Summer is not over yet, but seeing all that Halloween stuff in the stores, you might think it’s just around the corner – it is not! It is still summer, and only on Tuesday, September 23rd will I start to think it’s Fall!
I love summer, and this one has been pretty dreamy, but a lot hotter than I can remember. Has anyone noticed how stressed out people are these days? Everyone seems to be jacked up on Mountain Dew or something! Or maybe because it’s getting hotter.
I don’t know about you, but I have given up on being freaked out or surprised by things these days.
I also have given up on trying to figure people out. I am sure there are lots of folks out there on drugs and meds, in pain, or having a hard time, so my heart is wide-open like Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Being “over the hill” and not knowing how much time I have left, I’ve decided to try enjoying my life. I know, I know, I should have been doing that for a long time now. But I happen to be a work-a-holic, and love to create things, which means, I am almost always doing something. Always.
So taking the time out to go see a movie once in a while is really good for my soul.
There are SO MANY movies to choose from! To make it easy to pick just one good one, I am going to let you in on one that you MUST see: “The Hundred Foot Journey”. It takes place in a small French village, and it is, well, I don’t want to tell you anything about it, just go see it!
I hope you are enjoying what is left of summer, and this beautiful life.
I wrote a post about Clara Cannucciari a few years ago. She had these wonderful little videos on how to cook simple, good food that she learned from her mother during the Great Depression (not to be confused with the Great Disaster that we are in now).
As you all know I love to cook and hate to go out to eat, since it’s usually expensive for what you get and I can just about always cook something better. Like Clara. I wanted to see what was new so I searched and found that her last clip is the one below.
She turned 98 this past August, so she has the right to stop doing anything she wants to, but just the idea that she won’t be around forever and there is an end to everything is a general concept that’s always been hard for me to “get” Sakshi just told me that we DO go on forever, and that what I just wrote is false. Hmmmm….
It’s Indian Summer where I live, with the most amazing sunny and blue sky days, with cool nights and foggy mornings. We’re eating soup for dinner just about every night though, and that is a sure sign of Fall. Working out in my garden today, I heard the sound of leaves falling from the old Dogwood trees. It was like music from a wind instrument… Winter is coming, but not quite yet!
The fear factor for this coming winter is high. With people saying things like, “It’s gonna be a bad one!”, or, “It’ll be the toughest and coldest one we’ve seen!”.
After finding three Wooly Worms in the garden, with each one having a different number and thickness of stripes (one had no stripes, one had a few, and another had it’s whole body striped) I am going to go the Zen way and just take it like it comes.
So here’s my top 10 Reasons to Cook at Home:
1. You don’t have to worry about parking.
2. You can get seconds without feeling foolish.
3. You can drink better wine with your meal.
4. You don’t have to dress up, or even wear a bra.
5. You don’t have to worry about slimy lettuce.
6. You don’t have to be tempted to have dessert, since if you are like us, we don’t have dessert made for each evening meal, just special occasions.
7. You don’t have to worry about being heard over the din of the restaurant.
8. If you are hungry, you don’t have to wait to eat.
9. When you are finished, you don’t have to wait for the check, and then drive home because you are already home.
10. You don’t have to worry about having overpaid for a meal that you didn’t like.
On top of feeling like a crone (which I am), a lot of stuff seems to be happening to those I love and the planet. How is one to cope with it all? I mean, the town that some dear friend’s of mine (Tosh and Garima) live in was destroyed by a 1000-year-flood (Lyons, Colorado), another friend who is just one year older than me found out he has a couple of weeks to live after going in to the doctor’s to see about a bump on his head, if I think of the economy I get really nervous, and and and.
I try to not be negative, I really do. And even when I think I am helping the planet by sending FB friends a petition to sign that I feel might make a difference, it can backfire:
“Please STOP sending me all of these causes…. Thank you I have my own causes….. I have unfriended you and still I am getting them….. because I am a friend of a friend of mine…. I am so sick of being bombarded with every bad piece of news out there ….people are just going numb ….to it all…. Everyone knows that everything is f—-d,,,, I think its time to start spreading a little joy instead of all of this fear……”
Ajita, I truly am sorry, and I get the cosmic message because I won’t be sending out any more petitions to be signed to stop Monsanto, have GMO’s labeled, or to try to get the world governments to join in to help the Fukishima disaster, I promise!
Instead, I am going to start to write posts with things that I am liking, and not just my favorite lipstick (which used to be Chanel because of the way it glided on my lips, plus the smell was a wonderful, subtle rose frangrance but is now some weird smell that makes me feel like I’ve put some sort of cheap air freshener on – yuck!).
It’s funny, but when I started writing for this blog many years ago, I was only going to share what makes me happy. I guess I started to get a little too personal; call it the “FB” sydrome of thinking I should “share” everything. It’s a sickness and I know the cure.
