88. I'm thankful for church this morning. Today, of course, was the first day of Daylight Savings Time, a.k.a. the Worst Day of the Year. Love the time change, hate the morning it takes place. We had one person wander in about five minutes before Sunday school ended: she forgot to change her clocks. Apparently something similar happened to our piano player: we didn't have one! When Rick got up to lead the singing he said something along the lines of, "We'll get through this together," but then Shirley Harris walked up to the piano and played throughout the service. What a blessing that was -- I was so glad to see her do that. Warmed the little cockles of my heart.
Something similar happened during the offering. Church was lightly attended today and when the guys walked to the front to handle the offering they were one short. Harold McGalliard just got up from the pew and walked over to the side to take the place of the missing piece. I dunno -- it felt more like a family gathering today because of those things. Or maybe I was just in a sappy mood.
89. Sunday afternoon baseball. I know, I know -- I'm not going to write about sports (although now that I'm not on Facebook this is less of an issue). This isn't really about a specific team, though, except in a roundabout way. In spring training, I never mind (much) if the Yankees lose because I don't know what they were trying to accomplish that day. Maybe a pitcher looked bad because he was working on perfecting a new pitch and he hasn't got it down yet, or the other team realized what he was doing and knew that pitch was coming. Maybe one team plays all its minor league players and one team plays more veterans. And so on -- it's a time for experimenting, for ramping up, for giving the kids a look, and so on. The scoreboard isn't important. As a fan of a specific team, of course, you NEVER want to see them lose, but losses in the spring carry no sting. Anyway, it's always fun to see the Yankees (and probably most other teams) during the spring because they have so many "old guys" in camp and that really brings back memories for me.
Today Lou Piniella sat in the booth and did color commentary -- he was actually quite good and if he decided to do it for real I think he'd become one of the best. That's not my point, though. When I first started following the Yankees in 1977, Lou Piniella was one of my favorites. "Sweet Lou" has not aged all that well, but I thought he was really handsome in his playing days and I loved to watch him run in the outfield and hit (with power). Anyway, he talked a lot about the guys he played with and those stories were about things that I remembered and I saw or heard. Baseball can evoke a time and a mood for me in the way that music does for other people.
It didn't rain today and the sun shone briefly (it's not shining now), but it was too cold to be outside in a bathing suit. Thunderstorms are forecast for tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I'm hoping that there will be SOME sun mixed in -- the temperatures will be warm enough to get outside so I will have to be watchful and take whatever I can get!
I'm very much enjoying reading Job with the commentary; I'll probably be about a quarter of the way through the book today. Now, of course, I want to read a Christian commentary (although the Soncino book is doing what I want it to do -- it's making sense now!).
I haven't been cooking lately. We've been eating leftovers, peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, and Mellow Mushroom pizza. I cooked today, though. I based it on a recipe from my favorite blog (FatFree Vegan Kitchen), but I used what I had and mine was a bit different.
I had half a green bell pepper, half a yellow bell pepper, and half a red bell pepper leftover, so I chopped them up. I added two cloves of minced garlic, one large onion, and half of the jalapeno I didn't use in a previous recipe. (This dish did NOT turn out spicy; wish I had used the whole jalapeno.) I water-sauteed all of that and when it was done I threw in about a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of chipotle chili powder, a teaspoon of regular chili powder, about half a teaspoon of smoked paprika, a little salt and a little pepper. I had put two cups of brown rice into the rice cooker (along with 4 1/2 cups of water) and I dumped all of that into the veggies. I added two cans of fire-roasted diced tomatoes (undrained), one large can of corn (undrained), and a can of rinsed black beans (I was going to use my pressure cooker, but...I didn't). That was it. My original plan was to wrap it in a tortilla, add some salsa and lettuce, and call it a burrito -- but I never did get the tortillas. So -- Mexican rice, maybe. It's really good and it was super easy (I would make it spicier next time). Here's the pic: