Friday, July 24, 2020

Life: Friday Ramblings

japanese eggplant

One of my favorite veggies is...
...Japanese Eggplant!  This is a long, thin eggplant with a delicate taste and less chewy texture.
I prefer it over regular eggplant because the seeds are so tiny that they're almost nonexistent.
The only problem with this vegetable is that you can't buy it in the regular grocery store.
The only way that I can get my hands on it is to grow it in my garden.

I'm real excited because...
...we had our first substantial harvest of Japanese eggplants from our garden!
We picked 7 full grown eggplants to enjoy alongside our barbecued chicken thighs last night.
A little olive oil, a pad of butter, a dash of garlic powder, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper pairs perfectly.
Sautee on medium heat, mixing often, for about 20 minutes or until tender.  Serve and then enjoy!
The picture on the right is 7 eggplants chopped, seasoned, and ready to be cooked.

I can't stop thinking about...
...the Wayfair Scandal.  True or not, the possibility shows how truly disgusting society has become.
The few people vocalizing their feelings on it can't believe how people are turning a blind eye.
My next venture down the rabbit hole is to finish the docu-series Jeffrey Epstein:  Filthy Rich.

I'm getting nervous that...
...schools won't fully reopen in the fall.  I get the health concerns, but there has to be a better way.
It's unhealthy mentally and physically for the parents and kiddies to juggle all of this.
Working full time from home while watching, feeding, and TEACHING kids is impossible.
While I don't know what the right answer is, I just know that this isn't it.

On the bright side...
...New York went from being the epicenter of COVID19 to one of the safest states.
Here's to continuing this trend and eventually reaching herd immunity so that life can start again.
In other words, wear your freaking mask until Cuomo says otherwise!  For the love of God..

And, finally, the HIGHLIGHT of today is...'s the hubby's 30th birthday today.  He's officially joined the 30's club.
Happy 30th to my handsome, handy, and supportive husband.
I wish you another decade filled with health, happiness, & our annoying voices screaming your name!
We'll be celebrating with the four of us rocking the outside seating of our favorite Sicilian restaurant.
Then we get to give him the big surprise gift.  We are going to Kalahari in the Poconos for 4 days in August!!!

What are your Friday Ramblings?


  1. To be honest, mask wearing should remain more normal in the United States. Maybe not as much as we doing now, but it would prevent the spreading of germs for other diseases

    1. I suppose, but it's a sad world that way. I started giggling when I saw a meme that showed people wearing masks with their pictures on their shirt so you knew who they were. LOL

  2. I knew about the word ichiban but never knew it meant eggplant LOL
    Happy birthday to your hubby! What is he getting from you? :)

    1. Thank you!! We are surprising him with a mini trip to the place he's been begging to go. It's the largest indoor water park in the US. Bleh, I skeeve, but I'll put my smile on. :) :)

  3. Sure you’ll be going to the Poconos in August . . . LOL, I really hope you do, but I thought NY wasn’t letting people cross the border? Or that you’d have to quarantine for 14days when you return?

    I’m excited about your eggplant. I couldn’t find the seeds anywhere, but I’ll try a catalog for next year.

    My teacher friends are going insane with all the confusion on what will happen. Good luck and happy birthday to your hubby!

    1. We're keeping our fingers crossed! The quarantine is only required for states with infection rates @ 10% or higher. More than half the country is on the list, but PA has been holding steady. (Knock on wood)

      You must try the Japanese Eggplant if you can find it next year. You won't regret it. It produces so much too. We have four plants and average about 8 full grown eggplants a week. That typically lasts through the Autumn or until the frosts start.

  4. Disgusting it has become? Never stopped being disgusting, just hide it better now.

    Pfffft not impossible, just hire mary poppins lol

  5. Happy Birthday to the hubs! 30's were such great years for me!

    The eggplants look wonderful!

    I just finished Filthy Rich. What a sick, sick world we live in. I've been paying attention to the people who went to his island and were friends with him. Don't tell me that they didn't know he was doing what he was doing. People like Bill Clinton, Chrissy Teigan, John Legend, Kevin Spacey.... none of them said a damn thing. Makes me sick that they use their platform to shove their holier than though opinions down our throats, but keep their mouths shut when it comes to one of their friends abusing underage girls.

    We are keeping Allison home the first half of the school year for e-learning. I'll let the other people be the test dummies on how in person classes are going. We don't have a good safety plan. It's basically "let's throw them in the ring and see what happens." I'll reevaluate after Christmas on if we should send her in or keep her home for the remainder of the year.

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