Currently In June

This month I am joining Anne in Residence for an attempt at her “Currently” link-up. Anne posts 5 action verbs each month and writers respond to each of them. Here goes!

Meditations in Motion

Celebrating

My husband and I are currently celebrating regaining the ability to visit my sister and brother-in-law, who live on Cape Cod.

We have not seen them since January of 2020 due to the pandemic. We are all vaccinated and ready to travel and visit family once again.

I am looking forward to everything about the visit – the beach, the salt air, the fresh, delicious seafood, running on the bike path along the Cape Cod Canal. Most of all, of course, I am looking forward to seeing my family once again.

Something momentous to celebrate.

Collecting

This was the most challenging verb to write about. I am not much of a collector. I finally realized I have been collecting flowers to bring into the house recently.

It is the scent that I love. Scent triggers memories.

The photo above shows blossoms on a mock orange bush that grows outside of our bedroom window. I nurtured it from a cutting taken at the house where I grew up.

We had a boxwood hedge separating our yard from our neighbor’s. The last shrub in the hedge, however, was a mock orange.

My first best friend, Stevie, lived on the other side of that hedge. To get to his yard, I had to brush past the mock orange.

I can remember padding barefoot beneath the overhanging branches and inhaling the subtle, sweet odor of its creamy white blossoms.

Bringing that scent inside brings the memories along with it.

Gifting

Actually, I am trying to gift. I am currently not successfully gifting.

When we recently visited my son and his family in Colorado, my daughter-in-law inadvertently handed me an excellent clue for a gift for her upcoming birthday.

I ordered the gift from a reputable merchant and immediately got an email stating the item would be back-ordered until a few days after her birthday.

No big deal, I thought. I will send her a card on her birthday and explain the dilemma. She may have to wait a week or so to get her present, but it will be worth it.

Then, I got another email stating the item will be back-ordered until six weeks after her May birthday. Ugh!!!

I hope it is worth the wait.

Meditations in Motion

Thinking

At the beginning of June, my thoughts always return to the same topic: strawberries. Farm-fresh, red, ripe, juicy, sweet strawberries.

I am fortunate to live in an area where you can’t travel on a country road without passing a farm (or five) featuring hand-lettered signs advertising strawberries for sale.

These strawberries have as much in common with supermarket pseudo-strawberries as fresh jumbo lump crab meat has with surimi.

We bought two quarts a few weeks ago for the first time this year. I ate almost one whole quart before we got home.

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

Trying

In an attempt to keep my cholesterol in check, I have been trying to prepare more vegan dishes.

I found a recipe for vermicelli and veggies with a soy-Sriracha-peanut butter sauce that I thought sounded good. When I showed it to Bill, he was less than enthusiastic.

The recipe contained tofu. Bill does not like the texture of tofu.

I get it. I am definitely averse to consuming anything with an unappealing texture. (I’m looking at you, Jello).

What if I tried deep frying the tofu?

I lightly coated it in cornstarch and dipped it in the deep fryer.

Win!

It was delicious and crunchy, without the offending texture.

Now, if I could only find the recipe again.

Thank you for joining me for this edition of “Currently“.

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91 comments

  1. I’m fairly well in Bill’s camp with Tofu. I vastly prefer it fried. Although I’m the deep-fryer in my house and I really don’t like doing it. Mushy tofu seems just fine most of the time.

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  2. I’m so glad you’ll be able to travel and see family!

    I love strawberries. Enjoy! Strawberry shortcake used to be my “first sign of spring” dish. Unfortunately, my husband and grandson are allergic to them.

    We’ve had some problems with belated packages and gifts, too. I would almost wonder if some places are taking advantage of the pandemic as an excuse, but then, I know some goods and employees are in short supply right now. My husband’s business is still hurting from the hard hit the petroleum industry took with the freezes in TX over the winter.

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  3. Getting to safely see family again is definitely something to celebrate.

    Back ordered gifts are so frustrating. I’m sure your daughter-in-law understands.

    I love fresh strawberries. Mom has a small patch in her garden. Unfortunately, the last freeze got a lot of her blossoms, but she’s getting enough to share some 2 – 3 times a week. They are sooooo gooood. I’m going to try to make myself a raised bed to plant some in for next year.

    I’m not a tofu eater either. Sounds like deep fried is the answer.

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  4. Worthy verbs, and worthy responses! I’m jealous every year of your farm-fresh strawberries . . . they’re harder to come by in CA, unless you settle for the plastic-mulched, crunchy factory-farm variety. But we had some from a farmer’s market last night that were divine. And your peanut-sauce tofu noodles look wonderful. I couldn’t get my husband to eat tofu unless I concealed it in a beef Wellington, and even then it’d be dicey πŸ™‚

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    • I buy those California strawberries all winter long, but they are not the same. Ironically, one of my first memories of California was traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway, stopping at a farm stand, and eating delicious strawberries. I was probably 8 or 9 years old!

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  5. Hi Laurie – how exciting to be able to travel again and see family. We take so much for granted here in Australia where we’ve been able to travel a fair amount within the country (not overseas). I’m so grateful that we’ve been able to visit with our children and grandgirls when so many have been separated. You’re going to have an absolutely amazing time.

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  6. You’re lucky with your strawberries, Laurie!

