Some bucket list items are worth repeating

By PEGGY SIMS,

All of us have a bucket list or bucket lists. 

I was fortunate enough to visit New York City several years ago with a best friend, and ever since I returned, this has been on the top of my bucket list – to go once again. 

Well, I am leaving Saturday at 7:30 a.m. I will have to be at the airport at 6:30 a.m. That means that we will be leaving or houses at 4:30 a.m.

That would be just fine for me, but I am riding with the rest of my party and my daughter does not know what 4:30 a.m. looks like. Never seen it. I will have to be her wakeup call/alarm clock because she will never wake up on her own.

I have been busy for the past week preparing to leave my husband for eight days. Yes, he is a grown man fully capable of taking care of himself, but I have so spoiled him in the 50-some-odd years we have been married that he is totally dependent on me for some things. 

As we were both seventeen when we married, we both left our mothers’ houses and them taking care of us into a home with each other and someone else still taking care of us.

He never has learned to cook. Oh, he can grill but really cook, no. I remember when I had broken my leg and I asked him to go to get fried chicken one night and we would open some English peas to go with it. He did just that. He opened the English peas and dipped from the can and brought them to me. I choked them down and later on told him about it and he just said, “Oh I thought they were like pork and beans, straight from the can.”

So, as always, I have made “tv dinners,” so to speak, for him so that he can just grab one each night and warm in the microwave. Breakfast has also been prepared in advance. I figure a banana and a cracker will suffice at noon.

My boys and son-in-law are all really first-rate cooks.

I believe my lack of not teaching my husband has to do with the generation I was born into. My grandmother and mother always took care of their men the way I do mine and this was instilled into me. 

Do you think it’s too late to change a leopard’s spots or maybe teach a man to cook?

This is a good kid’s recipe for them to make this summer:

Plastic Bag Ice Cream

1 cup of half and half cream

½ cup fresh crushed strawberries

¼ cup of sugar

2 T. Pet Milk

1 t. vanilla

4 cups crushed ice

¾ cup salt

Using two 1-quart resealable plastic bags, place one bag inside the other. Place the first five ingredients inside the inner bag.  Seal both bags, pressing out as much air as possible.  Place the 2 bags in a gallon size resealable plastic freezer bag.  Add ice and salt.  Seal bag and push out air.  Shake and knead the cream mixture until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Open and eat.