The text read “I’m on my way”. He lied. He didn’t show up ’til 7. But that’s ok, he meant to say he was on his way in a roundabout way. He didn’t mean he was in his car and half-way here.
He showed up, we walked down the street for dinner. I drank a glass and a half of Pinot Noir. We went to bed, we snuggled, we tumbled, we laughed, we slept.
Before tea, before breakfast, in the bright, crisp, morning air we walked the dogs around the block. They sniffed, they snooped, they pooped.
Today’s special: Hearty Oatmeal with Apples, Almonds, and Currants, aka Jump-Start Oatmeal ’cause it’ll get your day started.
2 cups spring water, or what have you.
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 handful of dried currants or raisins
1 fistful of plain almonds
1 small local, organic apple, washed and chopped
Optional additions, (unless you’re me, in which case they’re mandatory): a pinch or two of cinnamon, a spoonful of maple syrup, and some milk.
Add the oats to the boiling pot, and lower the heat so it doesn’t boil over, cover partway, then go check your blog stats.
Let the stew simmer gently for 5 minutes or so. When cooked to your liking, stir in the apples, put the lid on snugly, and shut off the heat. Go back to your blog for 5 more minutes while the oats cool and the flavors get to know each other.
When you’re good and hungry, spoon this chunky mixture of love into a bowl, add a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a moat of milk. Eat what you can with a big soup spoon and save the rest for an afternoon snack. Serves 1 1/2 hungry adults.