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.