It's been an educational weekend.
Mon mari has been wallpapering the hallway – trying to get it all done prior to the stairs coming. For the record, I don't paint or hang wallpaper because I don't do a good enough job for Mr. Perfectionist….
I'm no fool….
Mon mari learned that those irritating little numbers that manufacturers put on stuff, called 'dye lot numbers', do, in fact, have a purpose.
While I was in the US, he went to the DIY to pick up 2 more rolls of the wall paper (slight change of plans).
As I said, I'm no fool….
I left him the wrapper from one roll, with the dye lot number highlighted. This was paper-clipped to a sample of said paper.
Naturally, as usual, it was assumed that I was being overly, er, attentive to detail.
He only took the sample.
Today, about half way though hanging the paper, he asked if it looked right.
He had to rearrange, and rehang 4 strips, 2 of them 3 times.
Fortunately, there is a post in the wall that breaks up the color line.
Now he understands what those numbers mean….
I learned that I have to get up a bit faster when I hear Sedi (little brown dog also known at Tilty and Tippy these days) pacing in the middle of the night.
Since her stroke, she still manages to get up and get to the door when she has to pee….
She just can't wait for me to get there.
So, I either jump out of bed a lot faster…. Or accept the fact that I'll be mopping at 3am.
Dogs don't understand 'Go outside now so you don't have to later.'
Sedi learned that, since her stroke, she can only walk by the ditch when she leaves for her walk, when it's on her right.
She avoids it when she comes back. When it's on her left side, she, er, tips over into it.
She has recovered amazingly well from her stroke, just over a week ago. But her balance is just a bit off – to her left. Apparently it doesn't bother her in the least… She falls over, gets back up, wags her tail and is off.
Emma (big white dog) learned not to be afraid of thunderstorms.
She has always looked to Sedi as to how to act. Sedi, also since her stroke, can no longer hear the thunder…. So, she doesn't get upset and afraid and try to crawl into bed with us.
And neither does Emma.
As I said, it's been en educational weekend.
I think rewards are deserved.
Tagliatelle with Leeks and Mushrooms
3 medium leeks – about 1 1/2" diameter (3.5cm)
6oz (150gr) field mushrooms
4 – 5 slices Prosciutto or other dry-cured ham
12 – 15 large sage leaves
2 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (2oz – 50 gr)
3.5oz (100gr) tagliatelle or spaghetti
Cook pasta according to package directions.
While cooking: Clean leeks and slice thinly. Brush mushrooms and slice. Roughly chop Prosciutto. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add leeks and sauté until starting to get tender, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, ham and sage leaves and sauté about 10 minutes, until everything is starting to turn golden. Add chicken stock and heat through. Pour over hot, cooked pasta, add Parmesan and toss lightly. Serve.
What did you learn?