Clump #157: Clear pile of medical expense paperwork; cook rice for 35.
Okay, another victory against the white blight in our house today. Clearly, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt up to tackling a stack of health expense statements:
I shredded anything from before 2012, then filed, in chronological order, anything after. I don’t think a single 2013 statement had reached the folder until today:
I was in the midst of this boring, but strangely satisfying job, when I heard Unworthy, by Cheryl Wheeler. The comic song consists of a litany of guilty “shoulds,” and the conclusion that “I’m unworthy.” Priceless.
The song certainly captured my mental state for much of the day. I had signed on to provide rice for 30-35 people as a part of a Salvation Army dinner coordinated by a member of our Quaker Meeting. And then the reality hit me. You can easily ruin rice … so often either too crunchy or a gluey mess. And that’s in normal quantities. I spent way too much time Googling “rice for a crowd” and other similar prompts.
I ended up with this recipe for fool-proof oven-baked brown rice from a blog called One Good Thing by Jillee. I made myself crazy worrying about whether it would work as well with aluminum foil pans. And would cooking three pans at one time throw it off? I had neither the time nor the nine cups of rice to start over again. In short, I was feeling unworthy to the task. But it turned out perfectly! I would highly recommend the method. One good thing, indeed!
I promised yesterday to post color-infused pictures to combat winter and paper white-fatigue.
At another three hour watercolor class at Longwood Gardens today, I was immersed in the mixing of colors … and felt like a blooming idiot (unworthiness strikes again). I will not post photos of those colors, but of flowers from a recent visit to Longwood’s conservatory:
A selection of purpley-pink and green. How’s this for color?
Hibiscus, the ultimate “come-hither” siren of the plant world:
Less crass, the lovely lily:
I couldn’t get over the leaves on/near this anthurium, looking like shadows, or imitations, of other leaves:
Longwood Gardens holds an “Orchid Extravaganza” every year at this time, but we were a little early for the extravaganza. These were from their every day collection:
Ordinary orchids? I think not.