I have never been diagnosed with ADD but I do have distractions that take me off task. It sometimes feels like I am that little kid in Family Circus ©.
When it is time to go to sleep at night, as an Innkeeper, we need to double check everything is locked up and shut down the house. That means, leaving our quarters, assuring the step lights are on, the overhead lights are off, the door is locked, music is off, etc. Sometimes it is a positive thing to be a little OCD to assure everything is just right so guests feel safe and comfortable as they rest!
But other times, the distractions are a little bit of a nuisance for me. I can get a lot done, but it’s because I learned to be efficient in my movements and multi-task. For example, carry up things that need to go upstairs up when you are headed up the stairs; or make a trip to town count by combining all errands. But just this week, this efficiency of movement strategy almost backfired. I had decided to precook some sausage for the next mornings’ breakfast casseroles (recipe included below!). I put the meat on the stovetop turned on medium.
Doolittle was outside so I went out to call him. I noticed that the chairs were disarray by Marthy’s Creek and there were a lot of leaves blocking the flow of water. I started pulling some leaves out by hand and Doolittle appeared and was chasing them. I decided I needed to get in the garage and retrieve the blower to help with this task. I blew all of the leaves back into the yard and tidied the patio. I recalled I had left the deck door open when looking for DooLittle so I went back in that way to be sure to close it behind me. Oops! The house was smoky and the sausage was well done! Distractions!
All was ok and we didn’t need to call the fire department. Only the bottom layer of the sausage was well done! The chickens loved it! I was able to preserve enough for the breakfast casseroles!
This Spring, what are your distractions? Do you consider them good distractions, therapeutic distractions, or a negative distraction?
In the meantime, enjoy making this totally simple breakfast casserole:
Spray non-stick cooking spray in small ramekins. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Cook ground sweet Italian sausage (cooked not burned!)
Can of mixed tomatoes and peppers (like Rotel)
Grated Cheese of your choice
2 eggs per person
Cream – about 1/4 cup
Worcestershire sauce – a few sprinkles
Cover bottom of ramekin with cooked sausage. Spoon on two tablespoons of mixed tomatoes and peppers, add grated cheese. Cover with egg and cream mixture. Sprinkle on some Worcestershire sauce and bake until eggs are set (not jiggly). It will take about 25 minutes. Set on a cookie sheet in the oven in case they rise beyond the dish! Serve with salsa on the side.
Now, speaking of distractions. In the time I have been working on this little blog post, I have put in a load of wash, taken a load from the dryer, lost – then found my phone, greeted someone at the door, and taken a phone call. It’s hard to stay focused but sometimes that’s ok. We are getting it done here at Bedford Landings!
Next blog…will be about Jack’s new project. He’s building a boat!