|Crochetlady asked what I am going to do when I cut back my work hours (beginning
with the first week of July!) and one thought is that maybe I will have
time to breathe. It seems as if I am busy all week and then busy all weekend
For example, the weekend before last, Mother's Day weekend. That Saturday
Nancy was gone all day, off interviewing potential bishops. (I think I
mentioned this a couple of entries back: the Episcopal Bishop for Rhode
Island is retiring and Nancy is involved in the interview process, so she
spent the morning and afternoon interviewing the five candidates who had
made it through the preliminary part of the process.) While she was doing
that, I mowed the lawn in back and whacked weeds, etc. She got home in
time for us to have a quick dinner and meet three of her sisters and her
mother to see Nunsense (still lots of fun -- the actress playing the mother superior had played
the same role when it had opened on Broadway!). And then, on Sunday morning,
our dining room looked like this...
Nancy had invited those same three sisters (all of whom are moms -- seven
children among them... and three grandchildren) plus, of course, my mother-in-law
for a Sunday Mother's Day brunch. I did the fruit salad but Nancy baked
the muffins and cooked bacon and made two kinds of French toast (one kind
from challah and one kind from pane dolche). In the afternoon Nancy was
off tutoring and I mowed the front lawn, etc.... And then Jeremy came over
to cook a Mother's Day feast for Nancy (and Jill and I got to eat as well).
The picture below is of a BLT appetizer that he made to start things off...
Garlic bread made from French baguette, mayonnaise infused with honey and various herbs, plus (of course) bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
Busy week and then on Friday I took a long lunch to help set up for a library
book sale. No, I didn't need any stitches this time. We got all set up for the sale and I came home to finish off my afternoon
working... only to discover that I did not have a house key with me and
I could not get in the house. Okay, well, it's a warm and sunny day, I
will just sit on the front porch and read until Nancy comes home from work.
She should be home any minute now... And then I remembered that she had
an eye doctor's appointment up in North Kingstown. She got home a few minutes
past four. I logged into my work computers and then decided that rather
than work until eight o'clock, I would just take a half day of vacation
time. Worked the book sale on Saturday (and, of course, the hard work comes
in the hour or so afterward when we have to pack things up and put stuff
away, and it's an hour or so of packing boxes of books and carrying them
around). It was a successful sale.
Then on Monday night I had the business meeting of the Friends of the Peace
Dale Library... which occurs at the same time as our writer's group meeting.
At least this meant I didn't have to feel bad about not having had time
to actually write anything all week. (And Nancy missed the meeting because
she had too big a stack of paperwork from school and Jill had to work until
Then Tuesday night was the official dedication of the statue of Chief Canonchet,
Chief Sachem of the Narragansetts (during the time of King Philip's War)
to be followed by a talk at the Narragansett Towers (just on the other
side of those trees you can see behind the gazebo). I thought I could snap
some photographs for the historical society... except somehow I got it
into my head that the ceremony and the talk were tonight rather than on
Okay, one more food photo -- I've mentioned pecan-encrusted salmon before
-- last night I thought to take a photograph of it. Wild Alaskan salmon
(the market had just gotten some in yesterday, don't even bother to ask
about the price) so this is salmon encrusted with a mixture of crushed
pecans and panko crumbs ("glued" on with a mix of honey, dijon
mustard, and butter) steamed white asparagus and broccoli (with some snipped
chives and a sprig of parsley) on top of rice pilaf, and a mesclun mix
salad with sliced red onion and a slice of a red pepper. (The chives and
parsley are from my garden, the rest is via a supermarket.) And a couple
of lemon slices.
So all week long I seem to think "ah, the weekend's coming, I can
relax" and then I run around all weekend...
I'm looking forward to this weekend though... Adam & Leah & the
boys are coming up on Saturday.