benefit from its bounties.  Although we haven't done it yet this year, we usually collect bottles in the spring, pick apples from old orchards, collect Saskatoon berries in greenspaces in the summer, and come across all sorts of things on the paths and roads on our regular walking routes.  I found $2 last week!  

But this week Hus took the cake.  We've noticed an abandoned wheelbarrow in a bit of bush that we pass. Its been there for about a month.  For those who don't live in Canada 'the Bush' can refer to pristine wilderness, or can refer to any space that is unoccupied, wild and used as a common space (sometimes, unfortunately, a dumping place).  Yesterday, Hus came back with the dog pushing the wheelbarrow home!  It is a really nice 'vintage' steel one.  He put it into use right away.
I think a month is probably long enough to determine if it was dumped.  If someone comes to claim it, we'll give it back, but from the reaction of one of our neighbours - we weren't the only ones who were keeping an eye on it!

Homemade Granola Bars

I've made granola bars over the last few weekends to add to work lunches.  I've used this recipe for Playground Granola Bars with great success.  
The recipe is very forgiving since you can make additions and substitutions.  I've added coconut and nuts and chocolate chips at times, and it takes relatively little time to make a batch.  This is about the only baking I've been doing lately!

April 05, 2011

Feeling Crabby this Spring

It really is spring!  Today I bought some freshly-caught and cooked Dungeness Crab from Haida Gwaii.  I already had half of one for lunch today and will have the other half tomorrow.  The rest are destined for the freezer for now, since Hus (luckily) doesn't like crab.

April 04, 2011

Maintaining Myself Monday

Yes, I have been steady at 130 lbs for the last few weeks.  Now the hard part is to keep it off!  I plan to still track my daily WW points to stay on course!  
I also had to go buy new jeans this week, hoping that a size 8 would fit nicely.  The award for vanity sizing goes to....(drumroll)....Mark's Work Wearhouse where I bought size 4 and size 6 jeans!  The number is nice, but I don't think it really reflects reality.  For those of you outside Canada, Mark's Work Wearhouse is a large chain that sells casual clothing besides things like steel-toed boots and leather gloves.
As for exercise, I raked the yard this weekend!  The snow is finally gone in Northern BC and spring is here.  I took a picture of the weeny flowers I found on the lawn....
 Happy Spring!