Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Air

What a beautiful January day in Maine today has been. After having a week of clouds and a foot or so of new snow, seeing the blazing sun this morning was a sight to behold.
After the usual household chores and running to town for groceries, I ventured down to our woods shack on snow shoes. Sitting in the shack and looking out over the apple orchard, I was for a moment disappointed in not seeing any fresh animal tracks or signs. That thought quickly disappeared as I took a deep breath of fresh air and felt revitalized. The photo above was taken as I sat in the 'ole' shack.
After a time I slowly made my way back to the house, packing the trail so the next trip will be an easier one.
I have been yearning for an fish chowder and today is the day - ingredients are all together and it is simmering on top of the stove. I am trying a new recipe and the taste tastes so far tell me it is going to be a good one and will more than likely rate a copy going into my 'excellent recipe' notebook for use again.
Do take some time for yourself today and enjoy! :) Coppertop

Friday, January 01, 2010

2010 - A New Year

RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation,
and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupfull of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thouroughly over radient joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.
You're bound to have a happy new year.
-- Author Unknown