Greetings on this Monday after Mothers Day! I hope you all had a marvelous weekend celebrating, remembering, and/or honoring loved ones!
As you might expect, I spent part of yesterday with my mother and grandmother. Mom is still mending, post-surgery, and Memaw–well, she’s hanging in there. The decline is pronounced, though, so it brought a bit of bittersweetness to the day.
I regret that I do not have a single photo to show for the THREE desserts I made! Not that they were particularly photogenic. I made my peanut butter and banana pudding for Mom (I get my love of PB&B from her) and a fruit salad for Memaw. Then I had to make a consolation dessert for my Dad, who doesn’t like pb&b, so I played around with coconut pudding using coconut flour. It’s not quite ready for prime-time, but everyone agreed, I’m onto something with it. You can bet I’ll share it with you when I get it figured out. I’ll even try to remember to make a picture.
My major project over the weekend was completing The Front Door Project That Would Not End.
I not only dismantled the light fixture on the left (the one previously test-painted copper) so that my fixtures looked nice and shiny and matchy-matchy. Through that process, I couldn’t help but notice that the security door looked kind of drab AND there was a mini-mountain of leaves, dead bugs, and little dirt nests (wasps?) trapped between the glass and the ironwork. Plus, the part of the glass facing the street hadn’t been properly cleaned in
about five a few years. Apparently giving it a good spray with the hose twice a year isn’t really getting the job done right.
So, then I had to remove all the panels (3) and scrub down both the door and the panels. Then, since I had the panels down and a half-can of Rustoleum and a paintbrush right there, I painted the ironwork inside and out. After that, it all had to be reassembled, which went much better than I anticipated. I’ll be doing this at least
twice once a year from now on.
Vibram, ‘Barefoot Running Shoe’ Company, Settles Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit – Apparently, Vibram’s claims that their FiveFinger Shoes are healthier for runners’ feet wasn’t exactly backed by science, which resulted in a class action lawsuit and now, a partial refund of participants. Also, they won’t be making the same health claims in the future. (I still wouldn’t mind having a pair if I had an extra $100 laying around here. Everyone I know personally who has these shoes likes them a lot.)
Some Kashi, Bear Naked Products To Lose That ‘All Natural’ Label – Who knew pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate and hexane-processed soy oil weren’t “all natural”? Someone did and they took Kashi to court. As a result, no more “all natural” label on products with those ingredients. (I don’t know about you, but if it says “all natural” on a box, bottle, or jar, I assume it’s more of the “wink-wink-all-natural” variety.)
7 Foods You Can Overdose On – I was so afraid banana pudding was going to be on this list! Fortunately, it wasn’t, and it’s safe to say that I will never be in danger of overdosing on any of these foods: carrots, tuna sushi, kombucha tea, coffee, star fruit, water, or, get this, nutmeg! Click the link for the details, but if you’re eating these foods in normal portions, you’re probably safe too. Unless you have kidney disease, and then you’ll want to stay away from star fruit or juices made with it. (I once worked with a woman who ate so many carrots, the skin on her palms turned orange! Now I know the proper name for that: carotenemia. Harmless, but a tad bit unsightly.)
6 “Bad” Carbs That Are Actually Good For You – I’m 4-for-6 on this list. I eat corn, white potatoes, and sourdough occasionally, and I eat bananas almost daily. Breakfast cereals and green peas are on my semi-annual list, at best.
That’s it for me today! (I’ll bet you thought I’d never run out of steam. ) I hope your week is off to a splendid start!