Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Rain, Rain, Go Away


Wesley Chapel, Florida


We are in the third day of a rain event that pretty much covers the entire state of Florida.   There is tropical moisture feeding up from as far down as below Cuba. 

It hasn’t been a continual rain, but it often rains hard enough that we choose not to get caught driving in  torrential rains.

We have a  DVD copy of the HB0 series, The Soprano’s and decided this would be a good time to get started watching it.  It’s helped pass the time and is keeping us from going stir crazy, and we are really enjoying the series.

Yesterday was a little less rainy in our area, so we did get out of the house for a while and did a little shopping and errand running.  We found a few cute little decorations  for the little cabin on our RV lot.

I can’t believe I’m buying knick knacks again, but I wanted a few little decorations for the front of the cabin.  We will wait until we get back to Georgia and get some more things from one of the many craft shows they will be having in the fall.

These decorations will leave when the current owners leave.


There isn’t much to buy for inside the cabin, but we’ll need a few things for the walls.

When we were up there, we went into some local shops that sold handmade and crafty items to furnish cabins.  There are a lot of mountain cabins there, and evidently big business to furnish them.

We want to have a bear theme, since it’s bear country up there.  We saw this cute bed with bear headboard.

Isn’t it cute?  Perfect for a cabin.  It’s a little hard to see with all the other furniture in the way, but it has a headboard and footboard.

bear bed at local  Amish shop
Of course, we don’t have room for, or need it, but I thought it was cute.


Al got his day started with a visit to the dentist and a 2 hour root canal.  Apparently, this tooth had the longest root the dentist had ever seen and he had trouble doing the root canal.  The dentist said the root was 29 1/2 mm long and went up to his brain? 

Not knowing exactly how long that was, I did the conversion and found it to be 1  5/32nd  of an inch.    Al had some discomfort yesterday, but refused to take the prescribed pain meds until bedtime.   He will be needing a new bridge that would cost $4900 if he didn’t have dental insurance. We're waiting to find out how much the insurance will pay.  He will wait until the fall to get that started. 

We are nearing our one year anniversary of going vegan, and I am now down 25 pounds.  It’s truly been the easiest time I have ever had losing weight.    We were really bad vegans while in Georgia and are now getting back on track.  That’s okay though.  We eat what we want, when we want, but try not to get carried away.

Kale is supposed to be one of the best foods to eat and we try to add kale to our green smoothies.  After reading up a little more on the nutritional value of kale, I decided we should try to eat even more kale.   That and the fact that Al bought a HUGE bunch of it and and it will go bad before we can use it up in the smoothies alone.

Last night, I made a kale salad that was a little unusual and that I thought turned out very good. I didn’t get any pictures, but I’ll probably make it tonight again and I’ll take a picture and tell you how I made it.  I think it’ll a regular for us.


  1. Looking forward to reading about the kale salad. I'm finding it hard to keep enough fresh greens around while on the road. And we are sick sick sick to death of rain. It seems like it has pretty much been raining since we left Florida.

  2. I don't think I've ever eaten Kale - that I know of anyway.

    Hope the rain stops soon and you get back to normal sunshine - it can get depressing after a while.

  3. Congrats on the weight loss. Sounds like you are finding fun ways to spend the rainy days. Are you also going back to that amazing gym?

    Kale salad is one of my new favorites. I buy the baby kale in the plastic bins. Add thinly sliced pink lady apples, almonds, and parmesan cheese. Dressing is just lemon juice and olive oil, but only a drizzle. Enjoy.

  4. Congratulations on the weight , loss. Have never eaten kale either curious to see how the salad turned out .
    The rain let up some day.

  5. GA. cooking MMMM! I purposely did not recommend any restaurants! Congrats on your continued diet success.

  6. We love Kale. A couple ideas....Roast Kale Chips, remove stems, cut leaves into 2" pieces, lay out of cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle of sea salt. Roast on 425 for 10-15 min.It gets real thin and crisp. Don't leave them, they burn quickly. So good I can eat one whole pan by myself. Roasting changes the taste and texture.

    If I can't cook all my Kale, I put it in a blender with veg. broth, give it a whirl then you can freeze it for smoothies or soup stock.
    Now you've made me hungry!

  7. I buy kale once awake and have it my smoothie everyday. Tried kale chips once but used the curly kale and it fell apart, heard the lactino kale works better for the chips so will have to try again.

  8. I really like the Kale. Catherine not so much. A bear theme will be cute for your cabin. At least the rain is keeping the temps down a bit. Have a good fourth.

  9. You certainly are doing well as a vegan.

    I can see yu will enjoy having a cabin. Lots of fun looking and shopping.



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