This Past Week

Some of the past week’s highlights:

  • Still battling a little bit of dizziness in the morning when I get up.  Not vertigo, because there’s no spinning, but I do feel light-headed and a little off-balance.  My dear friend Geri sent me some wonderful information and exercises, and I’m going to start doing them.

  • On Tuesday, my husband and I had a day together (rare!).  We decided to drive to Old Saybrook, Connecticut (about an hour and twenty minutes south of us).  Beautiful summer resort town.  A close friend used to take a summer rental there, and we shared some great memories.  But, summer is summer, so there were traffic delays, and it was hot, and some people are just rude.  Still, we found a great bookstore selling paperbacks for fifty cents and hardcovers for a buck.  Although we both read e-books for the most part now, it was fun to pick up a couple of printed books.  We had lunch at a place called the Penny Lane Pub, and I guess they follow the English tradition of not really cooking the bacon.  My turkey club ended up being a turkey sandwich.
  • I’m learning to be patient about the launch of my debut novel, “Chocolate for Breakfast.”  All things take time.  Hoping for the novel to be online by mid-August now.  What I cannot control, I must accept!

  • Tried a new recipe that proved to be a keeper.  Actually, I didn’t follow a recipe; I rarely do when I cook.  Took a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut a pocket in each.  After removing the stems, I chopped up some baby spinach leaves.  Also chopped up some sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, added them to a bowl and mixed in some feta cheese crumbles.  Add more olive oil if you need it.  Stuff the chicken breasts with the mixture and bake.  I added cooked bulghur wheat and served the chicken on top of more baby spinach leaves.  Delicious!

  • Watched the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics.  Brilliant!  That Danny Boyle (director of Slumdog Millionaire) is a national treasure.  With so much troubling news in the world, here is an opportunity, for a couple of weeks, to focus on good.  The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.”  The motto was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin on the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894. De Coubertin borrowed it from his friend Henri Didon, a Dominican priest who was an athletics enthusiast. The motto was introduced in 1924 at the Olympic Games in Paris.
  • Inadvertently threw away a generous gift card that was enclosed in a birthday card.  Put it in the recycle bin.  Trash pickup is Friday, and my husband always gets up early to bring the bins out to the curb.  Only this week he slept late and missed the early-morning pickup.  I thought the gift card was lost.  It wasn’t; it was still in the recycle bin, at the bottom.  There’s some luck for you!

  • Wishing you good luck all this coming week, as we move out of July and into August.  The heat will remain, undoubtedly, but the sunsets come earlier, and one morning, weeks from now, you’ll wake to a cooler breeze and know autumn isn’t far away.

7 thoughts on “This Past Week

  1. Martha, it sounds like you had a pretty good week all told, and I’m glad that your vertigo seems to be getting better. That must be a relief for you. I know from what you wrote on Fbk what a winner that chicken dish was with your husband – I’m definitely going to try it, it’s too good not too!

    Isn’t it brilliant when you find something in the trash like your gift voucher? In a rare flurry of domesticity, I inadvertently once threw a rather precious ring into the waste bin in the kitchen. As it had belonged to my Grand-mother, and then my Mother and then was passed onto me when she died many years ago, it was an incredibly careless thing to do. Mercifully, after I’d turned the whole house upside down (ruining all the good that had come from my earlier domestic antics) I then turned the trash bin upside down in a last ditch resort to find it, and hey-presto, there it was glittering amongst the cruddy detritious that inhabits most kitchen bins.

    I’m so excited about your book. Please let us all know when it is finally out there! xx


    1. I was lucky with that gift card, Lottie! Since writing is now my full-time job, I haven’t been bringing in a paycheck, so it was like throwing away money to lose that card. I was too embarassed to tell my husband – until I found it, of course – then it became a fine tale!


  2. A glimpse into someone else’s life shows how joy can be found inthe simplest of things. My daughter and I celebrated her passing her science in summer school – a long hard struggle for her – but now I am a very proud Mum. Now we are preparing her for a 9 hour flight to England for a visit…of course Mum (me) is nervous and my stomach is turning because it is her first solo flight and well that’s what Mum’s do! I will absorb myself into the final preparations for my ebook submission and then concentrate on new projects while she is gone. Thank goodness for Skype…at least I will know she is safe and sound with family.
    I’m am certainly going to try that recipe – sounds delicious.


    1. What a wonderful comment! Thanks, Mandy, for reading and posting. Your daughter will be fine, and isn’t Skype fabulous for being able to chat and keep current?!


  3. Hi Paula and Gemma,
    The chicken recipe is easy! You really can’t go wrong with it.
    Gemma, I’m looking forward to hearing about your pickling and preserving adventures!


  4. Okay, you’ve just made me hungry!

    I haven’t done a heck of a lot this week (how I miss mobility!) but yesterday I collected my first handful of Nasturtium seed pods for making faux capers! I only began to learn about pickling and preserving late last year and so I’m really excited about making these for the first time 🙂

    Also, I’ve made some fab new friends on a certain blog. Bonus 😀


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