It would appear that Ms. Magnolia June has a new hobby. Or project. Either way, this could take a while. I doubt she is much daunted by the challenge.
I don't think I've felt as well today as I did yesterday. First, I slept too late if that's even possible, and had weird dreams. A different house was involved in these dreams but it was like all of the other house dreams in that it needed tons of work and cleaning and there were a multitude of people staying there who needed food and a place to sleep. We were buying this house and I kept saying, "But the seller has to take care of all of this."
Somehow that was not true.
Then, I picked up some Kleenex by the bed (as soon as I lay down at night my nose begins to run) to throw away and was stung by a wasp who was hiding in them. WHERE ARE THESE WASPS COMING FROM? There are not hundreds of them but almost every day we see one, looking stunned and maybe trying to fly or maybe not. They don't even all seem to be the same sort of wasp. WTF?
These things did not bode well for my day but honestly, the day went fine. I had to go to town to shop at Costco and Publix and for some reason that took me hours. No. Seriously. Literally hours. One reason was that every decision I had to make seemed to loom inordinately large. I had a list and I got everything on it, eventually, but it all just seemed so overwhelming. I almost bought a giant bag of limes at Costco that cost $5.99 because limes at Publix cost two for a dollar but then I thought about how I'd never use up all of the limes in the Costco bag and if I spent six dollars at Publix on limes I'd get twelve of them and that was more than I could use too and so I'd just get a few at Publix.
Does that make sense to you?
The bag of limes went in the cart and then came back out as I did this tortured reasoning.
And then at Publix there's the whole new arrangement thing and I did okay there but once again- which of the ten gazillion brands of canned tomatoes do I want? Same with cough syrup but that also included deciding exactly what sort of cough syrup concoction I needed.
With Dextromethorphan or without? Definitely night time, right? Because I don't really need it during the day. But what makes it night time? Oh yeah, Benadryl. How many drugs can you pack into one cherry-flavored liquid? And speaking of...sugar free cough syrup? It already tastes like shit so wouldn't sugar free be even worse? I think I'm more wary of sugar substitutes than I am of Dextromethorphan.
So that took awhile.
And then of course there's always the meal planning one does while in the store unless one has the forethought to do it beforehand. I knew what we were going to have tonight so that was fine but then I decided that I'd make egg rolls tomorrow and what all do you need for egg rolls?
Wrappers. Cabbage. Broccoli slaw. Green onions. Tofu. What else? Bean sprouts, water chestnuts? Sure.
Do I have sweet and sour dipping sauce?
Probably but better get some anyway, just in case.
This is why I end up with eight bottles of sweet and sour dipping sauce in my cabinet.
Could go either way.
When I checked out (finally) the checker asked me, "So, what are your plans for the rest of the afternoon?"
It was three o'clock.
"Go home, unload all this stuff, put it away, finish the laundry, make supper, eat it, go to bed."
At least I had that all figured out.
I've got my smallest casserole dish filled with chicken enchiladas, ready to bake. I'm so proud. I only made eight of them, not thirty-two as per usual. I'm really trying hard not to make so much food. Leftovers are good but there is a limit to how much of them two people can eat.
And so it goes.
As I said to Jessie in a text after she sent me the picture, all he needs is a beer in the cup holder and I'm sure he'd be saying, "Yeah, think I'll kick back and watch a little wrestling now."
I hear that things are going better over at Jessie's. At one point, on Saturday, August had the cold with a fever, the puke-bug he'd gotten from Levon and also, the dislocated elbow. Levon had recovered from the puke virus but was getting the cold.
At least we haven't gotten the stomach thing here.
I saw red clover blooming today. This means that spring is barreling down the highway whether I'm ready for it or not. I am a stubborn woman, though, and still have the duck on the bed and dammit, I refuse to take it off until it's March.
You certainly get a lot done for someone with a bug. I've had the same and been in bed or slurping soup. I hope everyone on your patch recovers soon.ReplyDelete
It seems like I get nothing done. Not sure what I think I should be getting done. I do believe we're all on the mend though.Delete
lordy, your day was full, even being *off*. I need your energy! Yeah for chicken enchilada's, one of my fave's..... and darn those wasps. I got stung by mosquito's last week pulling weeds......really? mosquito's in 45 degree temps? WTF? Hope you and all the grands recover well from your respective ailmentsReplyDelete
The mosquitoes are fierce here too. And they will only get worse. Let us not even discuss the fact that there are so many weeds to pull in February.Delete
That's weird about the wasp. I wonder if they're more active in early spring, waking up and moving around and searching out nesting spaces? Just a guess. Your reasoning about the limes may have seemed "tortured" at the time but I think it makes perfect sense. You made a good decision!ReplyDelete
These wasps have been around since before Christmas. I keep thinking that maybe they've got a nest in a chimney but they're all over the house. I mean, one by one. And you know how spread out this house is.Delete
I was happy with my lime decision. I guess...
The wasp thing is alarming. Is be living in a constant state of fear of getting stung. Are the in the walls?? I saw a friend's post song someone had been sick in their house since Christmas. Nasty stuff. We got off lightly this year, so far, at least.ReplyDelete
We've only been stung twice- both by grabbing something the wasps are hidden in. They seem so dazed.Delete
That's what I hate about Costco, the huge packages of everything. If I buy green beans there, we eat green beans every night for a week. And I understand you're reasoning about the limes. Why buy more than you need? Just to throw out? My parents both lived through the depression and WW11 and never wasted food. My mum never wasted eggs. She loved eggs and during the war they only got one a week. I still to this day can't waste eggs.ReplyDelete
Hope you're feeling better soon.
I can't stand to waste food either. And I'm overrun with eggs and still cherish each and every one. It works best for me if I'm shopping with one of my kids and we can split things at Costco.Delete
I bought a bag of 8 grapefruits yesterday at ALDI because they didn't have any to buy individually, and I knew if I went to the regular store and bought them I'd get 3 or 4 for the same price. I really only can use 3 or 4, but now I have 8. So yes, I can relate.ReplyDelete
Exactly. It's insane. It's not a bargain when food goes to waste.Delete
we went to Costco last week. hadn't been in a while and they had totally rearranged the store. the furniture and seasonal stuff which has always been towards the back of the store is now at the front. it's back to being winter here...overcast, windy, and in the 40s. also supposed to rain. like we hadn't had any of that.ReplyDelete
Our costco has the furniture up front. They did move the jewelry to the middle more and now we never stop and look at it which we always did when it was up front. How odd!Delete
Ha-ha! I loved your take on the decision-making anxieties that can rear their heads when supermarket shopping. This is why I prefer to shop in a small discount supermarket where the range of products is much smaller and therefore less confusing.ReplyDelete
I hear you, Mr. P.! Too many choices is just simply too much for me.Delete
Laura is in charge of shopping and only buys what she will need for the week. I am used to looking into a bare pantry and a bare refrigerator. However, I think the volume of staples will go up when I'm in charge. On the other hand, I'd only buy two limes myself. Maybe even one, if I just needed it for zest or something.ReplyDelete
I use a lot of limes. And lemons, actually. I may be a reincarnated British Navy sailor.Delete
Honestly, even when you're not feeling well, the amount you get accomplished in a day is worthy of accolades. I really hope you had more restful dreams last night. And I'm glad Jessie's boys seem to be bouncing back. Poor babies.ReplyDelete
We'll live, I feel certain. But this is getting old.Delete