Stay-cation Day 7: Cooking and Cleaning

Friday, July 30, 2010

Today Kimm and I feel so ACCOMPLISHED!

I don’t know what was in me, but I just felt like cooking 🙂

Probably because it was such a gorgeous day.  In the 70s, sunny and breezy, and hardly any humidity!

For lunch I made vegetable soup.  I love vegetable soup.  I kind of make it up as I go along each time.  Today’s had onion, celery, carrots, garlic, sautéed in a pan.  Then I added vegetable bouillon cubes and water.  Salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash.  Let it simmer for about an hour.  Then adjusted the seasonings, added some egg noodles and let it simmer for another 30 minutes.  Paired it with some Pillsbury French bread that Kimm’s mom had given us a while back.  Was so good.  And have enough for lunch tomorrow.

During the afternoon Kimm attacked the lawn–mowed, weed-wacked, weeded.  I did inside stuff.  Deep cleaned the downstairs bathroom.  Washed all the kitty litter boxes.  Cleaned the stove.  Cleaned the kitchen ceiling fan (GROSS!).   It doesn’t seem like a lot but I was busy all afternoon.

Then cooked more for dinner–I made Stir Fry sauce to put over lots of veggies–broccoli, carrots, onions, peas, water chestnuts, green pepper.  With brown rice.  It was so good.  Probably tasted even better because we had worked so hard.

I did the dishes three times today!  That’s way too many times in one day.

Then tonight I just felt like making bread.  Dragged out the bread machine.  Not sure if I want to keep it anymore and figured I would test it out again.  We had gone through all the kitchen cupboards getting rid of stuff we didn’t need/want.  Got rid of so many plastic containers!!!  HATE those things.  Definitely prefer the glass containers–don’t stain, smell, or create chaos in your cabinets.  We were not sure about keeping the bread machine.  I think I just have to use it more.  Would be nice not to have to knead the bread.  I shall try out a few recipes and then we will make a decision.  Tonight I made a whole wheat bread.  Already the house is smelling good.

I’m about to take a shower and then read.  I picked up Eat, Pray, Love and am really liking it so far.

I can’t believe how fast my nine days off are going.  Isn’t that always how it is?

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Stay-cation Day 6: Tears and Cheers

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Well, yesterday I didn’t have time to post because we were out pretty late–didn’t get into bed until past 2 am.

First on the agenda was our neighbor’s funeral.  It was a dreary, rainy day.  There’s something fitting about it being like that when you bury someone.

The funeral was okay.  I haven’t been to that many funerals in my life.  I thought the minister was too dramatic when he was talking.  Totally made me want to laugh and not focus on why we were there.  But then when his daughter (who we both know) got up to say a few words, well, that was when we lost it.  Both of us had tears streaming down our faces.

We elected not to go to the cemetery.  I always feel like that is more personal and for family.

Later that night we went for a ride in the car with Izzy-Bear.  It was beautiful out.  It cooled down and we had the windows down and just drove!  Went to Windsor Locks in CT.  Then back.  When we arrived home, that’s when we saw a bunch of our neighbors across the street, talking and drinking and they invited us over (this was at the house of the neighbor whose dad had died).  So we grabbed our drinks (all we had was Smirnoff Ice–Kimm is out of her beer!) and chairs and headed over.  Had a few Chocolate Covered Cherry shots (so good–chocolate “cups” filled with cherry Jell-O shots made with chocolate vodka!).  Talked a lot.  Remembered our neighbor.  Drank to his memories.  Got bit by SO MANY mosquitos!  Those buggers love me.  I think I have 20 AT LEAST.  So itchy.

It was a good way to end the night.  When we got into bed I think I fell asleep immediately and I slept so good.  All I remember is waking up feeling SO rested 🙂

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