Katie, at cakes, tea, and dreams, posted a list of all the things she misses right now, and asked her readers what they are missing. Here’s my top five, in no particular order:

the library. A few online purchases and re-reads of home library tomes does not compare to the endless and varied supply of books-on-loan. I love the thematic displays  librarians creatively provide, and long to browse the shelves.

happy hours. Zoom has sufficed, but prefer my people to be in-person. Plans are afoot to meet in P.J.’s lovely garden, sipping beverages in the open air. Can’t wait.

proximity. It’s the ability to catch another’s scent, to occupy the same multi-dimensional space, to avail myself of non-verbal cues and gestures, that I miss.

thrifting. It’s been too long since last strolling the aisles, treasure hunting, and the thrill of a ‘find’— the batik summer skirt, an exquisite cream and sugar set.

Leo. Ruffling his hair. Snuggling on the couch for a book read. Working side-by-side to give his dinosaurs their bath. (So messy, and so delightful.)

I  miss being with others.  I miss the America I thought I lived in, but probably never did. Perhaps racism and lack of civility are just more evident now, certainly more obvious to me. For all gathering to protest peaceably, thank you. Wear a mask.*

*And Thanks to Alicia’s friend and to Susan, for The McCullough Mask Collection.




Happy Hour

photo courtesy of pixabay

Maple-Rosemary Almonds—-

  • one bag unsalted almonds (about 16 oz.)
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil (I use melted coconut oil)

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all ingredients.  Scrape onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until golden and toasted, about 15 minutes. (For today’s happy hour, the almonds were toasty-roasty at 10 minutes.  (Show up, be attentive, and do not over bake.)

And that’s your Alexander Technique on-line lesson for the week…..Show up!

Attend to the business-at-hand, whether it’s almond roasting or candlelight basking .  Notice how  you pay attention.  For checking the almonds in the oven, do you bend at the hips over the open door and check the contents from a place of ease and length?

Indulge in conviviality and candlelight soon—-