Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Water, Winter, Medical.

We’re a bright pair. There were notices in the lobby and halls saying the water Faucetwould be turned off at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, and we both forgot about it with the result, when we went to shower etc. there wasn’t any water. Duuh. I managed to get enough for a pot of coffee, but that was it. Poor Matt had to go to his specialist to have a BP 24 hour monitor too, not sure if he can take if off later to have a shower or not. Normally I save pans of water and such for occasions like this, but today I didn’t of course. One doesn’t realise just how much one relies on the water being available. I have just remembered I have gallon jugs of distilled water in an emergency. Took me a while to think of that too. Senility creeping on. As it happened, they did turn the water on promptly at 3 p.m. Life is back to normal.

They are calling for snow again too, I can’t believe it that this weather just doesn’t stop this year. We have had some nice sunny days, but I keep seeing spring flower pictures being posted from the UK or down south and look out of our windows to see nothing but snow. I lie, we can see some grass now although it is a dirty, dead colour. Later: Yeah, it snowed. Matt said it is very cold. It’s pretty cold inside too as the heating is done by hot water so it too is not working.

Matt has to take his BP Monitor back at the crack of dawn (seems like that to me anyway). He also has a heart monitor on as well. It isn’t so bad for him as it was for me as his blood pressure is good and low so when it blows up the sleeve it doesn’t hurt him. Me it felt as if my arm was being cut off. This cost us another unrefundable $50 by the way.

I am very fond of beets which I always called beetroot until I came to Canada. Nor, I might say, had I ever eaten beet greens which I love too. This sounds like a very easy, delicious recipe from One small problem, Matt is not all that keen on beets other than just pickled. I love them with sour cream too.

Crock Pot Thyme Roasted Beets

By Dreamer in Ontario
Photo by *Parsley*
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 6 hrs 30 mins
  • Servings: 8


"From Canadian Living Slow cooker Cookbook Special"


    • 12 beets ( about 2 bunches)
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  1. Peel and dice the beets, then place in crock pot.
  2. Add garlic, 1/4 cup water, oil, thyme, salt and pepper.
  3. Stir all ingredients until well combined.
  4. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low until tender.
  5. Sprinkle with parsley.
Have a great day
Jo (2)


  1. I can't imagine not having any water, or living is a climate quite so cold, and not being able to warm the house. Glad you got your water back. The beet recipe sounds delicious. I truly enjoy beets and beet greens, so I'll be sure to give this a go sometime. Thanks, Jo.

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    1. It never got that cold MJ, being an apartment building, but necessitated an extra sweater for a while. It was our own silly faults not remembering.

      Shopping today, plan to get some beets.

  2. I wish I could send you some of our sunshine and you could send us a little bit of your moisture. I'm like Matt, I like my beets pickled.

    1. We are getting quite a bit of sunshine, it's just not all that warming at the moment. We can send you heaps of snow though.

  3. Hi Jo - yes when the water goes off suddenly it can be a wee problem?! Still glad it wasn't too long .. and at least you were able to get to the clinic. The beet recipe sounds very good - I love beetroot as I call it! Cheers Hilary

    1. Actually it wasn't that much of a problem other than not being able to shower or do dishes. Not even a wee problem luckily.

      Hope to do the beets tomorrow.

  4. We've experienced the loss of water while a new boiler was being installed and work on water pipes was being done. I filled buckets for the bathrooms and we had a neighbor who gave us access to an outside spigot, but it is a major item deeply missed when those spigots aren't running. We do have bottle water because we don't trust the well water, but even in an emergency it probably wouldn't last long. Electricity and Water are two items we've learned we don't want to do without, and what a mess when you have too! Glad you mentioned memory - I have a phone call coming in about 1/2 hour that I'd forgotten. LOL

    1. I used to do that when I knew hurricanes were coming when we lived in NC. I also usually fill pans up at least when I know the water is going off here, but like I said, we fergot!! I don't believe in bottled water because of the plastic bottles, we use a Brita filter on the kitchen faucet. Glad you were reminded of your phone call.

  5. So true! Running water, indoor plumbing, electricity--so difficult it would be without it. We have become so spoiled and soft, but I'm content with that.

    I once bought beets from the produce department and my cooking experiment did not go all that well. I don't buy beets often, but when I do they come in a can. I'm the only one in my house who likes them and I can't say I love them enough to justify buying them. When I eat at a restaurant that has them on the salad bar I'll usually get a nice helping of them.

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    1. OK until something happens. With one hurricane we were without power for a week in the height of summer weather. No running water (on a well) luckily we found a close source of rainwater accumulation. What cooking we did was on a barbecue. All very difficult.

      I only ever eat home cooked rather than canned. They do have to be cooked a long while though.

  6. I love beetroot too (that's what we call them in Australia). I always cook them from scratch at home but I've never tried them in the slow cooker and I have to say that recipe does sound yummy.

    1. A lot of the words you use in Oz seem to be the same as in the UK whereas in Canada that doesn't seem to be so.

      Do try them if you get a chance, they sound pretty good to me too.