Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Me Again ...

Okay, I am back on track ...

I have sorted through my emails, got rid of what I didn't want, forwarded on good stuff, filed others ... that's done ... tick.

I have just about completed my iPod stuff ... just need to fine-tune it, that can be done whenever ... tick.

I have finally posted the few postcards I have received in the last week ... check them out here, or via the link on my sidebar ... tick.

I am about to embark on (finally) visiting you all ... stand by, I'm coming !

I made the most amazing risotto last night (remember, I only started experimenting with risotto in the past few weeks). It was soooooo yummy ... I used about 2/3 pack of arborio rice, about 1.5 ltr chicken stock, tin of corn kernels, smaller tin of creamed corn, bunch of chopped spring onions (shallots), lots of chopped basil and parsley, garlic, cracked black pepper, onion powder, parmesan cheese ... I think that was all. I don't usually cook with basil or garlic, but I thought it was time I tried different flavours ... and boy did it make a difference ... mmmmm, I'm making this one again. These quantities made enough for about 8 people, so guess what we're having again tonight. Unfortunately, when reheating it loses it's proper texture, but the flavour is still there. Can't wait ... easy dinner tonight !!

Before I head off, I'd like to share a little story with you ...

Mouse Story ...

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it." The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers." The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose." So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap-- alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember -- when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.


One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Take care, my friends ...



Autumn said...

I love that story about the mouse..

3catsmeow4me said...

Great story.

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

i have never had risotto, but i want to now.

love the mouse story too:)

Dick said...

I like the mouse story but I will still try to catch them if they come into my house or RV. I've never had a problem with chickens, pigs or cows trying to get in.

It is good to have you back on the visiting circuit!


It's good your postcard is still going on. Lovely postcards. Mine had just stopped. No one sending anymore.
Love your Remember quote. It is indeed true. Everyone existing in this world has a reason and a purpose for living.
Thanks for passing by.

BarBarA said...

Sounds like you have been busy! Glad to see you ticking things off your list!

Your risotto sounds SO GOOD!

The mouse story was great - and its true about the threads of a tapesty.

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

all is alright with the world your back !!!yahhhhh,!!!!!!! we miss you terribly but know you have alife
your risotto sounds wonderful , must try it , glad Bambi is better they are like our babies arent they ! give her a nuzzle for me please.

I love this story , it is so true , we are all connected:}
and yes a friend is one of the best things to hold on to ! and you are a good friend , take care Meow ,will be thinking of you .

Jon Cox said...

What a wonderful post! I love the mouse story! Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoy my latest work! It's always so wonderful to hear from you! :o)

Badoozie said...

thanks for the cute emails!!

Kali said...

I adore risotto, and that sounds yummy. I'm hungry now!

Loved the mouse story too...definitely made me think.

Take care, Kali xo

SkyeBlue2U said...

HI! sorry I've been so bad, but hopefully I'll get more time to visit. :)

Peter said...

"There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

Of course there is, there's a mouse in the house!!!!

Meow said...

Autumn ... thanks, it's great, isn't it !!

3catsmeow4me ... thank you.

Bossy Britches ... thank you. Risotto is oh-so-yummy ... give it a go, it's easy.

Dick ... thank you, it's good to be back, too. I feel like I've been gone for ages (but I've been sitting right here !!)

Fridays Child ... thank you, yep it is still going ... got 4 more today !!

Barbara ... thank you ... busy ain't the word, but it's calmed down again now.

Greeneyes ... thank you so much, you are a wonderful friend, too. Got your parcel today, it is wonderful. Will post about it tomorrow. Thank you, and hugs to you xx

Jon Cox ... thank you. Your artwork is always wonderful, you are so talented.

Susie ... you are most welcome, I hope you don't mind, I thought they were cute !!

Kali ... thank you. I am heating up the left overs, and it smells soooo yummy.

Skyeblue ... you haven't been bad, I haven't been visiting much either.

Thanks, friends. Take care, Meow

Meow said...

Peter ... I seemed to have had a mouse theme happening, didn't I ?
Take care, Meow

Merle said...

Hi Meow ~ You are doing well getting jobs ticked off. It is a good feeling isn't it?
I enjoyed the mouse story like
everyone else. Thanks for your visit, glad you liked the Spaghetti joke. Take care, Merle.

Pennys from Heaven said...

HI MEOW! Great post, and how true! Thanks for stopping by and checking on me, it is interesting how our lives all over lap. Things have been hectic with work and school...but I keep trudging forward!!

Til later

Michelle said...

Yummmmm the risotto sounds delicious :o)

Nicole said...

I have never never ever ever ever eaten risotto!
But I loved your story.

Merle said...

Hi again Meow ~~ Thanks for your comment, glad you enjoy the jokes etc.
I made some risotto for my tea and
your recipe is delicious. Thanks.
Take care, Merle.

Jenn said...

Nice story. I was bracing myself for a really corny joke at the end. ;)

Alice said...

Fantastic story. Love it.

And by the way:

welcome back.


Sonia said...

Love risotto and thanks for this recipe!

Love the mouse story! It's very wise!

Dawn said...

I love the mouse story!

I just love coming here (only commented once from my other blog) but I just love the music. Makes me want to get up and dance around the office:)

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO . I just sent you an email! the parcel you said arrived is not the first one that is only a "HI "letter ! the box I sent is about 14by 14 not an envelope! it is brown and I guess now very sad cause it must be lost , I sent it begining of June and the one (second)one I sent was in late July!
BOO HOO hope you get it !*SIGHHHH*

PEA said...

I've never had Risotto but after you explaining what goes into it, now I want to try it!! Do you deliver? lol I loved the story of the's so true, we must all help each other and be there for one another!! Take care:-)

Meow said...

Merle ... yep, getting the jobs ticked off is good (shame housework wasn't one of them !!)

Peg ... sounds like you've been busy too.

Michelle ... thanks, it was !!

Nicole ... thanks, you really must try risotto, it's easy to make !!

Merle ... thanks, did you make my recipe ? How cool !!

Jenn ... thanks, sorry no laughs at the end of that one !!

Alice ... thank you, it's nice to be back !!

Sonia ... thank you. Funny to think of mice as wise !!!

Dawn ... thank you ... I can just see you getting up and dancing around the office !!

Greeneyes ... ooooooh, I thought it was the one. I hope the other one turns up, it would be a real shame if it were lost. I'm sorry. But I love this one, anyway !!

Pea ... thanks, but sorry ... I don't deliver !!! It is really easy to make, and yummy, too.

I hope you are all well and happy.

Take care, have a great day ... Meow

Raggedy said...

Great story!

Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) huge huggles
(")_ (")Š from da Raggedy one

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Your dancing cat icon has been driving Limpy wild. I think he's obcessed with it and primarily reads my blog posts to see the cat dance.

Meow said...

Raggedy ... thank you.

Nick ... *giggle* ... it does that sometimes !!

Take care, Meow