Is It Just Me? My old friend Rosie

Published on Saturday, 11 November 2017 16:15 - Written by NELSON CLYDE, isitjustme@tylerpaper.com

If you fancy yourself a Tylerite, you probably have a least two copies of Cooking Through Rose Colored Glasses or “Rosie” in your cookbook library.

While it may just be a cookbook to some, it is a trip down memory lane for me. It is an anthropologic gem - as Tyler as a Greenberg Turkey or a Janie’s cake. Maybe we should send a copy to Oprah.

If you don’t have a copy or know someone who does not, this is a good time of year to correct that deficiency in your culinary edification.

You can buy a copy from the local Junior League office.

For those of us who do not view food as fuel, the book is a beautiful walk down memory lane from foods we ate at funerals, dinners and in the course of regular living. The publication of this book was at a time when cooking overshadowed the current base of restaurant options we now know as the new normal.

Frankly, the new normal is not better than the old standards in this case.

One family member took on the challenge of cooking through the book one year. I’m thinking it could be a delicious challenge for me in 2018.

On a separate topic, a scary thing happened recently that brought home a good reality check. I discovered a fire had started in my residence and extinguished itself on its own. It took place in a control box and likely burned out to a lack of oxygen.

It made me shudder.

I couldn’t determine exactly when it happened but I knew it was close to a time when my youngest had spent the night home alone.

Have you ever wondered what you would take out of your house if you had one minute to get everything you could grab?

I thought about pictures. Fortunately, many of mine have been digitized so my loss would not be as great in that arena.

There are a few irreplaceable notes my kids have written me over the years I would likely value more than most anything in the house.

If I could grab those, most everything else would be replaceable. It’s funny how little value I place on most of what is in my home. It is also a good reminder to invest in experiences rather than stuff.

What would be on your list? Do you need to digitize your photos and videos? Numerous services exist to help with such things. Send your list of what you would take from your home (other than living beings) in one minute to isitjustme@tylerpaper.com.