ON THE BACK BURNER

What an absolutely beautiful day. I vote for at least 300 more like this.  Since it is Saturday, we were off to Sequim and  a few yard sales along the way. We don't want to have withdrawal symptoms. My son picked up four brass door knobs for $10. They were designed and made on the east coast in 1890. He looked them up on Google when we got home. They very much looked like the ones we had in our 100 year old Victorian house in Evanston. We did two  stops in Sequim. Walmart and Costco. There are some things that you just can't buy in PT. We got back to PT with enough time for me to just sit in a lawn chair and inhale the sweet scent of peonies and look up at the perfect blue sky . Dixie's allergies are in full bloom, so I gave her a snippet of Benadryl so she can get some sleep tonight. She sees the Vet in a few days and once she gets her shot, she's good for several months. It's a wonderful day in our neighborhood and I am just going to enjoy every hour left of day light.

The people of PT lied to me. Summer doesn't really start July 5, it started June 22. ! I followed my grandson to a garage where he was to leave his car for repair and then I was to drop him off in PT. He was doing the driving and when we got to where he was getting out of the car, he put on the blinkers so I could get out of the passenger side and take over driving. All well and good. But he walked away to an appointment and I couldn't figure out how to turn off the blinkers. In frustration, I saw a man walking toward his car, I called out to him to please come and help me turn off the blinkers. He got in the car on the passenger side and the two of us looked for something to push, pull or hit to turn off the blinkers. He was no help , so I just drove home with the blinkers , blinking. When I got home, I asked my other grandson to come help me turn off the blinkers because even with the motor off, they were still going. He came down from the studio where he has his office and pushed the tab that said" passenger air bag". The blinker went off. What a stupid place to put a blinker.

The sun is so welcomed that today, as I drove past a bike shop, the staff had put blankets outside and were just lounging in the sun. That is how dispirit we are for sunshine. And the forecast is looking good for more of it. I have started watering my plants every day and now I have been advised to water my veggies every day, too. The snow peas are prolific. I am going to start freezing them. I did make lettuce soup and with a shot of pesto, it was pretty good. The recipe called for one potato to use as a thickening agent , but I didn't have a potato, so I used cannellini beans. After pureeing, it worked the same. My grandson is going to give me more strawberries to keep my one plant happy. It's too late for berries this year, because it just isn't getting hot enough, so I can look forward to a crop next year. I hope. So far, I am having a bumper crop of parsley, lettuce and snow peas. You can't be too thin, too rich or have too much parsley.

I've been watching some 2 year old You Tube's from Bon Appetite ,the magazine. They have a whole series of videos filmed at the writers  family kitchens. The difference in these two year old videos is that they were done at the height of the Covid quarantine. I wondered why so many of the younger staff that were involved in the videos had returned to live with their parents, in their old home towns. Then  I remembered. The restaurants were all closed and these single professional cooks, had no incomes,no jobs. . So you go where you are welcomed to live... for free. They were filming from places like Texas, New Jersey, Arizona. You  pick up on their personalities,some stick to the script, others more free form cooking styles. One guy is annoyed with his Mother because she cuts her onions pole to pole and not at the Equator.And he finds them when it's his turn to film.Another laments that he can't find New York Bagels and uses soft white bread for toast, because that is what there is.Occasionally, Mom or Da accidentally moves across the screen. Life during an epidemic.The videos are addictive because you become part of the family. Because they pretty much don't get out, some episodes challenge them to make a meal with just what they have in the house, making substitutions when they, for instance , don't have macaroni but do have orzo. It gets as basic as how do you make your coffee to what do you do for dessert when there is nothing much in the pantry. Ten chefs have 10 different ways for the right way to make coffee. I also learn along the way. Now I know that if I over salt , I can try adding an acid, like lemon or make more of the recipe and don't season. And , their refrigerators and freezers are as disorganized as mine. That makes me happy. I can relate.

Amazon has stuff that you never know existed. An ad popped up on my screen suggesting that I might want to buy silicone nail protectors to use when I used a tanning bed. They keep your expensive nail polish from sun damage. I have no need to protect my unpolished nails , but I have a problem with my thumbs cracking and bleeding. When they do this, I use gauze, Vaseline and cut fingers from rubber gloves to put over the bandages. If I had known about these silicone nail bits, I bet they would be a better option. So I ordered a package. Now I can’t wait until my thumbs crack and bleed !

Latest comments

22.05 | 08:38

so glad youre here mom!

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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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