Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Sundries


Check! We started walking every day—walked a total of 20 miles this week. I feel so much better, plus we’re eating well. I made homemade chicken noodle soup and my own concoction of chili.

Chicken Soup: Added left over chicken and juice to water and chicken bouillon. I let that heat up while I cooked the noodles and cut up the onions and carrots. (We didn’t have celery). I added salt, pepper and some other seasoning mixes. As all of that began to heat up, I added the noodles and let it simmer for 15 minutes. This was the first time I ever made chicken soup.

Chili: I cooked up ground beef/pork and slowly added chopped green and yellow peppers and onions. I added garlic salt, pepper, cayenne and mustard to the mix. In another pot, I emptied some tomato paste, kidney beans and stewed tomatoes. When the meat was finished with the vegetables, I added to the tomato paste and let it simmer for about ½ hour. This was the second time I’ve ever made chili. 

I wish I took a picture of my Love’s breads. He’s been doing great at baking them and I kinda told him maybe we should consider opening a small bakery where we offer four different kinds of bread. Not a lot of homemade bread in the U.S. and it’s so good. Carbs are good in moderation!


I sent out several of my works to different contests that won’t reveal the winners until sometime this spring. Writing is a waiting game. I’m still entering contests and sending my writings into magazines. It takes a while, if ever, to make it as a freelance writer.

I’m on the second revision, close to the end, of my novel. After that I’ll send it to my editor and my beta readers—more eyes the better. Along with revising, I’ve already started doing some research regarding query letters. There is so much pressure on writing a great query letter, because you could have a great story but if your query is weak you’ll never get in an agent’s door. So I figured I better start now. With hard work, maybe I’ll be able to start querying agents by April. *cross your fingers*


It’s been decent in Germany compared to last November and December with the highs in the low 50s/high 40s. And sunshine! We didn’t have much of that last year. It’s not showing any snow in the 7-day forecast. 

Well that’s my Sunday Sundries. What’s going on by you?



  1. I miss my walks. It's too derned cold! A neighbor down the road does no matter what. Wish I was that dedicated! Mmmm.... foood :)

  2. I have someone to walk with so that gets me going. If I was alone and it was freezing, I highly doubt my butt would be out there. Plus, there's so much to see and so many places to walk.

    And I still love food. LOL!

  3. Hi Bea,
    Sorry I’m a little delayed with comments so far this year. First a very Happy New Year to you and yours and much success in getting your writings published. My fingers are crossed for you. As always I appreciate your blog, the pieces, the travel and food narratives and especially the health importance of at least walking for exercise. Being retired I need to be reminded about the benefits of walking. Since I don’t walk that mile back and forth to work anymore I need to make a point of it every day, but not today as we have the ice rain and things are very slippery out there.

    Yes what joy the Chicago Bears have given us so far. Let us hope and pray that they go to the Super Bowl. A good sign, I think, is that there was a bit of bragging before this Sunday’s game by the Green Bay Packers. Quote: “We are a championship-caliber football team,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after the win in Atlanta. “We feel good about who we are, how we played, our brand of football, and that is what we are sticking to.”

    As far as what's going on with me is that my wife inherited a cute West Highland Terrier called “Kelly” the day after Christmas. I’m one of those who believe it is an uplifting experience to have a playful dog around and now to take walks with. Also my grandchildren really enjoy her company when they visit.

    Take care,

  4. Hi Veejay,

    It's always great to hear from you. I understand about delay. This is a new year and everyone is getting their groove on. :D I'm glad my post is a health reminder. I hit the point where I really needed to do something, and weather does play an important role. Outside of rain, we haven't had bad weather so we've been able to walk. I think I've already lost weight. YAY!

    Yes, we can only hope they make it to the Super Bowl. Green Bay is dangerous because you don't know what kind of team you'll get out there.

    Aw, to the puppy. Maybe 'Kelly' will help you take daily walks. I'm glad to hear you're doing fine.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.