Friday, June 25, 2021

Mindfield: Obstacles Poetry


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Last Friday of the month is for
Monthly Poetry Group to rhyme.
Diane and I take turns to pick,
"Obstacles," the theme this time.
As usual, today I'll try,
a poem to write . . . or fudge.
Whether I'm successful or not,
you get to be the judge.

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"I think I can, I think I can,"
the little engine said.
"Must be optimistic 'bout
the obstacle ahead."
And ant, he knew that he could do
what others said he can't.
Move away that obstacle,
big green rubber tree plant. 

Great for inspiration but,
I'm (sadly) here to say,
sometimes math's what's needed to,
get you your own way.

Started on a day when I
didn't see it coming.
Started with a smile and then,
ended with me grumbling.
I'd not expected issues, which
is always when they come.
Should have stressed ahead of time, 
my "ward it off" rule of thumb. 
No, was not a recipe,
I know you expected that,
but with Covid, substitutions had
pretty much become "old hat."
Everything Seasoning Chicken. Everything isn’t just for bagels! | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner
Everything Seasoning Chicken
I'd run out to the store with just,
license, debit card, mask.
But why did I not take my purse?
I was rushing through my task.
'Twas a kitchen towel that pushed me
right over the edge.
Cotton, the way I like them,
no scalloping on the edge.
Picking up prescriptions was
when I saw them there,
kitchen towels, much needed,
mine had holes, even the spare.
"Ma'am, you cannot buy this,"
kid said at my turn in line,
"I think you're at the limit,
your card has been declined."
Not just embarrassed but afraid,
my bank account had been hacked!
Turns out it was my own mistake,
guess I'd forgotten how to subtract. 
Didn't replenish bank account,
I thought that I had plenty, 
but the mortgage had just debited,
and I only subtracted one twenty?

Took away one hundred when,
one thousand was the price.
Just like when you're building, guess,
need to check my numbers thrice.
An uphill climb? Rubber plant to push? 
Nothing as difficult as that.
My obstacle? Old lady brain.
Got a cure for this old bat?

Before you go, more Obstacles poetry:
Diane of On the Border shares Overcoming

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Everything Seasoning Chicken

1 1/2# thin sliced chicken breasts
2 eggs
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 TBSP sesame seeds
1 TBSP poppy seeds
1 TBSP dried minced onion
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
2 TBSP butter, melted
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved

*Cut each slice of chicken into 2 - 3 pieces and place into a gallon sized sealable bag. Whisk the eggs, add to the bag, then seal the bag and refrigerate at least 2 hours, turning now and then.
*Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Mix together the panko bread crumbs, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion, garlic powder, garlic salt, and Kosher salt on a plate.
*Coat both sides of each slice of chicken with the bread crumb mixture, pressing to be sure it sticks, and place the chicken into the prepared baking pan.
*Drizzle the melted butter over the chicken, then sprinkle the tomato halves over the top. Bake for 45 minutes (be sure the chicken is cooked completely).


  1. HAhahaha! Brilliant! And if you happen to find that cure...

  2. Only cure is undesirable.Push on with alarms, alerts and daily balance check. Rerunning last month’s register to be sure no auto draft is missed or incorrectly entered. I confess to online banking with all the bells and whistles Alerts of payment due and sent. I quit trying to keep up long ago.

    1. Yeah, I have a few strategies too, I keep a detailed daily calendar and I do love online banking!

  3. We are fans of online banking, too. But bad news, no cure for senior brain. My latest is forgetting names of places - spent a nerve wracking few minutes thinking of the name of the place we go to for U-Pick blueberries to check on their ripening status. Don't ask me to write a poem about it, either. Aaaargh. Alana

    1. Yes, I find myself unable to get a word and then googling a description of it and let google find the word for me.

  4. UGH! I can sympathize with senior moment mistakes.

    1. The worst is when you can't find a word though, so frustrating.

  5. I may not be a senior but I fuzzy brain most of the name

  6. The only person i know who doesn't get that fuzzy brain is Grandpa, and it's because he has always carried a little book with him and he notes everything. He keeps detailed lists. He checks his little book several times a day to make sure he has done everything he needed to do.

    Hope you got to go back and get the towels.

  7. I do love the systems online and how they keep track of things. I remember carrying around a checkbook and balancing and still think that's a good method to really keep track of spending(shrugs)

    1. I do have an online checkbook via my bank but I also balance a paper checkbook as the online one doesn't debit money scheduled for payment until it's actually paid.

  8. I love your poem. Now I don't feel so bad about driving an hour and a half to our closest Walmart just to discover at the checkout, that I'd forgotten my wallet AND debit card.
    (your chicken recipe is also going in this week's rotation.)

    1. Ha, good to know I'm not alone (although I'd been even more distressed if I'd driven an hour and a half).
      And I hope you let me know what you think of the chicken.


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