For the first time in many, many years, I don’t feel obligated or tied down.
I feel free this summer. Free to write. Free to create. Free to finally put the voices in my head on paper and to share them with others.
“I’m making a daily schedule,” I say to My Liz.
“Of what?” she replies.
“What I should do everyday: outline, write, revise; garden; housework; doing something with you.”
“That sounds like a good plan.”
“Yeah. I’ll probably stick to it for a day or two.” I laugh.
“No: You’ll stick to it until school starts again.”
Her statement wasn’t a command but encouragement.
One thing I’ll be doing more of is cooking as we’ll both be home for lunch as well as breakfast and dinner. No more rushing around in the morning. I love eggs.
My grandson Fenix made the observation the other day that “chickens are in eggs and eggs are in chickens.”
“It’s a conundrum,” I said.
“Yeah,” he replied as he took a big bite of the omelet I had made for breakfast. “These are good eggs!”
Larry Mike’s Stuffed Oklahoma Omelet
(Depending on your appetite, this can make enough for two people or one for a very hungry person.)
Half mixture before microwaving
Two eggs ¼ tsps of the following:
- garlic powder
- black pepper
- capers, chopped
2 small jalapeno peppers, chopped
¼ onion, chopped
¼ tomato, chopped
I normally don’t add salt, but when I do, I add sea salt to taste. Bottom half awaiting the top half
Ham, sausage, bacon
Favorite Cheese (cream cheese or cottage cheese are good substitutes)
- Mix all ingredients except the meat and cheese--only a few seconds.
- Coat a small bowl with nonstick spray such as Pam or with oil. I like olive oil.
- Pour ½ the mixture in the bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
- Gently remove the partially cooked omelet and place on a hot griddle or in a hot skillet.
- Place the ham and cheese on this half of the omelet.
- Respray or re-grease the small bowl and pour in the remaining omelet mixture.
- Cook this second half in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- When finished, flip this half onto the first half.
- Brown both sides.
- Serve with Irish Breakfast tea
I like putting sour cream on top of my Stuffed Oklahoma Omelet.
My Liz says, "At first I turned my nose up at your stuffed omelet."
"Because of the color?"
"Yes. But I decided to try it anyway."
"I finished it, didn't I?"
I like to hear that from a person, whether about my cooking or one of my tales!
So, my summer will be a mixture of projects and events, just the way I like it. I’m quite excited to get back to NEVЯLAND and to outlining Popinjay.
Of course, to write well, I’ve got to be well, to live well, awaken to each day not with the “idea” I can do all this, but, as Carolyn See says, to Live the Writing Life.