Thursday, April 10, 2014
Not a lot going on in my world this week
Spring is coming in a "one step forward, two steps back" mode. Which hasn't been too bad since I'm still in a cold weather cooking mood. Yesterday I made our long time favorite No Peek Stew (which we call Peek-a-Boo stew).
I changed the recipe a little a few years ago by using canned tomatoes instead of the called for tomato juice or better yet... V8 Juice... the original recipe called for. Since I had V8 Juice in the frig, I went back to the old standard and it was absolutely delicious. I will write the recipe out soon (hopefully soon). There are numerous variations online but my favorite is the simple recipe from an old and well worn church cookbook.
Today we may reach 70 degrees and I am so hoping that is warm enough for the daffodils to pop into full bloom. At least the clump sitting close to the house in the backyard which blooms first each year, probably because the brick of the house absorbs heat from the morning sun. It has been on the verge of blooming for about a week now.
Speaking of which, have you noticed the difference in the angle of the sunlight coming into your house? I've especially noticed it on the side where the morning light filters in. That is the one time of day and the only side of our house that can become sunny... one of the disadvantages of being surrounded by trees. But that makes me appreciate it all the more.
I didn't take photos for a My World this Week post. Except for Victoria and a few books I'm deciding if I want to read or not, there is not much to chat about right now. Oh, but that will soon change when my world begins to bloom!
Two of the books I'm deciding if now is a good time to read are about subjects that are profound and somewhat difficult to think about. Both will be read and I know they are excellent books, but I'm thinking there is still the need for something lighter. A warm and fuzzy kind of read. My reading tends to be braver in warm weather than when it is still cold.
Now I am off to take advantage of warmer temperatures again and continue the garage organization project. A lot of the inside of the house is finished, all that is left are a few boxes in the family room my husband must sort through (moved there months ago from the office!). As it warms up, there will be the cleaning of windows and dusting of everything.
The garage has an excellent start to it but it has been dependent on milder weather to complete as does a good porch cleaning. Then onward and outward to the yard and garden.
All accomplished a little at a time but even then... I think I need a nap already.
Added: People ask me often how I keep the house looking decent when dealing with the extreme fatigue of a chronic illness. The secret is doing it just a little at a time but making it a priority throughout the year. Especially in the morning hours when my energy is at its' highest... after a cup of coffee.. or two.
Posted by Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks at 12:54 PM