Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Do you detest grocery shopping as much as I do?







Suppose you could get someone to do your grocery shopping for you?


 That was the subject of a magnificent lecture I attended today led by KAT’s Inc.  CEO  & President, Maurice Mercer.  He fascinated me even more by saying , “Seniors get a flat rate.”

The idea for his company came about when his own mother Kathryn Jenkins
an MSN was stricken with a debilitating illness which no longer allowed her to do her own shopping and other errands. You can read more about the background of his brainchild on the website

Some of what I remember from the lecture included the following:

  • Employees/shoppers/delivery persons (Hereafter referred to as ESD) are bonded, insured and under a company insurance policy for other incidentals. They are given a background check.
  • They will shop at the stores you want them to.
  • Stores will give the senior discount on senior discount days when KAT’s tells them they are shopping for a senior.
  • ESDs are part-timers and wear red t- shirts with the name of the business on front and  shopping cart logo.
  • ESDs will go to more than one store, up to 3 stores if they are  within the same area. Otherwise there is an upcharge.
  • ESDs  will put the groceries up for you if you are unable to do so.
  • Clients may e-mail, text or phone in their orders.  Orders phoned in after 7pm go to voicemail.
  • If an ESD can’t find an item a client has listed, the ESD will call/text to ask the client about substitutes.
  • Shopping lists need to be at KAT’s the day before the shopping.
  • ESDs give clients a time window as to when the delivery will be made.

After giving the basics of the business Mr. Mercer took questions from the audience. 


My questions were;
  •   Must clients sign a contract? No. But they must have a credit card on file even if they pay by check. No cash payments are allowed.  
  •    May a client use coupons? Yes. The client can mail in the coupons. If the ESD has to pick them up and then shop that is an extra fee. KAT’s also uses digital coupons they may find online.
This is a service that is certainly needed by seniors/disabled or chronically ill. I found Mr. Mercer’s responses to be full of human compassion and well thought out. I will be using this service at least once just as an experience.

This free program was sponsored by Senior Services Division of the  Human-Community Services and Economic Development  and was held at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services.  There was also free parking with a validated ticket.  I will be attending future programs sponsored by the organization.

As I age I want to stay informed of the services out there for me.

That's it 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Green Book

I attended the play, The Green Book a couple of weeks ago at Red Mountain Theater. 


The Negro Motorist Green Book (at times styled The Negro Motorist Green-Book or titled The Negro Travelers' Green Book) was an annual guidebook for African-American roadtrippers, commonly referred to simply as the Green Book. It was originated and published by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1966, during the era of Jim Crow laws, when open and often legally prescribed discrimination against non-whites was widespread. Although pervasive racial discrimination and black poverty limited car ownership, the emerging African-American middle class bought automobiles as soon as they could. In response, Green expanded the coverage in his book from

The play was fantastic. It gave so much history on how and why the Green Book came about. There were limited motels and hotels for Blacks.In many cases private homes offered rooms . Few people would be willing to take such a risk with strangers in their home in this day and time. But that was another era. These families showed compassion  by providing a safe haven to travelers  as they rested before continuing their journey. 

In one scene the Davis' (the host family) is in a dilemma, when a Jewish man asks to lodge with them. Outwardly he is a white man and Jim Crow laws forbid the mixing of races.  The visitor  explains that he too is familiar with the Green Book and is thankful for it because many places will not allow Jews. This having been the case when he sought shelter at a hotel, he turned to the Green Book. The Davis' reluctantly agree to accommodate him.

Later during a heartfelt chat with one of the Green Book's salesmen, the Jewish visitor imparts the various turmoil he too has experienced as a holocaust victim.  

At the end of the production, the audience was allowed a Q and A
with the cast and crew.
Cast and crew of The Green Book 
 I recommend seeing this play. 
It is well written with so much detailed information. It examines the discrimination of not only African Americans but of people of other creeds and nationalities. 

If you would like to see original copies and pages of the Green Book click the link.

That's It



 
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bling Is Our Thing




If you only want to see the pictures scroll down.
There are Red Hat Societies (RHS) all over the world. I happen to belong to a chapter known as B-Uniq' Sophisticated Ladies (BUSL). Yes that is the correct spelling with emphasis on the "Unique" portion. 

The focus of the RHS is for women of 50 years and older to get together and  "play" which is really to have fun.  Events are known as "hoots". Pink Hatters are women under the age of 50. When a Hatter turns 50, they are given a "Reduation" and a red hat.

Most chapters have a large hoot on their anniversary date inviting any and all official Red Hatters that would like to attend. In some cases you must show your official membership card because there are a lot of renegades who call themselves Red Hatters but don't observe the rules and regulations.

In keeping with this year's theme, Bling Is Our Thing, I decided to make a lighted skirt. Below you can see the steps I took to make the skirt.



























When all was done, I ended up not wearing the skirt. I was not pleased with the aesthetics of the outer skirt.  I instead chose to wear a normal red dress with lots of jewelry. 
Let it be known that I'll go back to the drawing board and may refashion the lights into something completely different. It isn't over. 
B-Uniq' Sophisticated Ladies  
 That's It***

Monday, January 30, 2017

Pulled Chicken with Hoppin’ John and Greens



The local Winn Dixie had free magazines with shopping tips and recipes by Curtis Stone. 
I decided to try one of Curtis Stone’s recipes in an effort to eat something different.
 


Prep  20 min.    Cook 1.5.hr.        Serves 4
 

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. chicken leg quarters

  • ½ cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 8 oz. mustard greens, stemmed, rinsed, and coarsely chopped (I used turnip greens)
  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced ( I used red and yellow peppers)
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice (I used boil- in- bag rice)
  • 1 fresh or dried bay leaf

Instructions:

  1. In large pot, combine chicken, black-eyed peas, and 6 cups water. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in greens and simmer 15 minutes, or until peas and greens are tender. Drain, reserving cooking liquid and solids separately. Cool chicken slightly. Discard chicken skin and bones. Shred and reserve meat with peas and greens.


3. In large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, sauté bacon 5 minutes, or until crisp. Using slotted spoon, remove bacon. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Sautè 8 minutes, or until onion is tender. 




4. Stir in rice, bay leaf, 1 tbs. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper. Add 1¾ cups reserved cooking liquid, peas, chicken, and greens. Bring to a simmer. Cover tightly, reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes. 


5. Remove from heat. Fluff with fork. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon.

 Curtis Stone's

 Mine



Make-ahead
Chicken, black-eyed peas, and greens can be cooked (step 1) up to 1 day ahead, cooled, covered, and refrigerated. Rewarm over low heat before proceeding to step 2



Why I substituted
The grocer didn’t have mustard greens. 

I had red and yellow peppers in the fridge.

I’ve never been successful with rice so I used a boil-in-bag rice. I added the cooked rice at the latter stage of the recipe where listed.


My Comments


This recipe was bland at most even after adding additional seasonings. Different people have different tastes. This recipe wasn’t worth all of the time, preparation and dirty dishes I had to wash afterwards.   It may feed four but, they won’t be able to go back for seconds. I wanted to throw this out but, after all of the trouble I went through, not to mention using my perfectly good chicken thighs, I put it in containers, labeled it and put it in the freezer.  I’ll save it to put in homemade soup.


Since I wasn't satisfied with the meal, I opted for a nice dessert.


That's It ***