This is primarily a travel blog in which I write about traveling in our motorhome. Our travels have

Nacogdoches, TX, United States
I began this blog as a vehicle for reporting on a 47-day trip made by my wife and me in our motorhome down to the Yucatan Peninsula and back. I continued writing about our post-Yucatan travels and gradually began including non-travel related topics. I often rant about things that piss me off, such as gun violence, fracking, healthcare, education, and anything else that pushes my button. I have a photography gallery on my Smugmug site (

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Waste Not, Want Not

We had Mexican Tortilla Soup for lunch today. It came in a waxed cardboard cup and all we had to do was add water, heat, and eat. It didn't seem like very much, only about 6 or 8 ounces, certainly no more than a cup. The directions called for heating in the microwave at half power, but we can’t make our microwave operate on half power (it’s the microwave’s fault, not ours). The obvious solution was to heat the soup on full power for half the time. Makes sense, right? Wrong! Precious soup was lost from both containers when it boiled over and onto the circular glass carousel in the microwave. The raised lip of the circular glass kept the spilled soup on the carousel.  We stood and peered forlornly at the soup spill in the microwave. This was a problem because there was so little to begin with and we could not afford to waste even the slightest amount. Suddenly, we knew what we had to do. Carol Ann grabbed a bowl and I carefully lifted the glass carousel out of the microwave and poured the spilled soup into the bowl as Carol Ann held it. We managed to save almost 3 ounces, which we divided equally between us. At this stage in our diet every ounce counts.