The Living and The Dead

The Living and The Dead
                                                                      The Living and The Dead

I went to the store for a few things-got more. When I got to the checkout I was surprised when I was asked if I wanted to purchase a bouquet of flowers for a donation of a dollar or more. I didn’t hear what the donation was for but I gave.

There were several kinds to choose from but many alike. My eyes fell upon a bouquet that only one bloom was open. A lot of unopened ones meant they would last longer than a day or two. Along with being beautiful, their fragrance filled the room.

When I got home today I looked at the flowers and they were at death’s door. Pulled them out of the vase to find they drank up all the water and were dying from thirst. Grabbed them up and made my way to the sink to replenish the water.

After a few moments life returned in all except one. It was the only one that entered death’s door. Sadness engulfed me at the thought of losing the whole bouquet. My joy was redeemed as death moved out of the way for the life that was revived.

Walls of Wonder

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wall to Wall.”

What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?

At this time most of what was on my walls is packed away because I’m preparing to move. When the walls are decorated you’d find a huge colorful picture of vases. I have artwork that I’ve created sprinkled throughout my home. My friend created me a banner of The Lion of Judah that is hanging in my library. My church gives us posters that I frame and hang. I have ten of the twelve tribes of Israel to be framed and hung in my new home.

I choose colorful hangings because I thrive on color. Black and white prints will be incorporated next time. I hang artwork I like to look at that make me happy and capture the attention of visitors. When they ask I can tell the story behind them.

I have a creative friend that sends me cards for my birthday and holidays that I will display in a shadowbox. The cards fill my heart with joy because they are beautiful and she thinks enough of me to send them to me although we live several thousands miles away now. To her I’m never forgotten.

Proud

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Proud.”

My first thought about the writing prompt was no one has told me that in a long time. My second thought was yes that has happened several times in less than six months.

I have been told by several of my friends that they were proud of me for going to Europe alone to a country I’ve never been before not knowing anyone. On top of that I’m directionally challenged.

When my friends told me they were proud of me that made me feel good.

I haven’t told my children I am proud of them in a while, so I’m going to contact them and give them a little bit of encouragement.

A Moment in Time: A Beautiful End

A Moment in Time
A Moment in Time

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Moment in Time.”

An opportunity was presented to me to travel to Italy. When I thought of going to Italy the only place I wanted to go was Venice, Italy to ride in a gondola. I visited quite a few places the first leg of my journey.  As you can see in the photo I made it to Venice and a gondola ride was my portion-a dream come true.

The icing on the cake, the creme de la creme was Venice. I was having a heaven on earth experience-just wish I had more time to spend there. Venice, Italy is on my list again. There’s so much more I want to explore.

An experience like I’d never had before. A moment in time. A beautiful end.

Two Right Feet

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Two Right Feet.”

What are the things you need to do within 30 minutes of waking up to ensure your day gets off on the right foot. What happened the last time you didn’t do one of these things.

I don’t use an outer alarm clock but an inner one. The first thing I do when the inner clock wakes me up is thank The Lord for getting me through the night and letting me experience a new day.

When I finally get up I run my bath water while I complete a few other hygiene activities. After I get out of the tub I finish up by applying my makeup.

After all the above is finished I head into the kitchen to whip up a smoothie before I’m out the door.

Everything goes along smoothly as long as I complete each step. If I miss a step, I’m in trouble.

One day I got off track and missed the makeup step. It never occurred to me that I missed it until I looked closely at myself in the mirror at work. I didn’t scream or holler because I wasn’t that frightening to look at bare-faced. I just busted out laughing and went on my merry way. When I told my coworker about my missing my makeup, she replied that she couldn’t tell. Well, how about that.

Dessert from the Amateur Chef

Earlier today I created a delicious dish that was the main part of my dinner menu. I made it up as I went along combining rainbow chard with beef brats. Baked sweet potato fries was added to the menu. I didn’t make the corn muffins.

My sweet tooth started kicking up so I decided to make dessert. A simple dessert came to mind. It was one that I’ve only baked once. There was no recipe in my stash so to the internet I went and found an easy one. I had everything in the house so I got busy and the Madeleine’s were in the oven in less than fifteen minutes. So in about twenty-nine minutes I had great tasting little cakes. This is a great dessert if you have company coming.

     Madeleine's
Madeleine

Have you great cooks made Madeleine’s before?

If you haven’t you might want to try them.

Creative Cooking of an Amateur Chef

My stomach started growling feed me. I didn’t know what it wanted to eat because it didn’t tell me. Standing in front of the refrigerator with the doors wide open, I started scanning the occupants. There was half a cabbage, two bunches of rainbow chard and grass-fed beef brats. It was a toss-up between the cabbage and chard. The chard won.

I decided to slice the brats in bite size pieces and cook it with the chard. Home Run!

First I combined the chopped chard stems and brats and sautéed together in coconut oil until stems were tender. Seasoned with a little sea salt and pepper and added the chopped leaves and topped with a lid for a few minutes. After the leaves began to wilt I gave it a stir and added a tablespoon of butter. The lid went on again for a few minutes. Removed the lid and seasoned with a little more salt and pepper and a small amount of red pepper flakes. Beef Brats and Rainbow Chard

I was so hungry that I inhaled a small plate of brats and chard-nothing else.          Delicious!

For dinner I will add sweet potato fries.If I feel energetic I might make corn muffins. 

I made this dish up as I went along. That’s what I consider fun cooking. Check picture out.

Do you cook? Do you always follow a recipe or create one of your own.