A Cold Cold Morning.

Friday, February 4, 2011

It is a cold morning. Becky is already awake , and in the living room in her motorized wheelchair. Her grandmother will have her last day of physical therapy from the hospital today. Saturday she will be released. Thank God she recovered from pneumonia.

A friend offered to stay with her, and to help her around her house for a week. Also a neighbor lady will help her, and earn a little money at the same time which is nice.

Today the temperature will not rise above the forties here. In many other places in the United States it is probably colder. It is raining outside. I am writing while under a warm blanket. Joann is sleeping.

Becky wanted to get up earlier. Joann must have gotten Becky up while I was sleeping. I turned the heater up a little higher, and have temporarily turned on our gas stove, but I want keep the flames lit very long. They say that is not so safe.

The new electric heater works fine, but I always make sure I check electric cords. I have a very heavy duty electric extension cord of a very heavy duty gauge. I made sure it was the right kind. Your actually not supposed to hook up electric heaters too extension cords, but they told me that my cord was heavy duty enough to work out alright. I check the cord for temperatures anyway. It never gets hot. I check where it is connected to the wall socket as well. Everything is fine.

It is supposed to get down to 25 degrees tonight. I have water running a bit next door by mom's old house, and outside a little bit. I am trying to protect pipes.

I will be glad when these cold weather rain , and ice days are over. Many people in the country, and around in the deep south are feeling the weather. The weather forecasters said something about a record breaking event in regard to this recent cold snap.

People in the north and all over have been dealing with a lot of snow, and ice covered highways. A few people in the states have died because of the weather recently.

All I can do is pray as I always do for everyone. This morning I will cook something for Becky while Joann sleeps. I will make coffee shortly, and fix Becky her hot chocolate.

Yesterday morning I sliced up a very large ham. The ham was about 24 dollars. I t was a mighty big one. I had to cut the entire thing up to freeze three large bags of sliced ham. During the month we will use it for many purposes. Joann can not use her hands too much so I do all heavy duty slicing of meats , or work with chicken. I often wash all the dishes too.

Tomatoes were expensive, but I bought some anyway. I wish I had some kind of hot house , and would have raised plants. Anyway I bought a head of lettuce too. We can make sandwiches.

When the weather warms up I will work on picking up old ceramic molds from our torn down gift shop. We still have old destroyed ceramic molds on the ground. I have many good ones I salvaged and stored in our old van , and on our porch. I must somehow build a shed in the future to put them in it.

I do not know what I want to cook today. For some reason, food just does not have any taste to it. Maybe it has something to do with the weather, or because of so many things that go threw my mind .

I wanted to buy some pork chops, but they were kind of expensive. If we get any Income tax customers I will pick up some pork chops. They taste pretty good when they are covered by Shake and Bake Pork Chop stuff.

Joann cooks those in the microwave oven. She puts them in a large flat bowl, and covers the bowl with a plate and turns on the microwave.

Our oven does not work. We have a portable movable oven instead. We move things around and cook things with different kinds of cooking devices. When Joann cooks pizza, we have a pizza cooker. When she wants to cook special stuff that involves roasts or gravies, she either uses her good pots and pans , or a device she bought from the Home Shopping Network by Wolfgang Puck. It is a nice cooker. We cooked some great dishes from it. We have access to every kind of recipe you could imagine. I keep a lot of cook books too.

I make it a policy to cook because cooking is the only way to stretch the food dollar. I use to cook large pots of spaghetti gravy that tasted out of this world. I would use the largest humongous pot I could find, and would add all kinds of ingredients and stew meats.

I am working on a rice bowl. As soon as I figure it out I will talk about. It is and economy dish that tastes great for breakfast. I think everyone will love it. I bet children would love it. It stretches the dollar pretty good . I got it figured out. Today I will write down some specifics on measurements.

Often when I cook I just throw food together, and taste test it as I go along. Creating a dish yourself using specific measurements is relatively new for me. It is like being and English explorer on assignment by the queen. Brings back old high school memories of Ponce a DE Leon, and Christopher Columbus. My rice bowl can be the fountain of youth.



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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Cold weather,Hot delishious food,sounds like a good recipe,Lee.;)


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I thought I read that your state would be getting freezing rain today in the southern most part. My husband just told me it was 9 degrees on the coastal parts of Texas, a record setting temperature for them. We're at -12 degrees with the wind chill this morning and the furnace is running steady. No power outages, thanks to our Good Lord.

I ventured out yesterday to the post office because I got a notice saying our new vacuum cleaner had arrived. I ran into my son and granddaughter and she came home with me for about three hours and had lunch and we played Uno and then played with her horses and dinosaurs. I have always played with her and taught her the beauty of nature. We collect rocks, leaves, look at cloud shapes and see what they resemble. She has a wonderful imagination.

Your food all sounds good. I have to wait until next Wednesday's food ad comes out to try to find bargains on meat. It is all expensive right now. I missed out on the $.39 a pound chicken hind quarters in ten pound bags. Really wanted to get two bags, which was the limit, but the storm hit so I couldn't go into town. They usually leave a ton of fat and skin on that chicken so I'm not sure how much you end up with but it's still cheap.

Today I will put the vacuum together and give it a test drive on these hairy floors. If it can handle all of this cat and dog hair then I have a winner! Our old one finally just plain wore out.

Try to stay in if you can and stay warm. God Bless and watch over you and your sweet family!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Mentalist acer : Thank you so much for visiting.Glad you liked the hub, and God Bless You.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Poohgranma : Gee your getting some really cold weather. Twelve degrees is really cold where your at. My thoughts are with you and all your family. God Bless You and thanks for visiting.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Nothing better on cold days than hot food.


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The Farmers Wife 5 years ago from Turkey

Hi Stars439 - who drew the pictures that are at the top of your article?

Take care and keep warm :-)


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Will Starr : You are so right, like a nice cup of coffee to start the day, and maybe a warm biscuit with butter. Thank you for visiting, and God Bless You.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Farmers Wife: Thank you for the nice thoughts, and God Bless You. The Saint drawings are mine.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

There is nothing like comfort food on a cold day. I hope you have a good one. Well written hub stars439.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear carrie : Thank you for a wonderful visit, and wishing you a nice week ahead. GBY.


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vydyulashashi 5 years ago from Hyderabad,India

Great hub and a cold hub... hoooooo am feeling the chill!

God Bless You!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Brrrr....it's cold where you are...but there is good hot food, and a home filled with love! I make rice bowls for dinner sometimes, and am intrigued by the idea of a breakfast ricebowl...I will be watching for it!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear vydyulashashi : Good morning and thank you for the visit. Glad you liked the hub. Stay warm, and God Bless You.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear K Burns : Thank you for writing. It is just a simple little recipe, but it kind of makes me think of rice cereals that we buy in stores. The little recipe has rice in it. I am working on improving it more. God Bless You. Sweet of you to write.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

stars,

Here in MN where I live, the snow just keeps coming. It has been a snowy winter like the ones I remember as a kid. Great hub my dear friend. Say hi to the family for me as I feel I know them.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Healing Touch : Thank you for visiting, and I hope you see better days without so much snow. GBY


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I hope warm weather will return soon. Take care. All the best.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Hello hello : thank you for visiting, and wishing you a nice Sunday. God Bless You.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

stars439, your such a down to earth person, I JUST LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Voted-up! I like Pork chops with shake and bake too!!!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear drpastorcarlotta : I love you to, and very much. You are such and uplifting person. You can make anyone feel better. God Bless You, and your precious family.

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