Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ordinary Time

Today I was a bit better. I woke up at 5 am with hearing a loud noise in the furnace, and when I got up to investigate the sound (couldn't figure it out but our place has not burned down yet;-) I found one of my really good kitchen bowls that I've been missing for a few months. It had been placed in our heater closet as a drip catcher, not having caught any drips it was very very dusty and full of grime and cobwebs.

Odd.

I cannot, for the life of me recall placing it there, and if I had wanted to put a drip catcher there, I certainly would not have used my best mixing bowl! Wes can't remember at all putting it there, either, but it's the sort of thing either one of us might have done. I'm wondering though, if it might have been a maintenance man at some point. But grabbing a bowl out of my kitchen? That makes no sense and is a creepy thought, so I think I'll let it go.

I'm just glad to have my bowl back.

We had a nice drive out to New Albany to pick up our pet milk, and turkey legs and a beef heart and ground and some beef bones, and lots of eggs and soap from our farmer. The sun was shining. Last week, in some low wetlands near the interstate and the I-65 bridge I saw a gray crane. It was beautiful to see such a bird in the wild. Today it was frozen, so no waterfowl in sight.

Bethany and I went shopping at Meijer for the first time and I LOVE their produce department. We bought butternut and acorn squash, Zucchini, leeks, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pears, apples, potatoes, carrots, ginger, mint, onions, mushrooms...oh, I've probably forgotten an item or two. There was so much, and it was all wonderful. Yes, there's the whole "it's not local or seasonal" devil sitting on my shoulder scolding me about those sorts of things...but I just want to feel grateful for the ability to go shopping and to feed my family and to be starting on the GAPS diet next week, so that's what I'm going to focus on today.

I was so grateful to have enough energy to get the shopping done.

And then when I got home I started having chills again, feeling sick and my throat got sore again. Clearly I overdid it. Bethany was also feeling ill. No one went to Vespers, and Wes cooked dinner. I'm so proud of the fact that after almost twenty years of being married, he is finally taking an interest in learning how to cook. Since we are not eating out any more at all, it's sort of necessary to have more than one cook in the family. Our teenage girls help some, too, in that department, but I'm glad Wes is stepping up and being a good example to our son. E is learning how to cook the foods he likes, so that is a start.

Eric is almost as tall as I am. He lacks an inch. He asserts that by the time school is out, he'll have passed me up. I don't doubt him a bit.

Unless being on the GAPS diet makes me taller! LOL.

Well, I've got me some bone broth brewing in the crock pot and I've moved my birthday dinner to "Liturgical time" (Monday night) instead of Tuesday, which is my actual birthday...so there's a good chance I'll officially start the GAPS diet on Tuesday, my 42nd birthday...what a gift, eh? The gift of health.

But meanwhile I need to figure out what I want my big birthday dinner to be, and what sort of cake I'm going to have. It should probably be a smallish one, so that we won't have any leftovers.

Pehaps I shall make it tomorrow, since I have to bake another cake (or maybe just a couple of cup cakes) so that E can have something to take to a birthday party he's been invited to tomorrow evening. Having a family on special diets is hard work.

1 comment:

elizabeth said...

blessed birthday. wishing you all the best with the new diet etc; Meijer has some good things; good to focus on the positive. love to you.