The Basket Lady
“Ah,” to hear the birds singing once again is music to my ears. It’s the last day of May and it’s going to be a barn- burner, real hot and to make things interesting (translation: frustrating), for gardeners, the weather people have predicted that it’s going to be too hot to go outside and catch up on the one thousand things on today’s to-do list.
Well, no more excuses, we’ll just have to tackle those in-door chores like washing the floors and windows, dusting the dust bunnies underneath the beds, and cleaning out the attic with “stuff” stuffed in every crevice and corner. Hooray, it’s all good!
As we swing in to summertime, basket lady thinks of picnic baskets filled with fried chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, watermelon, yummy desserts, and iced tea.
From my grandma’s kitchen, here’s a vinegar dressing for coleslaw that I’d like to share and hope that you’ll want to give it a try when you’re planning your picnic.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/2 tsp. celery seed,
Instructions: Combine sugar, vinegar, and oil in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling. Remove from heat, and add salt, pepper, and celery seed. Immediately pour over approximately 5 cups of shredded cabbage and other vegetables. (Serves 8).
Just an aside note: here’s an example of the wonders of vinegar, it can help ease the symptoms of arthritis. My Grandmother Burdette drank a glass of water with vinegar and honey in it every day and swore by it as the cure for the arthritis in her knees. If you’d like to try this, mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey into a glass of water and drink every day. Be patient. Even Grandma admitted that this remedy may take up to 12 months to ease your arthritis pain.
Basket lady thanks you, every day earthly angels, for showing a kindness in word or by deed: Carlene Robinson, The two nameless angels, Rumford’s Hannaford Pharmacy employees, Dr. Keyes, Mtn. View Eye Care, SRHCC, Lisa and Linda Jamison, Patty Duguay and RVHCC, Donna Landry, Linda French, Linda Macgregor, Donna Trundy, Jeffrey Leonards, Sue Ellen Richardson, Susan Milligan, Sarah Merrill.
I sat down by a crystal spring, My back against a willow tree, the sound of waters murmuring brought peace and restfulness to me. And letting go of everything I closed my eyes…so I could “see.” And in that meditative hour, I knew God’ love and felt His power. -- Alice Joyce Davidson
Friend, plant kindness and watch it bloom in the garden of your heart. We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.