Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Pat’s Day

On Thursday while we were at the ophthalmologist office for a follow-up appointment for Richard’s eye (he got a good report), a telephone call arrived from my sister’s husband, which was captured by the answering machine. He inquired after Richard’s eye, told us about a Webcam set up on an eagle’s nest on Catalina Island, which is 26 miles off the coast of Southern California, and invited us to the St. Patrick’s Day party my sister is having today.

Richard and I laughed at the idea of how much fun it would be to hop in the car and drive out there – without telling anybody – and showing up at their house for the party.

Some people could do that. They could… and they do. I envy them that freedom. Our life is too complicated right now for us to do something like that. And I don't think we would be brave enough to try it even if it were possible. Doggone it.

Instead, as soon I finish this, I will put corned beef brisket and potatoes and carrots into the crock pot (cabbage will go in later) for dinner tonight. Yesterday, we bought rye bread and Swiss cheese in anticipation of Ruben sandwiches tomorrow.

Once upon a time, I found a recipe for homemade corned beef. I bought brisket and cured it in brine with spices. It tasted great, but it looked horrible. Horrible. It was a nasty gray color because I lacked whatever chemical it is that keeps the meat bright red. I decided making my own corned beef was not something I wanted to pursue.

In the meantime, I am thinking of my 3 half-Irish cousins today. They are blessed among the extended family: both of their parents are still alive. Unfortunately, the physical tents that their parents occupy are failing, neither parent is doing very well, and my heart goes out to these precious cousins and my Aunty and Uncle. Wishing them a good day today.


Have Myelin? said...

Interesting - I didn't know there was a chemical that made corned beef "red". I've never made corned beef nor have I celebrated St. Pat's Day. I have no idea why either...I celebrate all the holidays with wild abandon (well... I used to) but for some reason this pot of gold escape me lol.

Glad hubs got a good report.

Happy Pat's Day to you!

Leilani Lee said...

I believe (off the top of my head) they call it "saltpeter" or sodium nitrite or sodium nitrate or something like that...

Oklahoma Granny said...

I've never fixed corned beef before but I do love a good Reuben sandwich!

Wouldn't it have been fun to be able to twitch your nose like Samantha and surprise your family?!

And one last note - more than half of the "ladies" are peeking up from the dirt. Yea!!!!!! Thanks again ever so much for sharing them with me.

Leilani Lee said...

How very pleased I am, Granny, to hear that news. After tearing into that flower bed (with soil like concrete -- and ruining quite a few of the bulbs in the process)I was hoping that it would not be in vain. As it turns, I did no permanent damage so we are all good! Yea!!!

Jenny Woolf said...

Goodness knows what else there is in commercial corned beef. Yours is probably more wholesome.

I love Catalina island but it must be 15 years at least since I went there, possibly more.