Saturday, July 26, 2008

Early one summer morning.....

I woke this morning, heard the birds, saw the sun and got dressed, came downstairs and discovered it was 4.52am. I had left my reading glasses downstairs, so I was completely incapable of reading the time on my phone.

So there is nothing like being ready to start the day and discovering that the rest of the world is somewhat drowsy. Except my daughter, of course, so we had a lovely messenger chat for an hour before she started cooking her supper, as I was contemplating breakfast. I am still contemplating breakfast. Decisions decisions.

I also spent a few or 20 minutes, watching the livecam link from Switzerland and saw my sister going to work. You can tell I really do need to get a life.

I put the Youtube thingy on down there under this post, because I was having a senior moment, and could not for the life of me remember the name of the song. I needed to find out the title, so I googled the only part of the chorus I could remember and hey presto, the magic worked and up came several links, and then I found this one. Given that my love of mountains is undisputed, it seemed to be the perfect clip to put on the blog. I just love it.

According to the weather man, we are going to have a hot day today and hotter tomorrow. It will also be humid. The doors and windows are all wide open and it is peaceful and still out there. Except for those pesky birds who feel the need to communicate their joy with the wider world. If you open your windows, wherever you are, I swear you will hear them too. The ones in my garden. They have inbuilt loudspeakers. That reverberate around the globe.

What was that? The scan? Hmmm. The scanner was broken. But they assure me that I am low risk. So one lot say keep moving and the other say lie still. I think I will do a bit of both as I am clearly a medical expert and am taking the middle path here. And this time next week, I will be on my way to see the consultant.

For the past 2 years, I have been saying that once David leaves school and goes to uni, I can contemplate the many options available for me and what I want to do for the rest of my life. Time flies. And here we are. The nest will be empty and Mama bird may decide to fly too. Time to contemplate all. Nothing is impossible. Everything is an option. So I need to take that list of dreams and the list of reality and try to meld them into one. Having the time to sit and contemplate it all is probably a real bonus. Instead of saying "I wish", I can say "why not?" and see if things can work. It is an exciting prospect. Scary, but exciting. I need a healthy dose of courage and daring, and then get the leg fixed so I can take a running leap off the next cliff.

I may yet turn up on your doorsteps, people.

You have been warned......


Dawn said...

I haven't heard that song before - lovely pix along with it! It is a good one to hear and see just before heading off to the funeral of this fine young man who is in heaven, and was in God's glorious mountains when he just went a bit higher.

I am glad you are having time to go over your options for your future - a blessing in disguise!

Susie said...

Hi Linds,
After a busy week caring for both grandsons I have a bit of time to catch up on your news. You sure have been getting the "merry run around" (one of my Grandma's favorite expressions)
Perhaps a middle of the road approach is best, but don't overdo on the exercise. The time to plan and dream about the future is all a good thing.

Crystal said...

Come to our doorstep, please!! We have a guest room ready and waiting - and there are birds singing in the trees right outside it too :)) Seriously, if your dreams and options bring you this way, we would love to have you for as long as you like.

Enjoy the wonderful weekend - on the middle path!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Hey, Linds, you can turn up here any day! This sounds like such an exciting time for you!!

Linda said...

You are quite welcome to turn up on our doorstep any time Linds. It is exciting to think of all the possiblities in your future.
Take good care of the knee and enjoy the sunshine. It's about a bazillion degrees here!

meggie said...

I have just been catching up on your last few posts, & having some laughs. Kaftan! haha. We had a male poobah in the Police in NZ who used to wear nothing but kaftans. He was not gay, just liked the freedom!
I hope you get some answers about your knee. The swelling leg does not sound ideal!
Yes, if you get to OZ, do drop in!

Sandra said...

Well you're welcome to turn up on my door anyday :)

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Come on over across the Big Pond anytime! ;o)

I couldn't find an email address for you, so I'll answer your questions from my comments here:

Linds has left a new comment on your post "Sunday Dinner, July 27, 2008":

My tomatoes are coming on, but are still very green. I can't wait till they ripen! I spent ages drooling over Pioneer Woman's recipe for beans and cornbread yesterday and I have some pinto beans just waiting for me to try. Do you soak yours? And do you add sugar to your cornbread?

Hey, fried green tomatoes are some good eatin'! ;o)

No, I never soak my beans. I wash and sort them, tossing any bad beans, then put them on the stove with water to cover them by about 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to low or a medium simmer. Check every 30 min. or so to see if you need to add more hot water to keep the beans covered, and they should cook in about 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hrs, give or take. Newer crop beans cook faster, older beans take a little longer. Add ham or bacon for the last hour or so of cooking if you use it.

I don't care for sugar in my cornbread, but a lot of people do. Most packaged corn bread/muffin mix has sugar in it. One brand here is JiffyMix, and Jessica loves it!

But I'm like my dear Mama: If I want cake with cornmeal in it I'll make it, LOL! I don't like sweet cornbread with savory beans and such.

However - I DO like sugar in my turnip greens, mustard greens and collard greens.

Hope this helps, Linds. If you have any more questions or need something elaborated upon, feel free to shoot me another email.

Hope your beans turn out great for you. :o)

Love and hugs,


Diane@Diane's Place said...

PS: Salt and season the beans about 15 minutes before you think they need to come off the heat. If you use bacon or ham you shouldn't need to add bacon drippings or oil to season.



Morning Glory said...

My welcome mat is always out for you!