So what am I liking right now? It’s the 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey with Deva Premal and Miten. I have loved singing since way back when we went to Catholic mass every week. I can’t think of anything that I would rather be doing. Chanting to the divine is just, well, divine, and I had forgotten about it and the places it takes me.
Take a look at the clip below, and if you’re interested, click here to jump in.
I don’t like to subscribe to a lot of magazines because I end up not reading them. The only exception is Time magazine delivered right to my REAL mailbox; I look through it page by page and I’ve noticed that the format is really different than how it used to be, probably because our attention span is much shorter, and we like our facts in the form of cartoons, charts, sound bites, and FaceBook posts, right?
Just look at what happened to the hard copy of Newsweek: on October 18th, 2012, Brown announced that Newsweek would cease print publication (!) with the December 31, 2012 issue and transition to an all-digital format, to be called Newsweek Global.
I am not getting sentimental, I just happen to notice things; I was born this way.
The swing to the latest and greatest ways to “share” is swinging back when I talk to people who are getting tired of FB, getting tired of being with friends who text and want to share photos on their iPhone. It was bound to happen that the hunger for real relating would result as things became more and more techie.
I still have an old typewriter, but I don’t use it. But one of these days, I might. I mean, maybe I am being sentimental now, but I don’t want to lose the ability to make mistakes, to look things up in a dictionary, or lose my ability to write cursive, which by the way, is not being taught to students in school any longer. Boo hoo!
If you don’t use it, you lose it, which is what was happening as I found out that while writing out Christmas cards this year, my handwriting felt awkward and I had to find my rhythm; almost like learning how to write again! It took a long time because I hadn’t used that skill much since I do just about everything on my c0mputer’s keyboard.
Here’s an interesting clip from a film called : Linotype: the Movie. It shows a fascinating time period, where print was the latest. Maybe I am bit like the people in this film who still love something that is outdated. and then again, maybe I am not the only one. If you like the sound of the clicking of a real typewriter, or the sound of anything that is not computer generated, take a look, and thanks to Tosh for putting this on his Google+ account (not FB).
Life sure is interesting these days, ain’t it? I seem to be taking care of my “bucket list” without even thinking about it. For instance, I’ve always wanted to make a layer cake for someone’s birthday, instead of one in a 13″ x 9″ pan. Not that there’s anything wrong with a rectangular cake, but I just wanted to make a layer cake for as long as I can remember.
It’s a chocolate cake with a 7-minute frosting and some coconut sprinkled on it. It turned out so good! I know just about everyone can and has done this baking feat. But now, so have I:)
I also went on a trip to visit family and friends in Ohio earlier this summer by myself. It was great to get away. To jump out of my normal, day-to-day workaholic life.
It IS still summer, right? I know that some places are just starting their summer; like in Switzerland. And Seattle is having a heat wave with temperatures coming close to the 90 degree mark. Bring it on Kali Yuga!
Here it feels like fall is just around the corner. Oh, you say that fall IS just around the corner? Oh, that’s right, it is! It’s foggy in the morning, but then, around 10am or so, the sun usually comes out, and it’s another beautiful day. And I even saw yellow fallen leaves on my walk tonight for the first time.
Before I forget, let it be known that I get thrilled driving over bridges. I am filled with wonder and awe, knowing that some person designed it, and then, a whole lot of men built it. Bridges are amazing. I wanted to share a picture I took while driving over a bridge somewhere around Sandusky, Ohio.
Yes, I did take the picture with one hand on the wheel, but it was my dominant hand. I think.
So now you know why I will never get a smart phone, nor will I ever text. Because while mobile device’s have changed the world in which we live, it would be the end of mine.
It was so good to get away (did I say that already?). I don’t think I’ve been on vacation, let alone get out of area, for almost 2 years. I found that while I enjoy going back to the place that I grew up, where everyone looks like me, acts like me, has the same strange sense of humor as me, and seems to love me, it is good to come back to the place that I call home.
I’m going to test Mother Nature and plant some of the blue, blue morning glory’s tomorrow, in the hope that I will get some of those wonderful flowers before the cold weather sets in. “They” are saying that it’s gonna be a cold one. But, with a little luck, I will be posting some of those pictures around Thanksgiving!
Oh, and not wanting to be a music snob or anything, I just want to say that I don’t like a lot of the new music. Sorry. I am from Cleveland, remember? However, I recently listened to some music that some friend’s made, and it kind of made me sit up and take notice.
The group is called “House of Building”. Scott shot the clip. He is so cool. The rest of the band is also way cool. And Frieda has the voice of Nina Simone. Really. So if you know someone who is connected to the music industry, please pass this clip on to them. The world could use some good music. Amen.