Thursday, 24 November 2022

Preparing to Den Up

It's been a typical November here in Lower Slabbovia (a cold and fictional country from Al Capp's comic strip). We've been on the usual freeze/thaw rocking horse with snow cover in flux. I'm still in the process of winterizing the house but mostly looking forward to relaxation and hobbies.

One of these entertainments is reading e-books from the Ottawa Public Library. I'm partway through one that I find especially fascinating. The title is The Body: A Guide For Occupants, by British-American author Bill Bryson, first published in 2019. Did you know that each of us harbours about three pounds of microbes? (Three pounds is the weight of the average human brain.) The microbes are mostly friends and only occasionally foes.




 

At a gathering this Fall, the topic turned to air fryers. One lady heartily recommended them while another said that her's mainly sat unused and wasting counter space. Recently, I found a display of a single serving, President's Choice model. So I bought one and also picked up a bag of frozen fries. Let me tell you, my machine will NEVER waste counter space! I absolutely love it! Saves power, makes things extra crispy and is a breeze to clean up. I'll seldom use the oven in my electric stove from now on. The one I bought is only 11" tall by 7" wide and takes up very little room.




 

Beside winterizing the house, I'm also winterizing my body. Letting my hair grow out and have converted an old pair of socks into wrist warmers. They feel so cozy that I wonder why I didn't think of this long ago!

Socks in a previous life, now cut down to become wrist warmers.

Also happy with my new Crocs slippers, lined and covered with faux fur.

I've added an electric space heater to help reduce propane bills.
 

Ravens have been making their home here for quite a few years now. In the last few weeks, I've been putting out food scraps and dog kibble for them. This morning one saw me walk across the road to the mailbox. As I walked back to the house, it followed me and flew to the top of the tree overlooking the 'handout' site. I'm curious to see just how chummy we get over the winter. I love the clucks, croaks, rattles and gurgles they make as if trying to form words that I'll understand. "You're a sweet lady and I do appreciate the dog kibble but just so you know, I much prefer your roast chicken leftovers!"

My new best friend picking up his serving of dog kibble.

A  bunny sitting perfectly still for the camera.





18 comments:

  1. Oh yes, I remember Li'l Abner. He was a favorite. Will have to check our Bill Bryson's The Body. Sounds interesting and I loved his A Walk in the Woods. You might have sold me on the air fryer and clever use of old socks. Stay warm in Lower Slabbovia.

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    1. Li'l Abner was a favourite comic strip of mine also, Patti. Moonbeam McSwine and Nightmare Alice were such characters! Thanks for the reading tip. I'll request Bryson's, A Walk In The Woods next. And Happy Thanksgiving to you, Callie and Minnie!

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  2. Hi Florence, we certainly were hit suddenly with winter! After being caught without some supplies a few years ago once November hits I start stocking up.
    I have been curious about air fryers too. A couple family members rave about how good they are.
    Your wrist warmers and new crocs look snugly warm! We tend to keep our house cool so slippers and warm sweaters are definitely needed here!
    When we lived in Nova Scotia I regularly met a man at the local stores who had a pet crow. It sat on the headrest of his drivers seat as he drove and on his shoulder in stores. It was pretty friendly too.
    Love the bunny photo. Unfortunately I haven’t seen many here lately…..we have quite a fox and coyote population here.
    Take care.❤️

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    1. Hi Robin, love hearing from another Ontarian. My thrifty genes compel keeping the thermostat at 21C during the day (unless I'm out) and 19C at night. Propane has gotten quite pricey. Multiple layers of clothing are a must! With my air fryer, oils drip into the basket below and the food is lovely and crispy. I use it daily! Didn't know you once lived in Nova Scotia. A cousin and his family moved there from Ontario and loves his new ocean home. I think the fox and coyote population must be low in my neighbourhood because bunnies are tame(ish) and plentiful.

