I Understand Mauve Now

My mother had a penchant for mauve.  I kidded her about it but did not understand it.

Perhaps, now I do.

My folks lived in Florida for 20 something years.  She changed from the oranges, browns and blacks from her Ohio home to the mauves of her Florida home.  Hmmm.  Not so surprising.

Another test of our marriage today.  The Bearded One announced that our water heater (RV) was leaking and went to tighten connections with Teflon tape.  Shortly thereafter he opened the door to the trailer and announced that we would have to go to an RV center to get a new water cap for the heater.  Argh.

We are in the middle of nowhere.  I checked online for an RV center and found the nearest I could find (there must be one closer!) was 90 minutes away!  ARGHHHH!

It does not do any good to scream aloud.  Or to grumble…well, maybe a bit.

So, we loaded into the truck and set off with the Garmin showing us the way.  I read my book (have I told you that I am reading Julie and Julia?  I did not see the movie…but the book is wonderful!!!)  We arrived 90 minutes later at a Camping World outside of Tallahassee and spent about15 minutes collecting everything we wanted and a bit more (since I insisted on “Looking Around”).

A three hour round trip journey.  We bought the required caps for the water heater, a cap for the water inlet to the trailer that would not fall off, and a window crank.  Sigh.

But, no arguments, no fussing.

Then we returned to the trailer and had to get the threaded portion of the water heater cap out…the cap had broken off when The Bearded One was working on it.  After several options for getting the threaded section out had failed, a chefs knife was wedged in and twisted and VOILA  life was good again.

Oh, and did I mention that when The Bearded One was looking for a tool to remove the bit, he found a replacement cap in his toolbox…so we didn’t need to make the trip to the RV center at all?

The water heater is fixed, not leaking, and all is well in the world. A successful marriage is sometimes based on remaining mum and reading one’s book.  Other times, it is remaining mum and ignoring the fact that your wife is somewhat of a control freak.

Oh, it is Grouper season here.  We bought some Grouper today at the seafood market.  It will probably last us for three meals.  Today we had a baked recipe.

Baked Grouper



1 stick butter or margarine

Juice of 1freshly squeezed lemon

2 lbs. grouper fillets (fresh or frozen)

1 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


1. Melt the butter or margarine in a baking pan. Pour the lemon juice into the butter or margarine and mix well.

2. Lay the grouper fillets in the pan, coating one side with the butter-lemon juice mix; then turn and coat the other side.

3. Spread bread crumbs over the fish.

4. Bake at 360 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes; fish is done when it can be easily flaked with a fork.

Whether grilled or baked, grouper goes well served on a bed of rice. Add lemon slices or sliced almonds for a special touch.

Sarah Sandori is the food and entertaining columnist for the Solid Gold Info Writers Consortium. Have you ever wanted to be able to exactly duplicate a favorite dish from a favorite restaurant? Check out Sarah’s article where she reveals her source for the most mouth-watering secret restaurant recipes in America: http://www.solid-gold.info/most-wanted-recipes.html

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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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