Strands of stray thoughts

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I keep a list of possible topics to blog about as they occur to me so I won’t forget them, and then work on them later. I haven’t been in a malaise, exactly, with blogging this week, but as I’ve looked over those notes, so far I haven’t seen anything I wanted to develop, and I haven’t had anything burning on my heart to write about. I’m making progress in a few books but likely won’t finish any of them to discuss this week. So I’ve been getting some other things done around the house, and that’s been nice.

I’ve done some preliminary work on a possible writing project that I am excited about. If it comes to anything, I’ll let you know. 🙂

We had a very nice 4th of July, which I’ll say more about on Friday. Our neighbors used to host a major fireworks display but haven’t in the last few years since the last ones caught fire in four places in our yard. But this year some guests of neighbors started shooting off some pretty big ones, and, unfortunately, weren’t being very careful. Some fell over and shot down the street, some went off too close to the ground. They got too close to our cars and house at one point and my husband had to speak to them. I used to hate fireworks laws because we grew up with them and most people knew how to handle them safely, but since we can’t count on that any more, I’ve come to appreciate them. In our part of the county they are legal, however. I was very thankful that we’d had rain off and on that day and the week before. We have some dying trees that we’re going to have removed this fall, and they’re very dry, so if any stray sparks or fireworks debris had caught any of them, that could have been a disaster. But as it was everything was pretty well soaked, thank the Lord.

Pinterest used to be one of my favorite places on the web. I used to liken it to friends sitting around looking at magazines, telling each other, “Ooh, look at this!” But with the proliferation of “Picked for you” pins and “Promoted pins,” it’s not  cozy gathering of friends any more. Plus some of the “Promoted pins” (the ones paid for by businesses) have content that I don’t want to see. There is a little x beside them you can click on to hide the pin, but still, I really only want to see the pins of the people I chose to “follow.” If I want to search for recipe, craft, or decorating ideas, I know where and how to do that: I don’t want them to do it for me. One day I did start clicking on things and found a place on Pinterest to leave feedback, but I couldn’t tell you now how to find it. But there was a place to click on why you didn’t like Picked For You Pins and Promoted Pins (one of the reasons being only wanting to see pins from people you follow) and a place to leave a comment. There was a separate place for each (one for Picked For You Pins and one for Promoted Pins), so if you can find it and express your opinion as well, maybe there will be enough that they’ll go back to the way things used to be. I know they have to make money on the site some way, but the Promoted Pins are an annoying way to try to do it, in my opinion.

On to something more positive…

Our little grandson Timothy is about fifteen months old, and is such fun His little brain is developing so fast. It’s amazing to watch the wheels turning as he tries to figure things out. We have a TV cabinet that has glass doors, and my husband put some of those child safety locks on them. Timothy has tried pulling on the knob, turning it, and recently when he had his daddy’s keys, he tried poking them in the door to see if that would work. Cracked me up! Of course, one consequence of his curiosity and desire to explore and investigate things is that he’s figuring out how to get around some of our barricades, so he has had to start hearing the word “No.” He used to cry whenever he heard it, even though it wasn’t said loudly or sternly. But now he has lost a little bit of that sensitivity. It’s so hard when that clash of wills starts to crop up, but it’s a necessary thing to deal with, for their own safety and for planting the seeds of learning self-control. He’s pulling up with ease and side-stepping while holding on to furniture or pushing things, but hasn’t stepped out on his own yet. A couple of times he’s almost forgotten himself and done so. I don’t think it will be long!

Feeling the raindrops

Feeling the raindrops

I’ve been in something of a rut with dinners lately. Everything seems too involved or too hot to make. What are some of your favorite quick and simple summer dishes?

Hope your summer is going well so far. Can’t believe we’re through June and now a week into July already!

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8 thoughts on “Strands of stray thoughts

  1. A whole rotisserie chicken from the deli is a great start for three dinners for us. Some times we buy a couple deli side dishes to go with it and sometimes we have fresh or frozen vegetables with it. I follow a blog called “Home is Where the Boat Is” and she posted a fantastic pasta and vegetable recipe a few days ago. The dressing for that salad was easy, cheap and wonderful. Put some cold chicken in that pasta salad and it makes great summer dinner. I like to make two large ziplock bags of green salad with peas, carrots, frozen shelled soy beans and dress that up for dinner several nights. I don’t put cucumber or any thing in the bags of salad that easily breaks down, so the salad stays fresh. We add things at time of serving. Another favorite is ham and macaroni salad. It makes a good cool summer dinner for about three or four nights. I will be sure and check back to get ideas from other comments. My love to Colleen.

  2. I’ve been in a rut with cooking too! I just can’t seem to get motivated at the end of a long work day anymore. The other night I made chicken breasts, sprinkled with salt and pepper, then spread with hummus of your choice, squeeze lemon juice over all and sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Bake at 400*F for 25 – 30 mins. My daughter first made this recipe and everyone likes it. Super simple. We also do a lot of simpler grilling in the summer to keep the heat out of the house and pair it with various salads

  3. Timothy is so adorable and what an age to explore! It sounds like you all will be keeping a sharp eye on him! I have a Pinterest page but don’t visit very often. I’ve heard of lots of people who really use it but I’ve never taken full advantage of it. We have lots of fireworks in our neighborhoods. We have tall trees, small lots and the houses are close together and I always am concerned about the high fireworks and sparks falling on trees and roofs. Most of them are a street or two over so at least not right next door. I’m excited to hear of your writing project. I have to tell you just how encouraging your “Adventures in Eldercare” posts are. Have a great day.

  4. I have that same gripe about Pinterest. I only look at Pinterest maybe 3 times a month because I don’t like seeing the pins from people I don’t follow. I used to click on all the buttons for “I don’t want to see this” of the suggested pins, but that got to be too much work because there are so many. I left feedback somewhere along the way too, but I guess it didn’t work. ha.

  5. Barbara, I enjoy these types of posts. They let us get to know each other on a more personal level. I feel the same about the fireworks! Funny, I never used to be “fearful” of them but now I have a “healthy” fear of them. 🙂
    Your Timothy is so sweet! I didn’t have a hard time telling my kids no and dealing with their tears about what I said. Because I knew I would have to deal with the consequence if I didn’t. But a grand? Oh boy. I don’t know how that is going to go…
    I’ve had a menu plan each week but they don’t always work out. Some nights I’m just too tired to be in the kitchen which my family totally understands… so we have leftovers, snacky type things and we’re good with that!
    Hope the rest of your week is a good one!

  6. I like to get “lite” kielbasa sausage in the summer because it’s an easy meat to cook with all the wonderful summer vegetables that are around. We also grill a lot in the summer – and, I put my toaster oven on the back porch and try to use it as much as possible to keep heat out of the kitchen. It works great. Last night I roasted some asparagus out there.

    I’ve also been making a great salad and am amazed at how good it is and how it fills me up. It’s just cucumber, tomato, a small amount of red onion, and an avocado. Then – squeeze lemon juice on it, and a small drizzle of olive oil. Delicious and it doesn’t need any dressing!

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  8. We do lots of sandwiches and salads in the summer time. As you say – it’s too hot to cook much!

    That sounds a little nerve-wracking about the 4th of July fireworks in your area. Glad to hear it rained. (But I imagine not as glad as you were that it had!)

    I’m late to the party when it comes to commenting on ads but for what it’s worth I’ve never seen any or noticed anything objectionable.

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