Last night I took the Jeopardy! Test. They don’t tell you how you did, they just call you or don’t call you. I have no doubt there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people doing these tests. I know I can answer a lot of the questions, but I don’t kid myself that I would ever be fast enough on the button to be a winner, but I would like to get through to the next round for my own personal satisfaction. I’d like to meet Alex Trebek too. However, I didn’t do all that well after all. Not as well as last time and I wasn’t called then. I was a bit teed off that the programme Jeopardy! which we watch faithfully every night, ends at 8 and the test started at 8, but in fact I managed to watch the whole programme and the test didn’t start til a couple of minutes later.
The book I was telling you about the other day, The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro, is proving to be much better than I expected. In fact quite exciting. I had to persuade myself to stop in order to do my blog. I even recommended it to my sinlaw the painter, I thought he would enjoy it. I have no idea where the story is heading at the moment but it has become quite tense. I am also learning a lot about painting, I had no idea there was so much involved in oils. I did some oil painting myself once, many years ago, and obviously had no idea what I was doing, I just painted. I didn’t layer the paints or anything. I kind of want to try again, although I know I won’t. Gives me more of an appreciation for Michael’s work although he doesn’t stick to oil by any manner of means.
A B.C. couple were hit with huge medical bills recently. They had taken out travel health insurance, but once it came time to foot the bills, the insurance company insisted they hadn’t told the truth. The couple said the mistakes were honest ones and insisted they hadn’t been trying to falsify their information. From reading the original article, I think they hadn’t totally understood a couple of the questions which gave the insurance company an out. Now there is advice on how to avoid travel insurance pitfalls – I feel so sorry for this couple because I have no doubt they paid a high premium and believed they were fully covered. They both fell ill and in neither case was it something they had had before.
I love beets or beetroots as they are/were always called in the UK. Matt isn’t so keen on them. I thought this salad looked delicious.
Triple Beet Salad With Basil and Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 pounds mixed beets (Chioggia, golden, white, red etc.), peeled and diced
- 2 cups chopped mixed basil (Violetta, Genovese, cinnamon etc.)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons unrefined extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar
- Steam the beets over rapidly boiling water until they become tender, about five minutes or so. If using multiple varieties, note that the red beets will stain the other varieties so you may wish to steam them separately.
- Once tender, immediately plunge the steamed beets into a bowl of ice water, allowing them to chill until completely cool.
- Drain the beets, patting them or spinning them dry as necessary.
- Combine the drained beets with chopped basil, minced garlic.
- Dress with vinegar and olive oil. Serve cold.
Have a great day