Thursday, August 15, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Ten years later already?
• In the Pages of the Past this week, I slipped a snippet about my 50th birthday in the “10 Years Ago,” not the “50.”
Monday, I celebrated my 60th birthday. I am floored! I cannot be 60 years old yet! My brain is pretty convinced that I am still 39 years old.
Sunday, I made myself birthday dinner and Meredith, my oldest granddaughter, made a chocolate cake.
I had to laugh while I was cooking -- I made one of my favorite comfort food meals -- white beans, fried potatoes and to spice it up a bit instead of regular cornbread I made Mexican.
I could just see my mother standing, looking at me and shaking her head. I complained constantly growing up that I hated white beans and fried potatoes.
I can’t even remember or count the times I said, “I’m going to marry a rich man and never eat white beans and fried potatoes again!”
Dennis, one of my brothers, hated that particular meal as well and yet, now, he also considers it comfort food.
What a difference 50 years makes...
• This has been a strange summer weatherwise. It’s supposed to be in the 80s this week and on into the weekend. I can deal with that, especially since I can’t get rid of the reaction to the massive antibiotics, roofing nail, tetanus shot, more antibiotics, rash on my torso. Heat and sunshine make it really itch and break out even more.
I’ve always loved rain and cloudy days and now, I really appreciate clouds and rain.
The weather has apparently also been good for gardens, etc. Friends here at work are generously sharing the veggies from their gardens with the rest of us.
Squash, another much hated food from my childhood, is now one of my all-time favorite veggies. Nothing can compete with cucumbers and tomatoes, but squash and zuchini are right up there.
My sister Peggy hated tomatoes when we were kids and she and Daddy argued about them constantly. Daddy just knew if she’d eat them she’d love them. She was positive she hated them. I’d get by with not eating squash while they argued about tomatoes.
My neighbor and co-worker Carolyn King sent her husband Johnny to the house Sunday afternoon with a big ole bag of tomatoes. Sliced tomatoes go really well with white beans and fried potatoes.
I had sliced tomatoes with leftovers for lunch on Monday. And with cucumbers from Barbara’s garden for lunch on Tuesday.
I love my friends’ gardens!
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