Since this past week has been full of illness, I haven’t had much else happening. I’ll see what corners need to be swept.
The Times: …they are a ‘changing! Of course, I never believe that I might be getting old, but I’m often smacked in the face with it. Things as I knew them keep changing, and I wonder how I didn’t see it. Example: the way I took care of babies and the modern way. It’s a wonder my kids survived because I did so many wrong things. I always laid my babies on their tummy. They slept better and I never feared they would suffocate. Nowadays, I’d be hauled off since babies are always put on their backs now. I fed my babies water in between feedings, and now I hear that water should never be fed to them. I had my tots potty trained during their twos. Now, it’s a “let them decide” attitude. I certainly would have failed any “Mommy Test!”
Another example: brides request that shower gifts not be wrapped. I used to love seeing the stacks of prettily wrapped presents. Now, after seeing that on a shower invitation, I asked my daughter. She said it’s that way now – environmentally better and speedier for the opening. I guess I really am an old geezer. Also, what’s with this “Dream Fund?” on registries?
Speaking of which, do you like this Go Fund Me website that people are using to ‘beg’ for money from total strangers?
The Devil’s Website: That’s what I call Pinterest – it lures you in and holds you captive. I’ve been staying away for a while. I get wrapped up in it and leave other things go. Since I’ve been a bit busy these last few weeks, I didn’t give in to the temptation. But now I know I’m going to go back. What is it that keeps me sitting there slack-jawed for so long, pinning everything I see? I’m not sure, but I know I love it, and I do get some great recipes and decorating ideas. Is there a pill for such an addiction?
Fashion: I like the fact that tunics are coming back into vogue. In the summer, I always wear tee shirts or polo shirts, and I’m getting tired of the same old thing. I saw some really cute tunics – on sale, of course – at a website I use for the kids (Zulilly.) Now, I know it sounds all hippie and flower child, but I really do like the silky ones that I’ve seen. Know what else is returning? Palazzo pants! I used to have so many of them! I guess I should have saved them. I also like the short swinging shift-like dresses. I guess that’s why the ‘Retro Look” is so popular.
Spring Cleaning: I’m so relieved that we did this little by little over the winter. With my husband’s bad back, it never would have happened. I often think back to my pre-MS days, when I would have cleaned every single inch of space in a room – floors, walls, ceilings, and everything in between. Now? As long as it isn’t dirty, I’m fine. I still want a few days where I can keep the windows open and hang some things outside where everything will take on that sunshiny aroma.
Pie: For Easter, I made a simple pie that was out of this world. First, whip a pint of heavy cream with two tablespoons of sugar. Put it into another bowl and set aside. Then, take a can of sweetened condensed milk and add three tablespoons of lemon juice and a teaspoon of lemon zest. Whip it for several minutes. Fold in the whipped cream very gently but thoroughly. Then pour it into a ready-made graham cracker pie shell. I froze mine for an hour then put it in the refrigerator. It was scrumptious, and everyone ate it up. You could probably substitute other fruits, but I think of lemons as spring-like.
That’s all I have for this session.