Yep, I'm late! Recently that seems to be the story of my life. Schedules notwithstanding, life seems to throw plenty of curve balls lately that just don't fit into any schedule.
1. When it comes to vegetables, which do you use more often---canned, frozen or fresh?
Fresh is my first choice, especially if it's homegrown. Frozen is my back up, except for green beans. Green beans must be fresh or canned...for some reason I just can't cook frozen green beans. They taste awful. I just don't have time for a real garden this year. I'm growing basil, parsley, lots of rosemary, chocolate mint and peppermint. I've got two tomato seedlings that are struggling and a pepper seedling that may survive. Between Boo and Mom, there is no gardening time.
2. Do you sew?
YES!!! I love to sew. However, like gardening, sewing is definitely on the back burner right now. I have a chair that needs to be slip covered. I'd enjoy doing it, but when??? After Boo's second stroke, I sewed several "manly" hospital gowns that covered a bit more than the average gown covered. I also made gown type tops and scrub bottoms for him. They offered a little more dignity and made him feel more comfortable. The tops worked well with IVs, heart monitoring equipment, etc. I really should make another batch for Boo and a batch for Mom.
3. Do you have a common fear?
Snakes and spiders!!! I'm trying to learn to identify harmful snakes and spiders and leave the rest alone...if they leave me alone, that is. There's a green snake in the back yard that I've seen and that's slithered across my foot and a black snake that roams in our backyard and our neighbor's yard. I'm told it eats rats. That's useful...as long as it keeps it's distance, I'll certainly keep mine. Ummm...the neighborhood knows when I've seen a snake. My screams have brought neighbors to my rescue that I didn't know. Now that's an interesting way to meet new people.
4. Is there anything you recommend for cutting the grocery bill?
Like Patrice, gardening and preserving the harvest is the best way I've found. I've been using coupons for the few name brand items that we use and stocking up when I can buy items on sale and use coupons. That amounts to only a small savings. We seldom use name brands. Another thing that I've found helpful is to cut out packaged and prepared foods. I bake cakes, breads and deserts from scratch. I bake potato chips and crackers, muffins and granola. That's probably not a great help, but that's what I do.
5. Tell me about something that made you happy over the past week?
Well, let's see...Monday morning Mom fell. That didn't make me happy, of course. I realized I was going to be about twenty minutes later than usual checking on Mom that morning because I'd just put muffins in the oven. I called her and when I didn't get an answer, pulled the muffins out of the oven, turned the oven off, yelled to Boo that I was running to Mom's house and RAN. By the time I'd unlocked two doors, disarmed the security system and run like a crazy woman to Mom's back hall, I was shaking and imaging the worst. Mom was fine. She'd fallen in the bathroom and was unable to get up with a broken arm. She was wearing the panic button that should have alerted the security company. It didn't work. However, Mom was fine. (I'd imagined her injured or dead. Any other outcome was wonderful!)
I called Boo to let him know. His response: "I know. I prayed and I knew she was OK. Can we have those muffins now?" That made me happy as well. Boo generally doesn't handle emergencies well at all. He came through this one with flying colors! Muffins were out however. I did make a western omelet and sliced cantaloupe. Boo and Mom were content.
I'd be happier if nothing that exciting happens the rest of the week!
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