Jul 16, 2009

Mmmmm, Muffins!

And yes, before you ask, this is going to be one of those long-winded stories of mine that is probably better suited to my every day blog, but in light of the fact I’m sticking to my rule of posting only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays over there, and the fact that I really can’t think of anything else to post about, this is what you’re getting.

Now, where was I?

Oh, right. Muffins.

Yesterday the daughter stopped by in the hopes of me helping her make some corn meal muffins so she could use up the last of her strawberries from her jam making venture. Being the thoughtful mother I am, I pointed out that I had some serious studying to do for a quiz, plus assorted other stuff to do. Being the thoughtful daughter she is, she ignored me. :-)

So I took a break from studying and decided to get the baking stuff ready before she got here. This is the part that’s making me twitch as I type. Anyone who’s easily grossed out, skip the next paragraph.

We’ve got a moth problem in the kitchen. Those little moths that get into food. I’ve been meaning to clean out the cupboards to discourage them, but I haven’t got around to it yet. Or should I say, hadn’t. I pulled out the package of corn meal from the cupboard I keep my baking stuff in and out flew several moths. That’s not the worst part. The worst part was the moth larva inside the package. All together now: Ewwwww! I also discovered some zip lock baggies with nuts in them that the moths had got into. I pulled everything out of that cupboard and there was a veritable nest of larva. Ever seen a moth larva? They look like maggots.

Okay, it’s safe for the squeamish to start reading again. To make a long story short, the daughter dropped off the strawberries and figured I could probably make the muffins on my own. It took me several hours to clean out that cupboard and a trip to the dollar store for glass jars for my spices and plastic bins with snap top lids for the dry goods (which I mostly just tossed without looking too closely at). I did not feel like making muffins when I was done. Of course I didn’t feel like studying either, but that’s another story.

Anyway, I took a baking break from studying today and made a double batch of corn meal muffins with strawberries in them. Very yummy, if I do say so myself.

I don’t know what was with me the past week, but I’ve been extra tired and very unmotivated - not just unmotivated in my school work, but unmotivated to write or pretty much do anything else. However *knock wood* something changed today. I don’t know if it was the extra long shower I started my day with, the extra large coffee, or something else altogether, but I’ve got more energy and ambition.

I’d like to strike while the iron is hot and get some writing done, but I’ve got to get some studying done first. The final exam for Marketing is tomorrow and I don’t appear to have retained anything from the textbook.


Jamie D. said...

*sigh* I had that problem once...I decided to grow mealworms in the house for my gecko, and the bran I used for bedding erupted with a whole infestation. It wasn't pretty.

Needless to say, when we got married, hubby forbade me from growing any kind of worms in the house anymore (even composting worms, which I'm sure wouldn't have bred moths). Can't say I blame him - I had to toss a lot of dry goods.

Anyways, glad you got your cupboards all cleaned out, new containers, and yummy fresh muffins to enjoy. More than anything though - glad your motivation to write is coming back! :-)

Verification word: pugives. What one gets when allergic to pugs?

Benjamin Solah said...


...thanks for sharing ;)

I wake up more motivated some days than others. It happens and sometimes you can't really explain.

Good luck with making the most of it.

C R Ward said...

Jamie - if I was going to own a lizard I'd get an iguana because you can turn them into vegetarians. :-)

Ben - I think it was the combination of the weather and my caffeine intake . . . or maybe I've just reached the saturation point in solitaire. :-)

Anonymous said...

I've been getting moths in the cupboard under the staircase. No idea how they manage to get into the house, but they seem to like it under there.
There is a spray-can that works well in getting rid of them, but the smell it leaves is horrendous.

Not as bad as the time I lifted up the floorboards in the spare room and thousands of spiders escaped from wherever they had been hiding...

Fish Out of Water... said...

I had the problem once...they actually were carried into the house in a loaf of bread...They were not nice to get rid of...Nasty little devils.

Joni said...

At least you're getting stuff done. I'll start a thing, then feel guilty because I'm behind on another thing, and end up watching TV and getting nothing done.