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  3. Florence, you made me laugh out loud with your very first sentence (it's been awhile since I've read anything from Lower Slobbovia), sure makes me happy to see a new post from you! I am so sorry for not reading this sooner, as yesterday was Thanksgiving I stayed off my computer the entire day and feasted. Anyway, your book about the body sounds fascinating, I'm going to borrow that too--3 pounds of microbes, ugh! I knew we had them but still... Am also glad you got an air fryer, yours looks exactly like mine and I need to remember I have one.. (Since I have no counter space I keep mine tucked away under the sink.) If you cook more than fries, will you please share it on here? I could use some ideas :^) Loved the pic of the raven, very sweet how you look out for your friends in the wild. Blab blab I apologize for my long comment, just glad to hear from you. Your blogs are ALWAYS a treat.

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    1. I was hoping you were preoccupied with Thanksgiving delights, Doug. In Canada we celebrate in mid-October. My brother and his large family were here then and that's when his daughter and granddaughter gave me their opinions on air fryers. I've also air fried marinated tofu and it turned out much better than in my stove's oven. I'll be sure to share how it handles other foods as I experiment. Yes, I love learning about anatomy. And Bryson appeals to my inner teenage boy. Ever wonder how long a head can function after being severed from a body? He explains that. (a wee teaser)

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    2. Haha! What the--!! I know chickens can flutter about after chopping off their heads, but a functioning human head?! Well Florence, I'm glad your own Thanksgiving was a nice one in October and glad we got that marinated tofu out of the way... 😉

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    3. Strange, Blogger suddenly won't let me 'reply' to a reply, only gives a 'Delete' option. Anyway, the book goes into detail about eyewitness claims of post guillotine executions, then gives his scientific view. Ha, I knew tofu wouldn't appeal to you but I've read that anything that can be fried or baked can be air fried. I intend to experiment.

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    4. Oh, operator error! Sorry Blogger.

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    5. Blogger hasn't been very user friendly for awhile now, I don't think it was you Florence! Hey I don't mean to keep writing but I've been wanting to ask you something for a long time. Your banner (at the top of your blog) is so professional in appearance, did you hire a web designer or such to create that for you? (If you made it yourself I apologize, it's most impressive.)

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    6. Oh thanks Doug! Yes, I did compose and knock that up in Photo Shop. I worked for a magazine for a couple of decades so was trained in aspects of typography and graphic art. It's a bit busy and dated so sometime in the future I intend to replace it with something more minimalist -- perhaps a very simple watercolour graphic.

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    7. Very impressive Florence, but busy and dated? You're the professional but I don't agree. I think it's polished but sweet & homespun. I hope you don't change it anytime soon. :^)

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    8. Thank you so much, Doug. Homespun for sure. Now you're appealing to my lazy side so perhaps the old header will flutter on. It was created during my beekeeping days.

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    9. I agree with Doug, your banner is lovely!!
      Do you mind if I ask which magazine you worked for Florence?

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    10. Don't mind at all, Robin. I worked in the Art Department of Legion Magazine here in Ottawa. We produced a monthly magazine for members of the Royal Canadian Legion. We published both printed and online in English and in French. Lovely people and I enjoyed the work although deadlines always nipped at our heels.

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    11. How interesting Florence! I have seen that magazine over the years.

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  4. I sew merino neck warmers or gaiters, hand warmers with a thumb gap , and the two items are life savers even down here. I can pull the gaiter right up over my nose, still breathe, and it saves my heart from angina. Much more affordable than bought ones. Love your air fryer and crunchy chips, perfect size. Recently I looked at a 3 way combo, air, convection and microwave, Left it there, and decided to do more research. Do you have to have snow tyres on for your roads?

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    1. Hi Jean! I think NZ must be near the top in merino wool production. No excuse for being cold in your winters! I'm a sewer as well and thought of making a gaiter but then decided that my scarves would be just as warm and easy to loosen if needed. Thermal underwear a must! And yes, snow tyres necessary for winters here. I install mine on or before Remembrance Day on November 11th. Oh my goodness, a 3 way combo cooker?! We are spoiled for choice!

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