Well, that was a long and unintended four day break! We had a super busy day on Friday and then I blink and suddenly it’s already Tuesday. To catch up a bit, I’m going to post what would be my “Photos from Friday Night” — a bit about the week.
I had my second mammogram yesterday. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since my first one! I haven’t got the results yet, but I have no reason to worry about it. it was just an annual screening.
I also saw my primary care doctor for my annual physical. When she saw my lab work (the lipid profile I wrote about) she was amazed at my numbers. He said people “would kill for numbers like these!” And then, “You must not have eaten a single carb for weeks before your exam.” Hahaha, that made me laugh. I reminded her that I am a vegan and that the majority of my diet comes from carbohydrates!
I did something I’ve wanted to do since we had to redo the bedroom last year — I removed the legs from our bed frame. When the bedroom was torn apart and we were sleeping on our mattress on the floor, I loved it. it seemed somewhat more comfortable. Our bedroom look is definitely not for everyone, but we love it! (Cats do, of course. It’s basically their room.)
Speaking of, every day I have to grab all of Chick’s toys (he’s the only one who actually uses them) and throw them on the shelves around my bedroom. (The shelves at the top circle the entire room.) The chick LOVES to go pick them up and take them down one by one. He makes this super loud meow that sounds like, “HELLO?! HELOO-OOO!” when he has one. Sometimes when I come out to the kitchen in the morning, he has all his toys piled up on the floor like this. (His favorite is the “zebra mouse”–it’s so cute and nothing special, but that’s his absolute favorite toy.)
And of course, when we receive anything from Amazon:
The cats take turns trying the boxes. The duck liked to sit in here and didn’t want to go out. Then he decided he wanted to take a nap, so he put his head in the corner and fell asleep. It didn’t last long, but it was funny!
I happened to catch him yawning too, and the first picture looks like he’s making a Jerry face.
I’ve wanted to get my helix (upper cartilage of my ear) pierced for a while. Since it’s a very simple piercing (no corners or slits), I used some sterile piercing needles to double pierce it. I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out – the hard part is getting the angle right. I like!
I took out some sewing to work on a pair of jeans and once I put them on the floor I went to the table to grab something. I came back and both kittens were already in my stuff! I don’t know what it is about cats, but the second you put something on the floor, they have to sit on/in it.
I’ve always put chia seeds in my cereal in the morning and when I was about to order more from Amazon, I saw that one recommended product for me was a seed blend of chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and hemp seeds. It was very expensive but it mentioned 9:9:2 ratio respectively. I already had ground flaxseed so I ordered the chia seeds and hemp seeds and just made my own mix. A fraction of the cost.
I put two tablespoons in my Grapenuts with blueberries and soy milk. I’ve been eating this (with the chia seeds) for breakfast for almost two years now! I’m not sick of it yet.
This is one of the pictures Jerry snuck up on me this week. (He does this more often, and it’s really fun to randomly find them on my phone, haha.) Here, I was working on the Connections puzzle from the NYTimes. I use a notebook to write everything down because I’m a nerd and it’s something I look forward to every morning after my run! Duck likes to help.
We had SUCH amazing fall weather this past weekend. On Friday, I decided to trim the trees in our yard. Yes, you read that right. The apple tree and the “Asian pear”. I put it in quotes because when I pruned it on Thursday, I got stabbed in the wrist by a large thorn. it was killing me. I couldn’t even bend my wrist! I finally started researching online to see if I should be worried and it led down a rabbit hole with pear identification.
And you know what? The tree I’ve been hoping to get Asian pears from for LIKE A DECADE is actually a pear! It is literally considered an invasive species and does not grow edible fruit. I wanted to go out there and just start hacking it. But I waited until Friday morning and used a ladder and a handsaw to cut it out, piece by piece.
I decided to get rid of the apple tree as well. When I planted it, I chose granny smith because it was Noah’s favorite. Now, no one in the family eats granny smith apples, so they’re kind of lost. And if I’m going to try to grow fruit (as I’ve been trying for 20 years now), I might as well pick something I really want.
We still need to remove the stumps, but this is what they look like now. The yard looks so different!
Since I planted a *real* Asiatic pear (Shinseiki) last fall, I ordered another one to plant near the back yard to cross-pollinate. And for the front yard, I ordered a cherry tree. The cherry tree I got is only 1-2 feet tall when it arrives, so I have no idea if it will last, but it will be fun to see if it does. I will plant it right in the middle of the front yard. It is self pollinating so I don’t need another.
We did quite a bit of yard work this weekend and Jerry wanted to have a fire to burn some of the ornaments. I was working on a sewing project so I brought it outside and sat by the fire with Joey. It felt like such a perfectly “drop” thing to do!
This is the project I did. I wasn’t crazy about the gray owl shirt (the neckline was too wide for me) but I did like the owl. So I cut it out and sewed it onto a simple navy sweatshirt I had. I love how it turned out!
I’ll end with a picture of Ellie coming home. His girlfriend goes to a different school, so they had two homecoming dances this fall. They have been together for about 11 months. they make such a cute couple!
And that’s all I have. I’ll report back tomorrow with Wednesday’s weigh in 🙂