Tuesday, November 17, 2020

I Object: Word Counters


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Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks a number between 12 and 74. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with.

 The November number is 28. 
It was chosen by Diane of On the Border.

In these monthly posts, I chose a theme and use the assigned number of words multiple times using the theme. This month I've chosen the theme I Object.

~ I had a hard time with this one. No, not the number Diane chose, but how to name the post based on what I knew I wanted to say.
~ I knew I wanted to talk about what I hate. But especially at this time in our country's history, the word "hate" is too much of a trigger.

~ I specifically knew I would avoid politics today. I'm not averse to talking about it, I've done so many times, just wanted to take a break from it.

~ So, knowing what I wanted to say, and not say, I started looking at how to appropriately title this post. "I hate" was out. But what was in? 

~ Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg (and fighting to keep from editorializing the debacle that followed her death), I chose a theme that serves to represent my intent: I Object.

~ Like . . . I object to the leaves changing colors (though beautiful) and raining down from the trees lining my backyard without having once been to a beach this year.

Cod and Hash Brown Florentine: flaky cod, hash brown shreds and spinach (chopped broccoli can be substituted) are baked together in one casserole. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Cod and Hash Brown Florentine
Cod and Hash Brown Florentine: flaky cod, hash brown shreds and spinach (chopped broccoli can be substituted) are baked together in one casserole. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

~ I object to switching over to buying and cooking the heartier, more substantial fall and winter weather foods without ever having been to a farmer's market this year.
~ I object to my own new habit of taking scissors to my hair. Although I don't seem to be objecting to those streaks of grey here and there.
~ I object to making a determination about flying PurDude home for Thanksgiving, when we both live in covid hot spots, knowing that doing so could have deadly consequences.
~ I object to the other option, his having to drive alone for hours on desolate stretches of highway in questionable weather, so his mama can finally hug him.
~ But I don't object to talking him into driving home the first weekend of November before most of the bad weather hits, and staying a month. HE'S HERE!

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:

Messymimi’s Meanderings 
On the Border 

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Cod and Hash Brown Florentine         

Printable Recipe

NOTE: If you prefer, you can substitute frozen chopped broccoli for the spinach

1 1/2 cups frozen hash brown shreds
10 oz package frozen spinach
 3/4# cod fillets
1 tsp salt, divided
1/4 plus 1/8 tsp pepper, divided
1/8 tsp ground cayenne spice
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 tsp paprika
*Defrost the hash brown shreds and pat dry. Defrost the spinach and press between paper towels to remove as much of the water as you can.
*Cut the cod into pieces of equal thickness so it will cook evenly.
*Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray an 8 inch square casserole dish with nonstick spray.
*Mix together the hash brown shreds, spinach, 3/4 tsp of the salt, 1/4 tsp of the pepper and the cayenne. Spread half of this mixture into the bottom of the casserole dish.
*Top with the cod pieces, then sprinkle them with the remaining 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
*Arrange the remaining spinach and hash brown mixture over the fish. Sprinkle with the parmesan, then the paprika.
*Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until the fish is completely cooked, no longer translucent and flakes easily with a fork. How long your fish will take is dependent on the thickness of the fish.


  1. All objections are set aside for that glorious moment of throwing your arms around your son! A month! That is glorious indeed!

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you. I love having him here, now I just have to convince him to stay.

  3. What a process for you and your son to get together, but it will be worth it when he's able to hug you for the first time. I have the greatest of respect for your son and all that he is doing to help keep his parents safe during his visit. I hope you have a wonderful month together. And then hide the car keys and slash his tires so he can't leav....no don't do that! And, I sure could go for some crispy hash browns right now...Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. Well, I AM trying to convince him to stay longer. A lot of that will depend on weather for the drive back, and when his work starts their once a week in-office again.

  4. Replies
    1. Hooray for children coming home!

      And i object to the way i messed up my post today, it is corrected now. Please forgive me!

    2. No apology necessary, I certainly make my share of mistakes too (and I even admit it).

  5. I'm sure you'll be making plenty of family memories in the next few weeks.

    1. Yes, I'll be packing a lot into a short amount of time.


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