Early Sunday morning, I took Scout for a short walk before church. I ended up going to church with several mosquito bites on my face and neck. It is that season.
It was the last 8:00 service out on the lawn for the summer, a beautiful day, despite early sprinkles. At 10:00, two single mothers and their four boys sat all together in a row, redefining family. They both hugged one of the ushers as they came to worship. I mentioned something to one of them about a "reunion" and she replied, "there will be an even bigger reunion next week."
After church, in preparation for our short trip up to Stepson's college in Duluth, I:
1) stopped at Barnes & Noble for a new book, The Ode Less Traveled, by Stephen Fry
2) stopped at the grocery store for a small carton of buttermilk, walnuts and brown sugar
3) put together a rhubarb cake to bring up to Duluth for Stepson (he had lots of rhubarb from working at the Farmers Market this summer)
4) cooked Scout's rice for her evening meal up in Duluth
5) changed clothes
6) packed our bags
7) packed Scout's things, including a cooler for her fresh food.
Then we took off for Duluth, one of our favorite places, where one of our favorite people lives.
In the meantime, I 'm a little preoccupied by some things:
Scout has a sore on her flank that she won't stop licking. I'm concerned. I've been watching it and cleaning it for a couple of days.
I have been working on a Big Project lately; I am disappointed not to be finished tonight. It is turning out to be harder than I thought.
I have a lot at stake in a fall "inreach" we are doing, to get in touch with people in the congregation. I want it to be a success, but feel that I still need more allies.
In closing, here is my recipe for Rhubarb Cake: (from my mom)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
Mix in order. Cut fine 1 3/4 cups rhubarb. Fold in with other ingredients. Place in 13X9 in baking pan (greased and floured) and top with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Bake 40 minutes at 350.
I hear it was delicious.