My Cozy Corner

Unraveling

The unraveling is the time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and embracing who you are. Mikala Albertson MD “Ordinary on Purpose”

I would add that it is a letting go of what you thought would be and accepting what is. This is my life task at the moment.

This week feels completely unraveled. My routine has been completely abandoned as I spent the week doing things not in my usual routine. Monday afternoon was spent being tested for upcoming eye surgery. After that was done, I went to dinner and a concert with my son. Since that is much more activity than I usually try to do in one day, I spent the next day recovering. But it was so worth it! As a result, I seem to have been behind all week. Do you ever have weeks like that? Do you go with the flow, or do they make you crazy? It could easily make me crazy, but I’m trying to take the attitude that if there is food in the house, and it’s clean enough to keep the health department away, we will get on top of it eventually.

Spring seems to be a bit elusive this week. It’s been cold and windy. It is supposed to be nice this weekend so here’s hoping. Last Saturday was beautiful and I did manage to get outside for a bit. Besides clean up from all the wind we have had, I planted three pots of wildflowers for the bees and the butterflies. By the time they come up, it should be past the danger of frost.

We added a family member this week. We got a three-year-old tabby calico kitty. She was a shelter kitty and has been in foster care for two years. We named her Priscilla but she most often is called Miss Priss. We are all madly in love with her except Miss Christy’s cat who is not impressed. They are gradually getting acquainted.

As the weather warms up, salads make a great mid-day meal. Here are some of the ones that I have come up with to add nutrition, value, and variety. All of them start with a bed of greens, and end with the dressing and toppings of your choice:

  1. Bacon, apple, and Feta cheese
  2. Smoked turkey, cheddar cheese, and peas
  3. Ham, tomato, cucumber and Greek olives
  4. Salmon, capers, and lemon granola
  5. Turkey, apple and mixed seeds and nuts
  6. Chicken caesar and shredded parmesan cheese
  7. Cottage cheese with fresh fruit. (berries are in season)

I also enjoy the standard chef and cobb salads. Beef or pastrami are good with bleu cheese. I’d love to hear what you like to put on your salad. How about tuna?

Thank you for sharing your time with me.

Until next time,

Helen

My Cozy Corner

Welcome Spring (especially on Saturdays)

We are a few days into spring, and it finally almost looks like it. The first of the crocuses are blooming, a sure sign that there will be a spring. The first daffodil is getting ready to bloom. This is like that first deep wakening breath after a long winter’s rest.

I am continuing to read “Ordinary on Purpose”. I’ve learned so much about experiencing life as it is, not as the ideal we are so often deluded into believing is real. Some things, like status and material wealth are just not that important. It harkens back to my old hippy soul; the days when we were living on missionary support.. Maybe it’s true, life really does cycle rather than being linear.

I had coffee last week with a young mom friend who is in exactly that place I was in all those years ago. Her youngest son (age 9 or so) had just gotten his first pair of brand new jeans that no one had ever worn before. We lived on hand me downs at our house and were grateful for it. No one knew or cared. Somehow over time as there has been more money available, I have lost track of the importance of keeping it simple.

Over the last few months and years, I have come to once again enjoy the quest. The hunt for the best bargain possible. Not only does it make financial sense, it makes sense for the earth. Why use more of earth’s limited supply of materials when we can re use.

The latest treasure hunt has been for containers for plants. After reading the garden magazine that I mentioned last time, I am going to up my game a bit in the back yard. I bought seven containers for $17 at the Goodwill near me. That would be the cost of one anywhere else. They are going to hold dirt and plants, they do not need to be new. I picked containers that would look nice and be fun, even if they were not flower pots. They don’t have drain holes so I will put stones or corks in the bottom to avoid root rot. I discovered that Goodwill is 50% off for seniors on Wednesday. Check the one near you to see if they have a senior bargain day.

This Saturday we are supposed to have a special visitor. I found a three year old cat at the local shelter in need of a home. I need a little buddy right now. Hopefully we are a good fit. 

Saturdays are busy with projects and Saturday evening my thoughts head in the direction of rest and Sunday sabbath, so dinner on Saturday needs to be simple. We have soup a lot in the winter, but in warmer weather we turn to other light meals. Here is this week’s fare:

                           Easy Stromboli

1 pkge of pie crust (two crusts)

Deli meat (I used ham and smoked turkey)

Shredded cheese (mozzarella is traditional but cheddar is good too)

Good quality mustard 

Italian seasoning

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Lay out the pie crust and spread with mustard. Layer with meat then cheese. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and repeat layers. Roll up the stromboli and place seam side down. Dampen your fingers and pinch the ends of the roll so the contents don’t leak out. Brush with olive oil and bake until golden brown.