Soggy.

Today was one of the rainiest days I have seen in all of the two decades and change I have spent in the state of Washington. If you know anything about how much it rains here, you know that is a lot. I hope that I feel invigorated or at least more enthusiastic in my attack of my to-do list in the morning or the afternoon or the following morning..

Mise En Place.

This was my daughter’s first mise en place. She took a culinary art class this semester and it is really bringing her out of her shell. She is preparing for her final assignment and is far more confident and comfortable in the kitchen (and in life) than she was when this course began. I am so thankful for the class experiences like these that my children have had online, even if it meant that I had to be a sous chef. After all, I did learn an awful lot about cooking by being one of my mother’s assistants.

Hello 2021.

Happy New Year! Last week I heard it said that 2020 was an unexpected year and I think that it is the most accurate description I have heard. I am so thankful to be moving forward into 2021, but after last year, I have no expectations, except that I will be open to the best and prepared for the worst in every situation.

2020 – The cliff or the drop?

At the end of 2019, I felt like maybe I was was standing close to the edge of a cliff. I was in the process of making updates on our house so that we could then put it on the market. In my mind , the plan was to fix everything up during the Winter and Spring and possibly Summer and move during the Summer so my kids could finish their school year. I’m so thankful God had other plans that included us moving early, because I could not imagine having to be a two household household during COVID like we had been for almost two years prior. Sometimes, though, when I think about all of the challenging situations that went on this past year (like navigating this real estate market – a moment of silence – *whew*), I think I’m on the other side, but I am regularly checking the ground around me.

One thing I am sure about, though, is that I am living my life with an urgency and a respect for every opportunity with an equal respect for the importance of taking care of myself and those around me.