Today is June 22, 2015. Yesterday was the 11 month anniversary of Richard's death. I think that will explain my upsurges of grief lately. Just so hard to believe it has almost been a year. It seems like only yesterday and my house looks like he just stepped away. I have to get started doing something about his things!!
Outside my window...
Outside my window it is summer in Kansas. Hot! Blue skies. Sun shine. Hot! Light winds blowing hot air. It is hot! 95* with 45% humidity. We are supposed to reach a high of 100* today. I am sure it will happen.
I am thinking...
I having been thinking of Richard today. We celebrated our first Father's Day without him and it was bittersweet. Justin came over and spent the day with us. We released balloons for Richard. We cooked chicken kabobs on the grill and ate them with corn on the cob and lettuce salad. It was all very good! Richard would have loved how the day went. I hope he was close.
I am thankful...
I am thankful for air-conditioning. Can you image living without it. When I grew up we did not have A/C in our house. Sometimes we had a water cooler. Mostly we did not. We had fans and open windows. I remember one time mom hanging wet sheets and blowing a fan through them to cool us off. Summers were hot. But we survived. Maybe we have just become a pampered nation. But I love my A/C! Don't you?
I am hearing....
I am hearing General Hospital in the background. Harley is chilling in front of the TV today. She had early a.m. basketball practice and came home hot and tired. She is 15 now and right at that age to enjoy a good soap. Do you watch the soaps anymore. I hardly ever do. All the good ones are off the air!
I am creating...
I am creating my post and my weekly menu. Are you feeling creative? Share with us what you are up to!
I am going...
I am going to clean the kitchen and do a few loads of laundry later today. Nothing too strenuous because it is just too hot!
I am wondering...
I am wondering how Darian is doing today in the heat. I hope he is staying hydrated. He is still loving his summer job (he's working for a lawn-mowing service) and especially loves it on payday. He has a nice tan (although it is of the Farmer variety, if you know what I mean). He rarely grumbles about the heat. He comes home hot and tired at the end of the day. That is good for all teens, don't you think?
I am reading...
I am still reading American Sniper. Almost finished. Then I'll share my review. A sneak peek....I don't think I would have liked this guy if I had met him in person.
In my kitchen...
In the kitchen this week we are keeping it simple. Harley chose most of the menus for each day. She has become very helpful in the kitchen.
Monday...Fish sticks and tater tots
Wednesday...Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Thursday...Harley's Hamburger Helper
Friday...Chicken sandwiches and chips
Saturday...Green Bean Soup (Paige requested)
Sunday...Cream Cheese Chicken
I want to share a recipe with you here:
For each sandwich,
brush olive oil on 1 side of 2 slices of bread. Flip bread olive oil side down
and brush each with pesto. Layer tomatoes and cheese on one of the slices and
top with the other. Place on a griddle or in a fry pan over med high heat with
a cast iron skillet on top of the sandwich to weigh it down. Cook until bread
is golden and cheese is melted.
This recipe is from Wendy's Blog A Day in the Life on the Farm. Wendy blogs about food! And life in Michigan. And food! And most of the recipes makes my mouth water. When we have grilled cheese this week I'll make a couple of these to see what my kids think. I may have trouble getting them to try pesto. She has a recipe for pesto on her site if you want to make your own.
A favorite quote for today...
Not a world-shattering famous quote. But I'll take going to the ocean anyway I can get it. I would love to hear the roar and feel the spray of salt water on my face.
A peek into one of my days...
|Harley and granny....(egads I need makeup!)|
|Darian sent a message to Papa on his balloon |
One of my favorite things...
One of my favorite things is seeing how far Harley has come with her photography. She loves her camera. I have signed her up for a beginning camera course later this summer. She took a picture of this wasp on the jelly-feeder yesterday. See that bit of cotton stuck on the cup? We have piles of that stuff all around from the Cottonwood trees. I will be so glad when it is all gone. It gets into everything. I have to sweep the garage daily and the A/C gets packed with the stuff. But the majestic cottonwoods all around us are beautiful!
This week I want to share with you my friend Betty's Blog : A Bench With a View. Betty is one of my staunchest supporters. I can always expect to be up-lifted by comments from Betty. She writes about her life on A Bench With a View. She recently moved from California to Arizona so there is usually some amazing photography on her posts. I met Betty during the A to Z Challenge a couple of years in the past. Love you Betty!!
I am linking with The Simple Woman's Blog. Take a few moments and pay some of the other ladies a visit. The will appreciate the blog love!