What’s for Dinner?

What’s for dinner? That is an age-old question every home-maker, male or female, has asked for centuries. The usual response is, “I don’t care. What ever you want to fix.” The problem with that answer, is that the cook doesn’t have any ideas or he or she wouldn’t be asking! She’s probably sick of cooking to boot.
Now go back to the cave-man days, when you didn’t have to come up with any ideas. You were lucky to catch something – and that was what you ate. No problem with being creative. There weren’t many choices but hunger far outweighed boredom!
Cooking certainly got stale for me after thirty plus years of fixing three meals a day, day after day. Now, I absolutely love experimenting in the kitchen, and making soups is my favorite. It took quite a bit of time, though, after the ‘have-to’ years to move on to the ‘want-to.’ It reminds me of how long it took for me to want to use a computer again after I no longer had to bill customers twice a month.
We’ve been having absolutely great weather for my visit. The grandkids are healthy and happy, a great combination for grandma’s visit. I love waking up to the mist rolling in off the water behind the house. The mysterious waves of white spill across the lake and fog up the windows. I can’t help but watch and wait for a canoe to come out of the mist with a Native American paddling his way to shore. That reminds me of my son’s favorite book as a child, “Paddle to the Sea.” What a wonderful tale of adventure, patience, and good fortune. Giving a book is a gift that can last a lifetime, (sometimes for the giver) from a favorite story read over and over again.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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