Just about 4 weeks ago, my dad suffered a stroke...A couple of my brothers and I flew to the Midwest immediately to meet up with our 3 other siblings. When we arrived it was quite late so we poked in on our dad only to find him in a "coma" state to help stabilize him. Deciding there was not much to do until the morning, we looked for a place to lay our heads until then...the sweet nurse suggested we stay in the family center of the hospital..
it had a pull out love seat and a chair.
Ok, I love my brother and all but at 6' something and 250+lbs, I said, Ahhh, I don't think this is going to cut it. We quickly found a Holiday Inn Express!
The first 72 hours were the hardest...we played the waiting game. Fortunately, I have many siblings, aunts and uncles who cared as much.
The nurses and doctors really didn't know what they were getting into...we took shifts going in to his room to talk with him while he was hooked up to every apparatus you can imagine...
they asked often...how many kids did your dad have??
Every day we experienced new emotions of sadness,
of hope, of uncertainty....I was very lucky to be surrounded by diversions..
to help remember a certain time of life, to make me smile and to eat something sweet...
my sister-in-law made these to die for short bread cookies that just melt in your mouth.
Diversions come in handy during a time like this...
my sister and I found a mall nearby and did a little retail therapy!
Today, my dad is recovering in rehab and works diligently every day to speak and walk again...
Wednesday morning I caught a glimps of Rachel Ray...she was preparing some sort of ratatouille that looked mighty fine...I am sure her site has the recipe. I was bored last night, so I had me a nice glass of vino and started to cook..remembering her segment but not going to her site, I thought I'd give it a try...well I got a little bit out of control and my ratatouille turned out to be more of a casserole or veggie lasagna...it looked pretty...
So....my cocktail corner friends, mental and tsannie, did a post re the birds they are attracting to their yard...la, la, la, so I decided OK, fine, I'll put something up in my yard and see how it goes. So, off to the store I go...got the Shepard's hook, a hanging feeder, a sock full of seeds, a window feeder and bird food that I can eat as trail mix in a pinch.
At first, I thought oh how sweet...
look at the little birdies, aren't they cute
Then...wait what's that big fat furry tail hanging upside down from the feeder... squirrels!! How do they get up there? Well apparently, those lovely creatures have the ability to jump 4 feet from the ground
and 8 feet from a roof or wall.
Why do I know this information?
Anyway, I spent the majority of the past 3 days chasing and screaming at the squirrels to leave...like they could understand~~most of the time the squirrels would saunter up the hill and look at me like "WTF lady, you put it out there...someone gots to eat it"~~that's squirrel speak...Did you know that squirrels must eat constantly or their teeth will over power their head? (speaking of teeth, check out Noble Pig today...hmmm, I'm just sayin')
...more useless information...
Back to the store I went....apparently, I am a baffoon....
these bird feeders also require a squirrel baffler..
the baffler is designed to make it impossible for the squirrel to get to your feeder
...Ahhhh, doesn't seem to be working all that well..
I tried to get a picture of the squirrels however, they all ran off
Flank steak is a relatively tough cut of beef, however, a good marinade
and cutting the steak properly will give you a succulent piece of meat.
Mix Worcestershirer, tequila, lime juice and seasonings in a large Ziplock,
add flank steak and let sit on counter for an hour. When ready, grill meat over medium to high heat about 4-5 minutes each side. Cover with foil and let sit on a grooved cutting board for about 4 minutes...the steak will continue cooking. Now here is the tricky part, position meat so it is horizontal on the board. With a v-sharp knife, slice meat at an angle across the grain in thin strips. Cover with foil on board until the rest is prepared.
3-4 red peppers (remove seeds and cut in strips)
1 large onion (cut in 1/4 inch rounds)
2 Tbs butter or margarine
Melt butter or margarine in a skillet
(I prefer a well seasoned cast iron skillet),
add peppers and onions and cook over medium heat until
As a child we would honor May 1st, "May Day" by bringing flowers
to our elders some we knew, some we didn't,
some we would surprise, some we didn't...
never the less, they were so touched to be remembered.
So today I am honoring this day with a bouquet to you and yours...
May 1st, often called May Day, just might have more holidays than any other day of the year. It's a celebration of Spring. It's a day of political protests. It's a neopagan festival, a saint's feast day, and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday.
by Shmuel Ross
ps...This is also my daughter Lauren's 20th birthday..