Today, for our family Sunday lunch, my sister asked me to make Caprice salad. I’ve never made it before, but I get to the house first. As I was leaving church, she said, “just slice up some tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil and put it on a plate.” I love how it looks. I couldn’t help snapping a picture. I put some salt and pepper on top, but have a suspicion that it should have some Italian dressing or something on top. Thankfully, she will be home soon and can instruct me!
We are having soup and salad bar for lunch today. I made us each a huge pot of chicken-rice soup this week. At our house, we’ve had it 3-4 times. I think they did the same. Today, we are going to finish up both pots. It is very yummy and economical. She boiled last Sunday’s chicken to get her broth, and I used some I had previously frozen for mine. Our meals have at last slipped into the pattern I like–the pattern where I cook each day, or we eat leftovers, but where we are not living on a diet of fast food as we were for a time this past summer while we were in transition. I still don’t have my freezers at my house, just the little one over the fridge, so Rob keeps doing “meat/frozen veggie” runs for me and we keep refilling it. I am going to make a menu plan for the first time in a long time this week–it will help so much since I am spending several hours per day homeschooling Ja’Ana, helping Patsy with homework, and have started a new part-time job.
We started doing DD service work for my nephew. Now that he is back to school, and my sister and brother-in-law are back into the swing of things with their jobs, they need Personal Support Workers to help care for him. We also do a few hours for my niece, but most of the time needed is for our nephew. This is a part-time job that involves helping him practice some skills, such as hygiene, safety in crossing parking lots, proper social interaction, and other goals. I am doing the most hours, because Rob is still hunting for a full-time job. (Last count, he has applied for over 50, has had 6 interviews, and still…..no job! We’ve been told over and over that the way to get into this school system is to become a substitute, and so he has signed up for that and is waiting for the training day. He wants to work in a special needs classroom as he has a lot of experience with children with special needs. People are being very encouraging to him, so that’s good.)
He is also madly working on any and all projects around our new house, such as building new canning cupboards, since he anticipates his time will become scarce once he gets a job. We are also spending lots and lots of time with all 3 cousins–might as well get to enjoy them all, instead of only one. Fun! I’m happy that we will have a little money coming in. It will stretch the savings we have a little longer, which is a good thing! I am still adjusting to the schedule, but this week will be easier since it won’t be new anymore. I cannot imagine how hard it would be to take on this task for a totally new family–I’m glad we all know and love each other already!
I weeded my little fall garden and we got a good, steady rain. Those little plants look so much happier.