Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The Valentines orchid is still producing blooms. Right now it has 10 blossoms on it, and they are gorgeous. We marvel at it daily on our kitchen table. Husband certainly got his moneys worth on that one! The interesting care tip is that you water it once a week by putting 2-3 ice cubes on the soil to melt. Apparently it is the right amount of fluid and the cold shocks it in some way to promote blooming. Seems to work. I've started "watering" my African Violets the same way, and they started to re-bloom again, too. I do also give 1/2 rate fertilizer regularly.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It's a treat and a laugh to have your father-in-law ask where the kids are, and find out he means your 48-year-old husband and 53-year-old brother-in-law.
Daughter W. (6) was treating her mosquito bites. They are all over her legs. They seem to love her. She says, "Skeeters love me because I am skeeta-tastic."
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Last night we had supper with our couples club. We were treated to Dutch Oven Cooking by our cousins Steve and Nancy. Dutch oven cooking is a hobby of theirs. They cooked us whiskey pork loin, homemade buns and applesauce cake in their dutch ovens. Nancy is an expert bread baker. The rest of us filled in with sides and other desserts. Delicious!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
1 c. sugar
2 T. flour
1T. grated lemon rind (opt.)
6 T. lemon juice
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 t. vanilla
1/4 t. almond extract
1 pie shell
1/4 c. slivered almonds (opt.)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Position oven rack in bottom 1/3 of oven. Stir sugar and flour together in bowl. Add to eggs in another bowl and beat 3 min. until light in color and slightly thickened. Stir in lemon rind, lemon juice, butter, vanilla and almond extract. Pour into pie shell and place on a baking sheet. Bake in lower 1/3 of oven for 20-25 min. until filling is set and lightly browned. If desired, toast slivered almonds in a skillet over med-hi heat, stirring until lightly browned, about 4-5 min. Sprinkle almonds over pie and cool.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I am with two sister-in-laws in their hospitals.
In the last 4 days, two of my beloved sister-in-laws entered the hospital in separate cities, on the same day. One had a heart attack, tests, and two stents inserted into a fully blocked artery. She is 50. The other became violently ill after a bug bite and entered the hospital and has had three surgeries and fluid on the lungs due to a raging Strep A Necrotizing Fasciitis (so-called "flesh eating") infection. She has been on a ventilator in critical condition in ICU. We are beginning to see slight improvement. She is 43 with a 5-year-old daughter and husband.
This is in additon to my regular life. I have three adult children-one married, one in the throes of divorce and one at school. I have a teenager, pre-teen and six-year-old at home. I have a full time job as an educator, a full time job as a parent and a full time job as a wife (although I recieve much more than I am able to give in that job!) I am in charge of preparing 3 meals a day, running the house and a child with a chronic medical condition (generally minor, potentially major) that requires daily monitoring, (for the last three-four years.) We are considering the pros and cons of surgery for this condition. I have parents and in-laws with aging issues. Did I mention menopause?????
And yet, I am one of the most blessed people I know. This is a charmed life I live. I have more than I need or deserve. But, I guess I must remember that it is OK to sometimes to be a little distracted. Perhaps a little distraction might even be considered normal? I sure hope so.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I used my latent florist talents to design the fairy crowns for the Midsummer Nights Dream play. (See earlier post.) Design dilemma: How do you design masculine fairy crowns?! We settled on flowers and ivy for the women, and ivy, sticks, pine cones and raffia for the men. I also made Bottom's donkey ears--fashioned from paper bags that were sewn , then stuffed and taped over shish kabob sticks onto a headband, then painted. (Machine sewing paper is a handy trick for many crafts.)