I have been so industrious the past few days. It's like I am on speed. (Do they still have speed? Maybe they no longer have speed since there is now a Starbucks on every corner?) I don't know. But since we have arrived home to Taylor Manor after months away, I have been on a cleaning/reorganizing frenzy.
I could have my own reality show.
This whole ordeal started before we left to spend the winter in the desert. I made a list of tasks that needed to be completed before I died of old age
. Number One was My Mom's Cookbook and this lovely task was finished just before we left for the winter. Okay, so I had to have the tomes delivered to Indio
, but the check-mark was on that task. Finished! There are still so many things that need to be done around this house, but I am determined to complete them while we are home through the summer.
I started in the north corner of the house on Saturday and am working my way south. One room/closet/cabinet/drawer at a time. The feeling of having completely organized rooms - devoid of any crap - is fantastic!
Martha will probably be phoning me this week.
I went through the drawers in our upper laundry and discovered a drawer full of beach towels. Beach towels? We live 50 miles from a beach and there is never even one day a year where one can get in the water without needing immediate aid from a lifeguard due to the frigid temperatures of the water. I found a rag-thin beach towel from a hotel we used to visit in Taiwan in the 1980's. (I just googled the hotel
and it is still in business!) I also disposed of chew toys and dog tags from Our Old Dog Snickers. (I loved that hound, but he has been gone 6 years. Don't even get me started on what I will eventually do with his ashes or I will cry.) The three drawers in the laundry room have been reorganized and repurposed and I now have a "gift wrapping center".Tristan und Isolde
(1973?) and I have been hooked since. My Driver has also come to love opera, though we both enjoy Italian opera most.Feh
, probably Martha will not be phoning after all. Let's face it: I am a nerd.
We did leave the house this weekend. Dinner on Saturday night at McCormick's with Nancy and dinner Sunday at a new wood-fired pizza restaurant with Kathy, Woody, Mary & Steve. The pizza was very good, but our service was horrid. It took forever to get a table, longer than forever to get a drink and the wait staff was ridiculously bad. No napkins or cutlery until we asked! I am giving them the benefit of the doubt because they have just opened. I hope they get their act together - they keep their wood-fired pizza oven between 700-800°. That's some serious pizza.
local grocer was having a special on fresh Sockeye Salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska. Limited quantity. Fabulous quality. I arranged a small bank loan and
bought a very small filet and DT grilled it to perfection tonight.
Doesn't this just make you want to eat salmon?
The salmon was served with grilled asparagus spears and a lime wedge. That was it - just a perfect meal. Tomorrow, our lives return to normal... i.e., DT returns to Eugene for a long day of TrackTown12 meetings and I will remain at home, between trips to Goodwill.
LEO UPDATE: Since I left Los Angeles on Thursday, Leo can now clap and say DaDa. Genius. We used facetime (iPhone version of Skype) tonight. Leo LOVES facetime - or maybe he just loves to chew on the phone? I sang his favorite songs (this week he loves Sing a Song of Six Pence and Eensy-Weensy Spider) and after I "snapped off his nose" - we had a screaming contest. Then Leo clapped for me and said DaDa several times. Lisa had a video tour of our new gift-wrapping center and laughed at our miserably small CD collection.
Until my next update, I remain, your purged correspondent.