Friday, January 9, 2009

Full time Friday

Ah, the end of a long good day, and I should have been in bed an hour ago... Had a great lunch with my out-of-town friends and hooked up with a woman that lives about 25 minutes away. Dropped off a donation of 3 big bags of cat litter to the 5A's animal shelter. Got the chicken house cleaned and the eggs gathered and and some mulching done (really just moved leaves around) and generally had a good afternoon. After the big buffet lunch (I ate a lot of sushi and tons of pickled ginger and wasabi) I didn't know if I'd be able to eat any supper or not. I wound up making miso soup ala Annie and salad and some lovely rye crackers with pumpkin seeds in them. They are a crispbread kind of cracker...massive fiber. I had some boullion in the pantry that is a sundried tomato broth that I used, and added fresh ginger, onions, finely shredded cabbage and a bit of celery leaves and a bit of carrot. Stirred the white miso in after it came off the fire. It was really yummy.

I realize how blessed I am to have a husband who, even though he is from Wisconsin, is not your standard meat and potatoes guy like the rest of his family. This guy eats and loves every goofy thing I make. I always kid him that the reason he really fell in love with me when we met was because he had been a vegan for awhile and thought he would never ever get to eat pizza again. I made a homemade (from the crust up) whole grain crust pizza with tons of veggies and soy cheese, which he had never eaten. That was it....hook, line and sinker.

I am blessed and grateful today. I have a lot to thankful for and I know it. There was a time when I didn't have a clue.

If I had one wish for humanity, it would be the gift of gratitude. Maybe if we were all a little more grateful in this world, there wouldn't be so much room for hateful.

I am praying for resolution and Peace in Gaza. It is such a tragedy the lives being lost there.

I am praying for health and prosperity in Africa. There is so much hunger and disease there.

I am praying, most of all, for mindfulness for the rest of us...that we may not just keep walking and averting our gaze from the needs of the world. That we may remember --always-- that what we do to another, we do to ourselves.