First of all, I know that it is not October 25th today. It is the 31st, but I am finishing my challenge of 31 days even if I spill into November. This is Grace to me and bending the un-stone-like rules. I had to pause for travels in soup country where the colors were brilliant and the weather required shoes AND socks every day. And yes, I did eat Reuben soup at Russ’ restaurant. I was unable to get a recipe from them, but found one online by Taste of Home. One reader said this recipe reminded her of Russ’ so it might be worth a try.
Celebration and food making happened in soup country, including cooking with college kids and nearly failed chili, but more on that another day.
I’ve been stressed to the point my chest hurts. It may be due in part to trying to keep up with all the people, paperwork, decision-making and deadlines required to buy property in South Florida. Add a dose of worry about friends and family who are working through illness and recovery; a dollop of slow re-entry; a dashed hope of Thanksgiving in MN and a bit of being plain old tired and crabby. On top of chest pain, some organ of mine under the ribs, twitched all day. Deep breathing helped. A long walk and a long night of sleep helped. Holding my baby friend Emma today helped. Prayer helped and so did food.
Last night I made a new cookie recipe, put a new chicken recipe in the crockpot and pulled out the rice cooker for my favorite short grain rice. I chopped up a wok full of fresh veggies from The Boys. Today I use many of my thinking moments deciding what I want to make for a One Year Celebration meal tomorrow night. Food thoughts displace stress with anticipation. Food’s preparation and planning are positively distracting and that helps my heart.
Less stressed thoughts are that no one is being mean or unreasonable and its ok if we close on the 7th or 8th or the 10th. Calm thinking allows me to boldly bring my family, my friends near and far to the Throne Room and I’m reminded I am not God, but God is in charge and He is good. This helps my heart.
Whilst I wax thoughtfully, I shall include that this month of putting words about the love language of food on virtual paper has also helped my heart. Now, off to feed the dog (he just reminded me that it’s 5:03, just 3 min late for dinner), and make Massaman Curry for the first time, with my planned over chicken from last night.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s “Interview with Mother Mary.” I can hardly wait to share!
PS…opening this out of the blue gift from Tammy P. last night also helped my heart. A reminder that when you cook tasty food, you will also dry the cooking dishes and that is part of the love.