Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Surprises In My Letterbox ...

Hello again, Friends ...

I got a wonderful surprise when I went to my letterbox yesterday afternoon. There were 3 postcards (which I have posted on my Postcard Exchange blog ... click here, or visit via the link on my sidebar), and a lovely package (well, 2 actually, but one of them was some stuff I had ordered for my Turbo Oven, so I won't go on about that here !!).

The package was from Chloe, all the way from Greece. There was some great stuff in there, mostly Meow / Cat stuff (I wonder why !!). The things Chloe sent me were: A gorgeous pink spiral-bound notebook, with a cat and Meow on the cover; a matching wallet thingy with small note sheets and pen; some cat fridge magnets; a gorgeous CD (which I have played, and love, and will listen to often); some Greek chewing gum (I love chewing gum !); and a beautiful card. Thank you, Chloe, it is a perfect gift. You are so sweet.

(Greeneyes, I am sorry to say that your parcel still hasn't arrived ... when did you send it ??)

We had some weird weather yesterday. One minute it was overcast and drizzling, then the clouds parted briefly and the sun shone, then it rained again. Have a look at this photo, taken from outside my backdoor ... I was fascinated by the cloud formation. Ths sun was in the wrong spot, so the photo is a bit weird, but I think it shows what I wanted it to !!

I experimented with my cooking yesterday. I had never made Risotto, and have eaten it often at restaurants, and at friend's, and love it, so thought it was time to make my own. I downloaded a couple of recipes ... but in the end made it my own way anyway, just using the basic methods on the recipes to get the consistency right !! It turned out to be a yummy Chicken and Mushroom Risotto ... mmmm, the family loved it, so did I. Guess what I will be making more often now. Might have to try other flavours, too !!

I wasn't quite as motivated as I had hoped to be yesterday, and still have things on my list I should have done (which of course, now carry over to today's list !!). I had better hop to it, hadn't I !?!?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday.

Take care,



Chloe said...

i am still amazed it reached you that fast. it's only 5 days since i sent it and you live in Australia!
i drove M. crazy with my reasoning: "maybe it's because they are one day ahead"!!

i love risotto! when it is sticky and yummy. and cloudy skies :)

Meow said...

Chloe ... 5 days, that is so amazing, and there was a weekend in between there ... don't know about our postal service, but ours doesn't work on weekends !!
Thank you again.
Hugs, Meow

Kali said...

Lovely presents from Chloe...You know that post is so fast...I send things up to Darwin and they take 9 days!!
...Oh my gosh...hubby's just walked in and given me a package from my sis (holidaying in Greece!) and it's post marked 10 July...even that's fast!
hahaha...what a coincidence!!! oh my gosh, I think I need to go and open my parcel and have a cuppa.

Meow said...

Kali ... the postal service is so weird, not consistent at all. Who can figure !!
Yay, you got a parcel from Greece, too. Hope it's full of wonderful stuff. Enjoy.
Take care, Meow

Neo said...

Meow - I've never tried Risotto before, but sounds like you had fun making it up.

That pict of the clouds is pretty funky, mother nature has been really messed up lately.

Hope the start of your week is going good.

Peace & Hugs,

- Neo

megz_mum said...

I love risotto! Tend to make up my own flavours - tuna, tomato and basil is a favourite!

Merle said...

Hello Meow ~~ Thanks for your comment
The rain has been wonderful, nice and
steady - the sort that soaks in.
I hope your list has some things ticked off soon. My suggestion ~~ make
a shorter list. Don't expect too much
of yourself. Take care, Merle.

Hale McKay said...

Hello meow, here by way of Peter. He said I should come visit. so, here I am. I like all the neat cat stuff. Oreo, Sasafras and Smokey like it too, they're purring.
...I dont think the dogs Ginger and Oliveah cared for it. All they would say was "Ruff."

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

i love risotta..

and cool stuff you got in the mail..i really need to get you some stuff sent out..so many cool things i could send you..i am so lazy..and forgetful;)

Meow said...

Neo ... thanks. You have to try some Risotto , it's yummy !!
Yeah, Mother Nature has been playing silly lately ... makes for some interesting photography, if nothing else !!

Megz Mum ... that sounds yummy. Now that I know how to make it, I'll experiment, too. Thanks.

Merle ... you know what, I like the sound of a shorter list ... I'll rewrite it, and extend it over 2 weeks, rather than one *giggle*. Thanks.

Hale ... Hi, and thanks for visiting. Your kitties sound like my kind of people ... purr !! Please come back and visit again some time !!

Bossy Britches ... thank you. You are a busy woman, don't stress !!

Take care, friends, and have a great day ... Meow

Dick said...

You sure have some neat postcards! And from all over the world.

Peter said...

Hi Meow, love the photo, I could perhaps shed some light on why your list stalled out a bit!! I see you picked up a new chum from it, Hale McKay is Mike on my blogroll, a funny fellow and very regular poster

Connie and Rob said...

That Chloe is a sweetie. Such a nice package.

Risotto is becoming one of my comfort foods. It is so good. You don't need much either to make you feel full!!


Meow said...

Dick ... thank you, I love them, it is all so much fun !!

Peter ... yep, you could be right there, although I don't do "real" work after 8pm at night, only fun computer stuff, so it didn't really take me any time at all !! Thank you for directing new blog friends my way. I appreciate it !!

Connie ... yes, Chloe is a gorgeous person, and the package is perfect !! I know what you mean about Risotto ... now that I've made it once, I'll certainly be making it again. It is lovely in the cold weather ... yep, comfort food !!

Take care, friends, and have a great Tuesday night / Wednesday.


Nicole said...

I am not a fan of rissotto my sweet... but I bet yours was glorious. I am more of a soft, fluffy steamed rice gal Mmmmm. I have been a little ill these last few days and have missed catchingup with you... I hope you are wonderful and have a gorgeous week. xox Nicole.

momyblogR said...

Risotto it the best. I'm so glad your's turned out well. :):)

LoraLoo said...

You take some of the most beautiful pictures. That picture looks very cool to me here in the hot desert...

wazza said...

Thanks Meow. I'm glad you liked my owl photos. You hava good week too. I have a whole bunch of postcards I've collected from around the world so I'll do a post on them soon so you can see some of them.

Reverberate58 said...

Postcards and gifts too! You are one lucky cat! Meow!! I managed to get a lot done yesterday but still have to start packing but not motivated for it yet! We leave on Friday and I need to be ready but still have two days to go! Glad you liked my card!

Meow said...

Nicole ... thank you !! I hope you are feeling much better now, and glad to see you are up and about again. Hugs.

Momyblogr ... thank you.

Loraloo ... thank you so much. It must be interesting living in the desert.

Wazza ... thank you. Your owl photos are gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing all your postcards !!

Reverberate ... thank you, I think I am too !! I loved your card, its is so pretty. Only 2 days to get packed ... ooops, that motivation thing is a worry, isn't it !!! You'll get there !!

Take care, friends, have a great Wednesday ... Meow