Cold weather and the veggies

Cold spell coming in!  I don’t know if it reached 40 today.

It was definitely a good day for protein pancakes!

protein waffles

Pixie had an exciting day today.  John had a customer come to the shop today and they brought their dogs.  The dogs were in the car with windows opened and they barked a fair amount. The car was parked right by Pixie’s viewing window and she was quite upset. So she moved to the kitchen window and stared them down.


She kept creeping back into the living room and then eventually slunk upstairs.  Not a happy camper.

I thought about going out for a walk for exercise today, but I just couldn’t make myself go out in the cold .  So, I went old school and pulled out a DVD.


 Good enough!

I have sort of been thinking about a treadmill to change things up from just being on the bike trainer this winter, but I just don’t know if I want to haul a big piece of equipment upstairs, particularly since we have the stairs of death in our old house, meaning very narrow with short treads.  Maybe if we move to a different house I would do it.

Can I confess here about one of my goal for the month to eat 2 veggies a day? I am so not feeling vegetables at. all.  I don’t care for salads, especially now that it is cold (and don’t even mention spinach smoothies, please), but even eating my beloved broccoli hasn’t been appealing. At least I am getting in my fruit. I think it is the cold weather or something. All I feel like doing is getting under the fleece blanket and hibernating. I am feeling the cold terribly so far this year, and it is only mid November!  What is up with that?

I actually did venture out into the cold tonight. John lured me with coffee.  We made a stop at Lowe’s and I did more calculations on the table.  If we want to do all oak, the table will cost hundreds of dollars to do – and at that cost, we may as well save the effort and buy one, right?  So, I was looking for alternative wood, at least for the majority of the table.  Now that I think we have decided on Douglas fir and probably maple for the insert, I think we are ready to purchase the wood.  I am going to invest in a Kreg jig, though (which does pocket holes for screws). Anyway, I am sure you want to know all that, right? 🙄

After Lowe’s it was over to Panera Bread and a latte (decaf) by the fire.


Yes, I pulled my chair right up there and hogged the fireplace 😀  Well, really these 2 chairs are set up right by this, so I just scooched it a little closer.  It’s a double-sided fireplace anyway.

I miss the fireplace we had in our old house, I have to say. At least I have my heated fleece.  It’s going to be a long winter…


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18 thoughts on “Cold weather and the veggies

  1. Elizabeth

    I actually really love vegetables, I just hate cooking them. 🙂 Lately I’ve been really into roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower. I eat carrots with hummus for snacks. My body just starts putting weight back on unless I eat a lot of vegetables, so I try to eat at least 2 every single day. Your kitty is so pretty! That fireplace sure does look cozy. We have a gas fireplace, but I don’t have any chairs set up near it, we have just our 2 couches in the living room, but sometimes when I am really cold I will sit next to it on the floor. I actually love running out in the cold. I love when it’s like 40 degrees and sunny. We had a very cold day today (at least for where I live) and even saw snow flurries. It’s only going to be a high of 44 here tomorrow, so I am actually excited to go out and do my last 2 miler before my half marathon this weekend. 🙂
    Elizabeth´s last blog post ..Why I love running…Why I hate running

  2. Lynne

    I’ve been saying the same thing for the last week! I’m just so cold and it’s only November! It got cold really fast here in Wisconsin and I don’t think my blood has thickened up yet! Anyway – I love veggies and have no problems with several servings a day. One suggestion – how about a pot of veggie soup? or a veggie chili? I make a different soup every Sunday and use it for lunches during the week – Love it!

  3. debby

    LOL. Okay. I guess I won’t suggest the spinach smoothies. Its too cold where you are for smoothies anyway. Do you like veggies in muffins (like zucchini or carrot shredded up fine?) I don’t think that really gives you a whole serving anyway.

    I like vegetables a lot, but I do go through periods where it seems like I rebel and I don’t want to eat them.

    Here’s an idea: just pretend you live in a country where vegetables are a scarcity. You would just eat what was available, and you would live just fine. Like Marion Nestle says, we are highly adaptable eaters.
    debby´s last blog post ..Sunday Morning Meditation

  4. Shelley B

    I think it’s normal to go through spells of liking and not liking certain food groups – why push it…you’ll be back on your feed (as my great uncle used to say) soon enough. I feel for you with the cold; sometimes it’s almost painful.
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Can You See Me Now?

  5. Linda E.

    Got in the car to come to work this morning and it said 16*…wow it is only November 13th, I like you am definately feeling the cold worse than any other year, so far. Got outside for my walk/jog Saturday and Monday mornings, then last night hopped on the treadmill just to get hot and sweat some, Lol. I had been cold all day at work, was going to go shopping afterwards, then decided I didn’t wat to because that would mean I would get back in my car in the dark and cold and have to drive back up home. So I went right home, changed and was thankful for my usually dreaded treadmill. Lol.

  6. Helen

    My appetite always goes through a transition this time of year too – but I am very opposite of you in that I continue to eat veggies (just more cooked and hot ones than salads) and struggle with fruit.

    The older I get, the more I appreciate my treadmill for these super cold, dark, fall and winter mornings. But, since you love cycling so much, I’m wondering if you wouldn’t like an elliptical better? Almost a cross between walking and cycling. I would think that would be easier to get down your stairs too!
    Helen´s last blog post ..Fall Comfort Food: Braciole!

  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    We’re having a cold spell, too, so I feel your pain. Of course, ours will go away in a few days. 🙂

    I don’t like cooked veggies, but fortunately I do love salad. I also count marinara as a veggie and have it on chicken or flatbread pizza. I’m actually thinking about stirring some spinach into a sauce and giving that a try, but so far all I’m doing is thinking about it. 🙂

    Oh, and I just saw part of an infomercial with that Kreg thingie this morning! Looks like a good addition to a DIY arsenal.
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..True Believers

  8. Fran

    I don’t even want to think about Winter yet. But if it’s like the ones we had the past 2 years, it’s definitely going to be a long one. That’s why I want to keep on doing those organized walks during Winter even if it’s cold. I found out over the past years I need to be outside everyday, it’s good for my mood.

    I don’t like eating salads during Autumn/Winter either. Having a Beebox every week helps me eat my veggies. When I didn’t have it, it was easier to skip veggies. I wouldn’t worry too much though, if you eat fruits, you get your vitamins in.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Sunday November 10, 2013: A little bit of everything

  9. Satu

    Poor Pixie, she must be the most expressive cat there is.- 🙂 She must’ve been very upset to see such monsters intrude in her queendom!

    I downloaded three Leslie Sansone’s walking workouts from Exercise-tv and I do them every time I don’t feel like going outside to walk. I love them and could probably do all the videos my eyes closed. 🙂

    I’m glad to hear that Casper Boo is as talkative as ever. Do you think he remembers you?
    Satu´s last blog post ..Leo Tolstoy and the power of now

  10. Leah

    Thai curry is one of our favorite foods!! Yum.

    I’m also with you on the cold and it’s not even as cold down here in NC. I think get used to running in the heat and humidity makes me not want to run in the cold now. *rolling eyes*

    Have a good weekend! You’re projects are so inspiring!
    Leah´s last blog post ..My 2013 Holiday Goals

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