It's All About the Journey

Today is your future. Live in the moment!


I realize that all of my life I’ve been striving to not miss anything.  I have almost missed it all, by this striving!  Work, play, keeping up with the Jones’.  It sneaks up on you.

In my old age, I now realize the importance of living in the day, and while planning for the morrow, to just take it one day at a time.  It sort of sneaks up on you and it took me about 62 years to realize it.

Sir Hector, the derelict tomcat, sits by my doorstep, his food is gone in the barn.  I feed him and he leaves.  He comes back awhile later, he is hungry again.  I feed him, he leaves.  So I went downtown and bought “barn food” (aka cheap cat food) and he followed me back to the haymow, where the cats normally eat.  He was the only one who steadfastly waits.  He must be the king of the clan, you think?  However, this simple act alone, has taught me something, and I’m grateful for it.

We only need to take care of today.  Tomorrow has more, but today’s grace is sufficient.


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For the Love of Music

Music touches the soul.  It calms the nerves, it brings and recalls tears of sorrow, tears of joy.  It releases love into the Spirit and into the air.

My soul needed a special touch, as I have been too busy with the horizontal to consider the vertical lately.  What was I to do?

I found a documentary this morning that appealed to me on YouTube.  John Philip Sousa.  I was introduced to Sousa through high school marching band, under the direction of Mr. Richard Herfort.  Band members struggled, while loved, The Thunderer, Trombones Triumphant, The Washington Post, and Stars and Stripes Forever.  I entered a wonderful trip down my own memory lane, while watching this fascinating documentary, a PBS production.  Memories of watching Ronald Demkee conduct the Allentown Band (and he was a marvelous part of this documentary), but the one that continues to choke me up, after close to 40 years ago, is my own memory of me and my husband in the audience, on a blanket, at the outdoor Mann Music Center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Henry Mancini conducting The Stars and Stripes Forever.  Conductor Mancini went over and picked up the piccolo and played the solo.  I choke as I write, tears spring to my eyes, and I cannot speak without the catch in my throat.

This should be our theme, America.

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Growing into Soup

I’ve always been a stew person. Thick, rich and hearty.

Lately it’s been all about soup. All winter! Into spring. Now, with the cool summer upon us, I’m basking in it just a little more!

For this crockpot recipe, I threw in chicken breast (cut up), 32 oz of chicken broth, a large jar of mild salsa, and chose 3 cans of (drained) beans: garbanzo, black and kidney. A 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, normally some frozen corn but I had none, and about a teaspoon of cumin. This is simple and delightful!

Bubble bubble! This next recipe is a skinny soup! I put in 1 Tbs butter and the same of flour, grind up a small onion, add 4 cups of chicken broth and throw in the florets of a full head of cauliflower.

I don’t have the next photo, but I take the completed soup to my blender and purée it. Simple, delicious, even cold!