Wednesday, April 30, 2014

~My Healing Retreat

A most extremely strange thing just happened...while digging in the garden, cleaning up and preparing for the new season...I noticed an injured bee. I hoped it wasn't me with my little hand rake that had hurt him...but who knows? He was sideways and couldn't get up. Buzzing his little wings, but unable to fly
I said, 'are you ok?'
and he extended a leg (that was at a very bad angle compared to his other legs) straight up and out against his back. I wasn't sure what to do, so I offered the end of my rake to him and he latched on with his remaining good legs.
I looked at him, struggling...wondering what I should do. I briefly considered putting him out of his misery. Then quickly dismissed it since he had obviously trusted me to help him.
Then I looked over at my newly constructed Faerie Retreat.
'I may not know what to do, but I know a great place you can stay!' so I carefully transported him to the Faerie cottage and gently set him down on the stone path, upside-down. With our combined efforts we quickly uprighted him.
Getting down on one knee I decided to get a good close-up look at a bee...how often do we get that chance? He scanned the scenery, apparently quite at home. He started walking around...then he decided to try out his wings again. They got him to the other side of the path. Then he did it again flying further, to the post next to the Faerie door. As he climbed to the top of it, I realized his 'hurt leg' was now pointed in the correct direction and functioning properly. As I was wondering when that happened, he flew away.
Leaving me sitting there, with my earth-crusted hands on my knees...in a stupor.
'Did I.....?'
'Did he....?'
Finally I got a clear thought...'Did I just heal that bee...? with my Faerie Retreat?'

As I attempted to get up, still in shock..at the bee that was almost dead a few moments before....I thought, 'Maybe he read the book..'

all I know is...I want to spend more time there!



Monday, April 7, 2014

~Julie, Julia & Melinda

So in my fervent sudden obsession with cooking...I found myself creating 'Warm Crostini with Roquefort Blue Cheese & Walnuts' and 'Warm Potato Salad with Garlic Mayonnaise' ...Did I forget to mention that I also made the Mayonnaise?

It was simply delicious and didn't take nearly as long to make as I feared. To what do I owe this sudden frenzy?

Why, I watched 'Julie & Julia'....it made me hungry...it inspired me...and seemed to give me purpose. 
So I grabbed my own cookbook, 'Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone'

No, it was not a Julia Child Cookbook.

And I'll tell you why:
   a. I don't want to be a lobster killer
   b. I don't want to 'bione a deck'
   c. I don't have a Julia Child Cookbook
   d. I don't want to be a 'lobster killer'

It was delicious.  My kitchen smelled marvelous.  The crostini ...with the bubbling cheese and walnuts made my knees weak.  I even got to use my new Italian bread dish. Goose claimed that the blue cheese smelled like old feet....but I ignored him.

I felt so....Martha....that as I was browsing the health food store looking for walnuts.  I'm sure the stockboy thought me a bit odd at how excited I was at the realization that I already had walnuts at home, after I had asked him where they were in the store.

But I don't care.  I was wearing my Day Off Pants and I worked today.

Julie took on the task of attempting these recipes every day for 365 days.  I have committed, and now it's in writing (oh darn!) to one new recipe a week.  Even if it means Goose gets to do one every other week, I will not falter.

I was a bit disappointed that Julia never took the time to get to know someone who loved her so much that she was willing to devote an entire year of her life, quite literally eating, breathing and sleeping Julia Child. Hell, she even dressed like her for dinner parties.

P.S. Don't get me wrong....I absolutely LOVE lobster....but I will never be able to throw a live one into a pot of boiling water.  I had horrible images of that long before Julie's sad incident.

Bon Appetit!