Sunday, February 13, 2022




A trip east to a small nearby town to do a large load of blanket laundry also meant that we would stop and shop our favorite Mexican market. There we found a large box of lentils sold in bulk. Several large scoops double-bagged and brought home spawning my first batch of Lentil soup.

"Get out your soup pot 😊 from FoxHat

Sauté in 1/4 cup olive oil:
1 large onion, sliced, and 2 big carrots, diced.
Stir in 3 cloves garlic, minced, 2TB tomato paste, add 5 cups of water and 2 bay leaves. Simmer about 25 minutes. Then add 1/2 lb ( 1 1/4 cups) washed any color lentils or yellow split peas. I used red lentils. Add 1 15oz can diced tomatoes, 1 tsp salt, and pepper to taste. Simmer about 20 min more, depending what you used for lentils or peas. When lentils are done, add 4 cups baby spinach, 1/4 cup minced fresh dill, and juice of 1 lemon. Done! You can purée if you want smooth soup, but we like it with chunks.

Enjoy!! Gracie says Woof!"

First time in my life for cooking anything with lentils. Did some research and learned how healthy lentils are. Did not know; never paid attention.

They do add wonderful bulk to the soup. 

The Italian Grandmother and Spanish recipes will also be tried and tested. Good videos and fun to watch.


Six years to the day that YMATA has been up and running. Two hundred and ninety nine blogs posted. Started here.

Feel as though I should have some grand walk through of these past 6 years. That folks from all over the world have gone out of their way to visit and many visiting weekly is humbling. Technology! But the todays that are unfolding at the speed of sound have me numb. 

I never saw any of this coming. 

The After in my mind were days ahead in which we were all living in a downward spiral that was easy to see. The spiral that is. In this light, might it be best for all of us to start tucking a few beans, rice and Band-Aids aside for the times these everyday items become difficult to impossible to get. How The After was to play out in some form in the years ahead. A gut level feeling. 

Within all of these posts I was getting to write and share many things to include my love for photography. Share some family history.

This week we see the truckers' strike in Canada setting deep roots. They have the support of the Canadian people. The government is pushing back as expected. History is being written as you and I witness the deep set roots of human freedom being fought for.

A truckers' strike/run on Washington DC is now set for early March.  Already the winds of push back from our government are ramping up.  I fear many false flags and attacks on this convoy from the get-go. Might you and I put in another bag of beans, rice and Band Aids this week?

To push back against a tyrannical government like this is a 100% push and will impact every American.  To enter into this resistance at anything less than all or nothing is defeat before the wheels start to roll. 


A few minutes read and food for thought.


I told my wife that reading the above article was like trying to look through a brick wall for clarity and understanding. The very best I can come up with is the side-to-side head shake. Best leave it there as the rabbit hole beckons. 


Planting time 2022

Chives have wintered as normal. I up=potted and cleaned off some of the debris. Added a little food and set them to start their new season. I have help these days no matter what I am doing. 

A few onion sets planted, a few cabbages and potatoes very soon.

Both lemon trees will be planted by month's end. They have outgrown two pots and I am tired of moving them around. 

Temperatures in the 70s and the next day in the 30s and freezing overnight. The next day full sun, warming temperatures and the cycle continues through this month. 

Thanks again for the visit this week.


  1. I don't know if you read the comments and I don't want to be the annoying lurker that gets banned, but I am asking again if you could repair the link for the Artisian Bread in the previous post or post the recipe ... please. It would be much appreciated.

  2. I very much appreciate you fixing the link to the artisan bread. The spousal unit has already purchased fresh yeast to start the process. Thank you. Carl.