.I am getting the hang of cooking for (almost) one. I wanted some ravioli tonight. No, I didn't make it, because I have some really good frozen four-cheese ravioli. That works well because I can cook four or a dozen at a time. I had no red sauce. I haven't made homemade sauce in years, but I knew I needed to get back to it for many reasons, the most important being that I can make a really small amount.
So I tossed together a very small saucepan of ingredients and let it simmer for several hours. Meanwhile, I enjoyed a glass of Merlot and some chats with some friends on the phone. Some greens from a local greenhouse, a few alfalfa sprouts, feta cheese and baby shrimp in a bowl with sun dried tomato dressing, and I was ready to eat.
I haven't lost my touch. It was very good sauce. I have just enough sauce for one big or two small meals to go into the freezer for a few days.
Tomorrow is a big day. Lolita goes in to be spayed. I'd hoped to wait longer for her adjustment to the family and to lower the risk to her by waiting till she is out of heat, but that would be another month and everyone in the house is going crazy! The hoped-for adjustment is not going as well as it should because of the stress of it all. The three boys don't have the equipment any longer, but they haven't forgotten the smell and what they are supposed to do when it occurs. They follow her around, giving her "hugs" until the poor little girl either snaps at them or looks at me like "Heeeelllllllpppppp!" Occasionally the boys get cross-wise with each other and we have a loud set-to. I've had to put Max into time-out several times. He even walks around with a slight, involuntary humping action at times. So we are going to give everybody a break. Lolita will still have a scent for a week or so, but it will be lighter, and it will ultimately be over more quickly than if we wait. My nerves are ragged, and I'm not directly involved. I can't imagine how all of them are doing! The spaying needs to be done for our peace of mind.
Tomorrow will be tough for Lolita's mamma.