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This Could Get Expensive

Sandra Tayler's Journal

responsible woman

A cobble by itself is just a small stone, but when many of them lay together they create a path . My life is made up of many discrete parts. I have to find ways to fit them all into place so that I can continue to journey where I desire to go. This journal records some of the cobbles that create my path.

This Could Get Expensive

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I was out of sorts today. I’ve been more or less out of sorts for at least a week. I wasn’t able to figure out why since so many things about my life are going so well. Then today I accompanied Gleek to go care for a friend’s pet rats. Taking care of the rats meant playing with them for about 30 minutes so that the rats would not be lonely with their family gone. Gleek was a bit spooked by the thought of being in an empty house by herself, so I went with her. The neighbor’s house was gloriously empty and quiet. I sat down upstairs while Gleek tended rats downstairs, and I realized that I wanted to just stay and stay. I am an introvert and my summer has been very solitude deprived. I haven’t even been able to use errand time as alone time because Kiki is learning to drive and needs practice.

When Gleek was done with the rats, we came home. I didn’t stay long. I announced that I was going erranding all by myself. Two hours later I came home with a car load of groceries and a happy mood. Retail therapy can get expensive, but in this case my only impulse items were found in the produce section. We’re going to see if I can successfully cook spaghetti squash. Then we will see if my kids can be induced to eat the squash. I may also have bought an artisan bread which we didn’t technically need. But it will go great with the crock pot stew I’ve got planned for tomorrow. I’ve actually got a meal plan a day in advance; the first time that has happened all summer long.

I’m afraid Kiki’s driving practice may languish for awhile.

Mirrored from onecobble.com.

  • Spaghetti squash is the ONLY squash that David will eat, and he loves it! It makes a great chicken parmesan dish. I hope you have good results!
  • (Anonymous)
    Summer has always felt more depressing than winter for me because it is so hard to drag a group of high energy children with me everywhere. I feel like I slowly become more hermit-like because every outing involves second guessing what the kids "might" do. Once my oldest was oldest to babysit, I declared that I get to go out by myself once a week for shopping and it really helped me to survive summer.

    Glad to hear you got some alone time. Gleek did a great job with the rats!
  • I have a recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes that is tasty - very Italian with yummy Parmesan cheese.
  • We do two types of hard squash here. Sweet and savory. We split the squash in half so we can cook both dishes at the same time. The sweet half gets butter, cinnamon, brown sugar. The savory half gets butter, salt, garlic, a bit of pepper (normally white but occasionally cayenne or chipotle.) They go in the 350F oven for an hour or until you poke them with your finger and they're tender. Serve by stirring together squash with the "filling" then spoon on to plates.
  • We grow spaghetti squash in our garden each summer. My kids LOVE it. I hope it works for you.
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