Saturday was a long and industrious day at The Rich Life. So industrious that my back is almost out, my legs are sore as if I’d completed a boot camp style workout, and my pretty manicure I bragged about on Friday is ruined. But I am not complaining (okay, maybe a little…I really liked that nail color), we accomplished a lot!
Bill and I started out Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. with lots of yard work, mostly in the front yard. I won’t bore you with the details, but here is the finished product.
Once the front was spruced up, we tackled the backyard which included tending to my Mother’s Day lettuce and herb garden. It’s growing like gangbusters! What are also growing like gangbusters are weeds. Lots and lots of weeds.
|The garden was covered with weeds that are vine-like.
They crawl all over the place, sucking up nutrients.
Bill and I dug out the weeds
|tall people + crouching in a small space + for one hour = sore back|
and harvested two heads of lettuce, some mustard greens, curly parsley and basil.
I washed and wrapped the lettuce to keep it crisp and prevent wilting.
|I did a post about this last year.|
The parsley was washed next, then chopped finely and made into Lebanese tabbouleh,
I made a quick batch of fresh hummus, toasted some pita chips and prepared a health and satisfying lunch.
By this time it was about 1:30. We were tempted to call it a day, but somehow, we both knew we weren’t done yet. It’s like Newton says, “Objects in motion tend to stay in motion”. And in motion we stayed!
Since our pantry is, once again, completely disorganized and driving me batty, we chose to take that on next. We wheeled out the racks into the kitchen, took every single thing down, threw away old and unused items, rearranged cookbooks, cleaned the walls and the floors, and wiped down the racks.
During the purge, I found this big bottle of sea salt
that expired in 2004 (how does salt expire?).
Instead of tossing it, I want to make a sea salt body scrub. I’ll have to browse the web for a good recipe, but if any of you have one you’d like to share, I’d be thrilled to have it!
While I organized and reassembled the pantry, Bill washed, or rather, ‘detailed’ my car inside and out. It is pristine! It hasn’t looked this clean since I first saw it parked in our driveway Christmas morning wearing a big bow nearly six years ago. What a special treat!
After completing various other tedious chores around the house, it was time to make dinner. The long day was finally winding down. This recipe in Sunset magazine has been calling my name for several weeks now.
During my kitchen clean out, I happened upon my tart pan. I defrosted a pie crust, washed and trimmed some fresh asparagus, sliced some good quality mozzarella and went to work.
Once dinner was over and the kitchen was cleaned, Bill prepared me a well-deserved hot bubble bath, after which I crawled into bed and read my Edith Piaf book, eventually falling deeply asleep.
Sunday was a totally different day for Bill and me. We went from busy bees to lazy slugs overnight. It used to be me who was in charge of putting on Father’s Day, but now that the kids that are older and employed, I willingly let them handle it.
For breakfast, Tori and Kayla treated their dad and grandpa to a Father’s Day pancake breakfast at our local volunteer fire station. Later, the girls planned their menus for lunch and dinner, went to the market (and paid for it!), prepared all the food, and cleaned up afterward. They made all of Bill and his dad’s favorites. For lunch they served salami sandwiches, homemade cole slaw and barbeque chips. And for dinner, the menu included New York steak, homemade chocolate mousse, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, homemade apple streusel coffee cake, and salad from our garden for dinner.
I didn’t have to do a thing, except laze around with Bill and my father-in-law, eating and reading, fixing my nails, and resting my back and legs. I think I like Father’s Day!