My sister and her granddaughter (and the boyfriend) were scheduled to come for the weekend but they canceled so I have a free weekend. I am usually a slave to my very busy schedule, so finding myself with empty squares on the calendar is like having a weekend holiday. A mini vacation.
I cleaned my house last weekend, so I don’t even have housework vying for my attention. Isn’t that sweet! A couple of scheduled golf dates got canceled, too. One by me (migraine), and one by a friend whose husband is very ill. I’ve been watching golf on TV instead.
I badly want to get into the studio but I am plum dried up in the creativity department. It’ll come back, it always does. I am tired of making scenes. I am going to make some Christmas quilts this year and have been planning designs and shopping fabric, but nothing in the art world.
We saw Life of Pi last week. It is a beautiful film about a skinny Indian boy (Pi) and a tiger named Richard Parker cast adrift in the Pacific.
We are planning our summer travels and I have to research the ports-of-call for excursions and things to see and do. We are going to Ireland, Scotland, and Norway. I’ll work on that this afternoon while golf is on—it’s a time-consuming project. Isn’t everything?
We have not yet sold our motorhome. We are very disheartened about it. We don’t know if we should buy more advertising and keep trying, or take the hit and sell it to the RV dealer, which is a last resort. But at least we have a last resort.
We did our taxes yesterday. We do our own—we use one of those tax preparation software programs. We have done it that way for 15 years (hard to believe that much time has flown by!) and it only takes us the better part of one day and $39.95. The reason I mention this is there is a new clause in 2012 regarding mandatory healthcare—the one that Obama assured the American People was not a tax—if you don’t have HC insurance, you get dinged. Mr. Obama, what about those people who cannot afford private health insurance because they have pre-existing conditions or are unemployed? I am healthy and health insurance costs a fortune!
At the tender age of 70, J has suddenly developed an allergy to peanuts. I cook Asian frequently, and it looks like satay and crunchy bok choy salad are off the menu. I can use cashews or almonds. Fortunately he’s only allergic to peanuts.
I’ve rambled on long enough, so I’ll leave you with the recipe for Crunchy Bok Choy Salad. It comes from Carolyn Shitanishi. This is a warm-weather staple in our house, which is pretty much year-round. I serve this with Korean BBQ steak or Chicken Satay. It’s also great with grilled turkey burgers and pineapple slices.
Crunchy Bok Choy Salad (serves 4)
2 T sugar or Splenda
2 T rice vinegar
3 T soy sauce
2 T peanut butter
1/2 t curry powder
1/3 t crushed red pepper
1 pkg ramen noodles, broken (sans flavor packet)
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
1 large head bok choy, sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced in strips
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup sliced green onions