Happy 39th birthday to my drummer! He arrives home tomorrow and we will celebrate with friends over Indian food. Hurry up and get home, Sweets!
1. A photo album holding many great family pictures including Papaw tending to San Angelo rose gardens wearing dark blue coveralls and a cowboy hat.
2. The Hills on MTV. I probably should not admit I watch this show, but I can't turn away from the young adult melodrama! (did I admit this before?)
3. Reading the children's books from Mama. My favorite is Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco. "She had a voice like slow thunder and sweet rain." The other books are good, too. While running the kids' section at Half Price Books, I realized that books for children are not merely juvenile, but a lovely combination of beautiful words and art.
4. Walking through a sunset to take out the trash and check the mail - I took the long way back to our apartment.
5. Watching the TV in complete horror as Andrea Yates received a not guilty sentence. Insane or no, she is guilty of murder.
2. That ginger spice bar soap.
3. Harley Cat's fur - somehow he smells good even when he needs a bath!
4. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Car Diffuser emitting lavender.
5. Vanilla oil conveniently mixed with jojoba oil. I wear this as perfume - either alone or mixed with amber oil.
1. Baked butternut squash.
2. Strother-Simmons Banana Bread, but this time I used organic grade B maple syrup instead of honey. When you cook raw honey you also cook out all of its healthy goodness. Grade B maple syrup is another healthy sweetener, so I gave it a try and added 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda - this web site has very helpful tips on how to cook with maple syrup and molasses (scroll down). Instead of using Baking Pam which I'm sure is toxic, I greased the Pyrex pan with coconut oil.
3. Fresh, raw goat's milk. My first sip was confusing - I thought we accidentally purchased 2 gallons of cow's milk vs. one of each! Then I learned from the goat farmer that properly handled goat's milk tastes like cow's. Who knew?
4. Spectrum organic Omega-3 mayo with flax oil. It truly tastes exactly like good ole yummy mayonnaise.
5. I cooked wild salmon for the first time which was very easy thanks to Whole Foods's frozen wild salmon filets. I thawed them overnight in the fridge, sprinkled them with sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and dried basil. I baked the salmon for 10-12 minutes, placed a bit of raw butter on each filet, and baked for 5 more minutes. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best.
1. Crickets outside at night.
2. And frogs, I think.
3. Harley Cat demandingly meowing to GO OUTSIDE!
4. Part of Justin Timberlake's new song - dear God, it is horrible.
5. The air conditioner turning on.
1. Carrying a huge watermelon from the co-op!
2. Tonight I will bake Aunt Pat's Carrot Cake for Johnny! (his request)
3. Playing drums with my right hand and a pen in traffic - see what happens when you marry a drummer?
4. A bruise on my thigh from running straight into Johnny's desk. See what happens when you walk around in the dark?
5. A hot pink squirt bottle full of cat-repelling water. Harley has made a new friend while lounging on the porch. His new friend is late Buddy Cat's doppelganger. I think he really likes Harley, but in that sibling kind of way - this black kitten sits on the other side of our porch railing or the window and watches Harley lose it.
Posted by jenni at 2:30 PM