Well, it is a cool and rainy Monday. Under a tornado watch. Yay. Forecast calls for strong storms, potential for large hail and tornadoes. Just a typical spring Monday in Kansas.
Four years ago I lost both windshields in my car to large hail. I am hoping to never have a repeat occurrence.
I had a fairly quiet weekend. Went to the farm market early Saturday morning and bought tomatoes, asparagus and rhubarb. Got a haircut. Took the pug for a long walk at the park. Dropped off a bunch of asparagus to my mother. Did some cleaning. Knitted. Cooked and baked. I had some overly ripe bananas so I baked myself a loaf of banana bread. Cleaned some strawberries for lunches and cereal.
I told my mother that I would bring dinner over on Mother’s Day for her and my aunt after they were finished touring the local botanical gardens. So I sauteed onion, fresh asparagus and sliced button mushrooms in butter and made a quiche. I fixed up a nice little salad and made a rhubarb cobbler for dessert. We had a nice dinner and chatted. I took the pug with me and the little dogs raced around my mother’s back yard for nearly two hours.
Last week I made an eggplant casserole that was from a blog entry of Mark Bittman’s — a healthier version of eggplant parmesan. Just diced eggplant tossed with seasonings and diced tomatoes and panko crumbs mixed with basil and cheese and olive oil and the casserole is topped with mozzarella. I finished the last of it for my lunch today. I think it will be my new way of making eggplant — instead of dredging and frying eggplant slices in olive oil.
I breezed through the Elizabeth Peters book and enjoyed it. I also breezed through Books 2 and 3 of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and reserved Books 3 and 4 at the library. My current reads are finishing up Farm City and reading Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery. I think a copy of the new No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book will be ready for me to pick up at the library in a day or two. I have a cookbook/kitchen technique book by Alice Waters to read through.
I worked out in the yard a bit before it got chilly and rainy. The lettuce is coming up nicely. The cucumber and zucchini plants are up. The tomatoes are starting to grow up nicely, and the green bean plants seem to be doing well. The herbs in pots are coming along well. I want to move some daylillies to a new spot. The hosta starts I got from my mother are doing well.
Yesterday afternoon I was sitting and working on one of the baby sweaters I am finishing — working on the edging now! — and there was nothing on television that I was particularly interested in, so I chose an NPR Selected Shorts podcast to listen to — a reading of The Things They Carried. About a platoon of soldiers in Viet Nam and what they carried as they went from village to village. It was an interesting and moving story. Kudos to the creative mind who had the concept of telling a story from what is in a pocket and a backpack, etc.
Talked to the girls yesterday. Eldest DD was in the middle of moving, so it was a short conversation. Talked to the fashionista for well over an hour. She seems to be doing fine in PA.
The father of little Charlotte Rose, the recipient of the pink and white baby sweater, is about the same age as Eldest DD. He has played acoustic guitar on the same praise team with me for about 4 years now. I just love him and his wife and children. He surprised me yesterday morning with a card for Mother’s Day and said I am his substitute mom. I was very touched by that gesture. It was very sweet and thoughtful of him and so completely unexpected.