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A butternut squash soup kind of day

November 2nd, 2014 at 08:06 pm

It's a blustery, sunny day here in Connecticut, just perfect for cooking up 2 butternut squashes I got from the farm. All I added was onion, garlic, sage, stock and parmesan cheese, and this creamy soup is to die for. Will be part of my lunch each day for the coming week.

Yesterday my carpenter replaced the decorative mullions that criss cross my office ceiling (and 2 other rooms in the house). I've always liked looks like a tic tac toe grid. My original intent was to have him sand and scrape off all the old paint, but after considering there was probably lead paint in there somewhere, I had him remove and replace the mullions instead, to minimize the dust. I even bought a HEPA vaccuum cleaner and 2 face masks for lead paint removal. His labor was $175 for an 7-hour day and it was another $100 or so for supplies, counting the drop cloths and some caulk and joint compound I needed to repair a crack as well. I still need him to paint the ceiling. (I hate painting ceilings, and this one hasn't been painted in the 19 years I've lived here.)

One of the worst things about getting work done around the house is that it forces me to hang around and wait for him to finish. I did make banana bread and granola while he worked, and picked up around here, but it was still tiring to hang around, and every time he banged something, I kept thinking about my soft fir floors. He also left dirty handprint smudges all over one of the walls, but I have to repaint that wall anyway after having to repair some more cracks above the door frame.

Today I returned some disposable overalls he didn't bother to use and 2 drop cloths, and also picked up a few things at BJs, and a ton of cat food at Wal Mart.

At the CSA I got a head of celery, an acorn squash, 8 small bell peppers, scallions, lettuce, 4 apples. I think I have 2 more weeks to go for the season.

This morning I also wrapped my hot water heater with insulation.

Saturday was an emotionally draining day. It affected me all day, and that's part of the reason why I'm only making a brief mention of it here. I shared with my mother the letter from doctor saying she HAS to take the driving evaluation or she'll lose her license. Of course, she could lose it if she fails the test. She got very, very upset. I have her scheduled to go on Wednesday. This was the 2nd time I scheduled to test so she'd better go.

9 Responses to “A butternut squash soup kind of day”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Yes, I love butternut squash soup too! I add a splash of balsamic vinegar at the end and it really brightens it up.

  2. Another Reader Says:

    You are doing the right thing for your mother and for all the drivers that share a road with her. If she fails, make a plan to get the keys and the car and get her set up with some alternative transportation choices. This process is difficult, but it is in everyone's best interest.

    Trader Joe's sells a LOT of squash soup for a reason...

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Mmm...squash soup sounds yummy. Is that one easily found online?
    I'm so sorry it was tough on you and your mom yesterday. ((Hugs))

  4. patientsaver Says:

    Yes, creditcardfree, I found the recipe on after entering "butternut squash" search word.

  5. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    I made a big batch of vegetable soup in my crock pot yesterday Smile

  6. rob62521 Says:

    How was the soup? Hopefully great!

  7. snafu Says:

    I love squash soup, our version includes adding apple sauce while cooking and a tiny bit of sherry just as you're about to serve which by the way is so hearty it's a terrific base to hide fridge leftovers.

  8. CB in the City Says:

    I can understand how upsetting it is for your mother to see her independence slipping away. How frustrating it must be to be losing control of one's mind. But I hope she sees reason and takes the test without incident. You are helping her do what she needs to do; stay strong!

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yum! I love butternut squash soup.

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