Whew, it’s good to be home. M had surgery (urological, this time) last Friday, so we were in the hospital all weekend. I had read many accounts of this surgery having a difficult recovery, but M is handling it like a champ — as usual. She came down with a head cold the day before surgery, and I’m pretty sure the stuffy nose has bothered her more than most of the medical stuff.
I haven’t had a chance to work on the garden since a couple of weekends ago, but we returned home on Monday to find that the rhubarb had made good progress, along with the Nanking cherry bush. I really need to get that fence up, so M can play outside with me while I do other stuff in the garden. I want to build her a little water table to play with out there, and ideally I’d get some sort of shade situation going on, so she can play in the garden without having to be in the sun.
M’s Schleich animals have been a favorite lately. I got her some baby animals to match the adult (farm) animals she already had, so she can work on pairing them up. They’re so great. When we go out to eat, now, I put a few of them in my bag, and they’re the perfect restaurant toy (if you’re M). They don’t make noise, they’re not too big, and there’s lots of ways to play with them (again, if you’re M). She likes to make the animals eat and drink her food, or she’ll try to stack them up or balance them on other objects, etc. I love finding the animal line-ups that she leaves around the house, too.
The day M’s baby animals arrived, so did my new Kitchenaid stand mixer! OooooOOOoooh. My mom had earned some prepaid Visa cards as a reward at work, and she very generously let me use them to put toward the mixer. I’ve mentioned before that my electric hand mixer broke a while back (maybe in December?), so all the baking I’ve done has had to either be mixable in my food processor or by hand. The Kitchenaid is a big step up from anything I’ve had before — it’s so fun! I made a lemon meringue pie today (I still have a lot of eggs!), and I basically blinked and the meringue was ready.
Other random stuff: I made chicken-fried tofu for dinner last night. I don’t even season the tofu, just press as much water out as possible. I use a mix for the breading, although I cut it with plain flour and cornmeal yesterday, because it was too salty last time. Then I pan-fry it. Even M likes it! Also, I had to include a picture of sweet Bear cat. Can you believe somebody just threw her away in the woods? Their loss. (Recently, I was telling somebody about my cats, and I started with Bear and Birdy, and she asked, ‘What’s the third one called? Fish?’ I had to explain that the theme is B-names, not animals. OBVIOUSLY.)