Lukas is sleeping and I've got a second pot of soup on the stove. The first, made several hours ago, is safely stowed in the refrigerator and will provide three lunches this week. Someone asked how I could stand to eat soup when our weather is so hot. My answer is, easily. I can make it ahead to re-heat, it is cheap and it is both filling and warm when I want a hot but not heavy repast. Additionally, since I purchased multiple packets of peas, lentils and a mix for minestrone, making weekly soups uses them and allows another way to use veg other than steaming or salad.
With inflation here above the national average and everything now expensive, I plan my meals down to the last crumb. I limit myself to $35 per week, sometimes a bit longer, for groceries which is the minimum necessary for delivery and try to vary meals so that boredom does not set in. My choices for this week include a frittata, pasta with puttanesca and zucchini, an assortment of steamed veg and baked sweet potato and some veggie meatball sandwiches with mozzarella, along with the two soups.
Apart from this, I plan to attack pantry, closet and cabinets this week for a bit of a clear out if I can muster the energy, Sleep has been problematic and I am often up at 3 AM and napping in the afternoon. On several occasions, my intended nap became a sleep from which I awoke after 8PM to a cat asking for his dinner. That really messes with my body clock.
Since this is a long weekend for many, I will not have to get up early on Monday to get Lukas out the door for his fluid appointment. I hope for a peaceful day with no mass shootings, no escalation of foreign conflict. no political hyperbole and perhaps a chat with a friend...I know, I must be dreaming...