“Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.” ~ joseph Addison
It took me forever to finally have weekends off. When I did, the children were no longer living at home. That is, perhaps, the most frustrating and heart-rendering reality of being a working mother. Whether you are a single-mother, or part of a two-income couple, you are most likely the one whose job interferes with weeknights and / or weekends spent with family — your family. And it doesn’t often end when the children are no longer living at home. Many adult parents and grandparents find themselves having to work right into their seventies, if they are physically and mentally able to, so that they can afford a semi-comfortable lifestyle. Full retirement is a paper option, not necessarily a viable reality.
On a good weekend, we have the funds to visit with our children and grandchildren, and they are home, or available for visiting. Most young families though are busy with their own weekend agendas: sports competitions, special events, volunteering their time to various causes, visiting with friends, or planning simple weekends away with their own wee clan. The proverbial planets and stars do not always line up as we’d like them to. That isn’t a bad thing, it’s a good thing. Young parents need to be involved with each other, their children, and their community. It’s how a life is forged.
So Sundays, at least here, are generally quiet. Quiet isn’t bad either, although we get more of it nowadays than we’d like. Though there are times when it seems everything comes in clusters with visits, activities, and events, before reverting back to silent stretches. Sundays, in particular, are my best days for writing, reading, and generally getting things done, before heading into a new week.
Currently I’m reading Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs. It’s refreshing to read a no-nonsense book on health from someone who understands, like I do, that “few diets ask you to do the hard inner work that’s necessary before you begin watching calories and lacing up your sneakers.” Like writing, there is a lot of using your inside voice (confronting your demons and life issues) before you can successfully attempt to achieve the desired goal.
The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey: opposites on the viewing spectrum but equally entertaining. We also watched two movies this weekend, LUCY and GONE GIRL. The end result in LUCY reminded me a lot of the concept in TRANSENDENCE. As for GONE GIRL, I’m thinking that there definitely has to be a part two in the makings.
LEMON-GINGER-MIXED NUT COOKIES
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Cream the butter with the sugars in a medium bowl with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the ginger, zest, vanilla and egg, and mix well.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, and then add to the butter mixture and mix. Add the oats and mix until combined. Fold in the pecans with a wooden spoon. Spoon the dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes, and then remove from the baking sheets.
Looking Forward To::
Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Digging deep into my Bible and into my cookbooks for fish / seafood dishes for Fridays.
The AMC Showcase next Saturday. Every year AMC puts on two Saturday mini-marathons of those movies nominated for Best Picture. My husband and I couldn’t make it to both Saturdays this year, but next Saturday the line-up is: American Sniper, The Theory of Everything, Imitation Game, and Boyhood. We will meet friends at the theater and enjoy our day.
The Oscars next Sunday — and heading out to Henderson, Nevada to spend Oscar evening watching the “stars” with two of our daughters. In years past, we’ve held an Oscar party. This year, however, our oldest daughter has her duty weekend with the U.S. Coast Guard, her twin is in Berlin, our middle daughter moved to Henderson with her family, so we’re changing it up a bit.
Enjoy your Sunday, dear reader.