Tuesday, February 2, 2016
News from home
The news is all rather boring, actually, but no news is good news, they say, and I agree.
Well, some news. I injured my rib/sternum area a few days ago and I'm not even sure how I did it. I was thinking it happened when I was scrubbing the shower, maybe, or while vacuuming. I spent Saturday and Sunday mostly lazing, trying to rest while I had the Bear around to help with things. It's getting better but it's definitely still there. It's that kind of pain where it hurts to sneeze or yawn, where every laugh turns into a yelp.
Resting helped, but by yesterday, I needed to get up and do something. I made my slow-cooker minestrone, as well as rice pudding (recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook and also here), and did some very light straightening up. It's amazing what happens when you let it go for a couple of days. It was looking like a rummage sale. I will say that it's getting easier to be sick or out of commission, now that my children are a little older. They can do more for themselves and I don't feel as much pressure to entertain them or guide them through every activity. It felt good to do some gentle housework and I love having the slow-cooker simmering away.
The weather has been pretty terrible so far this week - two days in a row of dark skies, intermittent snow showers and brisk winds, real winter stuff. We've had a chilly winter here, largely because of El Nino. In some years, February feels like true spring, and this one may pan out that way eventually too, but it looks like it will be cold and grayish for at least a week. I'll be interested to see what my plum trees do this year; I've seen flowers as soon as late February, and as late as mid-March. My bulbs are never up until the end of March, no matter what.
If you want sturdy, long-lasting flowers for your house, buy some alstroemeria. Man, those flowers last forever! I bought a cheap mixed bouquet (including daisies, carnations, mums and the aforementioned alstroemeria) two whole weeks ago. The rest of the flowers have finally withered, but that alstroemeria is still going strong.
Did you watch Grease: Live? I loved it! So much fun. I don't want to give anything away if you haven't seen it yet, but you should look for "old" Frenchy.
I went to the dentist this morning, for my scheduled cleaning. I love my dentist. She is a bit older than me, a mother of four teenagers. She comes from Honduras and she often goes back there to do charity dental work. She complimented my sneakers and said she needs a new pair because she gave hers away last time she was in Honduras. That's the kind of person she is. She also told me that my teeth looked "fantastic." I'm not sure anyone has ever called a part of this body "fantastic." I'm kind of gloating right now. Check out my chompers, y'all.