Saturday morning musings
Welcome to the weekend! It’s 6:15 and I just came in from serving breakfast to the horses, barn cats, chickens and canine companions. Someone turned down the heat again. It’s a balmy 12 degrees with a brisk wind chill of ‘cold enough that it hurts my cheeks and makes my eyes water’. Ohhh, does this coffee hit the spot.
I’ve discovered some things recently and I feel the need to report them. All you who have ventured into this territory before can have a conspiratorial chuckle. You who have yet to experience these sorts of things cannot say I didn’t warn you.
Observation No. 1: Somewhere around age 13 girls start accepting invitations to join friends for evening activities. Then they tell you they’d like to go followed by, “It’s ok if I said yes, right?” You will acquiesce because you like the friends, know the family and don’t mind driving to their house in the middle of mild snowstorm. About 11:30 p.m. when it’s time [for your husband to venture out into the cold darkness] to pick your daughters up from their Hobbit marathon, you will realize they have a much more interesting and jam-packed social life than you. You will marvel at the passage of time and snuggle deeper into your memory foam mattress. Who in their right mind would want to go anywhere on a night like this?!
Observation No. 2: The fan on the outdoor wood-burner will give it’s last gasp of breath on the coldest day of the year.
Observation No. 3: The blower that powers your vehicles heater, defroster and air conditioner will never quit on a hot day when you could roll down windows for relief. It will, however, cease its 12-year struggle through life by croaking on the coldest day of the year. It’s ok, though, because you can keep the windshield from fogging up by driving with the driver’s side window partially lowered on the coldest days of the year.
Observation No. 4: It is impossible to maintain an “All laundry is done!” status for more than 2.25 hours in our home. Someone will ride his bike through a puddle accidentally, slip-slide and fall in the barnyard or knock over a glass of milk at the table soaking the lap of his older sister.
Observation No. 5: There is a lot to be said for ‘getting up before the crack of dawn’ … mostly hot coffee and blessed silence.
I made this Braised Beef Chuck Roast for dinner last night with baked potatoes and green beans. It was yummy and will fill your house with truly delightful aromas.
And because it’s Saturday I will probably make cookies at some point today. It’s important to note that they will probably all be gone by tomorrow. That’s how they roll around here. And here’s the recipe: Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re THE.BEST.COOKIES.EVER.