Friday, December 9, 2016

TV Ads, Winter Weather, Bowling,

I don't watch a heck of a lot of TV and mostly when I do it is on one of three stations which don't have advertising. The only channel I watch that does have ads is the one showing Jeopardy which is my favourite show. Even that half hour show has three ad breaks. However, Thursday night I was thinking that I wasn't seeing any of the Christmas shows, etc. so I found Snow White and the Huntsman on the Home Channel. I stood it for about an hour and then I had had enough. I think I saw more advertising in that time than I ever did movie. So, turned off the TV and ordered it from the library instead. I really don't understand how anyone can put up with it. There is only one advantage I can see, you might need a coffee or bathroom break but otherwise, no thank you.

The weather has been absolutely perishing today. When we went to the bowling alley at noon, there
was one hell of a gale blowing and that, of course, made it even colder. I got from the car to the alley as fast as possible. When I went inside there was one heck of a loud bang - we figured it was scaffolding being blown off the roof - they are having work done. I bowled pretty well today, for a change, and was thoroughly teed off when right at the end, Matt kept throwing strikes and beating me. Well he did that twice, the third game I actually won.

Talking of weather, we are pretty lucky that we haven't really had much snow at all, Buffalo, which is not really that far from us, as the crow flies, has been deluged with the white stuff. :Lake effect snow as they are south of the lakes. I am told that the roads in our sister town are pretty bad. I call it a sister town because you can't really tell, except for signs, where one town ends and the other begins. Round here the roads weren't too bad.

Here's something a bit different and something I will certainly plan on making.

Fragrant Fish Soup

1 cup jasmine rice
2 cups water
1 zest and juice of lemon
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 lb tilapia fillets or other firm white fish
4 cups bite-size pieces arugula or watercress, tough stems removed (about 1 bunch)
1 cup finely shredded carrots
1/4 cup very thinly sliced fresh mint
2 scallions, finely chopped

1. Combine rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in lemon zest and juice.

2. Meanwhile, bring broth to a simmer in another medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat so the broth remains steaming, but not simmering. Add fish and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove and break into bite-size chunks.

3. Divide the lemony rice among 4 bowls. Top with equal portions of the fish, arugula (or watercress), carrot, mint and scallions. Ladle 1 cup of the warm broth into each bowl and serve.

Servings: 4


Have a great day


  1. I finally subscribed to DVR service from my cable company. Now, I just fast-forward through commercials. I can't stand them. Five minutes of show, then five minutes of commercials. Ugh. Snow is expected here on Sunday, 3-6 inches they say.

    1. What's DVR Denise, unfamiliar with that.

      I was blithely writing about snow last night, went to bed and looked out of the window, lo and behold everywhere was white. Not a lot of snow though roads are clear this morning.

    2. It is a digital recorder. You record the program when it runs and then play it back when you want to watch it. And zip right through the commercials. I've seen commercial breaks last as long as six minutes. That's insane. You can buy DVR boxes and hook them up. Mine just comes on my cable box.

    3. I must make some enquiries. Never heard of it before.

  2. Nothing colder than a winter wind.
    The only commercials I see are during football games. Everything else I watch via the DVR and fast forward through commercials.

    1. You are so right Alex, this was a lazy wind, it couldn't be bothered to go round you, but went right through you.

      Gotta investigate this.

  3. We don't do TV, no cable connection into the house and zero local channels BUT, we do have a big flat screen in the movie room where we watch DVDs, NetFlix and Amazon Prime along with YouTube. Free from adverts. Woohoo.

    We're getting hit with snow now. Super duper pretty out.

    PS: My blog is back up and running.

    1. I don't much like TV Ivy, just the odd things now and again, but Matt enjoys watching some programmes and particularly golf when it's on.

      It's snowing here again too. Will look for your blog.

    2. I enjoy advert-free shows. And a lot of educational stuff for me, including podcasts with wireless headphones. Been snowing here. We already had a snowed-in weekend a few bits back. Real happy to have another. Bring it on. Happy Weekend.

    3. We got a lot of snow last night Ivy so now it looks like Christmas. Hope it stays, last year we had a green Christmas.

  4. I gave up watching commercial television because of the ads - and that they rarely start their programs on time - so I know what you mean.

  5. We watch a quiz show every afternoon and there are 6 ad breaks in the hour. One break goes for TEN MINUTES! That's when I feed my animals. I make a list of jobs to do during the ads. I CAN NOT stand them.

    1. That's even worse than here Pinky. Trouble is when I settle to watch TV I don't want to get up and do things, I want to watch the programme.