Sunday morning, after a long night of coughing and, well....misery, I went into the kitchen to make up some homemade chicken soup. I didn't use any measurements, I just added some water to my pot, tossed in a handful of lentils and barley, some carrots and diced chicken breasts, along with some sauteed onion and celery. I was looking for a cure or at least a big dose of relief and this soup did wonders for my throat and voice - or lack of voice I should say. As I think back, just the aroma of the onions and celery being sauteed together may be the key to a curing chicken soup....it is just heavenly and penetrates even the stuffiest of heads. It was so good and I ate (or drank) lots of it. The hot liquid really soothed my throat and made me feel so much better.
The first weekend of November is behind us now along with several things that I wanted to do but wasn't well enough to go out and do. Mobile's Greek Fest was this weekend and I really wanted to go again this year for some more Spanakopita and Baklava among other yummy foods, my dearest
Anyhoo....I guess the up side would be that I am fairly well rested (thanks to nyquil), I had some time to finish reading a book that I've had on loan from the library for way too long, I read a bit more of another book that I've had on my bookshelf, I wrote in my journal, I stayed up late at night, I drank hot cocoa by the fire, I read books to my girls - even with my scratchy voice, I had some quiet time to myself to think in that mindful way, and we progressed a little more with my boys' math books in spite of my cold...we're so close to finished!
All in all - it was a very good, blessed weekend. I'm really hoping that this week will be the same. I'm also praying that Ms. Ida does some serious fizzling out in the Gulf of Mexico before she rears her ugly head around here! :(
A hurricane warning on the 9th of November? Craziness, I tell ya!