“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”

Another early morning for me-this is a habit I have to break. I was up at 7, read the papers, even did the crossword and the cryptogram, then left for my library board meeting at nine. I just got home.

Last night it poured again. The world is green and lush but damp and chilly at only 64˚. It is supposed to rain again today. I have to go out later to do three errands but not until the afternoon. Yesterday I did my laundry, all three loads of it. The hall is now clear. I even took the clean laundry out of the dryer and put it away. Usually it sits there a while. I don’t know where all this industry is springing from, but I’ve had enough.

My landscaper and I discussed the flowers he forgot to plant last week. I was able to grab him for the chat as I up and about so early. He promises tomorrow he’ll plant and then mulch. I reminded him that last week he also promised Wednesday. He laughed. Sebastian keeps telling me he wants to take down the two pine trees and the two wild roses in the front yard. I keep saying no.

It has been a long time since I last cooked a fancy dinner, and I’m thinking it’s about time for another. I’ll have to do my flow chart such that I cook over a couple of days so my back will be okay. No big dinner of mine ever gets done without a flow chart. It always starts with the recipes in order: appetizers, meat, side dishes and dessert. Beside each dish is where the recipe can be found. I then make a list of the ingredients by category like fruits, veggies, frozen, meat and assorted to make shopping easier. The flow chart also lists the steps for each day and on the day of the dinner for each hour.. Some things I can cook ahead a few steps but not finish until the big day. After the dinner time is set, my flow chart works around that time so all the food is ready and on the table together. The need for a flow chart grew out of past bad experiences when the dishes were ready at all different times and some dishes, especially salads, were left in the fridge and never served. My flow chart and I get made fun of by my guests. Taunting the hand that feeds you is never a good idea.

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14 Comments on ““Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It rained here last night, I didn’t hear a thing but my neighbor woke up to the sound. The danger of forest fires are extremely high here they say and the worst would be if it started burning in nthe bog, a bog fire can go on for weeks and weeks.

    Long, long time since I had a fancy dinner but if I remember right I did plan like You do. I hate it when food isn’t ready at the right time. When I do the dinner thst is, I’m much more patient when it comes to others 🙂

    I saw that a few of my tomatoes now are getting a king of orangy color 🙂 and unfortunately I found lots of seed bags that most likely is to late to so now 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We have been lucky lately with the amount of rain we’ve had. Early on we were below our usual amount but have now caught up. My sister in Colorado each summer lives with fire warnings as they get little rain once the summer takes hold.

      Planning is so essential. I learned that the hard way. I had planned but not near enough and the meal was haphazard at best.

      My tomatoes have buds.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It rained here last night as well and it’s cold and drippy now. The peonies are mostly shattered and everything else looks discouraged. 🙂
    I spent the morning packing away winter clothes and getting the summer stuff out. I may have been premature. 🙂
    The reefer man called and the new fridge will be delivered next Tuesday morning. Great. Another thing that will be off my problem plate, I hope. The first thing I’m going to do is buy a pint of ice cream and see if it stays frozen in the new freezer. I’ve not been able to do that for a very long time.
    I never plan for fancy dinners. In my family, people never show up at the agreed upon time so planning is futile. It’s not because they are rude and don’t plan to be on time. It just seems that someone always has a something that happens and delays them. I plan for the delay and make food that can be held without being inedible because it’s been held. Appetizers go in the oven when the visiting vehicles pull up to the house. 🙂
    Enjoy the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I think you’ve encouraged summer to hurry up by packing away winter. I ended up keeping the storm on because of the rain, and I’m glad I did as the inside door would have been shut on Gracie’s door.

      I remember how excited I was when I bought the new fridge. It is stainless steel and huge compared to the old one. My favorite part is the ice maker.

      When I was in my management classes, I was taught that you don’t punish the punctual to wait for the late comers. That encourages them to stay late comers.

      Because they often take a long time, I put the appetizers in the over to have them cooked and ready 15 minutes after the time I’ve told people to come.

      I had a friend who was always late. She complained loudly when the appetizers were mostly gone. I had no sympathy. I used to lie and tell her a half hour before everyone else. She was late anyway.

  3. hedley Says:

    Tebow

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have no words to describe my feelings about this. The Globe believes he will not play other positions, that he will spend a year learning how to be a quarterback.

  4. lilydark Says:

    I despise mornings. I can’t think till late in the afternoon. I’m just not in synch with the rest of the world…so I’ll wave,
    and try to get my brain working..
    Waving,

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      If I get stuck waking up early, I tend to be quite industrious. If I loll in bed, the whole day is like that. I just sort of go with the flow.

      Waving,
      Kat

  5. Bob Says:

    You are so organized to have a flow chart for dinner. I am sure that everything will turn out wonderful. We purchased a gas grill a couple of weeks ago and my wife has been grilling almost every night. She is a very talented grill master. I am a very talented consumer of grilled food 🙂

    It’s hot, hot even in the mornings. No rain in sight and the AC is working full time. Welcome to Texas in the summer.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The flow chart was only to save myself. I’d forget stuff in the fridge so I had to have a way to keep track of everything. It works great though I get teased a lot.

      I love grilling, and, like you, I love food from the grill. I try all different stuff including corn with flavored butter. Ribs, though, are my all time favorite.

      Right now it is raining, the second day in a row, but that will be it for a while. It was chilly this morning, and it is also tonight. No ait conditioner needed.

      • Bob Says:

        Nothing can top a slab of baby back pork ribs smoked to perfection over hickory or mesquite chips. Then finished off by slathering them with a honey barbecue sauce. While devouring that succulent meat off the bone you can hear your arteries clogging 🙂

        That would be my choice of a last meal as long as it was accompanied with grilled white corn on the cob and a baked potato.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I’d sit right down and jump into those ribs. I love honey barbecue sauce. I’d add cole slaw as a side for the ribs along with that corn. I’m thinking sweet sugar and butter corn.


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