I’m still searching for interesting topics. So, I’m left with my brain droppings. Sorry!
Bertha: She’s my mother’s roommate. During the six years that my mother has resided in this home, she has had many roommates, and they all died. For a while, they had my mother alone. She isn’t aware of her surroundings, so she doesn’t care who lives with her. This new one is a doozy. She’s a real Miss Crabby Apple. I’ve tried to have conversations with her, and I always smile, but she doesn’t seem to respond well. Her mind is fine. She constantly brags that she’s 90 and sharp as a tack. Physically she does well, too. She uses a seat walker, but she moves along just fine. I think she would prefer to be alone in her room, but 1. It’s too expensive, and 2. They want her out mingling with others. My problem comes when I try to ‘sneak’ into their bathroom. My mother’s other roommates never minded, but this one treats me like a pariah. I hate to use the public rest room because it’s so inaccessible. There are no grip bars, the stall door opens out, and there are large spaces of emptiness, where I always fear I’ll fall. My husband helps me, but it’s awkward. The bathroom in the room is so easy to use. Once Bertha knew I used it, she began showing up, crossing her arms on her chest, and glaring at me. I try to time my visits when she’s at an activity, but lately, she just shows up. I guess I’ll have to go back to using the public one, but I wish I could stay with my mother’s instead.
Thursday’s Dinner: Since St. Patty’s Day is next Monday, I decided to do an Irish theme. I’m making an Irish beef stew, but instead of Guinness, I’ll substitute wine. [I don’t like beer.] Then I’m making a Bailey’s Irish Cream Pie – this will also be for Friday, which is Pi Day (3.14…) I may make some Irish candy potatoes, but I make them differently. My kids don’t like coconut, so I leave it out. Then I combine cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar to form the ‘potato.’ Instead of the cinnamon, I mix cocoa and powdered sugar for the ‘peel.’ They look like little potatoes, but they include ingredients we like.
Soup: Prior to the Lenten Service that I composed, they want to have another soup night, and I said I’d make a pot. My tomato basil was a big hit when I made it for a few years. The vegetarian minestrone didn’t go over as well. Then I made a cream of shrimp that everyone liked. I’m thinking of doing a cream of asparagus this time. Since the date is always a Friday, the soups must be meatless. I’m going through recipes now, but I have a month to decide.
Winter Returns: Yesterday was gorgeous – sunny with temps in the 60s. I just wanted it to last forever. Unfortunately, it begins to get messy with rain overnight and possibly snow by morning, and temps in the 20s and 30s. After that, it’s up and down for a week. Just typical March weather. I can’t wait until spring arrives to stay!