Monday July 4th
Happy 4th of July! I’m thrilled that it looks like our day is going to be mostly clear, since the last week has been quite rainy. Of course, the humidity is still out of control, but they should be able have our fireworks display without any trouble.
Outside my window…….the sun is shining and it’s quite lovely. The flowers and plants are starting to droop a bit, though, as the temperature keeps climbing and the humidity is pretty high (83%).
I am thinking…….about my parents, who are vacationing in the West this week, visiting Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. They seem to be having a great time.
I am thankful for……relief from yesterday’s migraine. I was not terribly productive until after 5PM yesterday as my headache was just terrible. I HATE being sick on days off (well, I don’t enjoy it any time) and that makes twice this week that I spent most of the day in bed rather than getting things done. But. Better one day in bed and improved health the next day vs. over doing it and prolonging my headache.
From the kitchen…..I am working on some meal prep for this week. I had hoped to do this yesterday, but luckily the holiday means I have some extra time to get this done. Last night I made more granola (a double batch, so hopefully it will last a bit longer). Today, in addition to the hamburgers and picnic type fare we’re having for the 4th, I’m cooking up a big pot of brown rice, some black beans, roasting veggies, making hummus and guacamole, boiling eggs and making fajita style chicken. Later in the week I’ll make the baba ganoush I never got around to making last week and pita bread to go along with it. This should make both Mexican and Asian style rice bowls possible for lunches and quick dinners.
I am wearing…..denim shorts and a tank top. It’s hot!
I am creating…..lots of food. Also I’m working on some little zip pouches for friends. I need to order more zippers, actually! Still working on both of these projects (food is ongoing…).
I am going…….to BJs and a few other stores, to take advantage of a few sales.
I am reading……..Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison. It’s an older but well-regarded survey of how and why people commit suicide. I also have a more recent book about depression checked out. These books are very, very interesting but not exactly light reading. (Still reading this!)
I am hoping……to FaceTime with my nieces later today. They are 3 and 1. It’s always a fun time. 😉
I am hearing…..the AC running and my husband clicking away on his computer, probably killing some digital bad guys or creating a SIMs style city.
Around the house…….I’m planning to work on my decluttering goal. Yesterday I didn’t manage this because of my headache, but I should have no problem culling 20 items today.
One of my favorite things……indulging in a Lord of the Rings marathon with my husband. We do this at least once a year and we started last night with Fellowship of the Rings. We’ll probably only get through the 2nd movie today, but that will give us something fun to do later this week.
A few plans for the rest of the week…..getting together with a friend at a 50s themed diner (all the dishes are named after songs and movie stars from the 50s, I think), working, looking up recipes and activities to do together with my sisters and nieces/nephews while we’re all together on our family vacation, writing cards to some family members. I may pick up some additional cherries and make cherry jam, too.
Here is a picture I am sharing…granola with kefir and fresh fruit. My new favorite way to eat both the kefir and the granola. So yummy!