Ever had one of those days? First, I woke up later than usual because I’d had a fairly sleepless night. Something that happens to me more frequently now that I am getting older. Lots of reasons, weakened bladder, too much on my mind, noisy crack-of-dawn neighbors, etc. 2-3 hours in the middle of the night of sleeplessness, then falling asleep again at 6:00?! Don’t get me started.
What woke me was an 8:00 am call from my daugher who told me that our planned cooking session with the kids later today was off. Cooper’s BB practice had been changed to Mondays – right in the middle of our usual cooking time. Since my daughter and her family are quite busy most of the time, carving out a time to be with the gkids is very difficult. She suggested Thursdays, which are OK, I can roll with that, but I have to move a bunch of things around, and it’s complicated. Not ideal. I tried to stay upbeat and flexible….very hard in my curmudgeony mood today.
Then, a call from the exray lab that my latest check-up “films” got damaged by accident and could I please come in and have more done…no charge. Ugh. One more uncomfortable fasting day with poking and prodding scheduled for next…yup…MONDAY. By this time, I was cussing Mondays.
Then there was lunch. Started out to try to recreate a wonderful blood orange and beet salad I’d had recently. I decided not to cook beets from scratch, since I was cooking for one, so I said OK to canned baby beets I planned to slice thin.
Really? My kitchen looked like an episode of CSI.
OK, Plan B. After cleanup on Aisle 1, still seeing red, I opted for some quick tomato bisque. This is really easy, tasty, and generally warms my soul on rainy chilly days like today. So. just open a can of whole plum tomatoes (I like San Marizano best) and improvise! I softened some onion in a bit of butter, poured in the can of tomatoes, and let it simmer until the tomatoes began to fall apart (feeling affinity here). I mashed them up further with a fork and added some Spike seasoning. Simmer, simmer, simmer…like my mood. To add some creamy, I added a couple tablespoons of ricotta, but you could just as easily add yogurt, sour cream, mascarpone…or even whipping cream. I ended up having it with green onion on top and buttered toast.
OK…that was better. I was almost human.
Then I spotted it. The reason I love being around my gkids. The reason I don’t stay a grumpy curmudgeon. It was magnetized to my fridge with a hand made cow magnet that Cooper colored and Olivia had covered with plastic and glued a magnet to. She gave it to me last Grandparent’s Day, and it actually turned my day around.
I heart you too!