1. Got the black beans soaked and almost fully cooked, sauteed some black peppered Walla Walla sweet onions and a red bell pepper, seasoned them with cumin and oregano, then sauteed some yellow hook squash from Mom's garden and white mushrooms, threw that stuff in the pot along with potatoes, celery, and baby carrots, and topped off the black bean soup with some organge juice and lemon juice. Broke out a bag of mixed greens, chopped celery and threw in some baby carrots, topped the salad with a tomato, and dressed it all with Greek Feta vinaigrette. I thought it made a great dinner.
2. Dropped into Market of Choice thinking I might find some corn bread or corn muffins to eat with the black bean soup, but no luck; no problem: I bought nice wide cheese sticks instead and they accompanied the soup and salad perfectly.
3. As Snug and I walk the neighborhood, we zig zag across streets, leave sidewalks and walk in the street, and reverse ourselves suddenly, doing all we can to not cross the paths of other dogs or walkers. Both agitate Snug (unfortunately) and so we play with the hand nature dealt him.