Monday, December 16, 2013
Thanks to a Spark video about prepping veggies and saving the bits and pieces for stock, my DD Abi (aka Glitterfairy77) and I started saving our veggy scraps to make our own soup stock. This is especially good when the boughten stuff has all that sodium.
So we had the Thanksgiving turkey bones in the freezer,
and all these bits and pieces, and Abi figured yesterday, cold as it was, was a good day for soup. She hauled out the big kettle and threw everything in there - kale stems,
turnip and parsnip ends,
hunks of onion scraps,
bits of brussel sprout...
It didn't take long before the aroma filled the house. Then she strained it out - what a rich stock! - and added boneless skinless chicken thighs
and chopped cabbage,
and a bit of vinegar
for a delicious sweet-n-sour soup. The kids, all five of them, ate it up with relish. In fact, we had absolutely NO leftovers! Next time we do a turkey we'll have to repeat that!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
I did want to organize it eventually, and with my son's coming, it gave me a good reason, motivation to do so. So yesterday, although I didn't work out per se, I certainly was not sedentary throughout the day, as he and I pawed through stuff - I think we put out at least two huge bags of trash, as well as broke down several boxes. I took my co-op produce to the basement ("root cellar"?) as well as a number of other things...found the perfume my sister-in-law gave me as a going away present in 2011...and we finally got enough space cleared - leaving my ceramics stuff - so that my son can flop on the floor (he's hardy like that) and have his own little place until he gains some economic independence.
So here's from the doorway, BEFORE...
and here's AFTER
Here's a detail of the southwest corner BEFORE...
and here's AFTER
Here's his set-up with his little mat for his sleeping bag...
We also made a discovery of a potted plant, a hyacinth - who knows WHEN it got stuck in there, maybe from spring? And LOOK!
Do you suppose there may be some spiritual significance to this???
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Luke 15:11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’
20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
There is more to the story of course, but right now, this part comes to mind.
Last night I had just settled into bed when my son called. I don't know the details, but he and his girlfriend broke up and he had to get out NOW. Of course the weather was horrible, the roads nasty - but I went and got him. He was willing to sleep in the attic (since the 3 girls are using the living room until my daughter and her BF get the rooms all reorganized) - but I told him he could sleep in my room with me, since it's warmer. He pronounced me "a saint".
I've had problems in my relationship with him until after my DH's passing. But last night he was overflowing with love, appreciation, and gratitude. Before dozing off, he said he hoped his son wouldn't put him through all that HE put ME through.
Ya think God is working in his life???
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