It's winter and it's cold . . . brrrrrrr (remember that little tune from Sesame Street?) I decided to go out in it this morning. For heaven's sake, I have LOTS of wool to bundle up in and if I don't wear my boots on days like today when WILL I wear them? I listened to a podcast (an interview with Wendell Berry) and trudged around my small walking loop. I wore the alpaca vest I finished last year, a yellow pixie hat I made long ago and my old down jacket. I was warm enough and the air smelled like sparkles. I have the sleepy hibernating feeling today. I am a bear. I am going to crawl back into our fleecy bed later on. It's the Sabbath, you know.
"Every mile is two in winter." ~ Old English Proverb
"Sunshine cannot bleach the snow; Nor time unmake what poets know." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now don't look to closely or you will see that Amelia Bedelia needs to wipe baseboards (scrub) and sweep. Tim likes cold days when warm air blows out of the air vents.
One of my "why's" as Kelli and I continue with Weight Watchers is because I want to feel calm and relaxed whenever I can. Extra weight weighs us down (duh) and makes us feel a little off kilter (not calm!) so I mean to remind myself that feeling relaxed and peaceful will make me feel more like myself, the "myself" that my Creator intended in the first place.
Different foods make us feel certain ways, too. What do you think "calm foods" might be? Tea? Eggs? Soup? Do tell.
Last night I placed two whole chickens on cans of tea (we have wire things that are made for this purpose) and covered them with a honey garlic rub. They were tasty! I made gravy because Kelli and the girls were here as well as Jenny and Scott and their girls. It was good. I used to think gravy was super tricky because meat drippings are a must, but it turns out they really aren't a must. Simply browning a bit of butter and flour can take the place of drippings, add water and a seasoning cube (very salty, I know) and there you have it! I had a package of country gravy mix which looked ugly in the picture, but actually tasted pretty good. I added that, too.
Are you going to bake heart cookies for Valentine's Day? I am not. They make me feel seasick, but they ARE beautiful.
Happy week to you, sweet reader.
I hope you give and receive heaps of LOVE.