And, let the new day begin!

Spinach Salad

The alarm goes off without fail at 5:30 each morning but our day doesn’t usually begin for an hour or so — after we’ve had our morning tea (Nyel) and coffee (me) and, most importantly, after we’ve discussed food.  Each morning we decide together what we’d like for lunch and dinner.  For breakfast, we’re each on our own.  Easy for me.  I’m not a breakfast-eater.

In fact, it’s all easy for me.  My only responsibility in the food department these days is getting something out of the “outside” freezer if need be.  The freezer is in the pantry/laundry room which is down a step and involves a wheelchair transfer coming and going for Nyel.  So, magnanimous me, I do that chore.  Otherwise… all I need to do is show up for the meals!  How great is that!!

Hamburger and Tater Tots

The hardest part for both of us is deciding what the day’s menu will be.  Nyel is great about knowing what food is still on hand as we get closer to our every-other-week shopping pick-up at Fred Meyers.  I don’t really know what I contribute to the discussion except being “quality control” in terms of balanced meals and not too many repeats of our favorites.  (Nyel could eat red meat at every meal.  I wouldn’t mind pasta in some form or other every day.)

Nyel is the “foodie” in the family.  He loves to eat and, oh so luckily, he loves to plan menus and to shop for groceries and to cook!  If he’s not doing any of the above, he enjoys reading recipe books and, nowadays, exploring the world of food online.  I feel like I am the luckiest woman in the world!

So… today we were up and at it, decisions made by 6:30!  Chicken Caesar salad for lunch; hamburgers and corn on the cob for dinner!  The chicken and ground round came out of the freezer by 6:35 .  Let the day begin!

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