It is raining. Not a sprinkle. Not a quick cloudburst. Real rain starting quite early and continuing. It was raining hard earlier and is now raining steadily, but not “tropical.” The rain is supposed to come and go during the next few days. I hope this time, forecasts are right. It has been such a long dry spell and we need this rain badly. The groundwater is low. If it dries out, we have no backup water source.
Di (thank you Di!) is still standing in for Melanie who I hope is doing well or at least better. Not having heard from her, I actually have no idea.
Do you prefer tea, coffee or juice first thing in the morning?
I have always preferred coffee but lately, coffee and my tummy are not getting along. In fact, it is making me sick. It’s not the caffeine. It’s the acidity. For that matter, citrus isn’t good either and I’m not overly fond of tea, so I’m drinking coke. It’s not the world’s best morning drink, but it’s what my stomach can manage. Everything else makes me sick.
When it comes to food, what is your favourite smell?
Rosemary and vanilla. Not in combination, but each separately. But to be fair, I love other smells too. Bread baking, fresh lemons or oranges, plus the smell of salt from the ocean. Right now, I’m loving the scent of wet leaves in the rain!
Do you prefer a take-out or to dine in a restaurant?
I prefer a dine-in restaurant, but we don’t have many still open and those that are open are expensive. Mostly we get delivery — usually some version of Italian food. Pizza, subs, or calzone. That’s what’s available.
If you are hosting a party, do you prepare the food yourself, get caterers in or ask everyone to bring something for the table?
It has been a long time since I hosted a party. Except for my wedding and my son’s wedding, I prepared the food myself. I don’t mind people bringing food, but I cooked so I’d know there would be enough and it would be good enough to actually eat. You just never know what other people are going to cook and whether it will be enough to feed the number of people attending. Safer to make food and whatever others bring can add to your cooking.
What has been the highlight of your week over the last seven days?
The Goldfinch came back from their summer in Canada — and today, it is RAINING. Bright yellow birds and water falling from the sky?
That’s about as good as it gets these days.