Monday, January 24, 2011

Hurry, Spring

2010 flowers from my garden
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It's not that it's been so cold today (the temperature is well above freezing), but it's gloomy, damp, and breezy.  I am so ready for warmer weather, and it's still a couple of months away.

I buried myself in church accounts, as I do every Monday, until almost 1:30 then came home for lunch.  It was not very satisfying (to me) to eat leftover spicy vegetarian rice casserole, however tasty it may be, when what I really wanted was a big, juicy hamburger and french fries. :::sigh:::  After making three or four meals out of that particular dish, it's all gone, but I still have one serving of another leftover which needs to be my supper.  It's my own fault -- I don't know how to cook  food for just one person.

Because I had a bit of church business to attend to, I made myself go back out into the world after lunch although what I wanted was a nice nap.  That being taken care of,  I made a fun trip to the nearby scrapbook store.  I don't make scrapbooks, 'tho I probably should with as many photos as I have. I do have several old-style photo albums, but these bear little resemblance to the beautiful scrapbooks some folks make these days.

What interests me in this particular store is the lovely patterned paper they carry.  I bought several sheets of Christmas paper at 50% off, and some beautiful new Valentine papers.  Nearly all the patterned papers I buy can be used in making greeting cards, which is my craft of choice. I have some projects in mind; it remains to be seen if I follow through.

I'm currently reading and, amazingly, enjoying the multiple forewords on the Kindle edition of The Travels of Marco Polo (1903). With all the footnotes, revisions, biographies, illustrations, chapter definitions, etc., the actual book must be a foot thick.   Oh, the marvels of the digital age! I hope to reach some of Marco Polo's own accounts soon. However, I fear it will be a while before this one is posted on my 'Books Read in 2011' list.

Tomorrow is also a day.


Hilary said...

Lovely photos which make me long for warmth!

Why not freeze most or all of your leftovers in single portions? That way you won't need to finish it off in consecutive meals and you'll always have something to grab when you're stuck for an idea.

Arkansas Patti said...

Those pictures make me want to get my hands dirty.
I do what Hilary suggested and freeze single portions of a large dish. Great for a quick meal or a carry to work lunch.
I recently read a 1000 page book on Kindle and loved every under a pound minute. I agree, it is just an amazing invention.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous flowers, Pat... You and I have been on the same wave length---trying to bring a little spring/summer to our lives right now....

It has been warmer here today --but they are still talking some snow on Tues. night and Wednesday. Hope it's not much since we have to go to Hendersonville on Thursday.


George said...

I really like your daylilies. I only wish I were enjoying them in the ground rather than in photos. I've started a book on my iPad, and so far I'm impressed with these digital books.

rhymeswithplague said...

I think I read that it was Marco Polo who brought spaghetti back to Italy from China (where it is called lo mein). It was the Italians' idea about the tomatoes.

A day in which you don't learn something new is like a day without sunshine...!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Good morning Pat, I came over from Patti's (The New Sixty) when I saw you were from Arkansas. I live in Hot Springs and I'm not a stamper but a quilter. However, I'm right there with you in longing for warmer weather. My husband and I do a two month mission trip to south Louisiana in June and July. Yesterday I talked to the folks down there and told them I needed a job to do for them in January and February! It's about 15 degrees warmer there than here typically and that sounds good right now. blessings,m arlene

Jinksy said...

Hilary has a good point about freezing single portions - I tend to divide up larger packs of things like chicken portions, so's I'm not tempted to cook more than I need after de-freezing!

Marvin said...

My wife considers any meal a failure unless it yields a couple of days worth of leftovers. As dish washer and kitchen-cleaner-upper, I have no problem with leftovers since they also reduce my workload, although I have found that finishing leftovers can produces almost as many dirty dishes as they day they were cooked.

Beautiful flowers!

Reader Wil said...

The flowers are simply heavenly! Very great macro! I hope spring will come early!
I am also alone and I cook for two or three times, have one portion and put the others in the freezer. I take one portion out of the freezer and put it in the microwave, and I am ready. Of course I have various dishes in the freezer.