Archive for June 19th, 2008


Mom has returned to Utah, and our home is returning to as close to normal as it ever gets.

We had a pleasant visit while Mom was here. She had a fall the last day of the conference, and wasn’t physically feeling up to doing a whole lot. So when she slept, Liz and I continued work in the kitchen, which now, amazingly enough, looks like a kitchen instead of a storeroom or junk heap. At least 6 bags of usable but unneeded items were hauled to Goodwill (with another 2 bags of stuff still sitting in my living room). Great quantities of unusable items were hauled to the curb and picked up with Monday’s garbage.

As you may have guessed from Tuesday’s post, Joe was less than thrilled when he got home Monday night. He was frustrated that I hadn’t done things exactly the way he thought they should be done. However, by the next day he was telling me that it was “growing on him,” and by last night he admitted that he likes it. The round table is a little beat up, but it fits so nicely in our very small dining area. And the bigger table we’d kept in there will work very well as a work table either in the music room or in the office. He initially wanted me to go get a wallpaper border, because after I removed the fencing and fake plants, the walls looked a little bare. However, again by last night he was saying that he likes it. It looks more open and cleaner. Well, it is cleaner, but that’s sort of beside the point. We have replaced the icky old curtains with blinds, and that makes a difference, too, in how the rooms look.

We’re having a potluck at work today, and I actually made something (now that I have a nice, clean, orderly workspace) instead of stopping at the store and buying something. Here’s the recipe, in case you’re interested:


  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of finely chopped onion
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • paprika
  • (optional) finely chopped scallions (green parts only)
  1. Beat together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until the mixture is light and fluffy and well-blended. Add the onion, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Chill in a covered bowl for at least 4 hours.
  2. Remove to a serving bowl. Garnish with scallions and sprinkle a little paprika over the top. Serve with chips, crackers, crudites, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

Enjoy your day!!

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