Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pretty Fine

It has been a quiet, slow day here in Lloyd.
I did a few things. A little yoga, a little laundry. I have clean, sun-dried sheets on the bed for tonight. The chickens are sleeping on clean straw. The dogs are clean. I took a nap, I read some. I am reading a book by a woman named Liane Moriarty. Did I talk about her before? This book is called What Alice Forgot and it's got an interesting premise. A woman falls and hits her head during spin class at the gym and wakes up having lost the memory of an entire decade of her life.
She does not know her children nor even remember giving birth to them.
She does not know why she's divorcing her beloved husband.
And the author is skillful in handling what could be an overused device and I am enjoying the book a great deal. It is not Great Literature but it is a good story and well done.

And so that, that is about it. I talked to Jessie on the phone and Lily, briefly. Lily went to a party at a park today given in honor of her midwife, Diana Janopaul. She said it was great fun with many babies and toddlers and pregnant ladies. Here's a picture of Gibson being his usual grumpy self.

He had found a leaf.
That boy.

I could have gone but no, I wanted to stay in and so I have.
I watched an episode of the fantastic PBS series, Call The Midwife. 

If you haven't seen any of this series, you really should. It is excellent television, a series based on the diaries of a midwife in the British National Health Organization after WW II. It is very timely in so many ways as it presents birth at home in the least optimal of situations being handled professionally and well by midwives trained and paid by national health care.
And it makes me realize that with the election of Obama, perhaps we, too, could have something approaching this rational way to deal with health care here in our country, and of course, hopefully, our PBS will continue to be funded so that we can enjoy such excellent programs. If you click on the link above, you can watch all of the episodes. For free. With no commercials.
And really- what could be better?

And now I'm listening to Prairie Home Companion on...NPR...another national treasure. And in the oven, a chicken pot pie of sorts is cooking. Yes, I made one for myself and I'll have to share it because it's too much for one person unless that's all I eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next week and I fear that as good as it promises to be, even I will tire of it before it's done.
Oh well. Sharing is good.

It's not Swanson's, but it'll do.

There's chicken and mushrooms and carrots and peas and celery and onions and garlic and plenty of gravy that will taste fine with that biscuit-like crust I made with buttermilk. 

So that's it for me here in Lloyd. I didn't do much today, but I did a little and I hope that tomorrow is as good. 

I am thinking of you all so tenderly. 

Love...Ms. Moon


  1. Sounds like a good day to me... and that pot pie looks delish. Yummy!

  2. I've seen every episode of Call the Midwife; it's one of my favorites, along with Doc Martin... and all of the Britcoms, for that matter... and Lake Wobegon, too. Have a great night, Sister Moon.

  3. There is nothing better than line dried sheets. That sounds like a very good day.

  4. Love me some Prairie Home Companion.

  5. That fabulous baby!

    My friend in London has had such an excellent experience with the midwives and birth centre option available to her.

    This time, she's having twins - it will be interesting to see how this birth pans out in comparison - still though, the birth centre is connected to the hospital, the midwives get to accompany her to the obstetrician if something goes wrong - she transferred from home with her son who got stuck, midwives stayed with her while she had an episiotomy that worked instantsly, v nice obstetrician, and she was really happy with the whole thing. It's so different here.

  6. I picked up What Alice Forgot in the airport not long ago -- It took me awhile to really get into it, but I was glad I did and finished it. It's a good read.

  7. Your idea of not doing much and mine are obviously not the same. You kick ass.

  8. Your pot pie looks divine ~ I want some!

    That baby is such a grump ~ how can you stand him???

    (I want to pick him up and kiss him all over ~ he is the cutest thing I have ever seen ~ Buddha baby)

  9. Your version of not doing much is my version of doing a lot!

    I'm sure your chicken pot pie will beat the pants off Swanson's, or even Marie Callender's. :)

    I read an article in Harper's a month or two back that excerpted the diary of a doctor from the 1600s talking about the things he'd seen midwives do to pregnant women. It was HORRIFYING.

  10. You know I'm all over Call The Midwife. Here in my town, we have a sponsorship ad, very exciting.

    And man, I'd eat your chicken pot pie, o yum.

    XXX Beth

  11. If you need to laugh see if you can find "Miranda" by Miranda Hart, who plays Chummie in Call the Midwife. It never fails to cheer me up.

    I wish I had chicken pot pie for lunch.

    Your baby looks utterly scrumptious too.

  12. Ms. Fleur- The pot pie was awesome.

    Nancy- I was in bed so early. I hope you had a good night.

    Allison- There is such a goodness to hanging clothes on the line.

    Ajax- It is soothing, isn't it?

    Jo- Have you watched any of this series? I think you would love it.

    SJ- Yes. It takes awhile to figure out what's going on. But it is an enjoyable book, I think. I'm almost done with it. Read for hours last night.

    Rubye- Or what passes for peace in my quakey soul.

    Nicol- Me too. I sigh a lot.

    Stephanie- Gawd. I feel so lazy.

    Lulumarie- My wish for Gibson is that he always remains so positive about life and is able to enjoy it the way he does now.
    I swear.

    Steve- The things doctors do to women NOW is horrifying. I swear to you.

    Beth- I had to get seconds on the pot pie.

    Annicles- Yep. Gibson is as yummy as pot pie! Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.

  13. Please save me some of that chicken pot pie. This is all I have to say.

  14. Such brilliant TV programme. I loved it and glad to hear you are enjoying it. Comfort food and a interesting read - it all sounds cosy and warm. x

  15. I think this looks delicious. I think I will make one and stuff it with a bechamel and carrots and onions and turnips then top it with mashed potatoes. Just thinking out loud here. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. chicken pot pie. i believe you have started a movement!

  17. You are making me salivate with that pot pie! Yes, so glad that PBS will be with us. I think that when Romney said that he was going to do away with that, people took notice, at least the enlightened ones did. And Obamacare is the Law of the Fricking Land. Yes!


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