The last time I had an Osceola County library card was 1991, so to say that things have changed is a vast understatement. And even though I have - or had - an Orange County library card, I did not hang out there often enough to more than read every book in the Mystery section. I'm a specialist. So it was a surprise and a pleasure to NOT have to fill out any forms, as the young lady at the desk took care of this from her keyboard, with my driver's license. She also gave me a bunch of handouts, outlining all the various free services available through the library system, including online learning opportunities that made my mouth water. My tax dollars at work, and damn glad of it.
Drain the potatoes, then return them to the pot, place back on the stove (residual heat is fine) and let the potatoes dry out for about a minute. Start mashing them (by hand!) and then add the butter, which is best if you cut it into small cubes. Mash the melting butter with the potatoes, and then add the hot milk, etc. I used cream today, but any of the three will work. Add salt and pepper and mash until you get the texture you prefer. Lumps are to be expected, nay, PREFERRED. Taste and season - these soak up a lot of salt. Finally, if like me you want a really creamy mash, add a little more butter and up to a half a cup more of hot milk. These do reheat well in the microwave.