Thursday, September 25, 2014

Friday - No Links, No Memes, Just Me

There are so many fun link-ups for bloggers, but today I thought I would just share some thoughts with you.  Feel free to comment and add your own perspectives and ideas.

On Tuesday mornings I volunteer with the Hill Country Community Needs Council here in Fredericksburg.  Take a couple of minutes to read the mission statement and about the work that is done with just a few paid employees and a lot of volunteers.  Donations to this organization are used to serve those who are less fortunate.  My work here on Tuesdays is as an advisor.  What that means is that I listen to the client(s) situation and the immediate need to determine the level of assistance we might consider.  This might be for rent, a utility bill, dental work, etc.  Folks who come to us are usually almost destitute.  On this weekend, take a look around you and give a hand to someone in need.....there are many.

I'm a little melancholy today thinking of my daddy, Delmar Diekhoff, who died thirteen years ago this month.  I remember when he was in the hospital during 9/11.  I had driven to the hospital and had heard the news of the tower, but at that moment they didn't know if it was terrorism.  The television was on in his room, but I turned it off so as not to upset him with the pictures that were on the screen.  This man was the kindest, gentlest man who could cry at an emotional scene on television.  He was a talented farmer and entrepreneur with innovative products for the farm.He loved his family and he and my mom were still crazy about each other after 67 years of being together, married 61.  I'd have to add mine together to even get to 50! ;-)

A couple of days ago, someone in our blogger world mentioned natural resource conservation.  This is a picture of a 30,000 gallon water catchment system installed with my daughter's new home.  It furnishes the entire house with water, drinking water included.  There is an ultra-violet system of purification.  The water flows from a very high roof on the house, down through a guttering system and into the tank.  An inch of rain can put 6,000 gallons of water in the tank.  After the entire summer, the tank is almost full.  When the house was completed, they put a fence around the tank that looks like a garden area from the outside, matching the house.

Last Friday I had a group of ladies over for our monthly "soup group" and made this cream of asparagus soup.  Most of you probably have access to a recipe for cream of asparagus soup, but this one has a little twist.  When preparing the asparagus, you set aside the tips to steam later in the process, then cut up the stems (without the woody part) to cook in the preparation of the soup.  When all the ingredients are in the pot, you run the soup through a food processor a bit at a time to pulverize it.  Then the tips are added just before serving.  What I really liked about it was that I could make it the day before and refrigerate it overnight.  It saved me lots of time the next day.  Note that this pot was used by my mother for as long as I can remember.  The soup was served with a salad and rye bread and I made an apple cheesecake for dessert.  We were stuffed!

Volunteer?  Love Soup?  Conserve Energy?  Share your perspective with us.

Have a special Friday and a great weekend!
Linda Kay
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