ON THE BACK BURNER

I keep thinking that I am not being productive  enough. But then I tally up everything that I have done in a day, and I am relieved to think that I am no slouch. Beside making English muffins and sharing them, I started painting my flowers. By the time I came to finishing one, I was getting painters fatigue. It’s hard staying in the lines. Especially working in red. One slip and  red paint is where it isn’t meant to be. I had to order my groceries on line again. I usually do it on Thursday, but with Rosh Hashonah, I was concentrating so hard on that meal, that I forget some things. This is where having a car would come in handy. I ordered and my son picked up the order. I ordered a bunch of beets with the leaves. I got one huge beet. That is when I really missed having a car. So now, I will buy a clunker to keep here. My son found one on Craig’s list for under $1000. No back seat. That is not a deal breaker,  but the manual drive is. I can drive stick, but I won’t on these hills. I want to be able to press on the pedal and go, fast, uphill. Keep looking.

It was Friday, so ,of course, it rained. We celebrated Shabbat and erev Rosh Hashonah under beach umbrellas  at our individual cafe tables. it is festive to have all of these colorful beach umbrellas in the yard. We have this not normal Shabbat under control. The food is arranged on a long table distant from everyone. Our cafe tables are in a large circle. The Shabbat candles,wine and  challah are in the center. Everyone has their own dishes. We go up to serve ourselves one at a time. Then we relax,say the blessings, take in that Shabbos breath and enjoy. Who cares if it is a little on the damp side. hardly notice it.

My grandson told me why I couldn’t post yesterday. I understand, but it seems nuts. Because I was using quote marks, followed by a period and the next sentences followed without a space... made it look like it may have been a web site. Still with me ? After I made the corrections by eliminating the sentence completely,I could post. HereI thought I was saying something subversive. I was just saying that I was happy that my grandson was back. We celebrated Bob’s apple tree. All of us who planted it last Thanksgiving ate apples and honey. It was super special. Now I realize that I haven’t cooked a Rosh Hashonah meal in years. Lunch after services with a lot of our congregation was what we did. Now, I want to cook everything I remember from past Rosh Hashonah’s... but won’t. I will bake a challah filled with apples, I made an apple cake, chicken is cleaned and ready to go. I made the balsamic reduction for the veggie meal. I am ready. l’ shona tovah to all and to all.. be well . That is what is important.

One more Uchitelle has increased the population of PortTownsend. My grandson,who was working in Alaska, is back. We did virtual hugs. I didn’t notice smoke today. Maybe the wind carried most of it away. from us. Between weeding,sowing more grass seed and mowing, I entertain myself with The Amazing Race. How many years  did this show run ? I would love to go to some of the places that the contestants visit. I’ll put it on my “ to do “list.Today, we are going to eat an apple from Bob’s apple tree. We will Marco Polo,or whatever it takes to include the family . I have the honey ready.

Weather report. It spitted rain during the night. That is so little that the ground is dry. Smoke isn’t as irritating. My son brought me a fan and a filter and YouTube showed how to attach the filter to get particles removed from your home. Basically,it is a fan and a filter  like we use in our AC’s in Venice. I’m  not much troubled by the smoke, but my DiL , who had asthma as a child is. Since this was another day that was not an outside day, I started planning my veggie garden for next year. My beginners vegetable garden book came and I expanded my list of what I want to grow. I’ve gone from garlic to include beets. Had a long phone chat with my Grandson as he sat-on the curb at the Seattle airport waiting for his ride. He is returning with a duffle bag, two back packs and a mountain bike. It’s a good thing that two cars are going to pick him up.

Latest comments

29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

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31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

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20.07 | 13:55

Everything sounds so wonderful Leona. Venice will seem boring . I would want to move to Portownsend where the kids are living. All sounds great . Is there?

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19.07 | 12:33

That lavender sounds very nice!

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