Memories but life as usual

We made the trip to Findlay today to put a pot of flowers by my parents’ cemetery marker.  I know this is an important thing to do because my mom was always faithful in getting a pot there for Dad each year.  She is watching.  Now, I know that having it there around Memorial Day is important but that she understands that if it is not there right on the day it is okay (like if your washing machine breaks down and you need to be there for it to be repaired and then replaced)  and she understands that you do not drive anywhere on Memorial Day weekend if you cannot avoid it.

So, we made the trip today.

Aunt Jo had already been there.  She makes sure all family members are remembered on Memorial Day (Uncle Ralph and Aunt Martha, Uncle John, Uncle Johnny, Gramma Benny).  I watered everyone’s pots and took off the dead blossoms like Mom had done.

Dad’s grass is much more lush now and Mom’s is growing much faster than Dad’s did without her.

Doug’s Blue Blaster medallion is still there.

The last of Mom’s letters was posted on her website today.  It is hard to let it go.  Somehow those letters were like having a daily conversation with her, a younger version, but none the less…a conversation.  Again, I have an empty spot in my soul.

Ah, well.  Life does go on and I continue to reflect on the many lessons I learned from Mom and Dad.

Today we had vegetarian burritos for dinner (basically, beans, onions, garlic, spinach, salsa and cheese on burrito shells) but yesterday we enjoyed the use of our VitaMix.

We had a smoothie for breakfast with banana, pineapple, spinach, grapes. yogurt, apple and ice.  Really good.  For dinner, The Bearded One had seen an ad for Kraft Mac and Cheese and had a hankering.  He was very open to having homemade instead.

So, I ground wheat berries into flour and made Mac and Cheese with the Kitchenaid Pasta Extruder.

Then I fixed the warm, smooth cheese sauce in the VitaMix…in 5 minutes!  Poured it over the cooked macaroni with some seasoned breadcrumbs (also from the VitaMix) and baked it for 30 minutes.

It was good, prepared according to the VitaMix cookbook.  Next time I will add more cheese or a sharper cheese.  BUT, without a doubt, better and better for you than Kraft Mac and Cheese.

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About Retired woman

retired, dealing with parents recent deaths, wondering what lies ahead with the health of my spouse, overall enjoying each day, love cooking, gardening, travel, Grandsons, family, small town life
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One Response to Memories but life as usual

  1. amkaz says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I will try to get down there next month and check on the plants and let you know when I go and follow up with some additional photos. Everyday is Memorial Day with the blogs. 🙂

    I am glad you are enjoying your Vitamix. You are doing some amazing things with it.

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