Bella loves chasing ducks, birds and cats (sorry Lori, Roz and Shelley) but her intention is not to hurt them, it’s the chase itself. I was able to take this photo last Saturday when she chased a cat. This is as close she dared to get to the cat. She does act like she’s the toughest dog around but in her heart she’s just a chicken, she’s afraid to get closer.
We went to dinner in the restaurant in our mill last Saturday. I had a Groupon for a 3 course dinner: 2 for the price of 1. It was good as always although a bit too much for both of us. After dessert we were really full, a bit too full. I have two other Groupons for 2 for 1 dinners so we’re good for February and March. We will try to go out to dinner once a month this year.
My last run was 15 and 10 minutes with a 2 minute walk break. I wanted to do at least 20 minutes, walk and then do 10 minutes. But it went so well that when I got to the 20 minutes I decided to run 25 minutes. After that I started to walk but was almost home and took a walk break of 30 seconds before I ran again. And I ended up running 4K (2.5 miles) almost without stopping. This was also my “fastest” run this year. It felt great afterwards.
I want to run a 5K nonstop by the end of next week. I finally had the guts to sign up for a 5K race on March 15. That leaves me 5 weeks after this week to “practice” the 5K.
Distance: 4 K / 2.5 miles
Weather: dry, not too much wind, 2C (35 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: P!nk – Sobert
Photo a day challenge:
January 29: Window.
From my archives, the view on one of our trips to Italy, this was in Umbria.
January 30: Best Invention Ever
According to Bella is: a ball!
January 31: Polka Dot.
This one was hard for me. I kept looking around until I remembered this on my coffee table that has a few polka dots in it.
February 1: You.
Taken May last year with a very unwilling Bella.
February 2: Favourite.
My favourite artist ever: Bruce Springsteen.
February 3: Something Orange.
A yellow-orange bike parked at the bus stop.
February 4: Childhood.
I got this chair from my grandmother when I was 4. It is handmade and got my name and birth date on it. I haven’t kept much from my childhood but this little chair is after 41 years still special to me.
Saturday February 2
Out for dinner. Starter: risotto with mushrooms and Parmezan cheese.
Main: Steak with mushrooms and a sauce of red Port.
Dessert: Crème brulee.
Sunday February 3
New recipe from a cooking magazine: Pasta with bacon and mushrooms. I’ve added some Italian herbs and some cooking cream. If I hadn’t done that it would have been pretty tasteless. It still wasn’t that special so this one won’t return in the future.
Monday February 4
I made this stew Sunday afternoon with beef meat, lemon beans (they are called that because they are yellow, they don’t taste like lemon), carrot and cavolo nero. This was surprisingly good, didn’t really expect that. I also cooked some pears Sunday afternoon to go with this.
Tuesday February 5
I made rösti of the parsnip and “soesterknol” and I like it a lot, R. not so much. We had some pork meat in bacon with it and green peas/carrots.