Topic this week: How does our routines change during the Summer?
As resident foodie here, that is a big change during the warmer months: food. Soups and stews, casseroles and roasts are just too warming and heavy for the hot weather. We lean more towards quicker entrées cooked on the stovetop, by panfrying and sautéing, or salads.
There is a seafood pasta salad that is a staple here, as well as vegetable pasta salads, potato salad and slaws, (cole and spinach). Tuna or salmon salad gets stuffed into tomatoes on beds of lettuce. If roasting HAS to be done, them out comes the big slow-cooker for the job, as pot roasts and roast pork. My neighbor taught me to do turkey breast in a slow cooker. (They don’t brown, but they are moist and delicious) .
I have a wall oven that heats a good portion of the house when it is on, which is great in cold weather or on a chilly morning or evening, but there is no way I am letting it duke it out with the air conditioner. The only one who will get K-O’ed will be me, when the electric bill comes in!
I take advantage of this feature and warm the house while baking and freezing come cakes and cookies to eat in the warm months…no one goes without a homemade birthday cake just because it’s hot.
Although I no longer leave the house to work, I do run the grandson to school many mornings and have him and/or my granddaughters often after school. That runs my schedule during the year, but in the Summer, well, I am under no real time constraints. My grandson goes away sometimes to visit relatives and always to Scout camp, often the granddaughters go away with my son, their father. Either way, I have the girls more for longer hours, but the time is more leisurely. Except for shopping; it is so much easier to stop by the store(s) right after I drop the boy off at school…trying to find the time during the Summer is tougher.
I live in the Eastern time zone, but I am near the Central zone border, therefore it stays light quite late. It’s easier physically and psychologically to run out to shop at 7 or 8 PM while it is still light, (and warm), than it is when it is the same time, but cold and dark, in the Winter months.
I am not a late sleeper, but oh, that 6 AM alarm is not missed in the Summer! The trade-off of long, light Summer evenings is late, dark, (and cold), Winter mornings! It is not difficult to get up in a bright morning, so much better than being forced awake and out of a nice, warm bed into the cold and dark. Often I could sleep later, but I don’t want to. The light welcomes me along with the singing birds. Let me tell you, the line in “My Old Kentucky Home” is perfect: The birds make music all the day.
And I get yardwork done. The yard is completely neglected by me in the Winter.
I don’t get to do much traveling but over the last few years, I have gotten to see relatives on both sides of the family that I had not seen since I was a child…sometimes for more than 50 years! And that is where I’ll be next week, at a family reunion. But I will set up my post beforehand.
How about you? Any thoughts on this post?