Friday, February 22, 2008

last (wo)men standing

It's snowing here... has been since early this morning. It's not blizzard weather, but it is a steady soft downpour that's building up drifts. It doesn't look like our street has been plowed yet, which makes for a slippery downhill slide. Our "snow sister" is in her element. She starts praying for snow in August, and refuses to stop until the rest of us are so sick of winter we threaten her life.

Another priest was (yet again) relieved when I called last night to say we'd like to give her the day off. She was tending a sick child and thought maybe she was coming down with it too.

Well we are all now "down with it". One is totally horizontal and has been all week. The rest are in varying stages of intermittently vertical, and only two of us are even remotely "still standing". She and I are taking turns with the cooking, clean-up, doorbell and phone messages. She is making a doctor appointment for one elderly die-hard who still thinks this is just a "bad cold." We are muddling through.

Two sisters who are away traveling, are due to return Sunday night. They will be exhausted from their travels though, so not much help there. Oddly enough, the atmosphere is one of sweet congeniality and good will. I was pretty grumpy when I awoke, but have rallied over coffee, and am only occasionally racked with a coughing fit.

Sister is making soup again for lunch and I decided to try my hand at homemade pimento cheese. I found a recipe, all the ingredients and whipped up a batch. Grilled pimento cheese sandwiches with our soup... sounds like heaven to me.

Here's the recipe:
3 cups shredded cheddar (the orange kind looks more festive)
1 6 oz jar pimentos, diced, include the juice
1/2 small onion finely minced
1 cup mayonnaise
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1-2 TBLSPs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp paprika

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