Sunday, a day of rest – supposedly. Since I’m retired every day could be a day of rest. I haven’t found it so. I’ve lost my knack for idleness. I hope to tap my way back to my chaise lounge. I used to be so good at languishing and contemplating my navel. Oh dear! What has happened to me? Can I get myself back?

No use in crying over lost skills and spilt time. I should focus my attention here and write  this post for day 26 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I get myself all a-jittery shifting my attention to one thing, then another. What I need is something like a cattle chute or Temple Grandin’s hug machine. Oh, great! Now I’ve diagnosed myself with autism as well as ADHD. I guess if the symptoms fit, I might as well learn and work with them. It might be of benefit in the grand scheme of life. I wonder if Sheba’s thunder shirt would work for me.

In the meantime, on with the post. It must get written. Sunday is our morning of sourdough pancakes. I feed Oscar (my sourdough starter) daily for that purpose besides making bread. I like mine with just one fried egg and smeared with just a tad of maple syrup. I look forward to them as much as my occasional whole enchilada breakfast at A&W (2 fried eggs, 3 breakfast sausages, brown toast and hash brown) after my Saturday morning swim. It’s like a winter getaway for me. AND it’s much cheaper than going to Mexico or Cuba, even if it’s an all inclusive.

I’m cheap to keep if I need to be kept. Lunch is on in the Instant Pot. I’m making chop suey soup. Chop suey means a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I opened the freezer and found a bone and 2 slices of ham. In the fridge was some leftover roast beef, wilted celery, 3 still plump mushrooms and a couple of carrots. They all ended in the pot with a few other items and some water. The lid is closed. I pressed the soup button and and 75 minutes. Now we are minutes away from eating.

Did you know that Canada is a chop suey nation? There’s a Chinese cafe in almost every small town in Saskatchewan/Canada. I had a mission of visiting them this summer but only managed one. Someone else already had that idea and written a book about it. It’s called Chop Suey Nation if you are curious. It’s my story and every Chinese immigrant’s who or whose parents had a cafe. So much for writing today. Onto some other chop suey. Here’s a fun video to take us out.


About hafong

Hello! My name is (Leung) Hafong alias Lily Leung. You always say the last name first….that is the Chinese way. That is my partner lurking behind me. Since this is my blog, I won’t mention his name. But this is a rather cool picture. You see me and yet you don’t…sort of the way I feel about myself most of my life. So this blog is a self-exploration, an archeology dig of some sort. My tools…..words of a thousand or so at a sitting. I will try for that.
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10 Responses to CHOP SUEY SUNDAY

  1. When I was young (back in the 50s and 60s) I slept under wool blankets, and to this day (although I don’t use wool blankets anymore) I need the weight of blankets to feel secure. I think thundershirting ourselves is a good idea. It’s interesting that dogs and other creatures also seem to find the pressure of a hug soothing.

  2. I had no idea Canada was a chop suey nation. This is news to me! I also loved hearing about the hug machine. Temple Grandin is a brilliant mind. She just happens to have autism too, as does my son – who is also uniquely brilliant. Weighted blankets are quite the rage now, too.

    I hope your day continued to go well!

    • hafong says:

      Thanks for reading. Temple Grandin is fascinating. I heard her interview on CBC and was intrigued. Wish I could find it in a podcast but it was quite awhile ago before podcasts exist.

  3. Martha DeMeo says:

    I’ve never heard of that but sounds easy! What did you use the squash for?

  4. Paul Taubman says:

    I never realized that “Chop suey means a little bit of this and a little bit of that.” I am a great Chop Suey Chef then! Most of the time I cook, it is a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Rarely do I use a recipe from a book or (dare I say) a package.

    And like Martha commented, I want to know about the butternut squash! I kept reading look for that! The picture drew me in! LOL.

    • hafong says:

      I put squash in the soup, Paul. Sometimes I use it in stir fry with other vegetables. I guess you can call it pan roasted vegetables. Less stress when you just toss a little of this and that in the pan or pot. I really recommend the Instant Pot.

  5. annezarra says:

    I am hungry for Chop Suey! And my son is probably going to go to college in Canada so he can get it there! Who knew? Thanks for sharing. I love to get in the water and swim or do water aerobics! It is so calming to me!

  6. Aw, this was a very good post. Taking a few minutes and
    actual efcort to generate a superb article… but
    what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t seem to
    gett narly anything done.

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