We all know that life can turn on a dime, but when I hear people say that it is usually not due to some stroke of good fortune, but something we perceive as a challenge.
Take yesterday at Our Little House, I had my day all planned and it began on a good note.
I let the dogs out and got to work early. The sun came up and it promised to be a gorgeous, 65+ degree day with a wind, perfect for doing laundry.
And then, well, everything went south or turned on a dime, as they say.
I love spring and summer for the weather and the bounty of fresh vegetables available, but I love winter for the comfort food dishes.
When I was a kid, I always knew when it was vegetable soup night as I could smell it as soon as I stepped on our front stoop after getting off of the school bus.
My mother was a huge Italian food fan, particularly spaghetti and lasagna and one of my favorite recipes is a variation of her lasagna recipe, which I’ve modified from a big pan to a pan for two.
The recipe gives us four pieces, one each for dinner and one each for our lunches the next day.
We had an interesting weekend at Our Little House.
Dale is getting into woodworking, so we spent part of the weekend going to the Big Box hardware stores where he could find the tools he needed to start a project he’s been yearning to do since we moved.
He’s wanted to build a utility table for the deck, one I could use as a potting table and that we could also use when we’re cooking outdoors.
He received some money and gift cards for Christmas, so he purchased some woodworking tools and went to work.
And he did an awesome job, although he didn’t want me to take any photos of it. He built it out of old pallets he had stored from our move, so it isn’t very pretty, but it is sturdy and functional.
A hobby for eventual retirement? Definitely.
A potential source of second income? If he continues on this track, most definitely. I hope he maintains his interest.
It was certainly great seeing him so content working in his garage on Sunday and then rushing home from work Monday night to get back at his table.
The first time I saw it in the store, Dale asked me if I wanted it and I told him I would get it on my Kindle.
He said, “Are you sure that will fit on your Kindle?”
I laughed and told him it would.
For me, books are as tempting a buy as candy is to a kid and when I saw “11–22-63,” the new book by Stephen King, it was like that great big lollipop, just begging to be devoured.
The events of that day in 1963, changed the course for America, not just during that decade, but altered our nation’s history from that day forward and made more than one person wonder what the world would have been like if President Kennedy had continued to be a part of it.
It was that generation’s Pearl Harbor and our generation’s 9–11. A day so horrible for our country that no one who was alive would ever forget where they were or what they were doing when they heard the news and a date even most of those who weren’t alive know.
I wasn’t born yet, but the events of that day helped begin my life.