Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Morning This and That

I always think if you have to cook once, it should feed you twice. If you're going to make a big chicken and vegetable soup for lunch on Monday, you stick it in the refrigerator and it's also for Wednesday's dinner.

Curtis Stone

As the weekend come to an end, I once again find myself faced with another week of work, yet it is different for me now. Whenever I begin to feel that sense of dread, all I have to do is  remember that there are only a few short months left before retirement.  Actually, my birthday is next weekend, and any time after that I can call it quits if I so choose, but now I am calling the shots.  As I said, I plan to hold out until July to get that bonus. Haven't had a raise in two years so I'm not letting it go.  I remember back when seniority meant one made more money.  So why am I making less money than I was two years ago?  Believe me, I am glad to be getting out of the work world.

This was a rather nondescript weekend.  Saturday was spent in the kitchen.  I made myself another pot of black bean soup.  Can't believe I've not gotten sick of it yet...and black beans are actually the healthiest beans for you.  In fact, everything in the soup is healthy...carrots, onions, tomatoes, celery, peppers, and low sodium chicken stock. Also made some spicy chicken pieces in the oven, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.  Although I do like a nice piece of beef once in awhile, I eat very little of it.

Sunday was a quiet day.  Spent the day resting and reading a book I have had on hand for awhile, "The Sophia Teachings: The Emergence of the Divine Feminine in Our Time" by Robert Powell. This is an intriguing book for anyone interested in Christian mysticism and offers us a fascinating look at the feminine side of God, which has been ignored, at best, or totally lost. In the book, the author explores her path from ancient goddess to our modern archetype for feminine wisdom.

Well, we have a new mattress coming today.  Hope it alleviates some of my pain at night and helps me to get a good night's rest.  We bought a new mattress not too long ago, and I hate to say it, but 'they saw hubby coming'.  He was taken for a ride.  For those who have been here for awhile, I'm sure you remember when he bought it, and it was less than two years ago.  Remember the mattress fiasco?  Here in the city sanitation will not take mattresses unless they have a bedbug cover on them.  Well, bedbug covers can be darned expensive.  The first time I put it out, it had one of those plastic covers, but I was told that wasn't good enough.  So, in order to avoid a fine, I invested in bedbug covers for both the box spring and the mattress.  You can imagine my chagrin when I woke up in the morning and found the mattresses still sitting there.  Someone had stolen the covers during the night.

A huge rainstorm was on its way, and I was desperate to rid myself of these mattresses before they got soaked, so I purchased new ones...only they were just covers, not up to their standards of bedbug covers.  This time, I set the alarm and awoke just before the garbage trucks were due and put the covers on, then stood on the porch waiting. Alas, just before they arrived I ran into the bathroom, and when I returned, the mattresses with their bright new covers were still sitting there.  Well, enough was enough.  My adrenaline kicked in, and I took off down the block, jammies and all, after the garbage truck.  Fortunately, after hearing my story, they backed up the truck and took my mattresses.  This time I don't have to concern myself with that.  I have a super to handle the trash.

Well, it's time to get my butt in gear, but it sure is cold out there.  It would be a nice day to take off, but I'll save it for the bad weather that is coming up.  See you all tomorrow. 


  1. I'm laughing at your bedbug cover story. Sorry, that had to be frustrating. Now I have this vision of a woman in pink fuzzy bedroom slippers chasing after a garbage truck (yes, I see myself running after them...). Have a great week.

  2. That soup of yours, Mary, sounds delicious, and I'm sure glad to find that out about those beans! Thank you!


  3. So glad you are able to enjoy Black Bean Soup!!!

    I too, have been having delicious (full of veggies and beans) soups for lunch daily. My body told me, to lay off the beans, for a bit. Me'thinks my gut issues, can not handle as many as I have been consuming. -sigh-

    All I can do, is listen to my body, and try eliminating them, for a week or so. See what happens.

    Ahhhhhhh the joys of trying to eat better!!! Great when they all work. Not so great, when some don't. -pout- :-)

  4. Oh yes, I remember reading the great mattress-bedbug-cover-garbage-collection saga! I'm glad you won't have to deal with THAT nonsense again, LOL! I hope your new mattress eases your back pain.

  5. Birthday coming up which celebrates a new chapter of your life, very exciting! Now, no more bed bug plights.

  6. When I read that you were getting a new mattress I thought is she crazy? After what she went through last time trying to get rid of the old one? I am so glad that you don't have to worry about hauling any trash off any more. I spent yesterday in the kitchen, George was working. Wishing you a great nights sleep!


  7. Happy up-coming birthday Mary,

    I have not been well so have not been
    cooking. The only thing I crave is vegetables.

    So I bought several bags of frozen
    vegetables. I just through 3 kinds in
    pot and boil them for a few minutes
    and have a plate full.

    My daughter made me some vegetable
    chicken soup and I just could not eat
    it even though I love it.

    Perhaps it is a good thing and I will
    lose a few pounds.

    Yep, the bed bug epidemic seems to be
    spreading like a wild-fire in a wind

    I bought those covers too
    and for my pillows as well.

    Then I put my sheets on top
    of the mattress protectors.
    The covers don't seem to fit
    snugly though but at least it
    is proactive.

    Enjoy your new mattress.

    hugs Sharon

  8. Mary, I used that link to go to the site to read your interview but I don't see yours or the other guys. I looked to the right and there was a list of different religions but I could not find Christo-Pagan.

    I looked in Pagan but could not find your name.
    I am most likely doing something wrong and that is
    par for the course lately.

    If you have time, could you leave me a hint how to get to your interview or maybe another link.

    Leave it on the top poem of my blog and I will check back later.

    hugs and love Sharon.

  9. Yup, I remember the new mattress and the fiasco with the old. What a darned shame that you had to buy again so soon.
    In MA we have no such rules, but I've heard that we do have bed bugs.
    Something of note here, Wendys will not refill the cup you drink sodas from, but will give you a new cup of soda if the fountain is behind the counter. Health rule. On the other hand McDonalds will refill your cup of coffee using the same cup. Go figure!
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. (((hugssssss)