The Great American Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse began its American journey near Depoe Bay, Oregon. Depoe Bay figures prominently in my summers growing up. I wasn't paying enough attention, otherwise I might have considered a sojourn to Depoe Bay for the total solar eclipse. Instead, Saint Sam and I experienced 78.2 percent of the eclipse from our own backyard in northern California. We parked our outdoor chairs on the lawn. The breeze was cool, the neighborhood quiet, and the steady hum of morning traffic winding down. We could hear the birds, although they were tucked away in their hide-aways. It was still too early for the butterflies and the squirrels were keeping their distance. Saint Sam becomes Warrior Sam when they try to bury their nuts in his carefully tended plant pots! Our solar eclipse was pretty uneventful. I thought that a 78.2 percent solar ...

French Week Comes to a Tasty End

14Jan
Sadly, French week at Chez Fouquet has come to an end. Monsieur Fouquet has eaten well. In my efforts to be creative and, truth be told, make menu planning more fun, I decided we would have a meal theme each week. It's made the task of what to eat for the week much more adventurous. It's also become more a chemistry experiment as well, since we are gluten and dairy free. Monsieur Fouquet didn't plan to be gluten and dairy free, but he has discovered the path to his heart is through his gluten and dairy free stomach. Our first week of the New Year was Mexican week featuring Beef Taco Bake and Skillet Beef Enchiladas. Both meals yielded yummy leftovers which were perfect for the cold, stormy ...

The Zen of Dead Bugs

12Jan
Dead bugs. Can you picture that? Bugs on their backs with their six legs flailing? Maybe the bugs are already dead and their legs are stuck in a bent position. No longer in the air. More curled up against their bodies. I don't really like thinking about bugs, dead or alive. But a couple of times a month we do dead bugs in my physical therapy class. This evening was a dead bug night. And my rotation to dead bugs was after 56 minutes of other cardio-strength training-balance work. I was ready to be the dead bug. A four minute dead bug. Which meant I had to do something to get through my four minute dying bug workout. An internet search for a dead bug picture revealed that there are serious ...