Another Day Begins

Without warning, you find yourself experiencing an entirely new lineup of emotions–all of them devastating–about which you had heard only rumors before.

The website contains a load of pictures of us over the past twenty years, so I wandered through it this morning and found us at Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana.

We visited The Bowers, and today we got a visit from a Terracotta Warrior.

I had a good night’s sleep and woke up at 7:00 AM.  Then the fatal mistake, I decided to walk, and I had forgotten no kid ever walks to school anymore.  The streets were jammed with cars, so I cut the walk short and will resume later on today after the fleets have left the harbor.

A left-over Halloween decoration

I was ready to eat when I returned from the abbreviated walk,  so I tried the Colleen provided “Hello Fresh” package,  I did Sue’s “mise en place” thing and was ready to cook!

Mise en place is a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in its … For the restaurant, see Mise en Place (restaurant). … setup of the array of ingredients), a verb (i.e., the process of preparing), and a state of mind.

Good move! I did not have to panic and find anything!

Ok, I followed the directions, and all went pretty well. I did use “too much” sour cream in the mashed potatoes, but I had two containers of fresh sour creme in the refrigerator.

The prosciutto-wrapped chicken was terrific. Prosciutto is made from the hind leg of a pig, also known as ham. The quality of prosciutto is in how it is cured. The outside of the shank is typically rubbed with salt and sometimes spices. This process pulls out the moisture and concentrates the flavor while the ham is slowly air-dried.

I felt pretty confident based upon watching Sue working in the kitchen for thirty years!

I was amazed when the gravy did not turn out because it was too thin. Probably we and my measuring of water into the mixture.    I swear, I heard Sue’s voice saying, “Paul! Remember the Wondra?“.  I instantly saw a vision of Sue using Wondra to make many different dishes more firm.  Well, I put a couple of tablespoons of Wondra into the mix and voila, perfect gravy!

I set the table, opened the blinds, and peacefully enjoyed “my creation.”  I also enjoyed the fact that it cost about $10.00 and at a restaurant, it would have been twice that!

There was plenty, so I dished out a second helping and put it into the frig, ready for tomorrow!

Being a neat chef, I cleaned up everything and felt pretty good about myself.  It’s 9:00 AM and time to go to work.  To the front yard, I wondered, and I spent five hours plus trimming, shaping, pulling weeds, etc.

I have oranges for two gallons of orange juice, and I willed two 100 gallon barrels with clippings.

When I was done, I felt like a 75-year-old man!  Everything was stiff, well, almost everything.  Oh, wait.  I am seventy-five! I did Not finish off my morning walk.  I did, however, manage to hit the bed for an hour nap!

Returning to the yard for round two, the Rocket-1 showed up!  Yeah, it was my oldest daughter, Robin!  She planned to stay the night with me and visit her sister in the morning.  We decided to go to PAtty’s Place and visit Chuck.  While there, Robin remembered Colleen’s recommendation on the French onion soup!  We had soup!

Returning home, we watched “The Ranch” and crashed at about 10:00 PM!  I stayed up putting finishing touches on the Daily Diary, and I crashed at 11:00 PM.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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