Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I know I don't want to miss these miracles that are right in front of me each day. Expect a miracle!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." Thomas More
That big rolling pin in the back left of this crock that they are all grouped in was the beginning of this collection. I retrieved it from my grandmother's home after she passed away and it used to sit on a shelf in the center island of my previous home, always reminding me of her. I used it occasionally to roll out pizza dough and sometimes I would use it to smash things into fine crumbs because it is so heavy.
This rolling pin is a tool that my grandmother used much more frequently than I ever did. She baked on a regular basis making sweet rolls, cakes, breads, cinnamon coffee cakes, etc. This rolling pin has memories for me of her hands touching it, gently pressing her arms and body into the flour-covered table and elastic dough mound. Things always smelled good in her home. The moment you opened the door you knew she had been baking.
Things have changed for most people today. We don't make our own dough nearly as often as my grandmother did. We purchase a pizza from a take-and-bake store or buy the dough already made. We have busier lives it seems, although for people of my grandmother's generation, they were busy working each day from morning until evening but at different tasks: ironing, gardening, baking, preserving food, etc. It seems like it was a simpler time but I think in reality, it was much harder. We have become more sedentary with jobs that require many hours of sitting at computer screens.
I'm not saying that one is better or worse than the other but what I do want to remember is the effort it took to perform every-day tasks and what it meant. There was a different sense of accomplishment associated with those. You could go to bed at night knowing that what you had accomplished really felt like something. There is a satisfaction that comes with making things from scratch...from putting your whole body (literally) and soul into these tasks. Simplicity, yes, but like Thomas More writes "important to the soul".
Monday, June 11, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Night and day the river flows. If time is the mind of space, the River is the soul of the desert. Brave boatmen come, they go, they die, the voyage flows on forever. We are all canyon-eers. We are all passengers on this little mossy ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call the earth.
Monday, June 4, 2012
On Sunday we went out to lunch at one of our favorite places in Old Town Auburn-----
The Auburn Alehouse.
Notice the theme between this photo and photo #1?
Love the old brick walls, the industrial look with all the duct work showing,
The yummy "sampler" with all the beers available at the moment.
Notice the "evil eye" I am getting from my son-in-law? I'm not sure if it's because I caught him off-guard or if he didn't want me taking his picture. But most of the samples were already sampled so it could have been that too!
And his Dad? Or should I say "Robert Duvall look-alike"? I'm not sure what that face is all about!
I do know that we were all having a really good time, even the baby. They make the best cheese bread you ever want to taste. 3 kinds of cheese stuffed into a sour dough round, baked until gooey, and served on a plate with oil and balsamic vinegar and pepper flakes! Ummmm...so good. If anyone wants the recipe, let me know!
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