Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lesson Learned

Whenever I go food shopping and buy packs of individually wrapped servings, I always empty the package and put the pieces in the freezer.  Usually, this works very well, I can see what is in the package and cook accordingly.
 
The other day while rummaging through the freezer I found some frozen fish, without a label.  I knew it wasn't salmon since it was white, but I didn't know what it was, there was nothing on the label.  I guess they thought their customer was intelligent enough to know what kind of fish it is if they don't keep it in the original packaging..

I had a vague recollection of looking at halibut, so I decided that's what it is.  Now I had to find a recipe for halibut.  I went online and found one - Halibut with Balsamic Glaze.  I even had all the ingredients - halibut (I think), balsamic vinegar, honey (even though it's almost solid) and garlic.  It was so easy and quick. I tried it.  It was very good and I will definitely make it again.

AND the next time I empty a package of frozen fish, I will definitely make note of what it is if it's not salmon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MIRACLE IN THAILAND

I don't have too much to add to that except that it truly is a miracle.  I didn't follow the story too much in the beginning, because as a mother I worried.  First I worried that they would never be found, then that they were given false hope along with the food.  Then I heard how difficult it was for the rescuers to enter the cave, then to leave the cave with the boys.  Today, the last boys and their coach were safely removed.

Thank you to the international community of navy seals for all their work and skills.  And, thank you God for giving them the skills to do this work.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day.

I remember many Independence Day celebrations, but one that sticks out in my mind is July 4, 1976.  That was the bicentennial and my boys were 5 and almost 2.  Everyone had fireworks and when the sun went down, there was quite a show a few blocks away.

We might have had a block party that year, I'm not sure.  What I do remember is that one of our neighbors found a way to teach the children  the real meaning of the day.  When the sun went down, she brought out a birthday cake with sparklers and written on the cake was, "Happy Birthday America".  It really brought home the meaning for the celebration for the children and was a good reminder for us adults.  Thank you Maureen for reminding us what it's all about.

So, now I'll say it - Happy Birthday America!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Weight

For as long as I can remember, I've been concerned about my weight.  When I was younger, all I needed to lose was 10 pounds.  Sometimes I wish I weighed now what I weighed back then when I thought I was fat.  Since I retired, weight has really been an issue.

When I first moved into this community, I exercised every day for about an hour, but I never lost a pound.  I know, for me, exercise isn't the answer.  Portion control is.

Today though I found something good about being overweight.  I decided it was time to  break down all the boxes in the garage and tie them up for recycling.  Several of them did not break down into manageable sizes.  I discovered when I bent them in ways they weren't meant to bend that, if I stood on them, it was much easier to make manageable sizes.  My extra pounds  crushed the cardboard making it easier to tie them up.

I'm sure if I were at the proper weight for my height, that wouldn't have worked, but that should not be an excuse for filling my plate.  After all, how often do I have large boxes to tie up and recycle.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

COOKING

People who know me, know that I really like to cook.  I also like to collect cookbooks.  It's almost embarrassing to admit that I have over 200 books in my collection.  I keep telling myself that's enough, stop buying.  But then, I hear about the latest by the Ina Garten or Martha Stewart or The Pioneer Woman and I'm off to the store for a new book.  I also buy a book when I travel.  After my first trip to France, I learned my lesson - make sure the book is written in English.

I'm also a bit of a nerd when it comes to my cookbooks.  I have made an Excel spreadsheet with an inventory of my books, when and how I got them and some of the recipes I tried and any comments.

I was checking my inventory this morning looking for a recipe for scallops that I had recently and really enjoyed.  Fortunately, I found it quickly, along with two other recipes that I hadn't remembered trying.  They too were very good, now I have a decision to make - which recipe for scallops should I make today.

I then checked through this inventory and found so many recipes that I had tried and enjoyed and didn't remember.  I had gotten into a rut with the same old meals day after day.  No wonder cookies and chips are looking so good to me.

Now that I've been reminded of the treasure trove of recipes, look out world, the cook is back!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Kindness and Old Friends

I just finished perusing my May issue of Woman's Day.  I like to just go through it on the first day, then go back and read the articles and recipes.

This month there was an article, Be Kind Every Day which made me think and sit down and read.  This article gave ideas for each day in May for us to be kind.  Among them were offering to drive a neighbor to an appointment, helping a non-tech savvy friend with their computer, taking a walk and picking up litter, etc.

This article made me think about ways that I can help brighten the day for someone.  It also made me think about a co-worker at AIG, Esther.  Esther would greet me everyday with not just "Good morning", but she also found something to compliment, such as 'Your hair looks great", or "That color looks good on you", etc.  It was always a pleasure to see Esther in the morning.

We kept in touch for a while after I retired, but with all the changes at AIG and my laziness, we lost touch.  I have many good memories of my days at AIG and the friends I made there and still see.  I think I'll try to find and get back in touch with Esther.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

How Does Gibbs Do It?

Any long time fan of NCIS knows that Gibbs, aka Mark Harmon, builds boats in his basement.  Well, today I did the equivalent.

I recently purchased a new patio set - loveseat, coffee table, two chairs.  Of course, like almost everything you  buy these days, some assembly was required.  The weather here has been very unpredictable and I couldn't leave the boxes outside, so I had them put in the kitchen.  I now have two very big boxes sitting in the kitchen.

This morning I decided to put the chairs together.  Before I could do that, I had to open the box, that was a struggle.  I don't know what kind of glue they used, but it really held tight.  When I finally got to the pieces, I decided that I could do this.  After all I have put bookcases, bar stools and my desk chair together.  I didn't want to use my coffee table hold the pieces together since it has a glass top.  I decided it would be a very good idea to assemble the chair in my bedroom, using the bed as a table.  Nothing could get scratched or broken if I rested the arm of the chair on it while assembling the seat.

I moved everything into the bedroom and the assembly went smoothly, maybe too smoothly.  It was time to put it outside.

To my surprise, even though this house is designed for a senior citizen, the doorways are not unusually wide.  I couldn't get the chair through, no matter how I angled it.  I think, if there was not a wall there, it probably would have fit, but I'm not ready to knock down a wall.

Back to the bed to remove all the screws and bolts.  Even after I took one of the arms off, it still didn't fit.  Back to the bed to remove the other arm.  Finally, I was able to get it through the doorway with two pieces connected.

I gathered all the hardware and pieces and went out onto the patio.  I must add that I live on the corner and it gets windy and the temperature today was 41 degrees.

Fortunately, since this was the second time I was assembling the chair, I knew what to do.  It was a little hard since I had nowhere to sit, but I DID IT!  The chair is now fully assembled, but it's too cold to work on the other one.

So, now I still have two large boxes sitting in the kitchen waiting to be assembled.  I know I can do it, but I may get help with the loveseat since the box weighs about 70 lbs. and I don't know how I could maneuver the box to even open it.  But I will wait until it warms up a bit, I wouldn't ask anyone to work in the cold.

I guess when Gibbs wants to move the boat, he disassembles it and puts it together at water's edge.