We have been eating strawberries often lately. This is the second year that Gerald's garden has produced all the strawberries we can eat. He grew them and picked them and sometimes even burred them; but unlike the little red hen, he shares them willingly with me. Once again we have several bags in the freezer for next winter.
I make strawberry
shortcake the way Gerald's mother taught me. Instead of using pie
crust or the little sponge cakes from the store, she always used
crackers in her shortcake. I started out using pie crust or the
little cakes, and once I even make the plate-sized shortcake from my
bridal cookbook. But I found I liked Mom Glasco's best of all, and
that is what I still do today. Except now instead of sugar, I use
Apriva and I use wheat crackers which weren't available when I
began. I did use sugar for the shortcake that I fed granddaughter
Leslie when she and Mike dropped in briefly on their way home from
Cecelie's high school graduation. The beautiful Mother's Day plant
that they brought me from Jeannie is definitely the highlight on our
This is the first
year for the asparagus that Gerald planted in his garden, and he
brings in a cutting of it almost every other day. It tastes so good
and fresh. After I wash it, I stand it upright in a narrow pitcher
with water in it just the way Mom Glasco taught me years ago. We eat
it sparingly,however, because the Vitamin K interferes with our
blood thinner meds, so I've put many meaks' worth in the freezer.
As always, we have
watched a lot of college softball this season usually on the
computers in Gerald's office. We watched on his bigger screen but
turned off the sound of the announcers. That was so we could hear
the radio announcers on his other computer because our granddaughter
Erin was one of them. The two programs were not always in sync, but
we did not care because we liked hearing Erin's sweet voice and
laugh. Our thoughts are with her and Josh because in the morning,
baby Caroline is to be born.
For the last three
days, we were able to leave the computers behind and watch softball
on the television screen. Texas A&M played Tennessee in the super
regionals at Knoxville with fourteen other teams battling it out in
their supers across the nation. The winners of two out of three
games advance to the Nationals in Oklahoma City starting Thursday.
game was a big disappointment because A&M played poorly and
lost.8-1, a lopsided score that should not happen in the super
regionals. Then we thought we had lost again yesterday when Tennessee
got ahead early. But seeing A&M come back and win that second
game 6-5 set the table for an exciting game today.
I tried not to be
too optimistic lest I be disappointed; and when Tennessee quickly got
ahead again this afternoon, it looked like this would be our last
game of the season. Then the Aggies came alive and pulled ahead.
Then behind. Then ahead. There was one rain delay and there were the
frequent delays that Coach Karen Weekly is known for. Katherine and I
watched together in her bedroom. With the rest of the entire
softball nation, we could not help but marvel and be inspired by
A&M's pitcher Trinity Harrington, who had missed their regional
tourney to spend the last days with her father as he lost his battle
with cancer. Her team had rallied the best they could to show her
support last week, and they knew how she wanted to win this one for
her father, who had been a great supporter of her softball career.
And with the help of her teammates, she did. The camera frequently
flashed to her mother in the stands, and it was hard to stay dry
made their last out, the A&M tears were tears of happiness as
they became one of the eight teams heading to the Women's College
World Series, something little girls playing softball grow up
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