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Chief Cook….

November 25, 2009

… and bottlewasher.

fractured vision

I’m doing a pretty good job at staying away from blog cruising and have only indulged briefly a couple of times this week. Mostly I have set aside a couple of blocks of time in the late morning and late afternoon devoting myself to the job search. I find I need a break from the computer screen…. and also the frustration and associated anxiety at the paucity of jobs. I have sent out a fair number of CV’s but without any resulting invitations for interviews.

Besides that, it is me that largely takes care of things here on the homefront; hence the title of this post. Laundry, vacuuming, dishes, cooking, looking after the animals…. I’m your guy. Yesterday I threw together a nice beef stew in the slow-cooker and that’ll be tonight’s dinner; beef, potatoes, onion, carrots, garlic, sherry, a little tomato soup and browning sauce. Mmmm, mmmmmm…. good.

What else?? The weather has been unseasonably mild (daytime highs around 8 or 10C) but lots of grey skies with some drizzle and rain. On the bright side…. I prefer this to below zero temps and snow. The trees are completely bare and all the songbirds have flown off south for the winter. The last of the migrators – Canada Geese – have been over flying the house in continuous, enormous flying Vee’s.

With Lynda on afternoon shift this week I’ve had a few hours out of the house in the mornings to run around town. Yesterday I blew a wad of cash on a new set of tires as the old set had little tread left and were beginning to show some cracks. No way they’d have been of any use in heavy weather. There have been some problems with the documents regarding my unemployed status which is holding up my benefits. Lots of phone calls between me and my former employer; then to the employment benefits outfit. It’d be nice if things could go smoothly especially at times like this… but no.

Generally Lynda has been pretty good about it all but had a couple of off days where she was pretty snappy and strange. Likely because she spent a couple of hours talking with her #2 son, C. He is what we refer to here as a ‘shit-disturber’ and he’s damned good at it, too. We aren’t one another’s biggest fans, he and I.

Lynda’s brother has now been living with us for 6 or 7 weeks and everything is going really well. Well, except for one minor complaint (natch). Ed is a really big fan of all the low-brow shows on the Fox Network and will plunk himself down in the living room and watch all these crappy shows back-to-back, by the hour. Lord, give me strength. I have to leave the room and find somewhere else to be else I’d be in full rant about Judge Judy, Family Court or Jerry Springer. Ed quite enjoys them and laughs like a loon at all the foolishness he sees. Me… can’t stand any of it. Patience, tolerance, understanding…. it’s an exercise, right?

Otherwise; the kid’s mother flew Sarah and Zeph to Calgary last weekend so that Zeph could meet his cousin Madison. Sounds like a good time was had by all. My Mom is good – spoke to her this afternoon. Mother Mary is still a concern and is waiting for more diagnostic tests. Freedom is coming along slowly and we’re concerned about how she will fare once the snow starts falling. Will she blow out her leg? Hope not. Milo and I have been having some fun in the yard as I’ve spent some time training him to do a few things… and burn off a little energy at the same time.

Having some difficulty focussing on reading these days; can’t seem to get into an Anne Lamott novel I borrowed; same with the Vonnegut compilation of early short stories. Listening to a lot more music lately as a way of moderating moods. Today’s ‘ear-worm’ is Billie Holiday’s ‘Willow Weep For Me’. Not the most upbeat tune but better than ‘I Wish I was an Oscar Myer Weiner…’, fer sure. 

Time for dinner and the news. Later…..

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Falling Behind

October 16, 2009

My 7th night of work in a row; 2 to go…….

Though I try to post on a daily basis it seems it is best to keep quiet sometimes…. like last night. Not in a good mood, feeling rough, nothing positive to say….. so shush. I put in my time here at work doing as little as possible; just enough to make the hands on the clock move along. Caught up on a couple of emails,  commented on a few posts and then read more of Jeanette Walls ‘The Glass Castle’. A good, good read. I made it through the night without my head hitting the desk.

Locally, there is a saying about ‘ Buddy pissing in my cereal’ which when translated means someone is getting your day off to a very bad start causing anger and frustration. I’ve been dealing with some of that this week on top of being sick – not fun. More to do with my townhouse and the neighbours. We’ve also been on the receiving end of some bad health news regarding a family member. Lynda has taken next week off work and is planning to go stay and tend to her mother – Mother Mary. Mary is tough mentally but fragile physically; no wonder on both counts – mother of 16. But she’s been diagnosed with shingles. My Mom had them 8 or 9 years ago and we were afraid at the time we would lose her. She still suffers with pain from them. (Postherpetic neuralgia)  Anyway, lots of concern and worry over Mary. I’ll zip up for a day later in the week; it’s only an hour or so away.

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Dramatically Changing Directions >>>>>> Next week when I have some time off I plan to finally follow through on a couple of old promises. Long, long time ago, a couple of years anyway…. a recipe mentioned in a post by Kel at Xfacta for ANZAC biscuits. Just dug up a recipe here but I have the original at home…. HERE. See… I even have one of the essential ingredients. (History of the biscuits and another recipe HERE)

Lyle's Golden Syrup

Lyle's Golden Syrup

The other promise is a much more recent one; a recipe posted by Kitty at ‘The Show Must Go On’. Her recipe for Strawberry Cake with Never-Fail Icing is HERE. If I don’t hurry up the strawberries will be out of season or cost a fortune; or both. It looks and sounds delicious so it would be too, too bad if I was forced to eat it all myself.

I haven’t made a mess in the kitchen for a long time and it’ll keep me out of mischief for a while.