Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Feels like a good day

We had a nice weekend around here:  Cliff and the grandson started replacing fences, and spent a lot of time on that.  We had no plans for Memorial Day, but I got up wanting to make potato salad, so I did that (one of my better efforts) and then made bread in the bread machine.  Then the grandson told us he was smoking some ribs and chicken because his mom and Andy were coming over, as well as his sister; I told him I had potato salad, and the meal was set!  We visited for three or four hours, and when our company left, it was only an hour til bedtime.  I'm looking forward to dinner, because we have leftovers!  Added to that, I cooked a bunch of sweet potatoes my daughter passed on to me that she'd been given.  I love candied sweet potatoes, so I melted half a stick of butter in my stainless steel skillet, added about 1/3 cup of brown sugar, and laid the peeled and halved sweet potatoes in that, put a lid on the skillet, and turned down the burner.  As one skillet-full got done, I put in more sweet potatoes.  After they were cooked and cooled I put them in 1-quart freezer bags, each bag holding enough for me and Cliff to eat with a meal.  

Rachel also gave me a lot of huge onions.  I diced one of them to put in the freezer when I was done with sweet potatoes:  One onion filled up a one-quart freezer bag!  The sweet potatoes and onions came from a Harvester's drop-off somewhere; I'm glad somebody shared with Rachel and she shared with me.  I love getting free food.  I always wish we could go wait in line at the local Harvester's event so I can have the freebies, but we are not hurting for food.  If anything, we have too much of it.  So I leave it for those who need it.  Knowing my husband as I do, I doubt if he'd go anyway.  He doesn't want to be a moocher.

Since so many people across the country decided to enjoy the holiday weekend in huge, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds as though there had never been a pandemic, we will soon have confirmation one way or the other about how fast it can spread if we're not careful.  The proof is in the pudding, and we should know in two or three weeks whether the virus is as serious as they say, because the numbers should go up dramatically, according to what doctors have told us.  Honestly, it gets to the point where you don't know who or what to believe, with the experts changing their minds so much.  What I don't believe is that it's a trick by the left wing and China to keep the president from winning the next election.  I've heard so many conspiracy theories concerning the virus, and believe none of it, because they come from a bunch of whiners.

Gabe is SO shaggy.  By his next grooming appointment he will have been without a haircut for four months.  I finally gave him a bath yesterday.  He's taken up mole-digging in the pasture, so if he's loose, he'll head out to dig.  Then he comes in with muddy feet.  Today we went to walk, but he was leashed and I did my best to keep him out of mud.  I'm a little shaggy too, but I'm not too worried about it.

I never did do the second entry about artists who's music influenced me, but decided I was bored with that and didn't do it.  I've been a little blue lately for no reason, perhaps because of the cloudy days we've had.  It was getting awfully dry here, but we've had almost two inches of rain in the last couple of days.  I went out and mudded in some sweet corn seeds a while ago.

That's it for today.



Leilani Schuck Weatherington said...

In addition to the muddy feet from digging up mole runs, our Molly would grab chunks of the grass and dirt in her mouth and tear it out. So we also had a muddy face to deal with -- especially if her Schnauzer beard was long. She spent a lot of time getting her feet washed.

Margie's Musings said...

You folks are so fortunate to be able to have your dogs. I am not allowed to have a pet here in this duplex. The best I can do is feed feral cats out at the front door.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I think everyone is waiting to see how it goes after this past weekend with more and more people getting out. I'm hoping that we don't go backwards.There's been way to much death from this virus for it to be a tall tale. It's real and it kills. How can anyone doubt that. It finally feels like summertime in Ohio. My flower boxes are planted and growing. I agree it feels like it will be a good day!

Gabrielle Howard Gengler said...

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite things to eat. I don’t cook them often though. It was nice of Rachel to share. I’ve returned to the YMCA to walk, and cycle. I feel so much better when I do. I’ve had to fight the blah feelings too. I’m so glad you have some land to walk around and be outside. Have a good week. Gabby

Margaret said...

I love potato salad and am tempted to make some, especially with 80 degree weather coming. Glad you're feeling better and enjoying some wonderful food and company.

The Feminine Energy said...

Yes, the proof is in the pudding, Donna, as you said. We'll see what happens in the virus world. It's spreading like crazy even now but people don't seem to care. I saw a question asked, in an online article, and it said: "How much death can people accept?" I guess that's the quintessential question, isn't it. Apparently they can accept a lot, judging by how much social distancing there's NOT. :-/

I love making potato salad too and make it often throughout the year. Of course, then I eat it and that's not so good. *haha*

Love, Andrea xoxo