A Better Day

My cousin called this morning to thank me for a little surprise package I’d had sent to her. She has no trouble going to sleep but her problem is waking up before she should. She said she’d gotten a package that had my name all over it but it was addressed to her. It was liquid melatonin. She’d taken some last night and slept through until this morning. She thought it was because she was tired. I asked her if she slept all night when she was tired when she didn’t take any melatonin and she said no. So…I’d say it helped.

Her back is doing much better. I went out to visit a bit after I’d taken a nap. When I came back in, I resumed what I had been doing at the computer and got the dreaded “your DSL cannot connect”. I don’t have DSL but that’s the message. The lights were going crazy on the modem and the service light was red.

I went back outside and there was an AT&T truck across the road and a man in a cherry-picker was up doing something with the lines. I hollered at him and asked if he’d done something to take the Internet down. Guilty as charged. He would restore service ASAP. I came back in and probably a half hour later the Internet came back up. Then the power went off. It would come on, then go off again. The lights would blink and nothing. I don’t know how long that went on. When I posted about it on Facebook, the neighbor across the road apologized. It was her fault, she said. The power pole contractor had messed up the phone line so AT&T had been called to fix it. I told her I lived through it and did fine.

Bi-Lo hasn’t been able to get my B-12 in 30 ml vials. My cousin offered to draw it up from the ones I have but she won’t shoot me. I haven’t really felt like shooting myself. This morning, I prayed that I’d find the B-12 patches I knew I had but had misplaced. I went right to them. I tore open the package and put a patch on the inside of my elbow. When I use those, I always get a head rush and it was no different today. After that was over, I did feel better.

I’ve had the ingredients for vegan “Pimiento Cheese” spread for some time. DD raved about the recipe on Facebook. The cashews had been soaking since this morning so I set to and made it. The creator of the recipe confessed she has never had pimiento cheese so it’s no surprise that the only resemblance to the original spread are the pimientos, themselves. I’d put in the juice of a lemon which was a bit more than the two tablespoons the recipe called for. I also over-salted it. The mixture was very runny even though I’d drained the garbanzos, the cashews and the pimientos. I grabbed another can of garbanzos to correct it and when I opened it, I discovered I’d gotten a can of olives by mistake. The only other garbanzos I had were a huge can I’d bought for no good reason.

Putting another almost cup of garbanzos in the food processor, I processed them until they were lining the container. I got the spread and put enough back in that it pulled them down and everything was smooshed together. THEN I mixed that, by hand, with the rest of the spread and it actually is very good. I think I’d like it better if it didn’t pretend to be something it isn’t. Maybe a better name would be “Pimiento Hummus”. (I went back later and looked at the recipe. The title is “Pimento Cheese-Style Hummus”.)

I had planned to make some Creamy Tomato Soup, too, but I decided I really didn’t want to have to clean the Cuisinart and the VitaMix. I mixed some leftover lentil soup with the rest of the kale and put in some rice noodles to round it out.

The phone rang when I was washing dishes. It was DS2. No “How are you?” “Are you doing okay?” It was, “Are you busy?” “I’m washing dishes.” “Quick question. What can you do about a cracked screen on a laptop?” Well, I really don’t know. My first laptop ever has a cracked screen but I never pursued getting it fixed since it’s ancient. Seems my DIL had done some googling and it would cost something like $300 to get it fixed. That seemed a bit steep to me. He talked about how he takes care of his things and he wished his daughter would do the same. I’m sure it wasn’t cracked on purpose. I promised to google it myself and see what I could find. I looked and found a site where replacement screens can be purchased for much less than $300 and there are videos showing how to DIY. I sent the link to my DIL.

The dishes are finished and I am, too. Twinkle has been wanting to get on my lap in the worst way. She spent a lot of time there today so she hasn’t been deprived. My lap will be here tomorrow and so will she.

2 Responses to A Better Day

  1. Lila September 25, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I can relate to your idea of the idea of the “cheese” being more inviting if it weren’t pretending to be something it isn’t. I think hummus is better. Incidentally, I think you’ve put your finger on something that bugs me a little bit. Almond milk isn’t milk at all, neither is soy milk. Now, I may have opened a can of worms. Maybe I should research the word “milk” before I go any farther. Or maybe I should have before I started. Maybe milk can apply to something that doesn’t come from an animal. Food for thought – or, as I said – research.

    • Tommie September 25, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      I looked at the recipe again and the title does include the word “Hummus”. I added that this morning.

      The definition of “milk” is
      an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.

      I wonder if it makes a person feel better to know
      One cup of wholesome milk cannot contain more than 50 million pus cells.

      Here’s the Wikipedia definition of “almond milk”:
      Almond milk is a milky drink made from ground almonds. Unlike animal milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol or lactose. It can be used as a substitute for animal milk in many recipes, and is also completely vegan. Commercial almond milk products come in plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors.

      I’ve known some people to spell the liquid they make from almonds/soy/hemp/whatever, “mylk”.

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