Crazy as a Loom

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

OK, then.

Well, at least I know you aren't all asleep out there.
Didn't mean to get everyone fired up, although maybe getting fired up now and then is a good thing.
It's easy to get complacent.

Today was my mother's first cataract surgery, and she did great.  But she read the instructions to me, twice, about having someone stay with her for 24 hours.   I am sure she would have been fine, but I stayed home anyway.  While she dozed in front of her stove, I started my DECLUTTER plan.

I began in the living room, every shelf, every drawer, every place that was stashed with stuff.
Books, papers, magazines, minutiae.  I organized.  I bagged up a whole bunch of it that was leaving my house.
Then when my husband came home, I took Roy for a long walk.  It was warm, so warm that I had my coat unzipped, and took my gloves off.
These guys were enjoying the sun.

Back in November, I remember thinking that there were about 120 days to navigate Roy's walks through winter weather.  But we got through December, headache and all.  The weather was so mild, that some days, I went for a walk just to thumb my nose at the headache.
I'm like that.
And now here we are, almost half way through January, and we're still walking.  It's amazing.

Tomorrow, she has her post op recheck, and then maybe I will get some weaving done.  And then, in two weeks, we can do it all over again for the other eye.  My declutter plan for that day targets the kitchen, and all the cupboards........oh, joy.

I came home and made strawberry shortcake from those strawberries I froze last summer.  Oh, my, they were so good.

I'm thinking it is almost time for a giveaway.  Something fun.
Any ideas?
But before you go, tell me something.  I got to thinking about this as I was going through a pile of recipes that I had torn from magazines eons ago........and found a couple that I just knew would be perfect winter fare.
What comfort food are you crazy for in the middle of January???


Bonnie said...

Popcorn. I think that would be my comfort food for anytime.

Lona said...

Chili (con carne). The strawberry shortcake looks delicious!

Deb said...

I love vegetarian lasagna and garlic bread. There are tons of ways to change it up and try different veggies. Tonight I made one with spinach, zucchini, mushroom & peppers. Mmm Mmm
Soups are great comfort food for winter, too. I'll bet you have some amazing recipes. Hugs, Deb

LA said...

Winter comfort food: hot soup!!!! But, your strawberry shortcake is a nice reminder of summer!

MarthaVA said...

Home Made Potato Corn Chowder. Mmmmmmmmm
I wanna win that strawberry shortcake! hehe
We got snow yesterday down here in VA. It wasn't much, stuck over night, was gone today in the 53 degree temps!

karen said...

I LOVE good ole homemade macaroni and cheese! Crispy crust and ketchup. Add some smokey swiss in, it's just the right flavor. Mmmmmmmm.

nancyG said...

Warm home made bread...lots of it.

Kathy said...

In a normal winter, I'd be making some Baked Oatmeal, with or without apples, it doesn't matter! This year, it's too warm yet! I also like hot chocolate made with MILK and Hershey's cocoa and real whipped cream (Cabot is the best).
My friend recently recieved a rug order from you and she LOVES them!!!!!!!!!!!! We didn't even know we each read your blog until Dec. Small world.

Gayle said...

ANYTHING you give away, I want! :)
Ahhhh, winter comfort food is steamed root veggies, Brussels, etc., over brown rice with a tamari/tahini herbed sauce.

Unknown said...

One of my sons friends posted on facebook that he was making banana bread. I got that thought in my head and couldn't get it out, so...I made a scrumptious coconut banana bread.
Banana bread is Only a winter food in my house, not sure why.

mudmaven said...

We love hearty soups in the wintertime - even when it's 60 out! Rocky Mountain weather is always a toss up, but this year it has been really warm. This weekend we tried Pioneer Woman's Tuscan Bean Soup - yummy! DH also made some Thai Coconut soup that I thought was delicious and he thought was mediocre - of course he forgot to put the lime juice in his so ...
That strawberry shortcake looks so sweet and summery! ~chris

claudia said...

Right now I have a big ol' slow cooker full of split pea soup. That and a loaf of french bread... YUM!
I think your give away should be some of that Strawberry Shortcake. LOL!

KarenInTheWoods said...

We just had strawberries tonight too! Over ice cream! They had some on sale at the store for $1.99 and they were very sweet and good flavor. It was a nice treat before we are facing three days of snows on the forecast!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Tiggeriffic said...

My comfort food right now is Cheez it cheese nips White Cheddar. They taste so good.
I had complete total knee replacement two weeks ago. my daughter who lives in Michigan came and we went through my whole house and got rid of a bunch of stuff.. Every closet, under the beds, every shelf , kitchen, pantry. My house has been purged and it feels so good.Have a Tiggeriffic Day ~ ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Kittymum said...

Come to think of it, I have a whole mess of strawberries in the freezer. Strawberry shortcake coming up! Yum!

Sharon said...

Not recipes - Tomatoes. Vine ripened tomatoes that aren't grown in Mexico as imitations. I'm crazy for them by July.

Theresa said...

Hilary, organizing a kitchen is no small task, but so worth it. :)
Mac & cheese, any time any place for comfort food and home made chicken noodle soup.
Give Roy a big hug from me and enjoy those walks. We are snowless here too and the walking has been pretty fine.

Karen said...

Macaroni & four cheeses, Baked Potato Soup, Beef stew and bisquits... Potato Leak Soup, Chicken Leek pot pie... I could go on and on.

Still no snow here, still walking.. but the cold has returned.

Anonymous said...

A warm lemon cake from the Kraft website. YummY!

Cindy in Tennessee

Daryl said...

anything made with potatoes ..

I would love two of those gorgeous placemats for when I win the giveaway .. ;-)

Gayle said...

Like what Cindy wrote. Mmmmmm. Reminds me of a book I recently read, fun title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

Now I want mac/cheese, every soup in the book and some cake!

cobaltandindigo (Molly) said...

Hi Hilary! I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now, mostly on my phone, so I haven't chimed in with any comments, but my resolution for the new year is to contribute and interact with the wonderful blogs I read, so here goes...
My winter comfort food? Banana pancakes (with chocolate chips if so desired) - they're excellent hot off the griddle, but almost better when cold and used to make PB&J sandwiches.

Country Girl said...

Can't think of a thing I'm craving. Well, yes I can but it's not food. I just miss having a partner, you know what I mean? And I believe you do.

Karen Anne said...

Glad you stayed with your Mom. Even though things were very likely to be fine, I'm sure she felt much more secure with you around just in case.

Corie said...

I have been craving those enchiladas from Whole Foods you shared with me last summer!

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