We had a cold week. The days were mostly in the 50's, and the nights, except for one when it rained, were in the 20's. The coldest one was 23. Brrrr. We did get one night of heavy rain, which yielded us 1 3/4" overnight.
This week will be much the same with several nights in the 20's, but more rainy days, they say.
It's difficult to function in the cold, especially when there's not even a couple of hours of warmth in the afternoon, so I did not accomplish what I really wanted to.
Tomorrow is supposed to be go-get-the-tree day, but it's going to rain, and there may be thunderstorms. If that happens, then it will almost certainly be put off. If there's just a light rain for a while, we may go ahead with it, but perhaps not take Krypto along after all. We shall see.
I've been sorting sweet potatoes. I've got a little collection of Japanese Sweet, purple fleshed, and, of course, orange fleshed varieties. I have figured out which ones that I want to cook to go with chicken, which ones that I want to grow in a jar, etc.
Ds went to the warehouse and I got 3 items. One was a topping, more on that in a moment, one were some fresh onions, and one were bags of chips.
The chips are small, individual bags inside of a large bag. They are called 'vegetable chips' but are potato based, and taste like Pirate Booty, if you've ever eaten those, not potato chips. The vegetable part is that they are all different colors, dyed with natural vegetable dyes, such as beets.
And, they were made to give to Trick or Treater's (what a great idea!) so the chips themselves are shaped like ghosts and such.
I can't eat them, but they are perfect snacks for Dh, Ds, and Thyri. How much were they for each large bag - which has 18 small bags inside of it? 27 cents apiece! Maybe someday I will get over finally being able to go to a food warehouse again, after all of these years!
Now, about the topping. We all know that I can't eat hardly any prepackaged foods. Either they contain something that I can't eat, or else they are produced in factories which also process tree nuts, peanuts, soy, gluten, etc. Phooey.
But, when Ds was there, he told me that a chocolate topping that I used to eat on ice cream was there, and he wondered if I could still eat it. After reading the ingredients, he said that there was a good chance that I could. It's Santa Cruz brand, now owned by Smuckers.
They only had 4, so he got one for me, and one for ddil. It's like a fudge topping, and you can heat it in the microwave to use on ice cream like a hot fudge sundae topping. I had only eat the plain chocolate type, but this one is chocolate-mint.
Tentatively, I put some into a spoon and tried it. It was like someone had blended up a Peppermint Patty, which I've always liked. Then I waited, and...nothing bad happened, hooray!
So, each evening after dinner, I have a spoon for my dessert! The date isn't up until the middle of next year, not that I'm worried about it.
Ds went back and got me the last two that they had, which are less than half price off of retail. It's amazing that I now have something delicious, and already made, that I can eat almost like candy! Because I don't heat it, and it stays in the 'fridge, it's quite thick and fudgey.
I have wrapping to do for Christmas, and was thinking of getting it done this weekend. They are mostly small, and oddly shaped items, such as the jams for the guys, and some special candy for ddil. Hopefully, I can make them look nice anyway. I've even thought that I should wrap Krypto's antler. I can do it when he's out for a longer walk, as he will want it if he's in here with that super nose of his.
We have a new bird up here. It's a Pileated Woodpecker. We have always had them, but we only saw them now and then at the old house, as they are rather shy. We had never seen one here, until this week.
It's around every day, and isn't shy at all. They like mature trees, which is why we have them here. They are basically the 'Woody Woodpecker' woodpecker.
They are the largest N. American woodpecker at 16"-19".
They eat wood borers, ants, and some berries, and are found on the Eastern half of this country, most of Canade, and here...the northern half of the west coast. So, hopefully, he will hang out, and we can see their babies. They make nests in trees that they excavate, so it's possible!
I know that my ravens were talkative today. I have no idea what was bothering them.
Well, that's about all for this neck of the woods! How was your week?
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