Have mercy! Work and meals come around as regularly as laundry and dishes, don't they? As of the time I'm working on this post we've had rain for 8 days. Not steady rain, not all day or all night sort of rain but rain of some sort every single day for the past 8 days. Two days it rained so long and hard that we felt we were under a deluge. Both of those days the 'chance' of rain was in the lower percentiles. I cannot even begin to imagine what the day two days from now will be like when it is meant to be a 90% chance! (*Two days later: It rained hard enough and powerfully enough to flush the clogged ditch at the field side of the end of my driveway!)
It has rained enough to keep the yard wet, too humid to open windows, and just wet enough to really make you feel discouraged at going anywhere that wasn't absolutely necessary. Every now and then the skies have lightened and we've breathed a sigh of relief, looked at one another and said "Oh good! It's starting to clear off!" No, it wasn't. It was tomfoolery. It was just a deep breath before the next wave of rain came in. And it came in.
This 6 inches of rain pretty much put an end to my plans to do yardwork and go out to the shed to work. All the dreary weather also put an end to ambition to do anything at all indoors other than the daily dozen.
We ate well this past week. I pretty much stuck to my menu with only two deviations. Once was a failure on my part to THINK. John came in late and I waited breakfast on him. I simply forgot he came in two hours late. And so dinner time rolled around and there was no dinner, nothing prepared, and I was hot, bothered, tired as could be because I'd been working hard. I threw together a meal and I mean that literally. The second time was John's kindness. He insists on grocery day in getting take out. I don't plan for takeout but he wants to make things easy on me. It's a lovely loving gesture and I am happy to accept his kindness.
Now I've promised one meal this week and I'm duty bound to provide it. I'll lead out with that one and we'll go from there.
Tuna Pasta Salad, Saltines, Strawberry Cobbler
I had the salad on menu a couple of weeks ago but it was one of those meals that got moved off the list. I have all the ingredients needed to make this salad and the temperatures are supposed to warm up once more next week. Strawberries were $.99 at Aldi last week and I got two pounds of them. John is not as fond as I of strawberries but he will eat a strawberry cobbler without one murmur. I've also discovered he will eat them in a fruit salad which also contains bananas. Slowly I will convert him to eating them just any old time while in season, lol.
Lemon Pepper Chicken, Asparagus Risotto, Strawberry Almond Salad, Angel Biscuits
I'll go light on the lemon pepper. John isn't nearly so fond of it as I am. The asparagus risotto will be a new recipe for me. A nice way to stretch the asparagus to two meals instead of one since the risotto calls for so little.
Mushrooms Newburg over Toast, Baked Potatoes, Garden Salad,I've had this recipe in my files forever. I thought it would be a good time to try it as a meatless meal.
Pasta with Sausage, Peppers and Onions, Italian Flat Beans, Salad, Angel Biscuits
I have turkey Italian Sausage in the freezer, and plenty of fresh peppers. And yes, I am trying a lot of new recipes this week. I need to shake things up!
Out with Mama
Grilled Steak, Corn on Cob, Fried Onion Rings, Tomatoes Au Gratin
I hope to start up the grill for the first time over the weekend. I may even grill the corn. The tomato recipe is easy enough. Seasoned tomatoes are topped with saltine cracker crumbs and shredded cheddar.
Work Work Work
Jobs Last Week
Rain prevented a lot of work this past week. I managed to get the little flower bed weeded and a portion of the rose bed as well. I cleaned the closet in the guest room and sorted out a number of things that just needed to go. I started a new donation pile. Bills were paid, groceries were bought. I spent one day waiting on repairmen. Mama was here so that precluded doing any work. It was a mixed week of work.
Mop floors.**We'll see. The kids are coming up and it's supposed to rain off and on all week. I might wait until they go home since it's inevitable there will be spills.
Continue working on flower beds.**if weather allows
Get a double or triple lot of things to booth. It's festival weekend and I hope it means good sales for me.
Finish book and get review posted...Not a hardship! I am really enjoying it a great deal.