    The ones in our shops grow on enormous farms in Spain and don’t taste like anything. But if we wait until July we can buy them from local farms nearby and they’re so much better!

    By the way, I have stopped Twitter and I feel a lot “emptier” (i.e. better!). Your post was the push I needed. Thank you!

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    • The place where I live is farm country, Catrina. We are very fortunate. I stopped Twitter too. I may go back at some point, but I felt the need for some quiet time, so decided to take a “sabbatical”.

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  7. Celebrating the return to in person races. Collecting succulentssince they live in my house with minimal care. Thinking about a friend who just lost her husband. Gifting my time to friends and relatives I haven’t seen lately. Trying to stay positive about working when most of my friends have retired

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    • I managed to kill a huge jade plant I have had for years. I don’t know how I did it. fortunately, I still have some of its babies. I love succulents. They are a good thing to collect. So sorry about your friend.

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  8. How lovely that you are able to visit family again. We have had restrictions lifted here too and have seen more of family and friends.
    What a faff with the birthday present for your daughter in law. I hope it arrives soon.
    A farm near us is letting people pick their own strawberries, well they will be as soon as they are ripe. I can’t wait to go. x

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    • So glad to read that your restrictions are being lifted too. All of my family and most of my friends are fully vaccinated now. I love pick-your-own strawberries.

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  9. Where we live is the region that supplies most of Australia’s winter strawberries. They’re in season between May and November – Mother’s Day to Melbourne Cup Day. And you’re absolutely right – there is no comparison between farm fresh strawberries and the plastic punnet supermarket ones.

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  10. all the trigger words certainly worked for you and produced a lovely look at your life and times. Congrats on seeing family – that is what makes life beautiful

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  11. You made me smile all through this post and then laugh out loud at the “wish I could find the recipe againi”.. Boy can I relate to that. I don’t do challenges because I’m too lazy, but if I did this one really looks like one I *could* do! I love playing with words. … happy you get to go see your sister et al. (Mine is coming to visit us next month! Yay!)

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    • I also love sour cherry pie. There is an Amish farm nearby that has U-pick sour cherries. They are so much easier to pick than strawberries!

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  12. I smelt the ocean in your post…and the longing you have to be there. How exciting. Real strawberries…yum. The big and disappointing inside ones are so tasteless. Have a great time visiting..and as for “stock coming later” gosh they need to tell you before you outlay those $$.

    Thanks so much for being part of the Life This Week Community by linking up. I always appreciate my blogging friends comments on my post too. Have a great first week of June. See you next Monday I hope. The optional prompt is: Motivate. Denyse.

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  13. As I sit here with my blueberries, I can appreciate your strawberries. Fresh fruit is so good this time of year! And I have to agree with Bill on tofu … no matter how many times I have tried it, I just can’t. Enjoy visiting your sister!

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    • Thank you, Joanne. I will enjoy visiting my sister. And we had blueberries AND strawberries for breakfast this morning. Too much deliciousness! πŸ™‚

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  14. I love tofu…and fried? Well, even better! The recipe sounds delish!! I’m also intrigued with the “mock orange.” We are looking to finish off a new flower bed…and I’ve never heard of this one, but it sounds wonderful! Looking into it more just now:)

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  15. Oh I just LOVE Cape Cod and try to get there at least once every couple of years (if not every year!). Enjoy your trip. It’s amazing how many things are on backorder lately; we are just not used to that at all.

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  16. Strawberries – yes! We have to wait until closer to the end of June here, but it’s a favorite time of year for sure. I’m enjoying the perks of being vaccinated and getting to be with extended family again too. In combination with the beach, it just can’t be beat. Thanks for linking up πŸ™‚

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  17. I love that so many families are reuniting soon. I have three strawberry plants and there are four strawberries pinkening up. I’m so stinking excited about my four paltry strawberries!

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  18. That story about your Mock Orange makes me ache! Oh, the power of sensory memory.
    As for the late gift…I’d just consider it an extra-long celebration πŸ™‚ What a wonderful surprise to get in 6 wks!

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  19. How wonderful to be able to travel again and see family! I can’t imagine how awful it’s been. We’re certainly so fortunate here that life has continued on fairly normally. Enjoy every moment!

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  20. Loved the story about the mock orange blossoms and the memory it brought back. I’ve heard that our memories are tied very tightly to scents. So glad you’ll be able to visit family again – that is indeed something to celebrate!

    Visiting from Currently, at #21

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  21. Laurie, I was just talking to my sister about scents from our childhood and the memories they bring back when I smell something similar now (the smell of the library and furniture store in my hometown, just to name a few). I am not familiar with mock orange but the blooms are lovely. That’s a great idea to deep fry the tofu … I hope you can find the recipe again!

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    • So funny that you were talking to your sister about scents from your childhood. I was just talking to my sister about the same thing! Great minds…

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  22. There were cedar bushes when I was growing up that separated the properties. It was a new sub, but the bushes were mature and large. The kids in the neighborhood would watch the orb spiders weave webs from bush to bush and when it rained or was humid, the smell of fresh cedar filled the air. Whenever I smell cedar while walking through the ‘hood, I think of them. The idea of a clambake sounds appealing to me. I know you’re going to have a wonderful time on this inaugural trip.

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