Archive for December 4th, 2007

So much to do, so little time to do it

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Each weekday morning I leave the house at 7:10am to take three of the children to school, and then leave again at 8:15 in order to be to the Middle School by 8:30 to work with 6th grade math students. I’m at school until 1:30pm, and come home hungry, with lunch on my mind. After a satisfying repast, during which I check email and say, “Hi!” to my husband, I get down to my domestic duties such as doing laundry or dishes.

Today I was hoping to concentrate on doing paperwork. However, I ended up traveling to a nearby town to pick up one of our daughters who was visiting friends there, then taking her to run some errands, and finally stopping by my mom’s place in the same town to pay rent and do some of her check-writing. She remembered that she was out of laundry detergent, so off I went to purchase that and then deliver it to her place. Since I was already out, I decided to stop by the Homespun General Store to purchase a 1,000 piece puzzle (and a “Stow & Go” to store the puzzle) for my friend Merry. At the same store, I noticed a Masters Edition of the game Phase 10, which I purchased for a Good Mail friend. After turning in some library books, we finally headed home at about 5:30pm. Thankfully I had plenty of left-over homemade soup (Cheddar Chowder) which we heated up and enjoyed with garlic toast made of homemade bread.

Do you think that I then got right to work doing my paperwork? No. I’m oh-so-tired, don’t you know? I need a little break, and what better break than to sit down at the computer to type a little blog post.

When Rick and Seth get home from Seth’s basketball practice, they will eat, and then we will have our time of family worship, during which we sing a psalm, read a chapter from the Bible and pray. Some of the children will then start getting ready for bed. Hopefully I will have enough energy (perhaps a second wind?) to BEGIN on that paperwork.

What’s that saying? The best made plans of mice and men often go astray? (Robert Burns) Such was my day. 😛

37But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane
38In proving foresight may be vain:
39The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
40 Gang aft agley,
41An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain
42 For promis’d joy.

43Still thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!
44The present only toucheth thee:
45But, och! I backward cast my e’e
46 On prospects drear!
47An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
48 I guess an’ fear!

(Excerpt from To A Mouse by Robert Burns)

Cheddar Chowder

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007


2 cups water
2 cups diced potatoes
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups fresh broccoli
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

White sauce:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup cubed ham

  • Combine water, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper in large kettle. Boil 10 minutes, then add the broccoli, and continue simmering while you prepare the white sauce.
  • To make white sauce, melt the butter in a skillet. Add flour and stir until smooth (about 1 minute). Slowly add milk; cook until thickened. Add grated cheese to white sauce; stir until melted.
  • Turn off the heat under the soup, and mash the vegetables if desired. Also, you may add 1 teaspoon curry powder or some other seasoning to the soup, for variety. Add white sauce and cubed ham to the vegetable soup mixture.

Yield: 6 servings

This recipe is from A Taste of the Country, from Country Store, Code #3018, Box 572, Milwaukee, WI 53201)