Guitars and Oatmeal

It’s my fifth day of being snowbound. I would really call it icebound at this time. Nathan had to go back to work today and just called to tell me not to even think about going anywhere because all the side streets are terribly slick and hazardous. I’m not sure I trust him though. I know he has ulterior motives.

He has spent weeks agonizing over the delivery of his new guitar. The delivery is scheduled for today and someone must be home to sign for it. So, last night when I was unsure if we were going to have school today, I thought he might call my boss to explain to her all the reasons his wife should stay home and sign for guitar deliveries so that heavy metal can live on forever. The look of relief he had when I told him that we were cancelling school again, and as a result, would be probably still be in school during Fourth of July, was priceless. He then proceeded to wake me up early this morning so I don’t sleep through the delivery or find myself in the shower when the guitar arrives.

Here I am. Waiting.

I’ve decided to post something I’ve wanted to post for sometime. Several months ago when I started reading all kinds of blogs, I found two blogs that are dedicated to healthy living – and . I added them to my Google reader and started reading their posts every day. Both girls post every meal they have and what they do for workouts each day. I noticed right away they eat a lot of oatmeal. One even has a page on her blog called Tribute to Oatmeal.

I don’t like oatmeal so much. My mom used to make it with sugar and butter. I thought it was slimy and didn’t have much flavor. However, after reading so many posts about oatmeal and looking at so many pictures of oatmeal, I decided I had not been very creative with oatmeal. Perhaps I should give it another chance. So, that’s what I have been doing.

I am now a recovered oatmeal hater. While I don’t want it every day, I do like it once or twice a week now. The key for me was to make it with milk so it has a creamier texture and to add lots of different toppings. I noticed these girls added all sorts of things to their oatmeal, so I just do the same. If we have some sort of sweet that it left over then I add a little bit of that, I always have granola on hand and then I have discovered that I love almond butter.  To me, it’s far better than peanut butter.

This morning was an oatmeal kind of day. Here’s the mix I used today:

I used instant oatmeal, but it’s all-natural with no fructose or preservatives. It’s called Mom’s Best Naturals Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal.

I added:

1 teaspoon chopped walnuts

8 dark chocolate chips – just a few makes a big difference

1 handful of low fat granola

1 teaspoon almond butter

¼ slice of brown sugar pound cake crumbled

It was fantastic. This definitely isn’t my mom’s oatmeal. So, I urge you to throw everything but the kitchen sink in there and give it a try.

By the way, I’m still waiting! (See Update Below)

At 3:00 p.m. Nathan’s guitar came!

Here a few pictures of its unveiling.

Notice there are seven strings, not six. This is the antithesis of the high lonesome sound I love so much.

Proof again that I’m a little bit country and he’s a little bit rock-n-roll.


  1. Gail Woolsey

    No Shit! Nathan Rock-n-Roll. What was your clue there. Snow has gone to your head. What ever gave you the impression Nathan was a little bit Rock-n-Roll.

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