Friday, December 15, 2017

Noodle Day

Larry wasn't feeling well today--he's been working hard on several different things and I think it's catching up with him. It could be a cold trying to catch hold, so I decided on that time-honored tradition of making chicken noodle soup for him.

Except I had no chicken and no noodles. But I did have turkey frozen from Thanksgiving that needed to be used up, and I had eggs and flour.

So it turned into a noodle-making day. I can make noodles in less time than it takes to get to town to the store anyway.

An hour later, the noodles were hanging to dry and the soup was underway. And when it was done, a grateful husband ate a good bowl or two before heading off for a nap.

He's feeling better this evening, so you see? It works! I have plenty left over for more soup too.

I used my Kitchenaid mixer to mix the ingredients (4 eggs, 2 tablespoons of water and 1 1/2 cups of flour), then kneaded by hand for a few minutes, then let it rest 10 minutes before cutting into 5 sections and rolling each one out to go through the pasta machine. So easy. And so good.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Taking a moment to look back at my week and appreciate the small surprises.


Like the Dove chocolates my husband brought me, just because he knew I like dark chocolate but never buy it for myself.

And the book launch party, which surprised me by the number of people who came even though the weather was terrible. We had such a good time. What a gift.


Snow--beautiful, soft, just enough to cover the ground but not enough to cause problems.

A call from my mail carrier, to apologize for missing my package pickup. He was training a new sub, and I know from personal experience how difficult that can be. Especially in the holiday season. What a nice thing, though, to call and apologize. He's one of the best.


Another call from a garden club, wanting to know if I could come next week to tell stories for their holiday meeting. Grateful for the opportunity to do something with a different twist--focusing on the folklore, carols and traditions of Christmas greenery.


Last but not least, realizing how blessed I am to have so many friends and family as I addressed the Christmas cards for this year. I may not see these people often, but they are always on my mind and in my heart.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Book Launch: Voices on Unity

Last night's book launch party was so much fun! It was a pleasure to see so many writer friends there, some with stories in the book and some who just came to support and listen. The books the publisher brought to sell sold out and the ones I wanted will be mailed to me. Now that's success.

The stories were fantastic--from a young woman's memories of the Women's March to tales of healing, stories that brought tears, laughter, thoughtful silence, intent listening. I have been reading the book today and am humbled to have my story be in such company.

And I am inspired to write more often. I have so many interests, too many I sometimes think, and it is difficult to carve out the quiet, reflective time it takes to write. Writing this blog is like writing a letter to friends and it keeps me thinking about writing, which is a good thing. Sometimes I feel like I am hanging on to that part of me by a thin thread. Then I go to a workshop or an event like this and come home recharged.


If you would like a copy of Voices on Unity: Coming Together, Falling Apart, just click on the Buy It Now Link in the sidebar, or send me a message at the email address that is also in the sidebar and we can work out how to get your book to you. You will not be disappointed, I promise.

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