It’s kind of cold and miserable. I say “kind of” because it isn’t really all that cold, or perhaps even all that miserable. The birds are coming in for spring, you can hear them singing, but the temperatures are still pretty close to those of a refrigerator. There are many buds, waiting for a little warm sunshine to burst forth.
My horoscope today was prescient “Settle somewhere cozy and quiet.” It rained, it hailed, it snow-mixed-with-rained, then it rained again. I have to go out to walk the dogs a few times so I can’t stay in all the time (my grandma’s dogs are staying with me and I don’t have a fenced yard so we go for walks four times a day, some longer and some shorter).
Cee’s Share Your World questions for this week:
Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle? Yes, once about 33 years ago. I was so embarrassed. I had been driving my dad’s car for quite a while and gotten used to its gas gauge, where empty was nowhere near empty. I bought a new to me car, and it’s gauge meant empty when it said empty. I couldn’t figure out what the heck was wrong with it when it faded out on me. Since then I never let the gauge hit empty, as soon as I see the quarter tank mark I start looking for gas. But today I couldn’t face being out in the cold so I went home instead of looking for gas so I could finish my long list of errands…the rest of this story falls under being grateful.
Which are better: black or green olives? I don’t care about color or national origin, I like them all. When I was young I liked the black ones best because I could put them on all my fingers. Now it depends on the accompanying food. Here are some of my favorites:
- Black olives are really nice on a spinach salad with red onion, sliced oranges and toasted almonds
- Green olives are really good on top of deviled eggs
- Green olives are really good sliced up in tuna salad
- Kalamata or Nicoise olives are really good in a new or red potato salad with a vinaigrette or lemon juice and olive oil dressing instead of mayonnaise
- Olive tapanade is wonderful on a baguette (I really like Trader Joe’s tapanade but there are other yummy ones out there)
- Olive tapanade mixed with cream cheese and a dollop of mayonnaise (to thin it) makes a tasty spread for a tea sandwich.
If you were a great explorer, what would you explore? Right now somewhere sunny has appeal. Seriously: every place you go has something interesting about it, and so do most subjects. One thing I find very interesting is to go to a place and learn about what shaped how it is. Geology, geography, biology (flora and fauna), human history all interact together in very different ways in different places.
Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes? I got stuck on this one. It’s the kind of question I can sometimes answer quickly but today drew a blank.
Here are three I have long liked:
- “Three minutes thought would suffice to find this out, but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.” A.E. Housman
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” J.R.R. Tolkien
- “‘Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,’ said the Rat. ‘And that’s something that doesn’t matter to you or me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going, nor you either, if you’ve got any sense at all. Don’t ever refer to it again, please. Now then! Here’s our backwater at last, where we’re going to lunch.'” the Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. (Of course they do go out into both the Wild Wood and the Wide World…)
Right now, as I try to clean out my basement, “Hang spring cleaning!” (also from the Wind in the Willows) resonates.
Gratitude: It was an okay week. But for real gratitude: Today I went out shopping, my gas tank was at about 1/8 tank and the light had just come on. After running two errands I decided I had had enough and didn’t want to get chilled pumping gas, so I went home. Less than a half hour later it began to hail, then it snowed. I was very grateful that I wasn’t out in it trying to get home (we live at the bottom of a steep hill).
Looking ahead: I don’t have much on the docket this week, so I am hoping to take things slow and get through some of the piles in the basement so we have some space to move around back there. If it gets a bit warmer I’d like to get my roses pruned.