For Christmas I received a 6 month subscription to Harry & David’s Fruit of the Month Club. So far I have received 2 different kinds of pears and 2 kinds of citrus – I don’t eat citrus and the pears were awful. I had high hopes for the pineapple I received last week but…they don’t send fruit that is anywhere near ripe and most fruit will not ripen off the tree (or vine or wherever they might grow).  I cut up that pineapple and found a recipe for 3 ingredient pineapple bread. Seemed easy enough what could go wrong? It was awful!

I think I’m over my need to bake something but just in case y’all are craving some easy to make sweets I offer 2 of my favorite recipes. I have made these so many times I don’t even need to look at the written recipes – I know them off by heart.



Lemon cake puddingsmaller

If you’d like a little music with these, how about “Sweets for My Sweets”

Ever the contrarian

Conversation I had with my husband this morning…

Me: You know with all this stay-at-home, lock-down stuff people are saying how they are watching a lot more tv and eating more and gaining weight…

Husband: So?

Me: Well, I am watching NO tv, eating less and losing weight.

Husband: You have always been contrary…

Let’s beat this dead horse a bit more, shall we?

The search for food has now become an amusing obsession. Delivery from approximately 10 stores in a 20 mile radius has no delivery times available until April 1st. How one could put together a shopping list is problematical because everything is out of stock. Interesting – Can I get nothing delivered on April 1st, please?

I shop primarily at Harris Teeter and they have instituted ‘Seniors Only” shopping hours. 6-8am on Monday and Thursday, the thing is the store doesn’t open until 7am but hey…They also have Senior Pick-Up times available if you order on-line but that requires personal shoppers and there are no available slots for the next week and a half.

You really have to laugh at this stuff. No, really you do because what other choice do you have?

I was up at 3:30am today – don’t know why, just woke up and there I was. Until I got the newspaper it never crossed my mind that life was any different than usual, it took the headlines to remind me that everybody’s new normal is my same old-same old.

According to reports people are watching more tv these days, contrary person that I am, I am watching less, okay, make that none! Since I discovered 2 weeks ago that the pain in my hip seemed to originate from sitting on what passes for a sofa in our house, I haven’t sat on the damn thing. The only time I ever sat on it was in the evening to keep my husband company watching stupid tv. Now that I don’t do that the only place for me to watch tv is on my computer sitting at my desk, which quite frankly is quite comfortable. The thing is, I spend all day at my desk and computer, come evening I’ve had it.

I suppose eventually I will get around to watching the season finale of ‘This Is Us”, and clean out (delete) anything on the DVR. I keep putting things on the watch list for the numerous streaming apps we have but I’m thinking I’ll be dead before I ever watch them – even if I live to be 100. In the meantime I am enjoying NOT being in pain and being able to walk reasonably well. There’s an upside to everything!

Today is going to be the last nice day for awhile, 2 nice days in a row and then blammy – back to chilly, overcast and possibly rainy (the rains came and never left).  Perhaps I will take my pain-free hip and newly rejuvenated walking ability out for a trial run and amble up to the little grocery store on Glebe, how much you wanna bet their shelves are just chock-a-block with goodies? Not exactly the ones I’m wanting but I bet I can get eggs and milk. I don’t need eggs and milk at the moment but I bet I can get them!

Oh – when I was checking the Harris Teeter website, their already outrageous prices seem to have gone up ($7.99 for a dozen eggs!) -the seltzer my husband drinks went from $5.69 to $8 something for the 12 can pack –  price gouging anyone?

Oh it’s a wonderful life!

Good news/Bad news

Let’s start with the good news because – why not. 

We have two granddaughters, Princess T, who is 2 1/2 and her sister, Princess C, who is 7 months old.  Our daughter sent us this photo yesterday. The story behind it is too cute – 

“This morning, when I went to get T out of bed, she asked if C could get in bed with her.  She shared  her Otter books with C and said “Nonna and Grampa give it to me.  They’re mine but I can read them to you. She didn’t want me to take a video, so the video is her saying ‘I’ll wait until after you take the picture'”


The Otter books she is referring to are a series by Sam Garton based on characters he created for a blog. I love these books and own a few just for myself. Daughter says Princess C’s favorite character is giraffe. If you have young children in your life you might want to check these out. So delightful.

The bad news is – today’s grocery shopping excursion was not very successful. My local grocery store is still a wasteland of empty shelves. I was able to get food for my husband and he stocked up on cookies and cakes. I got one loaf of stale bread, so with the peanut butter I nabbed last week I have whatfor to eat. I tried Instacart to see if I could get some staple pantry items but no deal – none available in the six stores that I tried. But that really doesn’t matter because there are NO DELIVERY TIMES available.  I’m not sure where all these people who say food is no problem are shopping. 

For those folks who wanted to see and hear me, here is the link for the vlog video I made from December 2018. (yeah that’s me )

It just occurred to me

I was having an imaginary mental conversation with a nameless, faceless person and my response to whatever they said was “Oh you humans are so silly” And then I thought “Does that mean I am NOT human?” And that thought cheered me up immensely – that I think of myself as something ‘other’.
I’ve also thought that if I stop eating look how much time and money I will save – mostly time – no shopping, no cooking, no cleaning up – Wow – that would be wonderful – No more doing things I just hate to do! For years I have wondered why there is no instant food – or maybe a food pill – something you don’t have to even think about – pop a pill and you’re done.
I hate food and everything associated with it – but mostly all the damn time it takes.