Thursday, June 28, 2012


"Like the exclamation mark, however, italics should be used sparingly for the purpose of emphasis - partly because they are a confession of stylistic failure, and partly because readers glancing at a page of type might unconsciously clock the italicised [British spelling] bit before starting their proper work of beginning in the top left-hand corner."
~Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

I have been greatly enjoying this book.  Hopefully it will help me become a better writer.  Aside from that, it's just plain hilarious.  However, if I ensured I followed every single punctuation rule 100% in all my informal (blog, Facebook, informal e-mails) it would probably paralyze me.  I think I'll focus on getting it right in my more formal e-mails and writing.

Monday, June 25, 2012

One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days or weeks?  I'm sure you have.  You know...

You didn't time the errands quite right, so you didn't get them all done. You lost your list along the way, which means you forgot things.  You forgot to bring the item to be returned and the dimensions for the air filter that really should have been replaced when you turned on the air conditioning for the first time this year.  Thus an extra trip (or two, in this case) is required.

A drinking glass goes off the counter-top at the ends of your fingertips.  These things really do happen in slow motion sometimes, oddly enough.  Glass everywhere, even down the stairs on the carpet, requires sweeping and vacuuming while yelling at the pets to get out of the way and leave the room.  They think there's something wrong/interesting going on and want to come see.

There are vegetable side leftovers in the fridge that you forgot to make sure were finished and now they might be past finishing.  It was good too.  

You realize you forgot a bag at Wal-mart the week before.  But for once you threw away the receipt instead of keeping it for a few days.  Hopefully it was just a bag of sugar and not the more expensive item that you thought about buying and think you didn't, but you aren't quite positive. 

Then there's that container of cottage cheese that you forgot about in the fridge, but it really hasn't been that long.  You open it, peel back the plastic, and there's some nice blue mold on top.  Yes, the "best by" date was yesterday, but should it go that quickly?  Also it couldn't have been that long since it was purchased, at least not long enough for mold under the seal.  The trouble is that you threw away the receipt.  So much for an easy breakfast this morning.  

Lots of little annoyances.  Easy to gripe and grumble about at the time (especially when there's a heat wave and you don't have air conditioning in the car while running errands).  But at the same time it takes effort to remember them.  Because there are lots of good things to drown out the grumbling

Big things like food, shelter, air conditioning in the house, money and gas to run necessary errands.  Time with friends, time and books to read.
Little things like...
Calculating the cost per serving on a (healthy) meal just for fun, and not because it's absolutely positively necessary that it came in below a dollar (though it did).
A more relaxing weekend before things gear up again.
A small-ish town to walk through in the morning before it gets too hot.
Lunch out with my husband on that last (hopefully!) errand and the "Uptown" salad.  
Blueberries for a great price and a bowl of fruit for breakfast, a camera to take silly pictures of bowls of fruit (and of good times with friends), a cup of coffee in the morning, supper on the deck.

And there are so many more.  As today's sermon served to remind: "In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).  I don't think He was talking about forgetting things at the store.  Here's to remembering the blessings and not the little gripes that are just an inevitable part of life in this world, after all, and don't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New tabs

I have added two tabs across the top of the blog.  I was thinking about needing to keep a better record of what I cook regularly, because it often seems that one of the other of us says something like "Remember how we used to have such and such for supper?  We haven't had that in a while."

It was interesting for me to write and to think about how I plan and what I could be doing differently.  I would love to hear any comments about that and about how you do things at your house.  Both posts will probably change frequently as I remember different things and come across new favorites.