Thursday, March 12, 2015

Treat yourself

Can I just say, the Lodge Sportsman cast iron hibachi grill is the cutest thing ever!! My mom sent me some money for the usual, "go buy yourself a cute outfit". And if you have read my blog for awhile you know where that money goes. NOT to buy a cute outfit. I have clothes. What I have wanted for the LONGEST time, is this grill. So I got one. Sometimes you just have to give yourself a treat. I was due for one. I am tickled to death! It conveniently sits on top of an iron table I bought once for a play I did. Never could find a good use for it until now. Its perfect. Can't wait to grill a pizza or some veggie kabobs. Too bad I can't eat red meat anymore, a burger sure would be good.... sigh.  I love cast iron.

I also treated myself to a night out last night. Wesley and Lazarus have been here for a few days, left last night and there was a book reading I wanted to attend. It was a drizzly evening, we went out to dinner together, they headed back to school and I went to see David Joy read from his first novel. It was quite good, he is a young mountain boy, just flew on his first plane recently to go to NY to sign a book deal. I had heard him on NPR and it was just a spur of the moment decision to go see him. Glad  I did. He was very entertaining, and I read half the book last night, curled up alone, listening to the rain, and reading a good book. Sigh again. It was quite decadent and rare.

At work, we have a mouse problem. We are finding tiny babies who still have their eyes closed and no mom to take care of them, all nested up in bags of soil. One of the guys at work is animal obsessed and is taking them home to care for them. Ironically, my cat left a little mouse gift at the back door this morning. First of the season for her. Ick.

 I worked Tuesday unpacking lots and lots of planters and cast iron garden stuff. By the end of the day, I could hardly walk I was so tired. Came home, popped open a can of Budweiser (I know) and ate one of the best bowls of curry I have ever had, prepared by Wesley (Lazarus helped). Gerry has also been helping get meals together on the evenings that I work late. It sure feels good to walk into the house smelling all delicious and know there is a good meal waiting. Thanks family for helping out! It means more than you know, xoxo!

These two cuties have been home all week on spring break, writing grants for their trip to India and not really doing what most college kids do on spring break. No beer bongs and late night partying for them. They have grander plans! Very proud of both of them. It was good so see them, even if it was just tiny snippets of time. Seems spending time with mom is not as fun as it once was..... but I'll take what I can get :)
one more sigh......

Peace y'all


Debbie said...

Your daughter reminds me of Ingrid Bergman and/or Isabella Rosselini, especially in the above pic. Pretty pretty girl. How nice to have that brains/beauty package going, eh?

Lori Buff said...

I'm glad to see you treating yourself well.

Dennis Allen said...

Glad things are going well. You can't beat Lodge for cast iron

cookingwithgas said...

Grilled pizza.......

Vicki said...

Ah, bittersweet.
My boy is drifting further and further away as he nears the end of Uni.
Our babes are ours for so long, and we are their constant companion and confidante.
Then, their lives veer off in a different direction.
New companions enrich their experiences with shared similarities that we just can't give them.
And, even though it's all perfectly natural - and right - it doesn't stop our heart from twinging with sadness at the loss.
It's a parent's lot, I'm afraid.

Michèle Hastings said...

That looks like a perfect grill for pizza and veggies! The grates are close together, less chance of the good stuff slipping through. Cast iron is the best. I couldn't live without my cast iron frying pan.