Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Living In The Present
Oh. I am reminded of reading this the first time. Feeling so sad. My father lived this life. Never selling the house he hated and buying (or even renting) a small place on a lake where he could fish or just sit and look at the water. Always complaining that life had cheated him out of happiness.
We cheat ourselves out of happiness.
I try to be reminded of that as I sit on the back stoop--with G or with Riley, alone or with both of them. I love being here. I love listening to the tall trees creak and moan as the wind moves them. I love going out at night, with the dog, to look at the stars. I don't want to be anywhere else.
We carried the tree out of the house today. I will miss it. Such a beautiful tree and still fresh after all these weeks. I think it may have been one of the most beautiful trees we have ever had for Christmas. And it was charming in it's imperfection.
I want to bake bread one of these days of my work furlough. I did make the new to me pizza crust twice. I like it but need to tweak it a bit. And I want to make naan. Seems simple enough and now that I have learned to use the oven light to proof the dough--my house is very cold-- I think I could also use the oven light to keep milk warm enough to---do whatever turns milk into yogurt.
I have been trying to cook different things in the rice cooker. I make good rice but tried cooking soaked dry beans in the rice cooker. Too much water was a problem but the beans were perfectly cooked in very little time. The internet says I can also make a frittata in the rice cooker. Will try that next. I like the "fix it" and "forget it" part of using the rice cooker. It shuts itself down to warm, unlike the slow cooker.
I have to work on the library interactive art thing I said I would do.
Vaccumed the floors and have the throw rugs in the washer. I will have to tackle the baseboards one of these days--they are dirty. I folded all my dishtowels like that Kondo woman suggests. Not sure if I think it's better. The drawer does look neater. But does it spark enough joy?