Jeez, look at this place! A bit dusty, wouldn't you say? I simply *must* talk to the housekeepers about that!
Yeah, sorry for the hiaitus. It actually wasn't planned - Quite the contrary! I was rather looking forward to having a simply STUPENDOUS summer or - at the very least - an insanely productive Garden Season.
Sadly, it just didn't work out that way. I kind-of had a somewhat Crap-Tastic Summer. And - like my mama always told me - "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." I think I've mentioned this before (on the outside chance you are a regular-reader here!), I want this to be my Happy Place to yak about gardening, and cooking, and canning, and "Wild Hairs" and funky projects, and artsy-fartsy stuff, and basically anything that brings a little happiness into my world.
Sadly, Old Age - and all of it's annoying accoutrements - seems to be rearing it's ugly head (and I don't remember ANY OF THIS being mentioned in the handbook - dammit!). Between my beloved hubs - who had knee-replacement surgery earlier this year (and is now facing complete tooth-extraction - "Hello, False-Teeth-in-a-glass on the night-stand!")... And then me with all of this irritating (and indescribably Itchy and Painful) skin condition bullsh*t... Well, let's just say that I might have set my expectations just a leeeetle bit too high when it came to Summer's Glory.
I don't want to whine tooooo much here, so I'll try to keep it brief (HA!). To be honest, hubbies TKR procedure when extremely well, and he is well on his way to a full recovery. But my skin condition (which is NOT psoriasis - and the doctors reached this conclusion because.... [drum-roll please!]... It doesn't respond to ANY psoriasis-treatments - HAYYY!!!), well, let's just say that my skin condition continues to plague me and *still* seems to NOT respond to ANY treatments WHATSO-F**KING-EVER!
After two (count 'em: TWO!) overnight stays at two different hospitals (First was our local E/R. The second was Stanford Medical Center - because my dermatologist didn't know what else to do with me!), well, I think we FINALLY got my doctor's attention, anyway...
I really-really-really don't want to rant about this, here (Ohhhh, it is sooooo tempting! But what good would it do?! Nada!). Anyway, the bottom line is: I have been, pretty-much, a shut-in ALL SUMMER LONG. And by shut-in, I mean - sometimes I am in such miserable shape (read: PAIN) that I haven't even been able to walk out to the patio to water my plants, let-alone make my way back to the garden. Canning? Fugeddaboudit!
Thankfully, we have awesome neighbors and friends who were willing to pitch in, when things were at their bleakest. So there's THAT (Bright Side!!!)
So that is my lame (but honest) excuse for disappearing (and Thank You - O' Long-Time-Blog-Follower - for "checking up" on me! I never realized I even *had* followers! I know I've got 'readers' - but I suspect they are mostly Hit-And-Runs looking for recipes (Ironically, my '# of visitors' reports are higher since I've stopped posting - go figure!).
Anyway, I shall make an honest effort to spend a little more time here. I'll start posting recipes again, and maybe throw-together some kinda Summer Recap (such as is!). And, lastly: