Along the Way
This week with all the news and realities of “re-opening, ” I felt a mix of emotions. As we leave the known shelter of “shelter in place” and experience this uncertain next phase, I wonder, “How will it go? What new decisions will we each have to make?”
For my part, no matter what my emotional landscape, I want to continue to seek out positive avenues for my thoughts and energies. Not always easy, but my blog theme–“Bring Joy to the Table”–challenges me to do that.
This week, quite a few positive gifts came our way:
1.The first two Gerber daisies from our garden, shown waterlogued above, joined us at our table. And we have been enjoying the beginning batch of our garden’s lettuce, kale and spinach for our salads. Woo-hoo! What a blessed treat.
2. We are marveling at the exponential growth of the other vegetables we planted. We can already see the beginning of the actual Honey Bear Acorn Squash “fruits,” and the basil is thriving and saying, “pesto, pesto.” I am answering, “Sì, sì!”
3. We watched two segments of a fun, educational and inspirational show a friend recommended–Grow, Cook, Eat. Because of it, we now know how to trim our tomato plants, plant a garlic clove to create a bulb, and how to use tomatoes and garlic in some easy colorful recipes. Plus, the show was filmed in Ireland with the delightful vibe that the Irish and their accent bring to any presentation.
4. And as we tuned into Friday’s Let’s Draw Together lesson with Wendy MacNaughton, serendipity struck. Her guest for the final day of her “Drawing Food” (!) week was Samin Nosrat, the author of Salt Fat Acid Heat book, and Netflix series, that I wrote about in last week’s blog. We drew and painted different kinds of toast from various countries. And Samin talked about how “you get to travel every time you cook,” that cooking is “using nature in the kitchen,” and that we can “choose to be joyful.” Thank you, Samin!
And so… I add another emotion to my week’s list. Gratitude–for life, for our garden, for food and art, for inspiration, for love in all its forms, and for you, dear readers, for joining me along the way. Grazie.
As we all step out into new territory, may we all stay well, with wisdom to light our paths and little joys to lift our spirits.