As the days lengthen, and the dawn breaks earlier each day, going with the flow of events, we arise with the dogs and birds. Its only 5:30 in the morning, says David who could sleep anywhere anytime. I whisper in his ear, the dogs want to go out.
By seven we have taken care of the dogs, filled the outdoor birdbaths, fed and watered our five parrots and done some yard work.
Yard work these days consists of watering the pots of plants before the heat hits them on this day with another forecast of 90+ degrees. It also means pulling a few weeds, and David spraying vinegar to kill the grasses, clover, violets and other ‘weeds’ attempting a takeover of the brick sidewalk.
The air is already hot as tempers in Washington, DC.
As I continue down the road to the rejection of wheat products, I discover more and more grocery shelf items I never imagined contained wheat do so. First went the obvious…bread, crackers pastas, etc. Now replaced with gluten-free bread and corn and rice noodles. Did you know wheat was an ingredient in cold cuts, artificial bacon bits, Hoisin Sauce, Soy Sauce and items marked “smoked” that are not wood smoked?
I’ve read several books on the subject of gluten intolerance and discovered an interesting best seller by William Davis, entitled Wheat Belly. I liked the first part of the book best where he talks about genetically modified foods and explains why the wheat we eat today is not the wheat we ate 50 years ago. Davis’ recipes are far too restrictive for me as he is critical of almost all grain products (so many others, like corn and some types of rice, have been modified by mad “scientists”). If I buy something with rice or corn in it, I look for the non-GMO label.
Yesterday, I mixed a batch of gluten-free flour composed of brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato flour, potato starch, and several other ingredients. I am not going to make bread right away, but will try the new flour in scones, cookies, pastry crusts, and other items. Stay tuned.
In the 1980s, when I traveled around the US on company business almost every week, or the 1990s, when I traveled around the US on Census Bureau Business or took extended trips overseas, if David went with me, we either boarded our animals or hired a house/pet sitter….often one of our six kids.
I share this information because some folks think if you deprive yourself of a pet you can travel. I even hired someone or coerced a relative to care for my animals and children when I traveled overseas back in the 1970s to meet my EX for R&R.
David and I don’t travel much these days because we got tired of it. I don’t miss it either. I like my bed. I miss my pets when I am away from them. Connie wrote she missed her dogs when she was away on her trip west.
I used to wonder why my in-laws never wanted to leave their home NC. Over the years, they managed to make a few trips to see our family wherever we were stationed, but mostly they stayed home. So did my other in-laws, who never came to see us..ever. As I grew older, I learned, some people would rather be home where the heart and the hearth are.