Cooking on Both Burners

These are all the things I learned today about our 12-year-old gas grill:

1. How to diagnose the problem of the high-flaring back burner and where and how to order a new burner assembly from


2. How to question my own diagnosis and call Weber and get instant instructions, via email.  On a Sunday.

3. How to disassemble and deep clean the grill, including inside the burners. And how to put it back together again in a way that it works.

4. How to cancel my order for a new burner assembly.

5. How rewarding it is to fix something we already own  Perhaps we were channeling our fathers, who both absolutely loved to do just that, on this sunny Fathers Day.

Weber rocks.  And so does Steve.  And Maddy, who held all the directions and cheered us on.

I am a Writer

I have learned that I am a writer.  First, I learned it from all of you, who said that this counted.  Who knew?

Then I learned from the two gifted other members of my writing group, Kat and Ariel.

And all along I learned from my sister, Lava, who seemed to call me a writer before I had written anything.  (Ahh, unconditional support!  Nothing beats it!)

And now I have actually submitted TWO items for publication!  I learned about the Chicken Soup for the Soul submission process from Lava, who has had many stories published there, and I did it!  Just now!

Baked Oatmeal

I learned that you can bake oatmeal and it is delicious!

Lorna made this for us:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • raisins

Mix it up and pour into an oiled (or not) baking dish.  Or maybe even mix it in that dish!

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

While it’s baking, toast some slivered or chopped almonds to use later.

After baking, top the oatmeal with sliced bananas and brown sugar and broil for a few minutes.

Serve with the almonds and other fruit.




Be Grateful and Thrive

OK, I confess I just stole this title from looking at someone else’s magazine on this plane, but I’m sure the article is also about what I learned in February.

For each day of the month, I posted something for which I was grateful, as my Facebook status.  It was a very rewarding experience and made me very aware of how fortunate I am and how many things there are to be grateful for*, both large and small, in my life.

From the obvious and big, including my wonderful friends and family, to the obvious and small, Egg McMuffins, and on to the not so obvious, a taxi or superglue when nothing else would do the job.

I am learning that my awareness of my gratitude has extended beyond February.

* I am grateful that I having my own blog means that I can end sentences and phrases with prepositions.