Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Project: Relax

As a result of my ER visit and subsequent sleeping the weekend away, I decided to really focus (again) on what I need to do to take better care of myself. And as of tonight, I'm pretty satisfied with my efforts. I made a roast on Sunday night and baked cranberry muffins to take to work on Monday. Last night I played tennis and let me tell you, hitting those balls felt fantastic! I need to do that more often. I had to leave work a little early today for an unrelated doctor's appointment, and I decided I'd make homemade lasagna since I had some extra time. I had a craving for it last night, and despite the amount of time it took, I am glad I did it. Steve wasn't due home until around seven o'clock tonight, and I love cooking by myself with the music cranked up when I have the time. I had invited a friend over but she got a migraine and bailed, so I'll take her serving to her tomorrow for a lunch treat. As usual, I made enough to feed a family of eight! No matter, it was amazing. I usually make it vegetarian, but this time I used ground turkey and hot Italian sausage, along with a lot of ricotta cheese. Rich and delicious, and since I only make it about once a year, guilt free.

While I was cooking, I looked over to see Gracie sitting on the table. The reason this was funny is because I had just told my mom she never does that! Kids and cats will make a liar out of you every time, won't they?

I also did a little hand sewing this week. These were free form mushrooms that I had intended as baby gifts a few years ago. When I found them, I decided they would be good cat toys, so I stuffed some catnip in them and seamed them up. Of course, Gracie won't touch them, but Melissa wants them for her cats, so all is well.

While I was sewing, I noticed that the chair cushion had deteriorated, so I took a page from Tom of Holland's visible mending philosophy, and repaired it. It isn't pretty, but I'm happy nonetheless.

While it sounds as if I've been crazy busy, I've really only chosen to do the things that make me feel happy. I've also bought my Amtrak ticket to visit Meredith over Thanksgiving weekend, which is taking the place of my annual October visit, so that made me happy as well.

I hope you're doing things that make you happy too!



  1. That lasagna looks fabulous, hope you are still heading to Rhinebeck this weekend, I will live through you. Have fun.

  2. I leave a week from today and I can't wait!

  3. Gorgeous photos and I Love that you admit the cat occastiaonlly does that! Ours do too