I didn't realize until I was ready to publish this post that it was the 100th. That is amazing. I'll have to check my other blog www.thomasewilliams.blogspot.com and see how many I've posted there.
Several months ago we got some
frozen flounder fillets in our Angel Foods order. I don’t like them. I’ve coated in flour and cornmeal and fried
them. I’ve steamed them with butter and
herbs. They taste and feel nasty in the
mouth. But I’m too tight to throw them
out. So, I’m trying a chowder with them.
I’ve added enough other things to enrich the taste so I hope it turns out
okay. I have potatoes, bacon, sausage, carrots
and celery in the mix. I realized that I
had neither heavy cream nor sour cream. so I’m using cream of mushroom
soup. I’ll let you know how it turns
out. Right now the trailer smells really
good as the chowder starts to heat in the slow cooker. Do you have any good recipes for flounder fillets? What is your favorite chowder recipe?
Ella works this morning so I’m just
sitting at home and watching the dust motes dance in the sunshine pouring
through the windows. (Actually, I don’t see any dust motes – that is just a
memory from my childhood.) As soon as
the sun came up I turned off the furnace because that sunshine will keep us
plenty warm inside. It is amazing how
little added heat is needed even during the winter, if the sun is shining
bright. Can you say, “Passive solar
Last night the temperature dropped
to 31 degrees. So I had unscrewed the
water line into our home before going to bed.
Because the temperature is back above 40, I had refastened the line and
turned the water on this morning. A
couple of minutes ago a neighbor knocked on the door to say I had a water
leak. Sure enough, water was spraying
out from where the filter attached to the hose.
A little twist and it was tightened again.
The good news is that I really
needed to water that area where it puddled.
Because the new trailer is five foot shorter than the previous one, when
we moved it onto our site, it there was a spot with no grass had grown under
the older trailer. I had sewn some grass
seed and watered it once. However, I
hadn’t really soaked the ground as I expected that the grass wouldn’t sprout
until next spring after the snow melted.
But now it has had a good soaking anyway.
Man! That chowder smells good! It is three hours before Ella will be home
for lunch. I may have to find something
outside to occupy me until she gets home – otherwise I may start dipping into
the chowder a little early.
been a fairly busy week. Monday morning
we babysat the ‘greats’ until they went to school and preschool (7-12). We had the lunch buffet at Old Chicago Pizza. Then we did some a little grocery
shopping. That evening we had a supper
meeting at Smokey D’s BBQ. The meeting
was with about twenty of the leaders from our church. This coming Sunday is Consecration Sunday and
we were each given a list of names to call.
The people on the list were members and regular attendees who had not
yet indicated if they would be coming on Sunday and staying for the catered
mean after service. We needed to get an
accurate count to place the meal order.
We both had eaten too much pizza at lunch and ordered lightly at Smokey
D’s. I really intended to take my
brisket sandwich home. However, as the
meeting went on I ended up eating the whole thing. Ella did the same thing with the potato
chowder that she’d ordered.
more of a laid-back day. We stayed home
and took care of minor chores. We also
made our assigned calls to church members and found out who were going to be
there for lunch.
went to Men’s Bible Study from 8 to 10.
I picked Ella up at home and we went to Home Depot to purchase five more
sheets of ¾” foil backed foam board. We
came home and unloaded the foam board and then went to Sam’s Club to buy
groceries. After putting the groceries
away we went to Village Inn for pie.
Usually there is a group of us that go together for pie but this time it
was just the two of us. Late afternoon
and early evening I worked on getting most of the foam board cut and placed
around the bottom of the trailer. Ella
took a load of laundry to the club house to wash. However, when she got there she discovered
that the water was off. A water main had
broken and we had no water in the resort for an hour or so. If she hadn’t been attempting to do laundry
we may not have even known that the water was off. Since we have an eighty gallon fresh water
tank, we could have used that if the need had arisen. But it didn’t. Around seven that evening we received a call
asking if we were going to go for pie.
We said that we already had but would be willing to go back so that we
could visit with her and Kip. Kip had
just celebrated here 103rd birthday a couple weeks ago. Ella and I ordered our pies to go.
Ella went back to the clubhouse to do laundry.
While she was doing that, I went to Love’s and had one of our 100 pound
LP tanks filled. I came home and hooked
the tank up and then started to work on finishing the insulating around the
trailer. By the time I finished, Ella
was done with the laundry so I drove over to pick her up. When we arrived home I realized that the LP
tank was still ‘off gassing’. It’s not
unusual for these large tanks to do that after they’ve been filled and the LP
in the tank warms up and expands. However
it does not usually last this long stop off gassing. I was concerned that something might be wrong
with the valve so I called our maintenance man here at Cutty’s. He came and looked at it. I told him that I
had just had the tank filled. He asked
how many gallons they had put in, as the tank is supposed to only be filled to
80% to allow for the expansion. 80%
would be 22 to 23 gallons. I checked the
fill sheet and found that they had pumped 28 gallons. We just opened the valve and let some of the
gas bleed off. I’ll have to watch them
more closely next time.
Friday and we went to breakfast at Dahl’s with friends. Since we came home, Ella has been setting up
appointments for us to talk to a councilor about Medicare. We have received SO MUCH information about
the different plans that we are totally confused. At this point, I just want somebody to make
the decision for me. While she has been
doing that, I’ve been updating my blog.
THERE ALL CAUGHT UP! And I still have most of the day left to sit on my
backside and watch DroidTV.
I haven’t kept this blog up to date.I have an excuse, though.
We will soon have 4G service (finally)
in our area.So, it was time to update
my aircard for the laptop.The old
aircard plugged into a USB port.The new
aircard is wireless (and can support up to 5 devices at a time) Yeah!Sounds great.However, when I got it home, I found that the laptop no longer could
find ANY wireless networks.Great!I’d just spent more money than I really
wanted to in an effort to speed up my system only to find that I could not
connect to it.
weighting my options I decided to spend even more money and purchase a new
laptop.Hey, we can go without eating
for a month!
that THAT is out of my system.
been having absolutely gorgeous weather for the last couple weeks.We had one night when they predicted it would
get down to 28 degrees but it only dipped down to 32 for a minute or two.We’ve had highs in the 70s and lows in the
50-40s.The trees are no longer as
pretty and many are standing naked now.
activities here at the resort have changed from the frantic days of summer
camping to the quieter fall camping of sitting around campfires after dark
(which comes so much earlier).Many of
our snowbird friends have left or are in the process of getting ready to leave
for the season.Others of us have begun
preparing our trailers and motor homes to be ready for the cold and snow that
we know are coming.
been babysitting with the ‘greats’ off and on. Their aunt Audrey is out of work
at the moment and has taken over the responsibility for the kid’s part of the
week I preached at both the Saturday and Sunday services while our pastor was
meeting his new granddaughter. You can
read the sermon at www.thomasewilliams.blogspot.com