Sunday, March 13, 2022

brighter days

I know I'm tired of "the white stuff" as StephLove called our March snow, so I'm choosing to look back at the birthday message JG and MB sent me a week and a half ago from a sunny beach in Moloka'i. 

In honor of this sweet photo, I picked Moloka'i as the next book to read. 

From reading the back of the book, I gather the protagonist gets leprosy... And it reminded me of the summer when I was nine and had a pale patch on my skin... And OMG, before I could get in to see the doctor, I must have had at least a dozen adults--parents, aunts, uncles, etc.--prick me with a safety pin. Each of them asking the same question: Did you feel that? OW! YES! It hurts! (One loses sensation with leprosy and they were trying to figure out how worried they ought to be.) It was maddening then but seems kind of sweet now.

I watered and tidied my zillion plants, managed a solid Sunday clean, set the clocks forward, and then soaked till I turned pruney. I was going to make a simple Spanish tortilla for dinner (Nu's chickens are laying everyday now and we need to use up the eggs), but I found some heavy cream, pre-roasted spaghetti squash, and red peppers in the fridge that needed to be used up as well so they went in there too. It was fine, but the apple-blueberry-arugula-cucumber-feta salad with red onion and balsamic glaze that we (maybe) invented was amazing. It's our second time making it this week!

Getting back to work after dinner, so tomorrow can feel manageable. We "Spring Forward" today, and it's supposed to warm up this week; I'm looking forward to it.


Nicole said...

That salad sounds amazing. I just looked at that book and I think I will add it to my list! Thanks!

StephLove said...

Sounds like a productive Sunday. My college kid is home and wants to watch a lot of tv, so that's what we've been doing. He's bingeing several series at once, with different combinations of family members. I am involved in two of the shows.

maya said...

Nicole--I hope you like it. The writing feels a bit historical.

StephLove--I love having shows with to share with specific people too... what two are you watching?

StephLove said...

Station Eleven, with Noah, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Beth and Noah. (Beth and I are re-watching it, having watched the whole thing in the 90s/aughts.) We are trying to finish season 3 of 7 before he goes back to school.

Gillian said...

Save this photo for future birthdays.

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