Saturday, July 20, 2024

Yarn & Marketplace & Someone to talk to


 Just over 2 years ago & I broke my right wrist, my dominant hand.  Gradually, a little arthritis has settled in & I've lost nimbleness in my fingers.  I used to crochet a scarf a week but I have not been able to crochet at all since my hospital stay in December.  It's part mental & part physical.  I had a yarn buildup (23 skeins) on Facebook Market place for $30.  I just need them gone. Mentally & physically.  

I had several inquiries but no one had committed yet but one woman, Debbie, said she wanted & she'd pay $40 but she could not come til today.  I trusted my gut & decided to wait. She came this morning & picked up.  (And paid $50!).  And stayed & talked for 2 hours. She talked about crocheting, her husband, kids & grandkids. She is retired & 69 & "didn't have much to do" so clearly she just needed someone to listen to her.  She was making a Chiefs pillow & I said, send me a picture!  She sent several of her projects.  And right before she left she said "now that we're friends" & I'm not sure about that but it was a fine encounter.

I learned at a school I used to work at that everyone needs someone to listen to them sometimes.  I'm certainly that way.  Like Debbie, if I find someone who will listen to me I'll talk on & on. Sometimes I don't talk to anyone for a solid week, sometimes it's public people--cashiers,bank--but no "conversation".  I know when I'm talking too much & try to temper it but sadly it doesn't always work. 

Debbie & I are probably not going to be friends. She lives in a small town about 15 miles away We have nothing in common.  But, sure...maybe 




Friday, July 19, 2024

It's weirdly strange...




One of the restaurants we used to go to occasionally before Covid was Cheddars.  They have burgers, salads & general dinner-y things.  It basically tasted ok but nothing special.  

One thing they did well was onion rings.  ORs are my favorite thing in the world & I try them everywhere.  Some come out of bags like I'm sitting at Sonic so they are pre-fabbed.  But if they are hand breaded with or without a beer batter, I'm usually a fan.  

So we went one day in 2021 & they told us there were no onion rings because they were short staffed & could not batter things.  I kid you not.  So we just left...no point in paying their prices if no ORs.  When I got home I dropped them a note on their customer support sight nicely pointing out that that was a stupid policy.  I don't remember if I got a response.

So, last week, I got an email from Cheddar's customer support telling me onion rings were back!  3 years later. I then posted it on Twitter & they responded with the above picture.  It's way cool!!  I wish they'd have responded with a gift card but that was a no.  They also said their Monte Cristo which is pretty good was never off the menu but it indeed was at our restaurant because I asked.  It's a battered thing too.

My Tweet:

We used to go to #Cheddars a couple of times a year because they had great onion rings. They went away during pandemic. I'd sent an email to website in 2021 voicing disappointment. Got email today from them telling me they are back starting today. #Bumfuzzled 3 years later!


 

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Insanity




Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results



I'm officially textbook insane.

I was supposed to go with my nephew's wife,son & mother in law to a nearby historic town tomorrow. We made arrangements last week. I texted them today to make sure we were still on but, sadly no. They suddenly have other things to do. Maybe in a "couple of weeks".  But then again, in reality, probably not. 

Just more people I'm not a priority for.  It hurts my feelings.  Lots of things hurt my feelings.

When will I learn there is no one in my life anymore I can can't on.  No one. 

I won't ask again.  And embarrassingly, if they ask I'll say yes because sometimes I get so lonely that my pride doesn't even exist anymore. 

But I'm still insane.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Corn Relish


 8 cups corn.  I've used fresh, used frozen this time. Don't believe the servings on bag...I needed 5 bags when I should have needed 4.

3 cups bell peppers.  I mixed red & yellow. Green would have added to color but I don't like them. 

2 small onions

3 stalks celery

2 cups water

2 1/2 cups white vinegar

1 3/4 cups sugar

4 tsp dry mustard

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp pickling salt

3 Tbsp corn starch

2 Tbsp water

Mix everything together in a large pan.  I actually used my Instapot on saute setting.  Bring to a gentle  boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Mix together water & cornstarch, add to relish mixture to thicken. Boil for 2 more minutes.  Ladle into sterilized jars. Put lid & ring on, put in water bath for 15 minutes.  Hot jars, hot contents.  Wait to hear pop & seal to go down on jars.  Let cool.

To sterilize jars, use canning wrack, put in hot (not boiling) water, cover at least 1" above cans with water, boil for 10 minutes.   I did not do this but will next time.  Vinegar keeps film off jars, leaves them nice & shiny.  

I ordered a Ball canning book from Amazon but it was damaged when it arrived.  Ordered another.  Next stop:  Tomato-Bacon jam.  

I could possibly be out of control. 




Monday, July 1, 2024

Peach Dumplings









  • Ingredients 

  • can I can peaches
  • 2 cans crescent rolls (8 rolls each)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  •  cups unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 8 ounces lemon lime soda i.e. Mountain Dew or 7up

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350.   Pam a 9x13 pan.

    Drain & pat peaches dry

    Unroll crescent rolls & divide at perforation.  Place a peach slice      into a crescent triangle.  Sprinkle with brown sugar. Roll into            crescent, place in pan.

   In sauce pan, melt butter & brown sugar, Bring to boil. Remove            from heat, add cinnamon, vanilla & salt.

   Pour butter/sugar mixture over rolls in pan,  Spoon sauce over           rolls, spoon over to saturate rolls.  Pour soda over rolls.  Bake 25       minutes.  Sauce will thicken.

   Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days,.  Reheat in microwave for 1         minute.
    
  I used Sprite.  And I halfed recipe so it fits in a 9x9 pan.

  This is very easy & completely delish.