Last Saturday was not my favorite day. On the way home from breakfast a passing vehicle kicked up a rock and dinged the windshield of our one working car pretty good. A glass guy is making a house call tomorrow to take care of it for us. Then the lawn-mowing company arrived a day early before we had pulled all the kid toys in from the yard. Sometime between their arrival and their departure our non-working van that sits in the driveway developed a hole the size of a baseball in the side window. I didn’t see it happen and have no evidence that they were the cause. Alas. Insurance won’t be covering that one so for now we’ve attached a large black garbage bag to the van using our fridge magnets. Classy. Everything that was on the fridge is now in a big pile on top of it- no doubt I will have forgotten that by the time I look for the Chinese restaurant menu or the emergency phone numbers.
I spent the last year dwelling in negative feelings. This was primarily because I was pregnant and miserable. So this year I’m attempting to stay on the straight and narrow, to be a Positive Polly, to acknowledge the bummers and then proceed full steam ahead.
When Saturday afternoon rolled around I wondered how I could take out my vehicle vengeance. We had some lemons. I was feeling sour. I made some lemonade. It turns out that squeezing lemons was the best thing for me at the time. These days I use the Joy of Cooking as my go-to cookbook. We had shelves of cookbooks for a time and I finally came to realize that less is more. So now it’s Joy all the way for me. I’ve found their lemonade recipe to be quite acceptable. So if you’ve got a grudge or just a hankering to prolong the summer you might try the following;
Boil for 2 minutes: 8 cups water, 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups sugar. Refrigerate until cold. Then stir in 1 cup lemon or lime juice.