Archive for June 2012


Duct Tape

June 18th, 2012 — 1:30am

Today’s Special:  Whitefish Fillet Sandwich with a Root Beer or Vanilla Cream Soda Float.

Today’s Cookies:  Reese’s Peanut Butter, Lemon Oatmeal with Tart Lemon Glaze, and Great Grandma Daisy Butcher’s Molasses.

Biggest Thing That Did Not Go Wrong:  The fox in Mrs. Chase’s yard did not eat Rosie the cat at 6:30 a.m.

Celebrity Sighting:  Karl Bohnak, Chief meteorologist at the TV6 Weather Center in Negaunee and author of  “SO COLD A SKY, Upper Michigan Weather Stories.” Karl ate breakfast in the diner this morning!  I love his book and got to tell him so.

Prettiest Meal I Made:  The Powers’ Veggie Pizza.  (The colors:  green and yellow peppers, fresh pineapple, broccoli, tomatoes, black olives, feta, mushrooms, onions, garlic, the browned Parmesan on top…)

Fun Fleeting Moments Reminiscent of Old Times:  Having Maribeth–who worked many summers in the diner–in town over the weekend.  (Congrats Maribeth and Eric on your upcoming August wedding!  And thank you so much for saying I can absolutely move in with you in St. Paul, MN, to be your repository of unwritten recipes, and can even bring Rick, Sallie the dog, and Rosie the howling cat, and can also have my own room, a library card, and a convection oven, as long as I’ll make pizza, spicy tomato soup, and cookies.  You’re the best!)

What I learned:  Yes, you can duct tape your slip straps to your shoulders to finally stop them from sliding down after a day-long battle with them.  The tape will stick for about an hour and isn’t any fun any more after that anyway.  But one of the best parts of my day today was the the business-like rip of the tape when I decided to take matters into hand and fix this problem.  (And Laura and Becky’s laughter from the other side of the swinging doors when they heard the tape because they knew what I was about to do, and Becky saying “Are you really?” without even having to look, and me getting to say,  “Yep.  I am.”)

There are so many problems you can’t do anything about, but with duct tape, a few things you actually can fix, at least for a while.

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Strawberry Time

June 8th, 2012 — 4:07pm

June 7, 2012

Today’s Special:  Malted Belgium Waffle with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream, and Bacon, Ham, or Hash Browns.

Looks pretty, tastes good.  But the thing is, I can’t figure out how it got to be June and fresh strawberry time.  It doesn’t seem possible.  It was just April five seconds ago.  Actually, it was just December, and I was looking forward to Christmas and putting ornaments on the tree a few at a time for a week so as not to get overwhelmed and discouraged at the scope of the project.  (No, it wasn’t a twenty foot tree, just a  somewhat scraggly spruce that fit easily in the living room.)  I was waiting for winter and I’m still waiting for winter.   I still find myself thinking, When winter starts–

But it never really did and now it’s June, and I’m baffled somewhere deep inside myself.   Despite this, life keeps hurtling forward.  In June so far some of my favorite moments have been quiet ones:   Sitting in the sun on the beach at home reading Olive Kitteridge with Sallie dozing at my feet and a kingfisher swooping along the shore chittering.  (In some consternation at my presence, I suppose.)   Laying down after work and listening to the birds sing in the trees close outside the window.   Putting wild blueberry jam in the centers of the lemon oatmeal cookies and then drizzling glaze over top.  Making Great Grandma Daisy Butcher’s molassess cookies for the first time since March (I think) of 2011.   Sitting in a comfortable chair on a quiet evening talking with a friend about Life, and how life is change, always.  Throwing sticks a little distance into the big lake for Sallie and watching her eyes light up over and over as if this stick and this lake and this morning are the very best thing ever, every single time.

Sallie barking at snowflakes in February, another moment that seems just past and forever ago at the same time.

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