It’s Not All Mary Poppins

While I Was Researching…

Picture me industriously preparing a couple of posts on how to get your toddlers to eat vegetables. It’s by way of a public service, don’t you know. I was googling for pictures to accompany the text, make it bright and yummy. Have you ever noticed how, when you’re researching one thing, you tend to pick up odd bits of information on peripherally related topics along the way?

Take baby carrots, for example. Have you ever wondered where they come from? I mean, I’ve grown carrots, and I’ve never produced weeny little stumpy baby carrots. Even if the soil’s not prepared properly and you get short ones, they’re never that small! So where do these things come from? It’s a puzzler, no doubt.

Well, puzzle no more, because I have found the solution!

And that, my friends, was post number four hundred!
Well worth the wait, I’m sure.

(If you click on the picture, it will take you to the website where I found it, which has about a gazillion vegetable recipes.)

January 21, 2006 Posted by | food, random and odd | 5 Comments


Went to bed, there was moderate snow out there. Woke up this morning to an exuberance of snow. Look at this! Look right…

Look left…

Gorgeous, isn’t it? What the pictures don’t show is how heavily it’s still coming down, though it’s suggested by the mistiness in the distance, which is not mist, but merely billions of fine flakes. Here’s a better indicator: See these steps?

We shovelled them an hour ago.
(Er, that would be the Royal “We”, and Stephen is a prince!)

January 21, 2006 Posted by | Ottawa, outings | 11 Comments

What’s Up With Me this Week, Anyway?

For those of you who are wondering what has become of me this week:

I am continuing to keep up my space here, obviously, though much of what you’ve read in recent days was written long ago. I am not, however, managing my usual rounds of visits to see all you nice people.

Here’s the explanation, which I’m hoping will be simply information and not a whine! I have, it turns out, a “bulging disk”. Well, that’s what the physiotherapist called it; she makes a distinction between bulging and herniated, but not all experts do. You can call it bulging, you can call it herniated – point is, it hurts! This accounts for the lower back pain and the greatly restricted movements. (I can’t put on my own socks! Thank you, Q, for saving me from barefoot frozen feet…) The disk is impinging on the sciatic nerve, which accounts for the pain down my right leg.

I cannot sit for more than a few minutes. I cannot stand still for long, either. I can walk, though gimpily, with the right leg dragging a bit, but not far before the leg pains start. What I can do – and the physiotherapist has even presribed it – is lay on my tummy on the floor. The exercises she’s given me afford me about half an hour of pain-free living. A sound investment of 20 minutes, I figure.

So the last couple of days have comprised of 20 minutes of exercise followed by 30 minutes or so of upright living. Part of the “exercise” is simply to prop myself up on my elbows and let my back droop. Guess what? I can TYPE while I do that!! Oh, happy day!

Oh, how I love my laptop! Without it I’d be bereft of blogging, and though I’ve also consumed a fair number of books this week (finished Quirky Kids, Susan!), one does value a bit of variety.

How have I done this with the tots about? Well, I haven’t. I took Thursday and Friday off sick, and will return to the fray on Monday. I have lined up backup for the mornings of next week. My son, Adam, who is having exams, graciously offered – offered! what a lovely boy – to help out. A friend will help one day, and Emma will get to stay home from school one day. I’m hoping that by the following week I will be able to work on my own.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

January 21, 2006 Posted by | random and odd, the dark side | 5 Comments