Monday, April 15, 2013

A soft rain a'fallin'...

 Just finished my late breakfast.  Omelets and salad are one of my very favorite things.  I got some beautiful mushrooms yesterday  and have been salivating at the thought of them...cut thick and sauteed in butter until just barely cooked.  I did the same with some white onion and then put it together into an omelet with a little cheese and some sun dried tomatoes thrown in. I also put some cracked black pepper and some dried rosemary into the eggs.  The salad is leftovers from Friday when I gathered a bowl of wild greens (mostly) from the yard and gardens. Some kale I found poking through the straw, some walking onions, dandelions, clover and chickweed.  A little lettuce, some sliced raw parsnips and carrots, a radish I found at the bottom of the drawer..  Yum.

It's a comforting rain coming down out there....the kind that just wets everything down nicely, but doesn't blow in the windows, so you can leave them open.  There's some slow and quiet thunder rolling every now and then, but not the violent scary kind.  It's definitely April showers.  Every now and then it comes down a little harder, but then relents, and goes back to the soft rain, as the Irish call it. Lovely.

 I'm supposed to go to PT at 2, but I'm seriously thinking about cancelling. I really don't feel like going anywhere...I know I should. I know it's not nice to cancel appointments at the last minute. But, I'm still tired. I'm still going very slow and driving down there is a major endeavor. I tentatively made the appointment last Thursday, hoping I would be all recovered.  I felt better yesterday and the weather was so nice. It got up to 78 degrees and was sunny and breezy and oh-so-beautiful !  I hung laundry on the line and ran some errands and did a few things around the was a really good day.  Then come suppertime, I made a broccoli salad, cooked some corn on the cob, made a foiled platter of potatoes, onions, and cheese to cook on the grill. BBQ'd some pork steaks, and had a wonderful supper with my two guys.  It was just lovely all the way around. I had some coconut Princess Pie in the fridge, so that was dessert.  That, btw, is a recipe I got on Facebook that someone's great, but needs a little tweaking, as the crust is welded to the pie pan and you can barely get it out. lol  It's kind of a coconut cream pie, with a shortbread type crust, a layer of cream cheese mixed with sugar and whipped cream,  then a layer of coconut pudding, then more whipped cream and toasted coconut all over the top.  Really rich, but really, really GOOD!

  Alrighty. I have time to get some more seeds started. Did I tell you?  I'm using toilet paper and paper towel rolls for little peat pots. Cut them about 2 inches high, stuff the bottom with straw and the rest with potting soil and go to town. Then when the time comes, you can just put the whole kit 'n kaboodle into the dirt. And you don't have to buy peat pots. And it's a great way to recycle the toilet paper rolls.  It's getting late for seed starting, but recent events have dictated that it is what it is.  lol  I'm never much good with timetables, it seems. Around these parts, we don't plant gardens until after Mothers Day, because Mother Nature (that sneaky old broad) cannot be trusted.  It would drive me insane to lose a whole garden of starts and stuff because of a freak freeze in May. And it has happened (not to me, because I take my time putting stuff in the ground). So that gives me about a month (if I get going right now) to nurture some seedlings and put them in the ground.  We have a really long growing season here, so it's really no problem. A lot of locals I know are already putting things in the dirt, but not me. 

  It's really so beautiful outside...the rain falls, then stops. The sun comes out for a while, then it clouds up and rains a little more. Then the sun comes out again.  And everything smells so clean and looks so green...

  My friend Dick's Memorial Service is going to be next Saturday, in the morning. Then in the afternoon, I am going to a baby shower for my niece. It's her second baby, the first one died at about 6 months into the pregnancy.  And so the circle of life continues. Birth, Death and Birth again.  

  Have a grand day, wherever you are and whatever you're doing.  Be grateful for every minute you get with those you love, and don't forget to dance in  the rain !!



Mama Pea said...

The pictures of your meals always look so, so yummy!

the wild magnolia said...

a plate of pure yum-yum.

hope you are on the mend.

Beth said...

I know this is a tough time Annie. Makes me think of Ecclesiastes 3 2 and the song Turn Turn Turn."A time to be born and a time to die."


Cloudia said...

Namaste Dear!

ALOHA from Honolulu
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DJan said...

Amen to that, Annie. Enjoy every moment, for we have no idea how many more of them we have to enjoy. I've missed you as I've been traveling and got behind on my blogs. I'm sitting in a hotel room and will be heading home all day long tomorrow. Then my life will return to normal, God willing... :-)

Mariodacatsmom said...

Nice post Annie. Your omelet and salad look delicious - I'm ready to dig right in. Hope you got to PT and it helped.

Carol said...

I'm with you, I planted pansies one year as soon as they were available and they were in shock, took them the longest time to recover and start growing. Thanks for mentioning Boston, its a tough time, I hope they find the people responsible for this cowardly act.