Monday, August 18, 2014
Last Sunday, after Garbos' long morning walk, I climbed into the car and drove half way to LA to pick up the South Cal grand kiddles. Yesterday we made the same trip in reverse. Meeting at Mac D's (one of my least favorite places) in Kettleman City to make the child exchange.
It was a very good morning for the Little Man E as he had a big plate of plättar = swedish mini pancakes before we left and then regular american pancakes at McDonalds! Both versions drowned in maple syrup! Oh YUM. The rest of us eating eggs on a toasted english muffin.
It was a wild week! Intense! Pretty much Non Stop!
Garbo was in heaven.... having her OWN kids to play with, all the six days! Talk about a happy puppy! Even she got tired!
A week when I reflected on times long ago, with the now grown grandchildren, who would spend time with us. A time when our energy levels and our patience was different. Mariposa was a particularly special place during the grand children's young growing up years. A place with lot's to do. If we were not cooking, baking or making Ice Cream there was a bubble pool, there was lot's of dirt, lot's of animals, a forest to explore, and a creek to pan gold in. There was the Mariposa State Fair where one could ride those rides until one got sick! :-) But oh, I am looking backwards, I am digressing.....
This last week, with the two youngest grandkids we did similar things down scaled! Miss S who is growing tall and lanky, enjoys cooking and baking just as much as her predecessors. We ate a lot of good food, Miss S and I sharing a Lutfisk Dinner one evening with the traditional cream sauce, potatoes and little green peas! Too bad The Future Chef was not here!! Little Man,well, if it is not Macaroni and Cheese, Grilled Cheese or Hot Dogs, forget about it!....
There was Golf Camp. Miss S participated in a three day event and seemed to have a great time. Little E changed his mind, decided to not go... maybe next year, he said.
There was dog walking with Little E inline skating on the golf cart paths, he is really good at it!
Miss S also used her roller skates a couple of times. She is good too.
There were visits to the grocery store, visits to the dog park, shelf building lessons for Little E at Uncle R's one afternoon, and swimming at Garbo's friend Yuki's house two times. Yuki, the worlds most adorable Aussie, lives near Auntie M's house and she took them there for some water fun. The kids could skip their baths! Hurrah!
Boompa showed Miss S lot's of photographs of her Dad, from his life before her time. That was fun too! It gave her much to think about.
There were of course, the regular squabbles between siblings. Big Sis is VERY protective and helpful (for the most part) with her little Bro, who runs on two throttles! He is either uproariously happy or he is mad. Like the faucet.... cold or hot?
She is like all Big Siblings... bossy! Yea, you get it! It can be a lethal combination at times.
Last night I soaked in the tub filled with hot water, Epsom salt and lavender essential oil!
It felt REALLY good!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Let us say it is like washing windows or your car, when it is raining! Not a good idea. But, when the peaches are ripe, the peaches are ripe! Get to it.
What about the diet day you might wonder? Well, in an effort to slow down the "muffin top" an unanimous decision was made, let's try the Five - Two Diet plan. A good idea we thought, as the one who loves to cook is cooking too much:-) That one is moi!
Therefore, while I was trying to fill the freezer with Peach Ice Cream ... batch after batch... unable to lick a dribble, a paddle or a spatula, I felt like I was extremely tough! And strong! I was!
Yes, that peach tree in Maria's garden produced another bumper crop. Last year not so much. She has been busy making jam and peach butter along with a load or two of the frozen treat mentioned above. Personally I stuck to the sinful stuff the photographer loves so much. No wonder the waistline expands.
Perhaps it is a GOOD thing that I don't have more freezer space?
Now, we are in for a period of wonderful produce from that same garden.
Garbo and I were there for a play date with Buddie and Gemma the other day and brought home green beans, fresh corn on the cob, and cantaloupe juicy and sweet. There have been many variations on zucchini lately as well. Zucchini Lasagna, Zucchini Gratin, Grilled Zucchini, not forgetting a quite heavenly Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, to mention just a few things.
If one needs to walk for five minutes to burn up the calories in one wedge of cantaloupe, I wonder how long a walk would be required for a slice of that chocolate chip bread. On second thought no, I don't think I want to know.
It has been a busy time lately. The living room has been rearranged. Always fun with a bit of change.
The Seattle branch of our family was here for a weekend visit. Zucchini Boats were on the menu and I had some help in the kitchen. The "Zucchini Growers" joined us for dinner and we had lively conversations about some of the current top topics in the news. The photographer was not present as he had to work, but that did not stop us (at least not me) from some wild discussion. Here, in America, other than news of the Israeli Palestinian Gaza Iraq Afghanistan Syrian Russian Crimean Ukrainian conflicts, the list is so long, yet the now BIG news story here is about a few thousand children at the Mexican border sent here illegally by their families most likely to save their lives, in an effort to get them away from the violence in their home countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala .... how much they cost to house and feed and we must send them BACK!
The fact that Europe is coping with "boatloads" of people every day, arriving from Israel Palestine Gaza Iraq Afghanistan Syria and AFRICA among other places is, I fear, not something people here are so aware of. So to me, these few kids at the border of Mexico creating such outrage seems odd. Ideally yes of course, every refugee should arrive legally... but if you are fleeing for your life, you are fleeing for your life and it might not be possible to get the correct paperwork together.
Watching the news from Sweden yesterday via SVT Play, there are now busses filled with refugees from Syria, arriving in the province of Dalarna (Dalecarlia).
During our dinner here there was also talk about the minimum wage, much lower here in the US than in many of the counties in wester Europe. We touched on an article "The Pitch Forks Are Coming" dealing with the consequence of the wealthy having so MUCH and so many others so little. Birth control being denied women via private medical insurance these days, while Viagra for men is quite OK.
These were our topics of conversation. It was wild and woolly and fun! The Peach Ice Cream almost melted before it was on the desert plate next to the Peach Cobbler.
I wonder what hot button items we can cover during our next gathering? I want to know where the Tomato Worm comes from and how on earth I can send those back! Maybe that is a subject of "slower" or lower concern. Betting we can find something to talk about to heat things up!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
It was a great fun time for all.
|Telling war stories.|
The usual suspects riding together and having a great time.
|Promoting the Indian Motorcycle.|
I loved this band the best. They were great and the crowd loved them.
|Nice Cruiser Bike|
We will be back next year.