this used to be our family blog entitled "British Royalty versus the Ramsey Clan" (since i'm descended from King Edward II and jon is a descendant from the Ramsay Clan) but since jon never participated, and my mom is the only one who reads this, it is now a format for writing her letters. I mean, for writing you letters, mom.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Golden Opportunity

a new warm spring-feeling day lead us to a nearby asian grocery store... we stopped in...and our jaws dropped in amazement. fresh produce and herbs, an aquarium of fish, aisles of mouth-watering sauces, treats, and grains, and a multitude of frozen vegetables, animals and animal parts including fish (millions of kinds), whole hens and geese, many cow organs, and crab legs.

Jon's favorite item was REAL rice wine vinegar for about a dollar. Susan's favorite: big bag of sea salt for 5 bucks. And the duo's together-favorite: Hello Panda chocolate-filled mini cookies. (We also noticed the nice thing about the sweets is they're made with raw ingredients including cane sugar)!

The bundle of groceries at a regular corporate grocery store would have cost, we're guessing, $130. This trip, it cost us a whopping FIFTY dollars, plus we got advice on the mangos for free from the nice check-out lady.

We are SOOOOOO shopping there from now on!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

random things happen...

bratty napoleon has survived another month without being sequestered or killed. the 3 cats can now eat together peacefully. the rest of the day... fights. napoleon is seeking help through psychopharmaceuticals for his aggressive attitude.

the mississippi river from our neighbourhood looking toward downtown minneapolis was viewed on one of susan and margie's walks.

margie enjoys walking the tracks and watching for birds on these walks; however she has learned not to chase flying objects while on the leash because her mother will put her in the kennel straightaway.

she also enjoys hopping through the snowy weeds along the bank of Shingle Creek during late winter walks.

After a looooooooong and difficult day at work, Susan came home to a clean house (ALL the piles of dishes done, ALL laundry washed, dried, folded, and put away, etc.) and the bedroom rearranged in the way she had been talking about. This was the best anniversary gift ever. 4 years!