Today I helped the Dear Husband move this 500 pound, huge slab from the driveway to the yard. The thing is 8" thick by several feet of solid concrete, stones and shells (no doubt from my grandparent's cottage decades ago). It has been sitting on the driveway since bedrest as we pondered what we could do with a huge, unbreakable, immovable slab. This move took the highest level of logistical planning, wooden boards, a hockey stick and some bad words.
I was just labor on the project.
When we flipped it over, we decided that we kind of liked the look and, since grandpa made it, we'd keep it (it also weighs the aforementioned quarter ton and, as such, was unlikely to go far). After it was tucked into its new home with cilantro and basil planted around it, I remarked to the DH (who works in TV news with lots of pretty toothpick types) that he was "very lucky to have married such a useful woman". I think a little reminder now and then never hurts... So, what about you...are you a field hand or a flower, mostly?
This weekend marked the very first weekend visit to the Farmer's Market!!!!!!You know how happy that makes me.
Our growing season has just started so I wondered what I would find...It turns out that there are lots of things growing...perennials, annuals, greens, overwintered apples, fresh meat and breads and...this rhubarb, shown baked into a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. I just threw a few things together but this is how it went..
3 cups of Rhubarb, 2 cups of strawberries, 1 tblsp.of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp.of freshly grated nutmeg, mixed together and spread into a buttered 9 by 13 ish pan.
2/3 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of oats with 1 stick of butter cut in with a vintage pastry blender (very important) and sprinkled over the top.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is bubbly. Eat warm on a swing in your garden.
But I digress, the real reason I called you all here together is last week's episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8. Did anybody else go to bed that night feeling like a friend just announced that she may be getting divorced? For most of us..marriage is a crazy life, but it's our life, and we're in it together...
Poor Kate, Poor Jon. Millions aside, they have daunting responsibilities. Kate's driving the van and Jon is barely reading the map. I think if they would just take divorce off of the table, they could sit down, with or without help and figure things out.
They would need family support though, not that nasty Jodi and husband, Jon's relatives. Can't wait to see the Thanksgiving episode..."Pass the GRAVY Jodi, that is if you have time before you leave for your next Inside Edition appearance". I can't help but hope that they work things out. Those children need them.
I also think that they need to replace Kate's James Brolin look-alike bodyguard and take away Jon's ID so he stays out of the bars...But, that's just me...
Thanks for stopping by Hollyhocks! Have a good week.