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Archive for July, 2011

Yeah, I’m 60…so what?

Age……what does it mean? How are you suppose to feel if your 60? Old? What does old feel like? Does it hurt? I can report that when I bend down to pick up something that I give out a grunt….I heard on the radio this morning that is one sign of getting old. So give me a check on that one.

Saturday morning while cooking breakfast I thought of something I needed at the grocery so I ran over to the cabinet, got paper and pencil and wrote it down. Now the bad news is…I evidently threw away that paper and for the life of me I cannot remember what it was. I mean this has about driven me nuts. I went back to that area of the kitchen, thinking about what I was cooking….no help. So later in the bathroom, I again reviewed my steps and suddenly I thought what it was but by the time I got back to the paper and pencil, “it” was gone. I’m really worried that my mind is slowly seeping away, like air escaping from a balloon.

I am so thankful that I’m in good health. I really have no aches or pains to complain to you about although one of my toes does have a little achy place on it, wanta hear about that? I thought not. I feel really blessed because there is so much sickness everywhere, young and old, that’s why we need to enjoy every day we have.

We have thoroughly been enjoying our garden goodies. We’ve had corn, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and the okra is almost ready. Couldn’t you just founder on these fresh veggies. We love them. I’ve had a few zucchini given to me and I’ve been making quite a few small loaves to give away and eat. I love them but then yesterday I made 3 small loaves of banana nut bread and ohhhh, it was so good. The applesauce makes the bread so moist…guess what? Applesauce is what I had written on the lost grocery list. Ha ha…now see, I’m not losing my mind after all. It has only taken 3 days to remember…applesauce, gotta have it for the banana bread which I made Saturday morning.

Be kind to the elderly and enjoy the day.

Is it Hot or Whaaattttt?

Ok, the heat could almost get on a person’s nerves – thank God for air conditioning. One of my co-workers drove home from the city for about 2 hours yesterday after his car’s ac went out. He was still sweating this morning. Are we spoiled or not? I can visit my 88 year old Dad and he’ll say he’s not feeling too good. I then drop a bomb such as “Do you think it has anything to do with the heat in his house?” He says he likes the open door and a fan. Well, I do too but not when it’s in the 90’s. Sometimes you can hardly get your breathe in his house.

We have to have something to grip about, right? That’s life.

As we left church on Sunday, Kate intently watched as some kids were playing out in the grass, running barefoot, chasing one another. She couldn’t take her eyes off of them. Then she looked at me and said, “I hope they don’t get stung by a bee.” I laughed out loud, thinking how much that sounded like something I have said to her. Her little-girl body comes off with these old-woman comments and we get so tickled at her. My son says she sounds just like me….not sure that’s a compliment. If your life ever gets boring, I highly recommend being around a little feller, they can open your eyes to so many things.

Yesterday I picked up a “free” zucchini that someone had brought in from their garden. I cut a few slices, dipped in beaten egg and then cornmeal and fried. Don’t you love that word……..fried? Anything is good fried. If you like green tomatoes, you’ll probably like these – they’re ok but probably won’t make them again. I did make 2 loaves of bread – shredded the zucchini. So pretty with those little shreds of zucchini throughout the bread. My only complaint was the top of the bread looked so dry but I just took a stick of REAL butter and slathered over the top while hot, which took care of that problem.

Here’s the recipe from http://allrecipes.com

Mom’s Zucchini Bread
Ingredients
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 2 1/4 cups white sugar
• 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 cups grated zucchini
• 1 cup chopped walnuts
Directions
1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
I made one small change – instead of a cup of oil, I used ½ c oil and ½ c applesauce. This is really a good recipe but a light glaze would be tasty.

Hey, enjoy this day….heat or not…..

Happy 4th of July..

Another day getting closer to the verdict for Casey Anthony. How can you not be all wrapped up in this trial? I feel like many of us will need detoxing after the trial is over.


Kate had her first real haircut last week at almost 4 years old. When wet, it was almost to her waist. We just cut about 2 inches off and it looks good. That little toot has thick hair and washing that everyday is rough sometimes. She is really good at taking a shower and getting her hair washed. We wouldn’t wash it everyday but she sweats and you know how sweaty hair smells. Yuk. I love for her to smell good.

I have recently put a jar of body butter next to the bed stand and at night have been slathering my feet with this wonderful pomegranate aroma. Well now every night little Kate jumps in that bed with the jar of body butter to lather those little brown legs and feet to softness. Doesn’t seem to do much to this old skin.

Kate got up at 6 a.m. this July 4 and was outside with my brother-in-law and My Fisherman picking blackberries. She put her tennis shoes, then off she went to the berry patch. She came back with a cup full of huge blackberries. My brother-in-law has the berry vines nice and neat in a row and keeps the area mowed so it isn’t a prickly patch to pick.

This afternoon we plan to pick green beans – I love to pick when they are tender and throw them in a skillet with a little olive oil and salt and cook for a few minutes. Or steamed. Or on the grill in Reynolds wrap. Anyway – beans are hanging tenderly just waiting for Kate and me to pick. She loves picking anything. We have had about 5 cucumbers and about 3 tomatoes. I peeled and sliced the cucumbers, put in jar of salt water with ice – was planning to keep in frig for our son BUT the Fisherman walked in the house and within ten minutes the jar was empty so I assume he ate them all. Oh well, better luck next time. They are so delicious right out of the garden, sliced and splashed with a little coarse salt.

I have some beautiful dill sprigs in the flower bed. Does anyone have any ideas how to use them instead of making pickles. I don’t make pickles – those days are over for me. I love the smell and have used them in a flower arrangement but I wonder about other ways to cook with them.

Enjoy this beautiful day…let’s be thankful for our blessings.

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