Monday, September 28, 2015

The Best Of Both Seasons

This time of year Is just right for simple, cozy meals. The other morning I tossed some leftover rice into the crockpot, along with a handful of mixed vegetables, cream of chicken soup and chicken broth. I sauted bite sized pieces of fresh chicken with a diced onion, then added to the pot with oregano, coriander, and black pepper. At suppertime, I served it with a topping of shredded cheese and a side of corn muffins. For dessert: homemade apple pie, made with Jonagold apples from a local orchard. YUM!

Even though we've had some cool mornings, we're lucky to still have access to end of season summer veggies. On the menu this week is a big BLT with crisp bacon, lettuce and a slice of juicy Tennessee tomato. I can't quite let go of summer just yet. After all, high temps are in the 80's and the hummingbirds are still here.  It's time to enjoy the best of both seasons.

“And just like that, summer slipped into fall.” --Unknown

Monday, September 21, 2015

Practicing Patience

patience [pey-shuh ns]
  • the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like
  • an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay
  • calmness, stability, and persistent courage in trying circumstances

After sixty-one years, you'd think I'd be pretty good at being patient, but apparently I need more practice. I want to focus on the without complaint, loss of temper part. 

Maybe yoga, meditation, or some kind of diversion would help. 

There's always a big glass of wine or a margarita.  Yeah, I'll take that. 

“Sometimes the fastest way
isn't always the best way.
Sometimes the best things in life
take a while.”
--Emily Beth

Patience is a virtue,
except when I'm the one
who has to put up with 
unnecessary crap.

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Good Life

I love fall. What a busy and fun time! 

I didn't get around to posting anything last week, but that's ok. I was busy enjoying myself and I think I will focus on doing that more often. A good balance of solitude with family and friend time made my days joyful.

Today I've opened the windows to let in the cooler air that's come our way. As for the rest of the week, I'll just go with the flow and see what each day brings. 

"If you stop, look, and listen, 
you'll realize that life is amazing."  

"A good life is a collection 
of happy moments." 
--Denis Waitley