Moving mountains to find old sausages

I am in the midst of moving. Oh, the joys of moving. It is not fair that I should experience these joys so often. Others should share in this bliss. Right now I am trying to use up the freezer items. It is a bit scary what you find in the freezer. My husband will be happy to find that I am making a pie for him today. It’s his birthday tomorrow. But the reason I am making a pie is because I found a frozen pie crust I had made a month ago (it’s still good) and frozen berries. Well, I thought I had frozen strawberries, blackberries and rasberries. Actually I had frozen strawberries, blackberries and vegetarian sausages. I decided it will be a strawberry-blackberry pie. The sausages can be thrown into a quiche or garbage. I have a hard time throwing good food away, or in this case okay food away,  or to be truthful, icky-I-really-didn’t-like food away.

I guess I could put them in my “memory” box. This is the box that has the earrings that are missing their mates. The box also has other items I wore for some reason and can’t seem to get rid of. And, of course, it contains the baby clothes that I have to pull out every now and then and sigh and say, “How did they grow up so fast?” Now I can say, “Who put the frozen sausages next to my firstborn’s lock of hair?”

So I might need to throw away the vegetarian sausages. The important thing is that I now have a mixture of berries baking in the oven into a delightful syrupy mess without even a hint of sage or any other herbs normally used in the making of sausage.

I found an old onion in the refrigerator. I think it will have to go to the compost pile. Although the bulb was growing into a beautiful green flower…but I don’t have time to cultivate the rare white onion flower. I must pack and make meals out of the freezer items. Let’s see waffles covered with chicken stir-fry–that would work for tonight. For tomorrow night it’s naan bread with corn, peas and sausage with a delicate ginger sauce. Who wants to come over for dinner?

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They’re Surrounding Me

I run into the store for a few items and as soon as I come out there they are begging for money. I go to work and again with the requests. Relatives tell me they know someone and again I am faced with them. As soon as the weather starts to warm up — there they are in their places waiting for me.

Yes, those Girl Scouts with those cookies have some nerve. They shove those caramel coconut and shortbread cookies in my face, and what else can I do but buy some? So I dig deep into my purse and find a few dollars and some change. And then I go to my car and can’t believe I just spend .22 a cookie. And then I go home and eat them all, and can’t believe I just ate 64 fat grams. Those mean little girls. Making me eat all those cookies. Mean little girls.

So we loaded up the truck and moved to…

Fresno. Yes, we are moving to Fresno, California. We are already in California so it isn’t that big of a move. Bay area, Fresno — they are very similar. Do you want to know what the biggest difference is? Real Estate is almost one-third the price in Fresno that it is in the bay area! So, even though I must say too-da-loo to my ocean, I have to admit that farm land looks mighty good right about now. Actually, Fresno is the 5th largest city in California. Yep, it isn’t all cows and horses anymore. (Thank goodness for my daughter there still are some horses though).

Now, I realize some of my reader’s live a long way from California and know nothing about Fresno. I really don’t know much more except what I wrote in paragraph one. I am getting excited about being able to write more. With the cost of living lower than it is here I plan on focusing on making some extra money at home. My part-time job with numbers turned out to be closer to full-time (actually they are even hiring a full-time person to fill my shoes–what shoes you ask?–the cute brown sandals). I am tired. I can’t keep all the balls in the air. So, I hope to get some more writing jobs. The writing job for the movie website ended. I was a bit discouraged about that and then I got a rejection letter in the mail for a children’s article! So, I am looking for a bit of steady income/projects, etc. so that I can keep my blogs up– yes, plural–I have another blog. I have started a green blog — so you can see my serious green side (my left side I think). It is in it’s baby stages but you can find my second blog — Organic Green Eggs– right here and here (they are the same place, but I thought it sounded cool to say here and here). Since the cost of living is cheaper in Fresno, I wonder how much Ben & Jerry’s organic vegetable ice cream is in Fresno…

Writer abandons post

I knew I hadn’t written in my blog for awhile. I thought it had been a couple of weeks at the most. When I opened up my blog to see that the last post was written 1 month and 2 days ago (only because this year is leap year otherwise it would be 1 month and 1 day ago) I was quite ashamed of myself. I then went over to the statistics to see if anyone had checked out my blog only to find out that I had more people look at my blog in February than in January (I think, I really don’t know it looks that way so it’s a guess, but a really good guess).

Can you imagine what thoughts came to my mind? No thoughts, why would today be any different than yesterday? So, I decided that I would get back out there. I would throw my lack of thoughts out into the wind and see if they stuck to the wall.

So where have I been you ask? Mostly working at my job that actually pays. I abandoned my post to play with numbers and left the letters and words to occupy the other part of my brain. They have been pounding my head to get out. But, I ignored them. I had no time for them. Yes, the last month has been difficult. Writing is an outlet for me. It is therapy; a way to work through the angst of life and attempt to bring a bit of levity into the world. February has been heavy.