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Bubbles and Squeak or Why I Don't Get Much Sleep 
Nov. 12, 2013 7:21 am 
Updated: Dec. 16, 2013 7:51 pm

Well, I am writing this at 4:30 on the morning of my birthday.  My son, who has had a high temperature off and on for the past 3 days is snoring beside me.  On my knees is my three year old, I am holding onto for dear life so that she doesn’t fall off the bed (she is a squirmer).  Lying on my pillow, is our kitten, who is purring so loud that it sounds like a motor boat has landed my overtired head. Then there is my husband, blissfully snoring with his side of our bed enviably empty with the exception of his body. In the kitchen is the faint and obnoxious sound of my husband’s phone alarm he sets every ten minutes  for an hour and a half until he finally wakes up at 6:00.    

 I never knew that sleeping could be so tiring.  I naively thought that with the little ones I could go to sleep earlier in the evening to compensate for my nighttime festivities with them.  That never materialized due to the busy schedules of my older children.  My 21 year old is at school so I worry about her continually from a distance.  My 17 year old, our social butterfly, is in every activity known to man and often does not come home until well after midnight.  Of course, being a mom, I cannot sleep until I hear her walk in.  That leaves me about 3 and ½ hours between the time the last one goes to bed and the first one gets up.  The stress of knowing that I only have 3 ½ hours keeps me from falling asleep, cutting my actual sleep time in half.

My two cherubs are now completely up.  Demetri, my 5 year old is telling me that daddy bought me a cake.  It is a surprise for me.  It is chocolate with pink flowers. It is small because Daddy said a big cake would be a waste and he would have to throw it in the trash.  Christina our three year old explained that she bought me a candle but I am not supposed to know because it is a surprise.  Daddy is snoring blissfully from the other side of the bed and I will act surprised when I eat my cake and open my candles so as not to ruin his sweet gesture.

What I’d really like for my birthday, more than anything else is a nap.  It does not have to be a long one-  one silent hour would be amazing.  To be fair, my hubby gives me some nap time on the weekend which I thoroughly appreciate.  It is just in those wee hours of the night, when there is a cacophony of squeaks and snores from  all areas of my bed that I dream of a night of uninterrupted sleep.  One day I will have those nights of blissful , beautiful sleep and a deep longing to have these nights back.  As I look at my sweet family, sleep can wait for a bit longer.

In honor of my children and the soon to be leftovers from our holiday festivities, I am going to share with  you a traditional English recipe called Bubbles and Squeak.  The beauty of this is that you use whatever leftovers you have in the fridge.  This is what you will need:

1 tablespoon butter

¼ cup chopped onions coarsely chopped

1 cup leftover vegetables

½ cup chopped leftover meat

1 ½ cups leftover mashed potatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

Leftover gravy if you have it.


In  a hot skillet, melt the butter.  Fry your onions until they are golden brown.  Add the vegetables and meat until they are warm and cooked through.  Add the mashed potatoes and cover the bottom of the pan evenly.  Cook until golden on one side then flip over and cook until the other side is crisp and golden.  Take out of pan and cut into slices.  It tastes great with a nice salad for a day after Thanksgiving meal.  I sometimes substitute leftover stuffing for the mashed potatoes-  YUMMY!

Nov. 12, 2013 7:39 am
Oh how I remember those days of no sleep! Now that my boys are 31 and 25 I find myself with new ways of not being able to sleep! I am convinced as Mother;s we are born with the gift of functioning without that pesky sleep thing getting in the way! Love Bubble and Squeak... !
Nov. 12, 2013 7:40 am
Oh.... Happy Birthday!!!!
They are the apples of my pie 
Nov. 12, 2013 10:10 am
Terry- I think you are right! Thanks for the sweet comments!
Nov. 12, 2013 7:43 pm
Happy Birthday! My youngest is away at school, two are married and two more stable single adults. None of them need me to worry about them but I still do. Nowadays my bed is where I try to sleep around two cats, both of whom have to be plastered to me, both of whom snore as loudly as a grown man!
They are the apples of my pie 
Nov. 12, 2013 11:08 pm
We have two cats as well- one likes to spoon! I am never going to sleep! ha ha!
Nov. 14, 2013 6:52 pm
All 4 kids are grown and my snoring husband passed away 4 years ago, and all ten of my grand kids sleep through the night when we have sleepovers, but I still can't sleep. I have one 4 lb maltipoo that sleeps on my pillow with her nose buried nearly in my ear that's Molly. Tilley the 5l lb maltipoo sleeps under the covers squished somewhere between my knees and my waist. TC my 18 lb cat sleeps on top of my stomach or back he doesn't care as long as he is really comfy quite often he is so happy that he purrs for what seems like forever. All this is good until I have to get up to potty during the night, then everyone is up, the girls have to go out to potty and look at the moon, Then everyone jockies for their spot, with some annoyed growls and a hiss or two from TC we have just spent 30 minutes of no sleep because of my overworked bladder! I count myself fortunate when there is only one potty trip but most nights there are two! I don't think I have slept a night through since 1965 when I got married.
They are the apples of my pie 
Nov. 19, 2013 9:38 am
That is too cute! I think my sleeping days are over as well :)
Dec. 12, 2013 7:19 am
Well, all I can say is, if you honestly think that someday you will be getting uninterrupted sleep. Think again. I believe your Mother and I can confirm that is not likely to happen. Remember, you will be a grandmother someday. Enough said. Love you, sweetie. Glad you're writing again.
They are the apples of my pie 
Dec. 16, 2013 7:51 pm
Thanks Aunt Julie- love you too!
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