Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tomorrow night I'm going out with my sister-in-law Teresa and our friend Estelle. Our birthdays are all close (Estelle and I share one, Teresa's was the next day), so we decided to plan a girls' night out. Nothing too fancy, but we're going to a Greek restaurant in Utica called Symeon's. I've been there before - wonderful food. Teresa ordered an ice cream cake for us, too. Sweet! I've known Estelle through Teresa since we moved up here and she connected us via Facebook, but I only met her in person a couple weeks ago. She's really great, and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better.
I need to get out in my garden and harvest some veggies. I've got sweet and jalapeno peppers, roma and yellow tomatoes, onions, eggplant and yellow zucchini squash, all ready to harvest. I want to make homemade salsa, and eggplant "parmesan" casserole (no frying involved), and chunky veggie pasta sauce this weekend.
Oh, the picture above? It's our temporary guinea pig "playpen." Before anyone points out that our guinea pigs would be much better off in cages, I have to say, "Thanks, I know, and I'm doing something about it." Until I get the cube and coroplast (C&C) cages set up next week, though, this is the best way to give the guinea pigs some run-around room. The Guinea Girls are so funny - they run around and jump and chase and burrow like crazy when they're in the playpen. After they're done, I put Cookie in the playpen, where he enjoys sniffing around and burrowing. The new cages will be significantly bigger than the large bins the pigs are in right now, with much better ventilation. I need to get a table for Cookie's cage; the girls' cage can stay on the cabinet top. Who would have thought guinea pigs would be such good pets? I've learned a lot since we got Henry several years ago. I've always been a critter magnet anyhow, so now we're up to 3 guinea pigs, 3 cats, and two fish tanks (one 75 gallon with 8 goldfish and a betta in our family room, and one 12 gallon with one goldfish in our son's room). I wouldn't mind adding a fourth guinea pig, to give Cookie a companion, but we'll wait and see about that.