Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Fragments

Maybe it’s me, but I thought that week went fast! However, I still have things rattling around in ye olde brain!

Recipe addendum:  Debbie [here] asked about the potatoes I made. They’re really quite simple! I get the thin-skinned yellow potatoes. Wash and dry them, but no need to peel. Then slice in half lengthwise. Cut each half into thick slices, like oversized French fries. Dry the slices thoroughly with paper towels. (This makes them crispier!) Spray a cookie sheet with Pam, and lay out the slices on the sheet (skin side down.) sprinkle them with salt (or onion, garlic, parmesan cheese.) Preheat oven to 350°, and cook the potatoes for forty minutes (or until they look crisp and golden.) That’s it. Easy, right? My problem is that I don’t handle sharp knives well, so my patient husband does the slicing!

More Weather Hoopla: We didn’t even have an inch of snow on Wednesday, and it’s gone by now. The next drama will be tomorrow. The meteorologist whom I trust the most said it will just be a brief snow from a nor’easter, and then all rain. They’re also talking about possible snow Sunday into Monday, but I think it’ll fizzle out. Last year, we set records with the snow accumulation. This year, we’ve hardly had any. I’m not complaining, though. It’s pretty to view, but treacherous for my stumbling feet!

The Hermit: Speaking of weather, my life revolves around it very often. Last year, I stayed in a lot, when my husband would deem it too difficult for me to walk on it. That meant that I had to miss visiting my mother a lot. This year, I have no mother to visit. So, I just stay inside, anyway. Rain will leave me drenched, and ice/snow is dangerous, so the only days on which I could travel need to be dry. Yet, I still remain at home, mostly. Shopping isn’t that much fun because I’d need the wheelchair for most trips, and I hate being so powerless in it. I just get pushed wherever, and after a while, I get annoyed and want to go home. Eating out occasionally is fun, but it still means the w/c for most excursions. It’s easier to just stay home, as much as that bores me to tears!

Sports: The only sports I enjoy watching are baseball (my Phillies,) and college basketball (especially the Philadelphia teams.) I don’t like football, hockey, or pro basketball. As such, I’m not much interested in the playoff games or the upcoming Super Bowl.  I do find it funny, though, to watch/read all that’s happening with ‘deflate gate!’ What’s going on? Since the game will be on in this house (I’ll be reading, but checking out the commercials and half-time show), I’d be rooting for the Patriots just to have something to keep it interesting. They’re an east coast team, and I like their uniforms. However, now that this cheating business has come up, I’m not sure. I do like navy and green, also. We’ll see.

TV/Books:  There have been a lot of reruns this past week, so my Saturday watching will only include Downton this week. There have been some new shows advertised for late February and March, and I’ll probably check them out.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult is fantastic. I love her books! I’ll probably read Chris Bohjalian’s Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands next because he’s another author I’ve added to my favorites’ list. The Picoult book has tons of information about elephants, but she weaves it into the story so well, you’re unaware that you’re actually learning something! She did the same with Lone Wolf and Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Well, that’s about it for this week. Stay tuned for more petty postings next week.




  1. We have been renting a lot of movies from redbox, most suck (I hope that does not offended you, but it is the only word that describes them)!!!!!!

    We have been having awesome snow this year, less then an inch, always beautiful and no clean up required.

    Thanks for the recipe, they sound good, easy and healthier then regular frozen freece fries. I have a very unhealthy obsession with potatoes!!

    Have a great weekend!!

    1. No offense taken (one of my go-to words!)
      My son has Amazon Prime -- $99/year, and he streams movies and shows from his computer to his large screen TV. Plus -- he gets free shipping and other discounts an I think I may look into it!
      And -- potatoes are NOT unhealthy! ;>

  2. French, is freece even a word?? I guess it is as spell check likes it once again!!

  3. Call the Midwife re-runs are airing on our local PBS channel on Thursday night. I love that show!

    1. I looked through the listings on all of our PBS stations, and finally found the show. BUT it's episode three in season 2 or 3. I'll check On Demand, and if all else fails, I'll see if I can get it from the library on DVD. Thanks for the heads-up!