4 a.m. Rambling and Last Night's Soup
I am trying to get my life back on an even keel. There are times that I am better at it than other times. I have found that I have let some things "go" that I must really concentrate on managing better. Nothing (of which I refer) affects others, but it certainly affects me, and my willingness to allow others "in." For this reason, I know that it is up to me to make some changes.
I have begun my process. I have done quite a bit of laundry and have sorted things to donate. Tomorrow morning I must put things away where they belong.
I also cleaned my refrigerator-freezer, throwing out the "science experiments." There were too many things that I had to throw out; I did not dare calculate the money spent, as I would have felt some extreme guilt and shame for the wastefulness. I cannot go back and undo it, but I can be more aware than simply shutting down to avoid whatever it is that makes me do so.
I also did a preliminary inventory of what I have, and am going to adopt some of the same strategies and behaviors that I had back in January, when RGD was staying with me to recuperate.
One thing I made was a big pot of soup for dinner, so I could use and re-purpose some of the things that I had from Mr. L's garden, and some things I had in the refrigerator-freezer.
- 1/2 pound bulk turkey sausage, browned
- 1/2 pound frozen cooked dark meat chicken
- 4 carrots, cut into coins
- 1 extra-large zucchini, cut into cubes
- 3 small sweet red peppers, chopped
- 2 small Kumato tomatoes, chopped
- 6 ribs celery, chopped
- 2 quarts frozen homemade chicken stock, thawed
- 1 cup (dry) quick-cooking barley
- 2 spoons Better than Bouillon chicken soup base
- 1 1/2 quarts water
After browning the sausage, I put everything in the pot, except the barley, and brought it to a boil. Then, I turned it to low until the carrots were cooked. I turned it back up to the point that it was getting ready to boil, added the barley with a quick stir, covered the pot, and shut the burner off. It was ready in 15-20 minutes.
While things were cooking, I scrubbed the refrigerator down, sorted vegetables and put them in their proper containers, and rearranged the fridge. I also collected my trash and recyclables, put them in the bins and took them to the curb for tomorrow's collection trucks.
Not having eaten but one bagel and a cup of coffee all day (around 2:00 p.m.), I was hungry and ended up eating two bowls of soup for dinner, while watching several episodes of one of the TV seasons I have from the library. Dessert was a cup of frozen blueberries.
Once cooled, I filled eight one-pint containers with soup, and they are in the freezer. They are much better than the cans of soup I used to keep in my cupboard, and much healthier, too.
Though it is now 4:40 a.m. and I am exhausted, I am feeling rather accomplished tonight, even though I still have so much more to do to get things back to what they need to be. But, I definitely can see some progress.
Now, it is time for me to set my alarm for 9:30 a.m. and see if I can get about four hours of sleep before starting my day all over again.
I also have to remember to call my daughter tomorrow. It was 40 years ago, at this moment, that I was laboring and getting ready to get to the hospital. It took me eight more hours to give birth. Where has the time gone?
It was almost as if I were "nesting" tonight, just as I did the night before she was born.
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