Updates on this and that and the other thing


Goodness, but time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve been having fun with family this summer with a trip south to visit my husband’s parents and then they came up here to visit all of us. Here we are taking another family photo, one that needed about 20 takes to get a decent one. The only one not looking is Daniel, age three, and we couldn’t expect it really. Enjoy!

Family party August 047

I’ve been having fun with my new job. Maybe I haven’t written about it yet and to be honest I wanted to be sure I was going to do well at this new skill before I wrote about the job. Last month I got a job as a barista at a local grocery store which has a coffee kiosk in the store and in a nearby hospital lobby. I am working my shifts at both locations and enjoying the work. Some shifts are easier than others and getting used to putting in 7 hours of work like this in a day is new for me. It’s been over 19 years since I worked outside of the home on a regular basis. Not to mention I’ve been quite inactive from surgery recovery.

coffee types

Which brings me to the next update: my arm. I’m doing very good and have almost full range of motion with my arm. I can also lift a gallon of water and carry it for a few minutes before I feel pain.  I should be doing more stretching and such but I’m lazy. In any case I’m doing good.

Last night I was in the mood for some kind of picnic and simple Italian foods so I bought a variety of olives, which aren’t strictly Italian, and made a Caprese salad to go with bread and some cold fried chicken, very American! What a picnic menu.  Having the olives made me bring out my own cured olives. Last year I was given two pounds of olives to cure according to the directions provided by Penna- Great Olives. Well those directions did not work out so well. I found a few others who were also given the olives and were using different techniques of curing their olives and some had great results while some had horrible ones. My olives were still so bitter after 2, 3, 4 and 5 months. At that point I forgot about them and just let them be. Yesterday I brought out a jar and tried one. It wasn’t awful and it wasn’t wonderful. It still had some bitterness to it but not as much as the last time we tested them in April. Maybe this Christmas they will be OK to give as a gift to someone! Haha…

As for my cooking classes, I had a few pasta classes over the summer and some other kinds of classes scheduled for the next few months. I am glad to have a job which is flexible enough for me to do both. Now if my body can keep up with the pace I will be doing just fine.

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