Since I have the house it seems all the gatherings end up at my place. But that’s ok because it suits me. I like to entertain although the older I get the more it has become harder and harder. Not young any more and wonder just how I did it when all the kids were young, plus I worked full time, went to school two nights a week and also had my father-in-law living with us along with a family dog.
Now that there is only hubby and I, we tend to relax a bit more since we are both retired. So when holidays come up or like today – Father’s Day – we all gather and eat. So with all the preparation and love my son who does all the cooking these days, and the kids running in and out of the house, the tv going because we cant miss a ballgame, I found myself exhausted to no end.
Hubby is already sleeping as soon as everyone went home and I on the other hand is straightening up. Not a complete clean up because I can’t push myself, plus tomorrow is another day. I also have to submit my Avon orders tonight, so sleeping is not an option yet.
It always amazes me all the preparation that goes into one day of family and food….and then it’s over. I sometimes think it would be nice to be rich – have someone else clean the house, do all the shopping, do the cooking and alas do all the cleaning up…..but that’s no happening. So tomorrow is another day when I will get up, have breakfast and start re-arranging the kitchen where I left most of the stuff around to be put away…….unless…..
A little elf shows up during the night and cleans my house……
Took the grandsons out to dinner and came home to make brownies for dessert. The youngest put the candies on it and seemed to drop them all in one area. But they loved it so much we had to make a second batch for the BBQ we had the next day.
I hope they remember these baking days and have great memories because I remember doing the same thing with my grandma. We also like to play card games a lot and have fun with that. They are all getting so big I often wonder when these visits will stop. You know, teenagers have friends they would rather be with. But then again, my 18 year old grandson is very often texting me asking to come over for a while. He usually gets fed here (grandma is always cooking) and watches sports with us….good thing he likes the same teams as us.
While we are Mets fans I do have grandkids are are Yankees fans, but that makes for an interesting baseball night.
I recently read so many posts about people’s grandmothers and it brought back memories of my own grandma. She passed when I was 16 but oh the memories are still there. There wasnt anything she wouldn’t do for her grandchildren, especially me because I was the first.
We were fortunate enough that she lives 4 houses down from us on the same block and going out meant walking over to grandma’s house. She raised 8 children by herself (never knew my grandfather) and I remember these giant pots she used to cook in. Homemade EVERYTHING!
There were no frozen dinners or cans of soup then. She made big pots of chicken soup – Greek chicken soup – called Avgolemono – and shared it with her daughters who also lived on the same block. I have never been able to make that soup, not like grandmas – it must have been all the love she put into it that made it taste soooo good.
After 45 years of cooking, I am all for eating out. It’s not that I dont like cooking (well, some days I really don’t); it is more like “what should I make tonight”?
You have to realize my whole married life (didnt cook before that) was spent on being a SAHM cooking for five children, hubby, father in law and of course the dog. So it was with huge pots that my dinners were made of. Any leftovers were frozen and used again in a stew or thrown into the crock pot.
But now it’s just hubby and me and believe me, sometimes a sandwich or cereal is just as good. But tonight we have three of our grandsons over and while I tried to talk hubby into taking us all out…(didn’t work) I put the question out to the kids……..What would you like to have for dinner?
And the word Pasta came out of their mouths. Now I don’t have anything against it except I am on a weight loss program and a small amount of pasta does not do it for me. Carbs are my thing. But loving my grandsons, I pulled out the big pot and started boiling the ziti. Thank goodness I always have sauce and cheese in the house because they wanted Baked Ziti.
Growing boys that they are I am not worried about eating any pasta…..because they are really going through the pan and this is what’s left (so far).
I don’t know how I got to this place. I used to cook for 8 people (and a dog) back when I was a stay at home mom with five children, hubby and father-in-law. I cooked three meals a day and not quick meals either. Even chicken cutlets were family sized….25 cutlets at a time, with potatoes and veggies, salad and bread.
Bread…I made homemade bread and soups (no crockpot either). I baked every week also. We had a freezer downstairs to store all the perishable foods like meat, because with a large family we just couldnt go shopping everyday.
Now that I am retired and have all the time in the world, I am looking for quick and easy dishes to make – of course it is just hubby and me. So how much should I really cook. Actually, if the truth be known – I love to go out to eat. I have also become a small eater….not able to devour food like I used to. So even going out means eating half and bringing home the rest for lunch the next day.
And of course, the price of eating out is enormous so we can’t do it often. Special occasions usually and once in a while going to a diner for breakfast. I try to keep enough in the house that if I don’t feel like cooking (which is everyday) I can whip together some sandwiches or even egg omelets.
Are you fond of cooking? Or have you reached the same point as me?
I have come to the road in my life where there is only the two of us. Hubby and I, both retired, are living our days doing whatever we want. Whether that is getting up early or late; eating breakfast or eating out; going to the movies or staying home; watching tv or hanging out on the deck….it is our choice and very relaxing to realize we dont have to do anything we dont want to.
Just the two of us.
And so tonight we are five. Three of our nine grandchildren are having a sleepover. Which means cooking for five, entertaining these three, watching the movie they want to watch, playing the games they want to. So far there are no fights, thats a good thing. They are each doing their own thing. One is on xbox, one is on his tablet, one is reading….and now after dinner they are watching a movie.
But we all sat down at the table to eat and talk….and since they are watching a movie on tv while I am typing this. The house is quiet again. These are precious moments to be remembered because while they are all under the age of 14….pretty soon going to grandma’s house wont be on their list of things to do…….but who knows, maybe I am wrong….my 17 year old grandson comes to visit us often, staying to watch baseball with us…..
Precious moments….tomorrow I will go out in the morning to buy bagels for us for breakfast….and then they will be picked up by their mom and there will be……………
In case you were wondering where I was, it has been a hard week for me. On Tuesday hubby had a heart episode and I called 911 to get an ambulance to the house. They came in five minutes, checked his vitals and we were on our way to the hospital. Since it was serious we were then transported to another hospital in the city, where he has been since.
Today I take him home. After five of days of getting no rest (hubby’s words) but excellent care, he will be returning home to rest. I sit here writing this before I go to pick him up and think about the past five days. What have I realized?
I hate sleeping alone (so much I put a pillow on his side so it feels like he is there.
The house is extremely quiet. Not that he is a noisy husband, but the tv is always on…..I am not a tv person so I never put it on when I returned from visiting him (except to watch the Mets lose, 😦 another post sometime…..and so I returned to a quiet house and woke up to one – yes that is how much the tv is on.
I dont like eating by myself…..and so I lost a few pounds (the upside)
I drove into the city each day, so dealing with traffic was horrendous and parking in a lot is inflating my credit card….but he did get the best of care. The doctor was amazing in the procedure he got; the nurses were personable and caring to his every whim (and he had a lot of whims)…they were even caring to me. Taking this trip back and forth caused me to have some health issues of my own, and one day when I arrived and my feet were swollen, they brought me in a recliner so I can sit with my feet up. As I was there all day, they offered me drink and food. They explained any meds or preps they were doing. They are the best nurses ever. And I do know they have the hardest job.
And so it is time to leave, take my drive in, and bring my man home…..I am very happy. Have a great day!