There's a lot going on here, but I won't say much about it. Most of it's medical, as usual, but the worst today is too little sleep and a splitting headache. I won't go into the rest, just to say it's a repeat from a million and one times before, and my spinal injection scheduled last week had to be rescheduled again because I can't be on antibiotics when he gives it. ugh, ugh, ugh.
I'm sleepy because this dog chose 10 o'clock last night to stick her nose up the back side of a skunk. I knew one day it would happen, but lately I was more worried about a young raccoon she enjoyed treeing every night. I was afraid it would eventually turn on her. But, last night it was a distinctly more aromatic creature. Oh, I have never heard my kids complain so loudly about anything! We were almost ready to go to bed and it was the dog's last potty trip of the day. She came in the back door and the kids scattered like roaches at first light. The smell! Doug got her back out quickly and I googled a remedy (what did we do before google?). I mixed up and Doug bathed her in 1 qt. hydrogen peroxide (which I luckily had) mixed with 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 t. dish soap. I found the recipe at the Humane Society website. Since the mixture is not supposed to get in the dog's eyes (and you can imagine her head got sprayed before any other part) her face got washed in V-8 juice, the closest thing to tomato juice I had. Then Doug washed her in shampoo. Luckily it's summer and he could do that all on the deck and not in the house. She slept in the garage and though she came in this morning and went down to her crate, I didn't get close enough to smell her. I suspect I'll have to go out and get something commercial by the end of the day and bathe her again. Oh. the joy of dogs! And wildlife.
As soon as that scene was put to bed, I made some chamomile tea and tried to relax. Doug came to get me (I was in the living room because he was watching football) at 11 pm for bed. I then realized I hadn't gotten money out for Noah's lunch, and when I retrieved my purse I couldn't find my little wallet with my cash, driver's license and debit card. I panicked and then remembered I had pulled it out after church when we stopped for a bite to eat. It must be in the car. I went to the car, but it wasn't there. I almost started crying -- just too much for one night. But then I slid my hand between the back seats where I had been sitting and it was there. Thank you, God.
I wished I could have just stayed in bed all day today, but there is school to be done, a haircut appointment, dance classes, and a rosary guild meeting tonight. If I make it that long. Today is a Red Beans and Rice dinner, with some semolina bread. I'll try to remember to take photos this time. Sadly, I don't think we'll be celebrating Our Blessed Mother's birthday all together.
I'll just share one recipe with you -- a dish I tried last week that the men-folk loved. It was fried, but just in a thin layer of olive oil, and they were chicken breasts, so it's all good. I highly recommend.
Mediterranean Chicken Breasts
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried garlic
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
6 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
oil for sautéing
Mix together the first seven ingredients (from the cheese through to the black pepper) on a piece of waxed paper, or shallow dish; put the oil in a shallow dish.
Dip the chicken breast halves in the oil (or brush on with a pastry brush), then coat them evenly with the cheese/breadcrumb mixture.
Place a large skillet over a medium to medium high heat; pour in a thin layer of olive oil. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and the juices run clear. Do not crowd skillet. Cook in two batches if necessary to leave room between pieces.