Floating Over the Rough Stretch

Archived | August 8, 2014 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Funny how music can pick you up and take you out of your life like a dream. It carries me away, often, and on those days when the din becomes a roar, or silence grows loud, I turn on the radio, or put in a Johnny Cash or Eva Cassidy cd and float on through whatever it is the day has brought that begs for music to take the edge off.

August has been, for about twenty years now, a bit of a rough stretch. There are school clothes to buy, piles of notebooks and graph paper and pens and Post-It notes to pick up, schedules to manage, auditions for which to sign up. School starts less than a month from now, and here, rounding the final stretch of kids at home, with two leaving for college late this month and one with one last year to go, I find the list is a bit more challenging than even last year. There’s a bed to move, car issues to figure out, books to buy, logistics to plot, two-week notices to turn in for the summer jobs, what kind of laundry bag to buy, dental visits, who is taking the microwave, etc. What’s a bit different, on top of the usual school shopping, is the emotion of it all, a thrill and a heaving all at once. I have these moments when I look up and think, Well, this is the last time for a while we’ll all be sitting here eating sesame beef. Or, this is the last August she’ll live at home. Or, there may not be another chance before he leaves for us to see this movie. Or, she’s a senior already, how did that happen?

I’d love to put aside the hot water heater issue, the car trouble, the bills and grinding the tree stump and the laundry and the deadlines awhile and be WITH them these last few weeks. I tried it the other day. “Let’s just be together today,” I said, and they all looked at me like I’m an alien, or some kind of odd tree that just suddenly grew in the living room. “Mom. I have to work.” “Mom, I’m meeting my friends at the beach.” “Mom, I just really wanna veg out and play video games today.”

Now I’m smiling. They seem to know things I don’t, and I’ll take the cue and simply carry on.
Everything is as it should be. Nothing has changed, though everything is, and that is the way of it, always. Sure is.

I’ve always been a fan of bread, and better yet if it’s got a bit of something healthful and a light lemon glaze. This one makes a lovely hostess gift, or is the perfect snack when you need a little something.

Lemon Zucchini Bread

2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 T lemon juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
zest of one lemon
1 cup grated zucchini

Glaze ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T lemon juice
1 T milk

Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs, and add oil and sugar. Stir in lemon juice, buttermilk, lemon zest. Fold in zucchini, and add dry mixture to the wet mixture and blend all together. Pour batter into greased 9×5 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40–45 minutes.

While still warm, make glaze and spoon over the bread. Let the glaze set up before cutting and serving.