Time flies - it is now December 2012. I was looking up a recipe for pie crust that I had used and marked before and came across this blog, that frankly, I forgot about. How have I done this year? Well, I am still losing and gaining that same three
to four pounds...and did I say time flies?
This year has been a doosy: nice cruise in February, serious illness with hospital stay in March, recovery in April from pneumonia, laid off from "Job" in May, looking for work, gardening, canning and freezing organic foods and homemade casseroles, freezer
goes out in July (oh no - had a party and ate a lot of frozen zuchini enchiladas to avoid food spoilage), started back to college, started working part time for way less money than I was making before (this economy stinks). I could go on, but I am sure there
are others in this world that have more worries than I.
I have had some time to reflect on my life, pray, meditate and in general think about the direction that I want my life to take. The funny thing is I am not so much into banking the big bucks from a high paying and stressful job. I am trying to use
my time to do things that I really love (like spending more time with my husband, participating in hands-on mission work through my church, singing in the church choir, gardening and preserving, knitting/sewing/textiles, boating/swimming, biking/ walking for
exercise, reading, and yes working enough to make a comfortable living).
I find that cooking is a constant in this life of mine. As time passes it I find that it is a love of mine, where I take ingredients based on what's in season, throw in a little of this and a little of that to tweek the flavors, smells, tastes, and
looks of meals that bring back fond memories of sharing time in the kitchen with the cooks in my family. Cooking gives me time to reflect, but it also lets me create new meals amd memories with my family. Cooking joins me in fellowship with other cooks as
we prepare meals to serve the homeless, needy, or elderly and homebound in our community. Cooking and gardneing give me a way to participate in the circle of life. I love to grow food from seed, pick and wash the crops, can and preserve the vegetables and
fruits to fill our cabinets and give as gifts to family and friends - it connects me with the earth and with others and shows me many small miricles along the way.