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Number. 4

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I think Sunday afternoon is one of my favorite times of the week.  Usually, everything is already prepared for the upcoming week (my bag is packed and my laundry is done), dinner is in the oven (tonight roast chicken with mashed potatoes and fresh green beans) and it's a time for walks, movies, books and just plain spending time with my husband.
The house smells delicious as the chicken cooks.  Yesterday I made a loaf of a citrusy challah We had it for dinner last night with a spinach quiche.  I fixed dinner for my friend's birthday.  We played games and ate hot fudge sundaes.  She doesn't like cake (I know!  How can that be possible?  But it's true) so I got iced cream and hot fudge and whipped up some cream.  It was a good substitute for birthday cake.
 I made a sweater and some tiny socks for a coworker's new granddaughter.  I love this color for a baby.  It's not typical and pastel.  I am working on finishing up my wips and then I want to collect all the bits …

Number 3

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Here we are in the deep of winter.  And it's over 50 degrees again.  My body is confused.  At least the sun is out today.  For the first time in what seems like weeks. (Probably just days....)
 I made these danish pastries for Sunday breakfast.  They are lemon and cheese and are absolutely delicious.  They are a bit of work, the dough has to be started the day before you want to eat them, but it isn't hard.  The dough is buttery and smooth and the fillings are not too sweet.  Much less sweet than the bakery pastries.

Peter Kevin's job search is going fairly well.  His resume is getting attention and he has had a few phone interviews and 2 face to face interviews.  He is feeling positive.  It would be nice if someone offered him a job since unemployment has not kicked in yet (what?  It's only been 7 weeks!).  They said there was no record of his having worked the past 2 years.  We, of course, appealed it and are waiting for a decision.  
We were just hit with a "nor&#…

And I feel fine....

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"It's the end of the world as we know it....."
It's January 20 and I woke up with that song running through my head.  I am not truly looking for the end of the world, just the world as we know it.  I am one of those people who truly believes in the underlying goodness of people and so I can't help but hope that all the dire forecasts I keep hearing for the next 4 years will turn out to be overly pessimistic.
Here in the behavioral health field, where many folks live on SS money or disability, there is a great fear and apprehension about benefits and how they will hold up.  This increases the level of general anxiety.  It means that we spend more time just being encouraging and trying to be reassuring.  Sometimes it helps and sometimes people are just too wary.  
And there is anxiety in our home as well.  Pk had 3 phone interviews and has 2 in person interviews next week.  It's been 6 weeks and we are still waiting for Unemployment to rule on his application.  I…

No 2

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Here it is January 8th and I have yet to go back to work.  I think the last time I was off for this long was when I had eye surgery to repair the torn retina.  
In all fairness, I was ready to go back last week but we became a House o' Plague and I had to put off returning to work until tomorrow.  Pk got sick right after Christmas.  He was not back to himself so we stayed home on New Year's Eve and were in bed just after midnight.  We watched soccer games and ate good food and drank the end of the egg nog.
I was all packed and my clothes were all washed and ironed and hanging in the closet. I even shined up my shoes.  But then, I became the next to fall to the plague and didn't make it back to work.  The head cold became a sinus infection and it wasn't until the antibiotic had a chance to work that I began to feel better.  (Of course there are all the downsides to the antibiotic- intestinal distress, vague nausea and my favorite one:the yeast infection). 
I did the laundr…

No 1

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Happy New Year!  And farewell to 2016.  I know that some years always seem like they've been harder than others but damn, this past one felt rougher than most.
I've been off work for the last week and it has quiet and filled with pj days.  
We made cookies  I put eyes on most everything because for some reason, it struck me as funny.  We also made babka and our chocolate torte.  It was 2 days of work (grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, baking) but by the late afternoon of the 24th, we were ready for the girls.  We had hot sandwiches and egg nog and punch and decorated the tree.  It was/is beautiful. We opened our polyana presents and laughed and generally had a good time.  Everyone left and we were in bed just after 12.  El and Pk and I got up the next morning and opened the rest of our presents and ate babka and spent the day in our pajamas.  
On Tuesday, Em said she didn't have anything for the top of her tree so Pk and I sprang into action and created this lovely creatur…