Halfway through the challenge, and people are still reading this dreck! I am bloody amazed actually. Today I feel introspective and content with life. The television is off, the radio is playing soft Borodin, and I am cooking.
The days here in Enid are getting shorter, and colder. Every morning now there is frost on the ground and a nip to the air. Canadian geese are winging their way in a southerly direction, honking to keep the rank and file in a perfect formation.
The cats are wearing their winter fur coats now, and spend most of their time sleeping curled up on the porch swing. Every now and then one wakes, stretches and wanders out front to chase falling leaves.
The dogs are hanging around inside..only going out as absolutely necessary. it makes me feel as if winter is going to be a hard one to get through.
We’ve been blessed the last two years with mild winters, only having a day or two in late February having to deal with freezing temps and sleet or snow.
I found myself yesterday pulling quilts and afghans out of summer storage and airing them for soon to be daily use.
My thoughts of foods tend to go to thick soups, chilies and winter casseroles now. I have a pot of multi-bean soup on to boil as I write.
The scent of onions, garlic, and tomatoes is wafting through the house and making everyone hungry even though we all just ate. It takes hours to cook a good bean soup, and have all the assorted flavors blend into something wonderful.
Later, I will begin baking for the holidays. The fruit cakes, pies and cookies that my family associate with the holiday seasons. This year will probably be the last for the fancy fruit cakes…I think perhaps a chocolate-cherry one this year. It is getting more difficult to see the fruits I chop, and harder to read my old family recipes written in pale blue ink on tiny cardstock.
I am wondering how long before the cataracts completely shut off the sights of my world. Will I still be able to see next year? The year after? There’s nothing to be done until I can qualify through aging into the government insurance. I almost accept that blindness will be my fate before then.
I read books by the thousands while I still can. I realize that the kindle I won has saved me from no books at all as I can adjust the visuals for easier reading. I am most grateful to this blog site for introducing me to Aidan Reid who hosted the contest to win the Kindle.
Every now and then I wonder just how long I will be able to express myself through this blog. However long it is, I will cherish the time spent.