Monday, October 11, 2010

The Weekend and An End of The Summer Meal

The youngest KidAdult and I tackled some much needed household chores this weekend.

On Saturday we tackled the garage. Or the garage tackled us?

When TBHITW died his family thought they would help me by cleaning out his work truck. They took everything out, tools, rain gear, hats, gloves, music and highly sensitive technological equipment and stacked it all in the garage. Ug.

I had the geologist I hired inventory all the high tech stuff and contacted an environmental supply house to have it appraised. I was worried about all that expensive equipment sitting in the garage over the winter. Enter the good guys. The geologist / friend / employee offered me double the appraisal and came on Saturday to pick everything up. I didn't know how I would feel about that but handled it well. It's just equipment, right?

On Sunday, a beautiful autumn day, the kidadult and I spent the entire day doing yard work. He mowed the grass while I ripped out the last vestige of the summer gardens. We mowed, raked, and yanked for hours. It felt good to have the sun on my back and my hands busy with hard, manuel labor.

By late afternoon we were both tired (a good tired!) and hungry.

I marinated a small flat iron steak, some wild caught NJ sea scallops and freshly picked sweet corn in grapeseed oil, fresh chopped parsley, thyme and garlic and set everything on low on the grill.

After dinner, as the sun began to set, the kidadult made us a fire in the outdoor fireplace.

As teenagers are apt to do, after about 30 minutes he wandered inside.

I poured myself a glass wine and sat under a clear sky, stars twinkling over head and stared into the flames for hours.

It was a good day.


  1. Those are great days. A glass of wine and a fireplace and a kidadult to talk to. I love those.

  2. Nothing like getting our hands dirty to make us feel good.

  3. Manual labor does much to quiet the mind.

  4. There is something about hard work and working in the earth that is good for our souls. Good food and a glass of wine by a nice fire on a beautiful night with your son sounds like a perfect way to end a busy weekend.

    I still think of you often. XX

  5. I am glad you had a good day. I think of you often.

  6. I could not imagine a better day. So glad you had that special time with your son and the quiet time with the wine and fire. Hope the rest of your week goes nearly as well.

  7. Good hard work is a big help and it feels good to accomplish so much. Your dinner looks delicious. Mmmmm, scallops!

  8. Thank you for my birthday wish. I am happy to see you had a good day....very glad to see it.

  9. I love days like that, such a feeling of accomplishment. A simple meal and relaxation to top it off......good for you.

  10. Nothing makes me feel better than working hard in the garden...everything just stops in my mind ..everything is about the work am doing...

  11. I'm glad you are having some good days and getting things accomplished. That is always a great feeling.

  12. Your meal looks delicious. That was a good day. My heart is happy for you and I wish you many more, each one better than the last.

  13. Those scallops are making my mouth water! Glad that you had such a good day and accomplished so much. Love and prayers, Marguerite


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