I Am Still Shaking!

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.

Today marks nine months that Mary and I have been seeing each other and a happy nine months it has been!

Well, I woke up this morning and realized that I bought a house.  I am moving into a new location at my age, but with a beautiful lady, I adore.  My nerves are settling down, and I have the “go-ahead” from my closest friends and family.

Mary had a dentist appointment at 9:00 AM, and then we had to go to the escrow company and change the wire instructions.  My financial advisor suggested I NOT pick up a check for that amount of money; it was safer to wire it into my account.  They were in Newport Beach.  We grabbed breakfast at a local Starbucks before heading back to Orange for additional chores.

Breakfast is served!

Somehow I munched my tow on the left foot, so Mary pulled some strings and got me in to see her friend, the podiatrist!  He took a look and pronounced it “badly bruised” and that I should stay horizontal and be fed bonbons for a couple of days! Well, that prescription was immediately tossed out by you-know-who!

Mary decided Borscht was on the menu for today.  It is wonderful to have a creative cook back in my life.

I asked Mary, “Why did the veggie band sound horrible? They were missing a beet.!”  With that one, I got a Boo and a Hissss!

We stopped at the market and got the ingredients before wandering over to the haircut parlor, OK, beauty parlor.  My hair was already such a disaster that the Red Cross wouldn’t give it coffee.  I was asked where I got my “hair products?”  What are hair products?  I get all my hair products at PetCo.

When we got home, Mary insisted I put my foot in ice water (it is usually in my mouth!).

Dr. Mary is a tough caregiver!

OK, time to cook up the borscht, but what is borscht?

Borscht is a Ukrainian beet soup common in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is typically made using a large amount of beets (normally sour beets), combining meat or bone stock with sautéed vegetables, which – along with a large amount of beetroots – may include cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes. Depending on the recipe, borscht may include meat/chicken/fish or be purely vegetarian; it may be served either hot or cold, and it may range from a hearty one-pot meal to a clear broth or a smooth drink.

As I have always done, I pitch in and become a pest!  Today Mary volunteered me to cut up the beets and use a grinder to get them into the proper size.  I first read up on how to get the stain off your hands because I tried a pair of Mary’s gloves on.  I got two fingers into one of the gloves before it slipped off and flew across the room with a loud “SPLAT.”  The doggie was petrified, and the UFO flying across his bed.

I was caught “red-handed” by Mary!

Mary found her hand grinder, which was excellent.  It chopped up those beets into tiny morsels with ease and just a little bit of juice.  Of course, I wore my apron.

Mary had to dig for the grinder, but now it will stay out because this soup was OUTSTANDING!

We worked for about two hours from start to finish, and it was well worth it.

In the final stage of preparations!

We watched a movie on TV with Charles Bronson while we stuffed ourselves. I had two LARGE cups of soup, and it was amazing. We are taking some to Jan in the morning.

We baked rolls to go along with the meal!

We watched part of another movie and then decided to call it quits because we were tired after running around and cooking.

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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