One Thing at a Time

Archived | May 18, 2015 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Had just pulled in from one of five college trips this week, the first, and it was iced tea and the show with all the windows open, just for a while. So much is happening this spring I’m finding a moment here and there of nothing, complete with beverage and music and perhaps some rhubarb pie, is just the thing.

What, you ask, is “so much”? One daughter graduating from college. One daughter graduating from high school. Each of them celebrating birthdays. Two cousins graduating from high school. One cousin getting married. One daughter getting married. All three kids with summer jobs. A bridal shower. A graduation party. Father’s Day. Summer classes. Volunteer work. Moving. Yard work. Groceries. Gifts. Invites and thank yous. Catering orders. Kegs of beer. Cookies. What to wear.

Sleep is in there somewhere. It’s elusive, but I’m finding I love it more and more. And it’s good for you. You sleep between five and six hours a night, and you’ll live longer. You’ll be more creative. You’ll get better grades, find more success (woo hoo!), be able to pay better attention. Fewer accidents and less stress, and you’ll maintain a more healthful weight. (Unless you eat a pie before bed which I’ve attempted on occasion.) Studies and reports support all of this, and there’s even mention of less inflammation with good sleep but I’m not quite to the place where inflammation is an issue so I kind of skimmed over that study.

Thing is, apart from all of that, it just feels good to lie down. My favorite nap place is a spread-eagled twenty minutes on the living room floor, fan on, windows open, silence. However, at night, I love to climb into bed (sometimes I leap but Mr. S isn’t a fan of that so I try to be respectful when he’s home, though when he’s not I go all Peter Pan). I love the cool of the sheets, and the pressure and weight of blankets and quilts. I love the falling, and that, for a while, I disappear. (While I’m gone, I visit castles and prairies and Alaska and my hometown — everywhere I wish to go but don’t much have the means.) And when I wake, I feel alive, and cracklin’, and ready to go. To meet the day, head-on, to have at it, to rise up and get ‘er done. Everything on the list, one thing at a time.

Simple, and simply divine, this dip. Serve it up in the perfect bowl alongside a platter of strawberries, vanilla wafers, ginger snaps, or cinnamon grahams.

Key Lime Dip

2 (8-oz) blocks of cream cheese, softened
½ cup key lime juice
1 (14-oz) can condensed milk
¼ cup sugar

Whip together cream cheese until smooth using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add lime juice (make sure you use key lime juice, not plain ol’ lime juice) and sugar and mix together. Then add condensed milk and mix until mixture is creamy and smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve chilled.