I found very reasonably-priced ($1.39 vs $4.07) graham crackers at Aldi's that seem to be larger than the puny things rattling around in the Honey Maid box. My sister took me to Aldi's to distract me from my $1300 oil change. It almost worked. Kidding. What did help was spending a good two hours drilling, inoculating and waxing shitake mushroom logs with Marianne and her husband. There's nothing like doing physical work to save you from the chaos that is your mind. This will cure me of that smug feeling I had when my fuel oil tank was filled for the third time (being the first time EVER I've had to do this in the 12 years I have lived here), knowing my tax return will take care of it and thinking it would also take care of buying fencing and fixing the pergola.
|Just before the total collapse.|
The pergola came down Sunday, after one too many high winds and took the birdfeeder, gate and Tibetan prayer flags with it. I was out the door, tout suite, to gather the flags and hope there is no dishonor or bad karma being aimed at my head, because I have had enough. I waited two hours for the guy who was to take it apart and reassemble it (at some future date) to be 'right over'. I reached the transfer station to find that I was out of tickets - thank goodness I have bestowed baked goods on the crew because they let me drop the recycling and trash off with the promise of a ticket next time. Harumph.
HOWEVER, the ducks and chickens are either as dense as bricks, or know something that I don't. I've been getting between 10-14 chicken eggs and 1-3 duck eggs every day. If they think it's spring, they've got a leg-up on me, as it snowed off and on all weekend and the temperatures are below freezing every night.
Mr. Butters has a vet appointment this afternoon because he is allergic to something and I'll be damned if I can figure it out. I've changed his food multiple times, I've changed the laundry detergent. I vacuum every other day. He has been bathed. I'm stumped. I am actually hoping that they run an allergy test on him because, hey, I never get out of the vet's office for under $200, so why start now and I'd rather know.
Since it's too early for whine, I'll cease.
I tried two new recipes this weekend and they were both worthy of a repeat performance. One was Lentil Mushroom Stew over Mashed Potatoes (touted as as good as a hug - and sweetlouise, did I need one!) and the other was Baked Eggplant Parmigiana, which was surprisingly easy, since you slice and roast the eggplant first. I was all about comfort food this weekend.