goose on the loose

Posted by on November 7, 2008 in farm, other things | 13 comments


Today's blog, in list format:

  1. Sally often lurks around the back door, peering inside like a nosy neighbor who wants to be invited in for the latest gossip and a cup of tea. Sometimes we let her come in the kitchen for a visit. The cats are fascinated and terrified at the same time. Here they are investigating a little goose poop.
  2. Soup season is here to stay, it seems, and I have three recipes in regular rotation right now: Kale and Sausage Soup (I doubled the amount of stock and added a little cream at the end, delicious!); Albondigas (I will have to share my recipe for this one, we've already made this four times in the last month); Italian Sausage, pasta, bean and vegetables (I don't have a proper name for this one, but I've been making it a long time). What are your favorite soups?
  3. I've been holding steady with my 25 lbs. lost this year, but haven't lost any more over the last couple months. Starting this past Monday I joined a weight loss pool with 15 or so (mostly male) co-workers. Everyone put in $20, and the one with the highest percentage of weight loss gets the whole pot. So I'm back on the losing-weight track, and I'm competitive, so I'm working hard to win. I need some new pants, most of mine are on the large side, and any loss will mean that I need to go down a size. So I need to win so I can buy some new pants. Extra motivation! 
  4. Here is my weight loss tip of the day: I try to designate one day a week as a Free Day, and I don't worry too much about what I eat that day. I don't track the calories, I don't measure portions, I just eat what I want. Sometimes it ends up being just one meal, sometimes it's all three meals on the chosen day. I don't see it as a binging, free-for-all kind of thing, just a, 'I've been craving a cheeseburger and fries all week, so I'm going to Wendy's and having one' sort of day.
  5. I've made a lot of progress cleaning out my studio. I hope to be able to paint it later this month, which will make a huge difference. I consolidated various boxes of photos and letters and cards into one bin, so if we have to evacuate due to a fire, they will all be in one place, and I can grab it quickly. I bought a nice Martha Stewart photo album at Michael's, so I'll gradually put all my pictures in there, but I'm at a loss what to do with all the letters and cards. What do you do? I have a couple friends that have been wonderful letter writers, so I know I want to keep a lot of them. I also found all the letters I wrote home when I was in college. I haven't read any of them, and I'm pretty sure they are mostly requests for more money and complaints about roommate, but at least some of them might be worth saving. 
  6. Also, as part of my cleaning, I've listed some rubber stamps on ebay. So if you need to  add to your rubber stamp collection, there are a few good deals to be had.


  1. The kitties are too cute swatting at the goose poop! haha! I like the shoes on the wall in your kitchen- tried to zoom in on them- cute kitchen.Hey, the stamps are awesome deals! I have to go back in to ebay, I haven’t bought anything on their site in years. As far as soup, I make this Chicken and sweet potato with chile and lime recipe all the time. It’s from Cottage Living Jan/Feb 2005- don’t know if you keep those magazines. I’ll email the recipe to you. Hey, and what a great idea with the office pool to see who loses the most- that would motivate me too. Good luck to you! I have been finding that the more water I drink the better- and walking….

  2. That is a hilarious picture! My favorite soup is a family recipe christened “Grandma Fern’s Hamburger Stew” I use turkey instead of beef and it also has cabbage and potatoes – so hearty! Keep up the good work, trying to lose weight is so hard and emotionally draining. I joined a fitness boot camp this summer to jump start my road to health and now that it’s over I have been slacking off and I am feeling it in my thighs. *sigh*

  3. That is a really funny picture!
    We’ve made an Italian sausage (turkey sausage) and kale soup a few times in the last month, too. Wow, we must be on the same wavelength or something. I’m starting to like kale and I hear that it is super super healthy, too.

  4. Holy cow that goose is hilarious. It makes me want one to invite in every now and then.

  5. ahh, the power of a numbered list. I can’t get enough of them.

  6. I used a scrapbook to save old cards and letters. Most of the cards I cut in half so you could see the front of the card and the inside without taking it out of the sheet protector. Some of them I didn’t bother saving the front of the card, only the message inside. I like having them confined to a single binder on the bookshelf and I feel better about them being protected a bit. Good luck!

  7. 1. Sally’s a real kick, isn’t she? Letting the cats “play” with her poop. Haha! She looks quite devilish in your photo.
    2. Soup? Pumpkin tonight. Maybe Kale and Potato tomorrow. Chicken Tortilla is a favorite too.
    3. Bet you’ll win!
    4. One day a week. I eat fruit for breakfast, meat/protein for lunch, and veggies for dinner.
    5. I have to keep my correspondence in the original envelope, grouped by sender, and tied up with ribbon. Grandmother, Mother, and Oldest Brother were all letter writers and all have passed. So dear, the written word.
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  8. Geese must be very careful in the kitchen. 😉
    DD makes a Kale and Sausage soup. It is quite nice on a cool day. Wonder how close it is to your recipe.

  9. I love this picture so much! My dogs wouldn’t play with the poop but they would eat it. What do the dogs do when Sally’s in the house?
    One of the knitters in my group joined WW in January and lost 60 lbs this year…and she’s 70 years old!!! So amazing. I’m too lazy to stick to a program.

  10. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  11. This is a hilarious picture! The goose taking center stage and the comical cats in the background. They look like they should be characters in a children story book.

  12. My weight loss tip is to eat chocolate everyday. Seriously, I find if I don’t, I go around feeling hungry all day, and eat too much – even if it is so-called healthy stuff. It might be the swimming that does most of the work, but I noticed the big difference when I caved to the chocolate cravings.

  13. Looks like a fun kitchen to me!! That soup looks amazing, can’t wait to try it.

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