One of my favourite dishes from my childhood has to be chicken and dumplings. Mom always made her own broth while I used the prepared kind, but the dumplings I made from scratch. With the leftover dough, I cut it into rounds and baked it in the oven. We know what I'll be having for lunch again tomorrow.
Those of you that I'm connected to on facebook already know that on Monday there was a moderate earthquake about 183 kilometres (115 miles) from Madrid. At the time I didn't feel it and probably should have, because I was in the street. Several buildings in a suburb of Madrid, where the former American Air Base is located, were badly damaged. I haven't heard of any in this area or other parts of Madrid that suffered damage. Of course, the buildings here aren't made to withstand earthquakes, and I think some of the more modern buildings aren't as well-constructed as the older ones. I heard that one of the buildings that suffered the most damage was only 14 years old.
Oh, and another tree fell the other day and smashed a car. People were complaining that the Town Council hadn't acted, because the tree had been in a bad state for a long time. For once the Town Council is not to blame as the tree was obviously part of a block of flats' private garden. There have been rumours that they're thinking of closing Retiro Park when it's extremely windy. You may remember that in the summer a young father, who was in the park with his children, was killed when a heavy branch broke off and fell on him. His children were saved, because he was able to push them out of the way. I used to love sitting under a big tree in the summer near the motorway and watching cars in the Fuente del Berro Park.
Finally we're getting a bit of spring weather, which makes everyone want to be outside. By this time I usually have my heating turned on and most always wear two layers inside. I haven't turned on the heating yet and am only wearing one layer of clothing.
Here is my tribute to 'Spock'. How I love Star Trek! I haven't used this cup for a long time; I dropped it and the part where the handle is broke. I was so sad. I glued it back on, but now it just holds pens and such. When a hot liquid is placed in the cup, they disappear.
Here's hoping everyone has a good week and, if possible, some good weather. I know winter isn't over for us yet.