Monday, July 22, 2013

Our Friday Storm, Clocks, Doctors, Value of Blog.

On Friday around 5 a.m. we had one hell of a storm. Never seen anything like it, (not even in a hurricane) the wind was so strong the rain was literally horizontal and the apartments at an angle from us were being lashed with rain which was driving straight in to their Bluebirdbestbalconies, I thought about popping round to visit just to see what it was like, looked pretty terrible from our angle. I am talking about the apartments straight in front of you looking at this picture. We then had a lightning strike somewhere on the building and the next thing we knew the lights were out. Shortly after that, the alarm started ringing. Matt felt we should go downstairs, so we did, using the stairs of course, but with no elevators, people in wheelchairs couldn’t come down. However, I don’t think there was any fire and eventually the alarm was shut down. I then wished I hadn’t come downstairs because I had to walk up 5 floors which isn’t funny for me, nor for many of our neighbours.

Luckily I had some salad ingredients and a can of salmon so that’s what we had for supper. It was still light enough to see so preparing food wasn’t bad although there are no windows in the kitchen. After supper I read for a while until I couldn’t see. Later on Matt and I played cribbage by candle light. Finally we went to bed around 10 and I had just about drifted off when the lights came on cribbage boardso I went round turning them off and turning the air conditioning back on. In reports on Saturday it said one woman was killed by a falling tree in Quebec. Also that thousands were still without power so I guess we were very lucky to get ours back so quickly. There are some pictures HERE not local, but it’s just what it looked like. The storm seemed to come back several times, it would clear up and then later start again. I guess it was rolling around the area. There was at least one more violent storm during the night, not sure what time but once again, the rain looked more like fog.

I did not, as you can imagine, use my CPAP machine, apart from no  CPAP3power, it would have been too damned hot. However, when the power came back on there was the clock on the machine, absolutely accurate. Why can’t all clocks be like that? It’s such a pain to have to go reset all of them. Not only that we have preset stations on our radio and they have to be reset every time the power goes off. Even with the power back on I didn’t use the machine as I wasn’t sure if the power would go off again. It is, of course, designed that you can still breathe fine if the power does go off when you are using it, but everywhere was so hot. Saturday night I did use it and it went off at some point anyway, I woke around 4 a.m. and nothing was happening. Pushed the button and it started working fine!!!

It’s been an eventful weekend, our doctor’s office, well she’s turned it into a clinic these days, has a system whereby if you want prescriptions you now have to turn up in person, at the weekends, docwhere they have particular nurses to deal with this. Once the pharmacy sent in faxes for renewals. I find this practice infuriating as we have to drive half an hour to get there and of course half an hour back, as though we have nothing else to do with our time. However, Matt needed something so off we trotted, arrived at the clinic at 1:30 to be told the nurses had just gone to lunch and wouldn’t be back for an hour and a half. I hit the roof. When I do get to see our doctor I will have some strong complaints to make. It really infuriated me. We went home and decided to make an appointment for Monday anyway, being old enough we can get an appointment on the same day. Babies and seniors.

I just found out from Viveka at My Guilty Pleasures that you can go to WEBSIhenderson-jo_blogspot_com-worthTEtheWEB and find out all kinds of statistical information about your blog including what it’s worth. I am afraid mine isn’t worth all that much, Viveka’s is getting up there. You have to enter your domain address. Alex J. Cavenaugh’s blog must be worth a packet I would think.

When we were in Costco the other day we picked up some mahi mahi filletsmahi mahi. Looking for recipes I came across this one by the much maligned Paula Deen and thought it sounded interesting. I love lettuce wraps. Haven’t tried it yet as we didn’t have a couple of items. The other name for mahi mahi is dolphin and people used to get very confused and think it was Flipper, the bottle nose dolphin they were eating, no, it is a genuine fish and very good eating. We were going to have mahi mahi for supper on Friday, but the storm put an end to that. Had them Sunday instead.

Mahi Mahi Lettuce Wraps

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
2 servings


  • 1 mango, diced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapenos, diced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 mahi mahi fillets
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Lettuce leaves (recommended butter or romaine)


Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
Combine the mango, tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice in a medium mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Season the fish with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil. Grill for roughly 3 to 4 minutes per side, until just opaque in the center. Set aside to cool
When slightly cool, chop into large chunks. Add to the reserved salsa and fold carefully as to not break up the fish. Add mixture to the middle of the lettuce leaves and roll.

Have a great day


  1. That kind of storm is really scary and then to have the power go out and in those sorts of places, there is little or no breeze to cool it.

    I love to play cribbage! I like canasta and spades too. Dan taught me to play cribbage when we first married. He was a champion when he was in the Navy.

    That was a fun link to find your web value. I've come up on the alexa the last few years since I last checked. Gratifying. I have a lot readers who subscribe and follow anonymously. But, it's true I get an average of 200+ pageviews a day. That always blows my mind.

    Have a great week, Jo!


    1. Everyone is talking about the storm.

      Don't find many who play cribbage. Only game Matt plays. Used to enjoy canasta, don't know spades.

      My blog used to be more popular than it is today. Used to get lots more page views (not 200 though).

  2. Straightline winds are almost scarier. We had a storm like that a few years ago and it hit just north of us. The amount of damage was almost tornado-like in scope.

    1. You are right, they are scary and very much like tornadoes which I have never experienced. However, reports said there were lots of tornadoes across the area. It was a pretty wide spread storm. Luckily only one death, could have been more.

  3. Well now I need to see what my blog is worth!
    No AC for a full day. I'd die.

    1. That's nothing Alex, after a hurricane one time, when we were living in NC, we didn't have A/C or anything else for a whole week and it was HOT. Cooking on the barbecue and using rainwater to flush the toilets.

  4. Almost ten thousand dollars! It's probably worth more than I am.

    1. I'm surprised its not worth more than that.

  5. Ah, don't worry so much for your blog's value. I am sure the Dragon Cave is somewhere near yours, which is actually fine because that way we can hang out together, being sort of neighbors. I guess that's the type of info the spammers use to know who to bug with unwanted ads and mail. That's another pro of not being in the top numbers. I'm so positive today I am starting to wonder who am I and what did I do with myself.

    Have a great day, Jo.

    1. I think your'e still there Al, just a very positive form of you. Maybe the dwarves have been behaving themselves.

      You have a great day too.

  6. I love all the tips I get from blog hopping; from great recipes to the value of my blog. Thanks for sharing, Jo.

    1. It's fun to check even if I am low on the totem pole.