An Interesting Take (or Refusal) on Gratitude

Noticing Nature

I was just
how I used to notice things
how part of my route to being sober
and learning to pay attention to myself
and where I was
involved daily running gratitude in a permanent and in a shared form
this was an excellent suggestion, at the time, for me because I had no reasonable boundaries
I was wondering
all of yesterday
and all of the night
if I might try this tool again
I wondered if it was about noticing for me
or perhaps, again, perception
noticing what is really present
noticing what I really feel
when any thing occurs (or does not occur)

An answer to part of this came yesterday in a mother’s post that involved the words denial, that involved the word reframing and that discussed the issues around both things. I am of late feeling like an escapist, even when smiling for a…

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Sweet Nesting Thyme in the Kitchen

I’ve been taking care of life on life’s terms and doing small things that please me.

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I found this sweet sugar bowl and tea plate that felt so right that I didn’t pass it up. The little plastic bowl thing that I was using is still functional, though the plastic bothers me. It has served me well for twenty years! I think that I paid $5 for a set of six nesting canister bins all those years ago. The bowl and plate were interesting and made me smile. They add a dainty feeling to the consideration of each cup of tea. The lid has a different and very satisfactory clink than the tinkle of placing a sugar spoon across the plate. I found a teeny-tiny stained up and ancient Revere-ware pot so that I might sing to my water and feel it roiling forth from the bottom of the pan, reminding me to allow grounding energy to do the same from the bottoms of my feet. In paying attention to these things, I have become more aware of the sound and the feeling of my morning bare feet crossing the floor–even slowing down to feel each small muscle movement of foot and of toe. The beautiful wicker mat under the tea things on the top of the microwave came at a negotiated price, as it was a broken lid that someone had hidden, rather than admit to breaking a store product. I offered a price for it et voila!!! Texture and tea mat for me.

I am also well pleased that the copper bottom of the pot came bright and clean with lemon, salt, and a light rub and that my total cost for Sweet Nesting was under $5!!! I enjoy watching the Thyme growing on the windowsill next to where I enjoy my tea. I think that I feel best when I am grounded, especially in the kitchen. Life, Change, and Creation exemplified.

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Zucchini Sloppy Joes–from 365 Easy One Dish Meals

OOOPs! I forgot that I altered it a teeny tiny bit and I added a chopped yellow summer squash.

Listing Lunch & Describing Dinner

1 pound hamburger
Then Add:
1 medium or half of a large Green Pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
And Cook until onion is tender–changes color to a more clear, not exactly browned.

Then add:
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1-2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
You all liked me to sprinkle in a tablespoon of organic sugar here.
Heat to boiling, stir, reduce heat to low, simmer 10 minutes. (tip:if it is still too runny increase heat to boil off the liquid but stir at all times so as not to scorch.)

Original recipe suggest serving over toasted English muffin halves and eating as open faced sandwiches.
Mostly we ate it on whole-wheat buns.

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Savoy Cabbage Slaw a la Around The Southern Table

Listing Lunch & Describing Dinner

1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayo
1 T. plus 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar(brown kind)
salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of cayenne, (don’t put your finger in your eye till you wash wash wash!)
1 very small head savoy cabbage OR ask the produce person to cut one in half for you.

Mix sauce in the bowl, taste for seasoning.
Make a flat part of the cabbage by slicing some off, this will keep it stable so that you can cut cleanly without cutting yourself. Put a wet paper towel under your cutting board too. Slice very thinly (chiffonade) Then make 2 or 3 cuts across the slices, to make for better fitting into the mouth.
Add cabbage to the sauce mixture, toss to coat. Sometimes, washing hands very well and tossing with them is better than with spoons.

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