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Hoping & Hurting

October 1, 2014
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My Grammy is not doing well. My friend’s Nana who has Alzheimer’s is missing. Another friend is dealing with a partner with a serious addiction. And on and on and on.

There is joy still and hope. It’s just buried a little under the heavy things today.

Soup Season: A List

September 30, 2014


Soups on my to-make list:
Tomato bisque
Creamy onion
Poblano mushroom
Potato leek
Winter duck
Corn chowder
Curried onion

The Kettle Slayer is in the kitchen now, his first tomato sauce simmering on the stove. It is bright and deep. I want to pour cream into it and make it soup. Pure comfort.

Put soup into my bowl
Warm me from the inside out
From the outside in
Feed me soup and we will laugh together through the long winter

What He Said: James Fisher

September 29, 2014


Today we saw the most beautiful valley in all North America – perhaps in the world – and some of the world’s highest waterfalls, the biggest monoliths, and the world’s largest and oldest living things – all in one day. It was, to say the least, exhausting.
  – James Fisher in Wild America

My day felt like that too.

Ham Salad Log

September 28, 2014


I never buy ham salad. My mind associates the taste, sight, and smell with cat food.  Not for people!

A friend had some homemade ham salad and it was offered to me. I accepted politely, held my breath, and forced myself to take a bite. 

It was delicious. Now I’m off on a ham salad adventure, trying it from every restaurant and deli I encounter.

I ate ham salad for breakfast yesterday.  In the bath. Total decadence.

Today a friend and I had snacky things for lunch and we discovered that ham salad and Hosta Hill Crimson Kraut on a cracker is a heavenly combination.


Next on the list to try is making my own. I have all the ingredients I think I’ll need. This will be a lot like egg or tuna salad: heavy on the personal preference.  Pickles?  Hard boiled eggs? Spicy or mild? Horseradish?? So many variations to explore.

Maybe my cat food associations are really with deviled ham and I’ve just been missing out on this wonderful treat all these years. Time to play catch-up!

Things I Love: Time in the Kitchen

September 27, 2014


The tomato jungle yielded great abundance. Tonight we celebrated with an herby tomato sauce over grilled flank steak. Food, wine, friends capped off a beautiful day in the middle of the most gorgeous fall I’ve experienced in the Berkshires. My afternoon in the kitchen was just what I needed to refresh my soul.

We might not have too many years left with Lima Bean at home. She knows how to make a few things to eat and reminded me this morning, “there is this thing called grilled cheese,” so she won’t starve when she’s out on her own.  Still, I feel like we can do a little (a lot) better than that. 

She’s been charged with making a list of ten things she likes to eat, but doesn’t know how to make.   I saw the sparkle in her eye and headed her off. “If you say ‘toaster strudel’, you will learn to make them. From scratch.”

Lima Bean in the kitchen. This promises to be full of small moments to remember.

Challenges & Rewards

September 26, 2014


It was a lot like this for me today. Bright lights, blurry, moving too quickly. Noisy. Smelly.


Anne Girl shared a bit of wisdom, encouraging me to watch for the joy others were experiencing.  I did my best.


The pig was reportedly both giant and alive.


It was difficult to go in here.


It was worth it.


September 24, 2014


I have no idea why I thought it would be different for the older one. At least she is big enough to help carry heavy objects.


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