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A small but significant change

I am happy. We’ve started taking Pluto out for walks.

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We go out 3 times a day: in the morning, lunch/afternoon and evening. We’ve started slow, only half an hour each time

In fact half an hour seems just right for Pluto at the moment. He does all his business outside and that means less cleaning for me. He socializes with other dogs (the neighborhood is full of dog owners).  It also means that Marlanu’ is less stressed by Pluto.

I also love the fact that Pluto is so tired when he gets home that I can actually do more things around the house. And in all of this there is a bonus for us as well. We get our daily exercise.

A beginners guide to become a hermit

I am slowly but surely turning into a hermit.

I’ve barely left the house 2 times this week, first time it was to take Pluto to the vet and the second time was grocery shopping. Instead, I’ve spent my time watching TV shows, reading and stitching. If I keep it up I might finish two needlepoint projects in no time.

I have a little bit left from my Renoir needlepoint.

renoir needlepoint

But it’s really hard to finish it now since Pluto managed to mess up all the floss for this project. Now I have to see which shade is which and sort them out before I can finish it.

Renoir needlepoint floss

I shouldn’t complain actually about the floss. Pluto has managed in 2 weeks to wreck half the house. It was mostly electronics and cables. For example, my Allview X2 Soul phone was one casualty, then it was Johnny’s surround system (may it rest it pieces), 2 pairs of headphones, my laptop cable, 2 cables for my phone and that’s it so far.

Anyway, my second project is by Nicolae Grigorescu. It’s called “Fata cu basma rosie”.

Grigorescu Fata cu basma rosie

I know I have other projects as well that are almost completed, but these two are my favorite at the moment. Oh well, we shall see if I become a real hermit or not.

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

I can honestly say, I’m in the second category. I have so many things I would like to do and it’s impossible to do them all. I usually get stuck at cleaning. It’s hard work, but I have to do it.

I sometimes have this crazy urges of throwing everything out. I mean, we don’t use half of the stuff we have in this house. I don’t use half of the things I own. No matter how much I throw away, there is still plenty left in the house.

And I want to do other things with my day than clean. I need to straighten things out around here.

Cooking 101: Pork Stew with Green Peas

After eating pizza, fries with any type of meat and just junk food in general we’ve decided it’s time for us to cook. Better said, it’s time for me to cook. After all, I’m the one that has nothing to do all day long.

So, I cooked my first real meal (after that soup I’ve made a few months ago). I’ve made pork stew with green peas. I’ve found a recipe that was actually with beef. Now, I didn’t have beef and since we decided not to waste food anymore I used pork instead.

It was so easy to make and fun as well. For start to end, it took almost an hour (with photo breaks as well). I only need pork meat, 1 onion, 1 carrot, tomato sauce, frozen green peas, salt and pepper.

I didn’t measure the quantity of each ingredient, but mostly added as much as I thought the two of us would eat. My goal was to make something we could eat for a day. If we don’t finish the food in one day, we’re not gonna eat it the second day.

It went like this:

1. I heated the oil and added the meat. The meat was cut in small pieces. I fried the meat till it turned a little brown.

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2. I added the onion and the carrot (which were also sliced in small pieces).

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3. After 5 minutes, I added 2 spoons of tomato sauce (the original recipe said 1 spoon, but I like the home made tomato sauce my mom makes).

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4. After another 5 minutes, I added the frozen peas. I’ve waited for them to defrost. Then I added enough water to cover the content.

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5. The original recipe said to wait about an hour for it to be done. I’ve only had to wait 30 minutes since the quantity was smaller then what it said on the website. I’ve stirred the content every 5-10 minutes, added salt and pepper almost at the end.

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 It turned out good. And if I had to rate my attempt, I would give myself a 8 out of 10. I dropped a little bit too much pepper and I could feel it when eating.

I’m actually proud I made something decent that is not fried. I’m also doing some research for easy recipes that Johnny would eat as well. And that’s not an easy task considering he doesn’t eat a lot of things.