Winter has ended!

LOCATION: In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Warming up!  Sunny.  High 68

STEPS:  13,409
CLASSES:  2 Line-dancing

We enjoyed learning some new dances today in line-dancing class.  Due to Covid, we limit the class size to about 5 and the class is in a fairly large room.  Our teacher, who fell last year, is being cautious, and is using videos to teach us, while holding on to the counter.  We certainly don’t want her to fall again!

I took an extra long walk today as the weather was so nice.  I don’t know what has happened to the little dog I used to see every day on the farm.  I am guessing that the farmer took the dog home to keep warm last week. 

This is more like it!

Our electricity situation in Texas is a big topic of conversation.  It has become political, of course, with each side blaming the other.  My neighbors are sending messages to everyone urging residents to send our high electicity bills to Biden, as they feel he is to blame.  Others blame the Republicans for the grid set-up here, and are scolding Senator Ted Cruz for jumping ship during the crisis, taking his family to Mexico for a family vacation…. I just wish people could work together instead of making everything a political issue.  Let’s be kind and focus on solutions…to this and to other problems facing our country.

I had hoped to play some pickleball, but it was just too windy.  Pickleball uses a whiffle ball, which is very sensitive to the wind.  Our court is not blocked by any trees  or buildings, so is especially affected when it is windy.

I had some mint to use up from a recipe I made earlier in the week, so we enjoyed a Mint Julep on the driveway, basking again in the sun. 

We took our flower and herb plants out and have assessed the damage (appears total) of our outdoor plants.  The nurseries advise us to leave the outdoor plants alone for a month or so, to see if they come back.  So, there are dead-looking plants everywhere.  Very sad.

DINNER:  Sort of a chicken cacciatore recipe I made up.  I sauteed onion and garlic, then added a chicken thigh.  To that, I added tomato paste, red wine, whole tomatoes, and spices.  I served over pappardelle pasta.  Side was a romaine lettuce/tomato salad.  I always have challenges finding good salad dressings.  Jacques Pepin to the rescue……I watched one of his podcasts where he demonstrated the recipe he says he uses almost daily….

3 T red wine vinegar
s &p
1 T dijon

Put in a jar and shake well.  Then, add 3/4 cup olive oil and shake again. 

I will keep this on hand.  Very easy and tasty.

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