Friday, October 20, 2006

I'm Back!

Thanks for the well wishes and comments during my absence. I went through blog withdrawal, but with all the growing kittens around me I have been kept way, way busy outside of teaching. As far as I am aware the group that I am fostering with has three placements for the kittens. So far one little one (the yellow tiger) is not spoken for. In addition to the four we are fostering Sophie one of the other foster cats had four babies two weeks later. They are almost four weeks old balls of fluff.

Family wise: The first night I had access to my computer again Melissa decided to shut her thumb in the car door - it broke the bone in between her joint and knuckle. Then Matthew had a serious infection in his big toe that has been on and off for several months. He now has to have 1/2 his toenail removed and they will do something to it so that it will never grow back.

Food wise: I have missed the food competitions while I have been away! I will be slow in posting for a couple of weeks because I want to spend a little bit of time catching up with my blog land foodie friends. My favorite food while I am working over 60 hours a week has been the canned bean soups I had prepared previous in jars.... black bean, split pea, corn chowder, and lentil stew. That and some good whole grain bread can keep me satisfied for many, many meals.


madeinalaska said...

yea! so happy your back! I kept watching for you.

I hope everybody makes a speedy recovey wow, the screw balls life throws at us all, huh? ya, just never know. thumbs and toes..?

I am quite envious of your patry of canned goods.. you are so awesome! It must be a lot of work, but very VERY rewarding!
take good care of yourself Dori.

Vivacious Vegan said...

So glad you're back. I had to step away for a while too and started going through withdrawls.

I think your canned bean soups would definitel keep me satisfied too!

I finally bought some Kal stevia and have been using it like crazy. I came up with a chocolate chip cookie recipe and I made a dozen and mailed them to my Grandma for her birthday. I'm going to bake a pumpkin pie tomorrow with it. It's really great. I think it's so funny though how on the bottle it says take one spoonful once a day preferably with food or beverage. So unbelievable ridiculous that it has to be marketed as a supplement because the asparatame and splenda manufacturers own our government.

Looking forward to more of your great meals!

Midwest Vegan said...

Welcome back. Hope Melissa and Matthew are both doing better now.

I agree with VV, all your marvelous home-canned goods would definitely keep me fed too. Great planning on your part to put those up.

Okra Mary said...

Hooray! I'm glad to see you back in blog land - we've missed you!

Julie said...

So glad you are back! I love your blog!!

laura jesser said...

Glad you're back, and looking forward to more posts! Gosh, and I hope Melissa and Matthew are doing better now!

Yikes, 60+ hours a week? Incredible! At least you have wonderful homemade food to enjoy... Take care!

Urban Vegan said...

I REALLY missed my Iowa buddy! Welcome back.

Hope the kids are doing okay--yikes! And congrats on your wonderful fostering of the wee kitties,

funwithyourfood said...

Broken thumb and infected toe! OUCH
well it's been eventful eh? Hope both the kids are alright


Geraldine said...

Welcome back!!! Ive missed your posts. Hope your children are on the mend. Ouch, a broken thumb would be so painful.

Take care and again, glad you are back in Blogland.

Huggs, G

Nikki said...

I missed your blog so much! Glad to hear about the kitties! Sorry about the kids injuries-so odd that they both have issues at once!

Shananigans said...

Welcome back! Best wishes to Melissa and Matthew for a speedy recovery. I sure wish I had delicious homemade canned soups to survive on in these busy weeks. Cooking can be just too much to face at the end of a day.

Vicki said...

yeaah! dori, you're back - i'm so glad because i miss your food & humor. sending super positive vibes to melissa & matthew - ouch! soup & bread = yum. especially if it's from the bakehouse!!! :o)

Gaia said...

I'm going to be very original and say that I'm happy you're back ! And I'm so glad that I'm the first one to admit it LOL ;-)

Poor Matthew and Melissa ! How awful :( I hope that they heal quickly !

Happy to hear about your foster kitties ! That is great :)

Carrie™ said...

Yea Dori!! Can't wait to see what you post next. Bread? Please?