I am not a fan of daylight savings time. Well, check that. I love having extra daylight in the evening since I normally am not up before nine. But I realize that I am not the average population. And more importantly, it takes me days to adjust, especially when we spring forward. We are all different, and I am one of those folks that the lost hour hits hard. Whether it's daylight or regular time, just pick one and stick with it!
Meanwhile, since I am not alert and responsive today, I've thrown some soup in the ole slow cooker. There was no way I was getting out of bed in time this morning, so I am heading out to church this evening-knowing food is cooking. Our go to soups tend to me minestrone, crab and corn chowder (to die for), and tomato basil. Today's soup is minestrone, because it's easy to make and you can use what you have on hand.
|In my darkened kitchen....|
Gourmet Cooking tips from a non-cook: Most readers know by now that I do not love to cook, to say the least. However, I do love to eat, I am a true gourmand. And as a result, I have a really good palate in spite of my cooking avoidance. Which is why I say this: Whenever possible, use vegetable broth. It will give soups and stews another layer of flavor that simply using beef stock for beef stew will not. And V8 is an easy way to richen any broth, use the low sodium if you must, but a small can of v8 will thicken the broth, make it flavorful and make any salting unnecessary (we never put extra salt in this house)
In other news this past week, I've begun a seriously large afghan in a log cabin style. It's almost at the point where I need to leave it at home to work on-it will end up being a good seventy inches square. Since I always get questions as the frugal retiree as to my crafting costs, this afghan uses about $60 of yarn at a full price, and I will have paid about half of that buying my yarn on sale. As this this is for warmth as well as a focal point in my TV room, I find $30 or so to be worth it. On the other hand, I've made a stack of all the various small pieces of fabric I have, so that I can make gifts and such now before I buy more fabric!
|My living room has chocolate furniture, ivory wallks and blue and green accents. The color is really a peach, not pink, may need to retake this picture!p|
I figure to make it more eastery later
|Blue.They are very blue!!|
In other news, I've spent a lot of time reading this week-three full mysteries! The bad news is that I did not walk this week. My leg has been weak and hurting. While I prefer to walk in the neighborhood or work out to uTube, I believe it's time to move to silver sneakers and jump in the pool. It's time to limit my walking to the incidental stuff. As I do every week, I've gone to knitting, taken my class on Tuesday, cooked on Thursday and had my regular girl's lunch on Friday.
And finally, my discussion of the past week would be less than honest if I did not say that I have spent some serious time researching the health care bill alternative. That's right, blog critics. I actually READ the legislation and critiques rather than the headlines. Unfortunately, it is not better-and those who suffer the most will be folks our age and those making less than $20,000 annually. It is still true that almost 20 million people will be without health insurance.
To those conservatives and Republicans reading, I say simply this: find me a medical group-any medical group-who thinks this plan is acceptable, never mind a good idea. There is none. Not a single medical group, even Anthem, which made record profits last year but left states because they "made less money", thinks the new plan is a bad idea. This is no longer a Republican Vs Non republican issue folks, at least it should be.
And finally, one fun thing (albeit political), not done by me this week, just observed. We have a senator here in Colorado who ran as his own man, beholden to no one, in a mainly liberal state who voted for the Democrats by over six points. This particular Senator has voted the Trump party line (and as a result will probably lose on re-election). More importantly, as have others, he has refused to hold town halls, and implied that the folks who crashed his phones four times during the DeVos hearings were paid rabble rousers. A young woman made this sign, and did a Go Fund Me page to raise the 18 thousand dollars needed for a full page Sunday ad. She raised 18 thousand dollars, all in increments of less than $50 (some as low as five) in less than 24 hours. So goes the resistance.
The coming week is projected to be seventy to eighty degrees again-I see plenty of outside reading time, and perhaps a day trip in my future! And now, to go taste that minestrone.......