Our Loss of Wonder

Random Thoughts

Apparently Saver has the flu.  Any good thoughts or well wishes  you could send her way will be greatly appreciated.

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I’m happy to report my back is almost better.  I’m starting to get some sleep at night.  More would be better, but I’m at least semi-conscious during the day now.  I wound up spending too much time considering life and getting into a funk.  These two sayings popped for me:

“The tragedy of life is not in the fact of death, but in what dies inside of you while you live.”  — Norman Cousins

From ‘Romancing the Ordinary’ by Sarah Ban Breathnach:  Toward  the end of her life, the great environmentalist Rachel Carson confessed that if she could bestow a birth gift on every child, it would be “a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years” and the inevitable “alienation from the sources of our strength.”

Do you remember when you were a child and anything was possible?  The world was yours for the taking.  You could be anything you wanted, go anywhere in the world, discover hidden treasures, live happily ever after.  And then you begin to grow up and ‘Real Life’ happens and the exuberance and wonder you had as a child is slowly eroded away.  How many of us manage to hang on to that rush?  To the feeling that every new day is an adventure waiting to happen?  Not anyone I know, me included.

So this is where I acknowledge I’ve written myself into a corner.  ‘Cause I really have not reached a conclusion and have had no flash of insight.  I still need to find a way back, a path to follow.  Maybe I should just start with ‘mornings’.

This is funny – “Start each day with a smile and get it over with.” — W.C. Fields

And I love many of this woman’s sayings – “What happiness there is when I awake to find near me the gift of a Morning!” — Abbie Graham

And we really should be grateful every time we do get another one of those.  (I’m done throwing quotes around now.)

Life At Our House

Not much to report.  The Christmas Tree’s bone structure was removed from the house and its remains were literally raked up off the floor and thrown into the burn pile with the carcass.  Finally.

We also have been having -more- snow.  And now the weather is warming up and I was greeted with this view from my kitchen window.

I think there is a lot of snow melting off my roof.

I think there is a lot of snow melting off my roof.

So where did the drip, drip come from that formed this random icicle hanging off the tree branch?

So where did the drip, drip come from that formed this random icicle hanging off the tree branch?

Fur Babies and Other Friends

So now that I have been on regular spider patrol, I have baby crickets.

Dinner time!

Dinner time!

Which is a good thing because Cooper just keeps on growing.  Check it out.

When Cooper came here he was thiiiis big...

When Cooper came here he was thiiiis big…

And now he's THIS big!

And now he’s THIS big!

Out In The Yard (or Plants n stuff)

I went a little crazy right after Christmas.  I HAVE to get back to the stuff that makes me happy.  The things that I do well.  And plants are in that catagory.  It’s a long story, but I’m mostly plantless these days.  And the house used to have plants all over.  I really, really miss and need greenery in my life.

Because I needed to buy Cooper a bigger house (he grew waaaay faster than anticipated) and I’m greedy and want as much as I can get for the least amount of money;  I hit sales and clearance racks for greenery.  On sale for $2-$3 a bulb were Amaryllis.  I love growing them and bringing them into bloom.  Somewhere I have a picture of Saver when she was little in her Christmas outfit sitting next to one of my Amaryllis in bloom.  *sigh*

I bought 3 and planted them in my Christmas planter.  I will get blooms off 2 of them this year.  In fact, one of them is open and a surprise.  The box said I was getting a single white.  But this is what I really got.  Surprise!

Does that look like pure white to you?

Does that look like pure white to you?

And that's definitely a second row of petals, so not a single either.

And that’s definitely a second row of petals, so not a single either.

This was a special treat of a surprise.

Mug of the Day

Saver is on her way back to bed with her flu bug and it’s 12:30 a.m. so I leave you here.  Night all!

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6 responses to “Our Loss of Wonder

  1. The practice of being “in the moment” and trying to appreciate each day, each hour, each minute, really does have that same sort of excitement. I never had that as a kid, that wonderment everyone talks about wasn’t in my growing up years, but it did arrive when I had my own babies. Dan has had it all along, most of his family is like that. So yeah, I DO know lots of folks who live this way. It’s very much how we look at our lives, from the inside out.
    Julie

  2. Robin – stopped by to say hi. Nice quotes. Nice pics. Love the black cat. I put your post about sourdough in my favorites for easy finding. Question – you feed it once a week but what if a week goes by and you don’t bake bread. Do you take some starter out anyway?

    • Yes. If you don’t use your sourdough, you’re supposed to take some out (give it to a friend or throw it away) and put more in. I take one cup out and put back 1 cup flour with 3/4 cups water. You only need 1/2 cup water but I prefer the consistancy with a little more water.

      However. Since I am the main “eater” of the sourdough bread with my daughter in college and my son in school all day, I can take 2 weeks to work through 2 loaves (I freeze the second loaf). Shocking, right? But having fresh bread around nearly all the time now has quit me gorging on the stuff. I am -trying- to eat more healthily. And sucking down fresh bread a loaf at a time doesn’t qualify. (We won’t talk about those first few months when I was doing the “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” bread.)

      My point is I am not a perfect person and I don’t always remember to feed the starter. So, if you forget to feed it for 2 or 3 weeks, you can stir it up really well (There will be grey yuky alcohol based liquid on top. The miners used to drink this off their starter. Blerg.) and feed normally. It will be a little liquidy compared to regularly fed but you can use it. If it is longer than 3 weeks or your starter just seems too liquidy, I recommend full resuscitation. Take it out, stir it up, remove 1 cup and add 1cup flour, 3/4 cups water. Then put it on top of the fridge (warmth) for at least 4 hours. Is it nice and foamy? If it is, feed it again and put back in the fridge. If not, feed it again and wait another 4 hours. You want it foamy and happy before you return it to the fridge. I usually put it in a bowl with plastic wrap on top to keep it from getting a crust and use the opportunity to wash my crock. Some people say not to wash the crock, but that’s a crock and can get you some nasty bacterial growths if it gets too dirty. Oh! And you don’t need an actual crock. Any container will do, just -do not- tighten the lid. It will explode from gas production. I’ve talked to people who swear by mason jars. You know, like you would can green beans in?

      Above all, relax. Sourdough is damned hard to kill off. And making bread should be relaxing and zen-ish not a home version of hell week. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks. I copied this and the recipe and put it in the back of By Bread Alone (Sarah-Kate Lynch) to pull out when I’m ready to do this.

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