Bloggers’ Block

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I have it. It seems to happen every 3 or so months, and there’s nothing I can do but take a break. I’ve tried forcing myself to write in the past, and that just doesn’t work for me. So please be patient with me. I’ll be back by the end of the month. Thanks!


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My husband and I were in Galena, Illinois about a year ago and walked past a pasta shop. They sold different-colored pasta, pasta in a variety of flavors, and pasta in different shapes. The pasta that caught my eye, because I’d never seen anything like it before, were sombreronis. So named because they’re shaped like Mexican sombreros.

Sombreronis are the color of your typical pasta, that sort of beige (maybe?) color. But they are striped green and red in loose spirals around the hat part.

The type of pasta shapes I have in mind are like wagon wheels. They look like they were cut with a cookie cutter but for pasta. On the other hand, sombreronis are folded and shaped by hand, I’m thinking. The reason the hat part is about 1-1/2″ tall is so the chef can fill it with like ricotta cheese or something.

Very few (a dozen?) come in the package because they are large and filling. You already know that the hat is tall, and the brim is about 2″ in diameter.

I would have posted the recipe, but I don’t think I legally can, since it’s from the Internet.

Do you like pasta?

Heading Home

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I had a wonderful birthday weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. We brought our dog, Rudy, who seemed to enjoy all of the new places to sniff out. We’ve traveled with him before, to our go-to place, Galena, Illinois, where we stay in a rental house. This time was different because we stayed at an actual hotel — dog-friendly, of course. But being in such close proximity to other people had me anxious because Rudy barks a lot. It was kind of stressful. We’re on the road now, and I’m looking forward to being home.

Yoga Class for Stupid Dog Owners

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I am a dog owner (or like I think of it, a dog mom). I pick up after my dog when he poops. It’s understood that I’m going to pick up after my dog. Yes, it’s gross, but only about a tad more gross than scooping a litter box, which I’ve also done.

But that’s not the point; the point is dogs. More specifically, their owners. Certainly not all owners are guilty of not picking up their dog’s poop, but there are so many people who commit this act, that other people have actually made up signs, shaming them. And more power to the signs!

If it can get even one person who didn’t used to, now pick up after their  dog’s poop, hallelujah! The sign worked!

How hard can it be to clean up? It isn’t rocket science, and just leaving it there goes against basic human decency. I honestly can’t understand why people don’t do this.

Do you know anyone who does NOT pick up after their dog? Do you know why they don’t (aside from being lazy)?

My Vegetarianism

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Some people think that the terms, “vegan” and “vegetarian” are interchangeable. They’re not. Vegans don’t eat/use anything from an animal. For example, they don’t drink milk or eat eggs. And if you’re knitting a sweater for a vegan friend or family member, be sure to use yarn that isn’t wool.

Vegetarians, on the other hand, don’t eat meat, but do use animal products (cheese, leather). I’m guessing vegetarians give up meat because they feel that the farming industry treats their animals cruelly. Others do it for their health.

I chose to become a vegetarian 3 years ago, which doesn’t mean that all I ever eat are vegetables! Well, most of what I eat has vegetables, but it has things like pasta or brown rice, too.

Anyway, 3 years ago I was the heaviest I’d ever been. At 5’1″, I weighed 180 lbs. I don’t know what caused the weight gain, but my primary care physician mentioned that the gall bladder, which processes fat, could no longer do its job because it was surgically removed I think, the year before. So that could be one of many reasons for the weight gain.

Another is my craving for Peanut M&Ms. Every once in a while I’d have a craving for something sweet, and it would usually be Peanut M&Ms and I would end up binging on them. Also, I didn’t exercise. And to be honest I still don’t.

After I gave up meat, I lost 30 lbs. Then I lost another 10, and another 10, which is where I am now. I don’t know if all people lose weight if they become a vegetarian; this is just my experience.

To be perfectly honest, I do, sometimes, miss eating meat. Mostly I’ll have a taste for kabobs, ribs, maybe a nice steak, BBQ for sure. I’ve even approached my husband about having a cheat day, but he remains steadfast as far as his own vegetarianism goes. So I do, too.

Plus, also to be honest, I’m afraid of eating meat because now I’m afraid I’ll gain all that weight back. It wouldn’t be the end of the world, but still.

Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Or neither? Would you ever consider giving up meat?