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I've just only settled into a writing groove when it's time to go to the kitchen again.

About eight years ago, the Mama's health was failing because of poor nutrition. All she wanted to eat was cereal or frozen waffles and 2% lactose-free milk. Thank goodness for milk. Maybe if she didn't work so hard and long in her flower and vegetable gardens, she could've made do. But, the Mama can't stand still. And, as we all know, when we live alone, we pretty much eat what we want to eat and when we want to eat it.

So, about eight years ago, it was quite obvious that her high-carbo, minuscule protein diet had taken its toll on her body. The decision wasn't easy for everyone involved, but it was made. The mama, the husband, and I became roomies.

Today, the husband and I seem to spend a lot of time in the kitchen every day. Me cooking; him washing dishes; and me, him, and the mama eating. Most days, three times a day.

The mama does her own breakfast because she gets up an hour or so earlier than us. She likes her cereal, and she likes a lot of it.  That's okay, because now she eats cereal only once a day, and she has taken to eating it with nuts and dried fruit. Tiny, big steps for her.

Lunch and dinner are when the three of us come together at the table. Thankfully, we don't have set hours for meals. I just keep tabs on the time and make sure we don't go over five hours between meals. The time between breakfast and lunch is longer for the mama than for us, so to make sure she doesn't get weaky-weaky (her term for being just that) when she's working in the garden, I give her a  glass of juice to tide her over. I only figured to do that a couple of months ago.

I used to pride myself in being able to put a homemade meal together in 20 to 30 minutes. This was before Rachel Ray ever did her thing on TV. Now, its seem to take me forever, which I guess is another aging thing. Lunch, maybe, I can get on the table in 15 minutes. It's usually sandwiches or leftovers.

Dinner is another story. Making dinner can take me almost 45 minutes or an hour, if there's a lot of chopping and dicing involved. I like it when the husband makes dinner. We get in the car and come home with take-out. It would be easier to go sit in a restaurant, but it's not so easy getting the mama to one.

It's a good thing I like to cook; the husband likes to wash dishes (really, he does); and the mama, him, and me like to eat. As for the mama's health? Like I said, she can't stand still. That's a very good thing.


  1. See, you do have a good time in the kitchen. Kitchen's are important social rooms in a house. When you have a party do the guests like to congregate in the kitchen. Mine always do. They like to stand around the counter or the fridge so you can't get near either. LOLManzanita@Wannabuyaduck

  2. Most people spend most time in the kitchen I think. Good that you all enjoy your special responsibilities. Love Mam's gardening shot too.

  3. It sounds like you have a good system set up. I care for my elderly father so I understand all that it entails. Keep up the good work! La

  4. She is so blessed you both love to serve her. I bet she blesses you in many ways too.

  5. I agree the daily kitchen rituals can seem endless! Obviously, you're doing something right from the beautiful garden shot of your mother.

  6. I love that photo of your mom in the garden. :She is lucky to have the two of you taking such good care of her.


  7. I always had a terrible time getting Rod's mum to eat. She did like ice cream, though!!

  8. The mama is lucky to have you & the husband to help her--& you're lucky to still have the mama with you. If she still can work in the garden, you're doing something right!

  9. Great ‘E’ post! Lovely shot of your mother!

    Have a great weekend ahead,


    Btw Alphabe-Thursday

  10. meals certainly are the time to get together. i'm like the momma. i like to eat:)
    the kitchen is the hub, ain't it?

  11. Manzi, yes, people do congregrate in the kitchen, mostly because that's where I like to hang out in our parties. Thank goodness, the husband is a great host and moseys around the other rooms.

    Jen: I hope most people spend time together in the kitchen,especially for meals. It makes for a more civilized world. But, sometimes I wonder.

    La, thank you. Here's to you, too.

    Tracy, yes indeed. Honestly, I think the mama is surprised I turned out to be a good one.

    JDaniel4's Mom, most definitely. :-)

    Theresa: This photo was taken last year sometime. She still wields them when I'm not looking.

  12. Sue, thank you. We're lucky to have her, too.

    Judie, vanilla ice cream cones coated in chocolate nuts are the mama's favorite.

    fishducky, thank you. She's out there almost everyday. Fortunately she has very good health in general and stubborness as all get out. so, thankful that improving her nutrition was all it took and takes.

    Ed, totally. :-)

  13. I love to cook. I love dicing and chopping also because that means I have nice fresh ingredients at hand. It's very kind of you to have your mama with you. I'm sure that even when she cannot show it she is grateful for you. And, indirectly, you are both eating more healthy as well.

  14. when I was young, dinner was a time when the whole family got together and ate. It's a wonderful thing that the Mama can have company and for you two, very brave! Looks like she's having fun in the garden! {:-Deb

  15. I like your solution to her diet, though I'm sure it drive you nuts.

  16. I'm now following your site and hope you will follow mine in return. I love your posts!

    Regards, Mari

  17. Good thing you stepped in!

    It's good that she's still active. Keeps her mind strong and joints working.

  18. I love that gardening shot. What a good daughter ou are. So many people turn their back on the elderly these is so inspiring to read your story.

    Thanks for an excellent link this week. I really, really enjoyed this.

    Hugs to you and...


  19. Something rather ... grounding, happens when I slow down to make a meal from scratch.


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