Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

sharing a slice of life

In progress
  • the pantry...emptied, scrubbed, fresh paint awaiting Gretta's magic touch.
  • attic emptied, swept and vacuumed. 
  • contents of attic sorted...bags taken to Goodwill, old blankets to animal shelter, trash to transfer station, "treasures" repacked and carefully labeled.
  • multiple file drawers emptied and culled, with overflowing recycling bins. 
oh, the memories!

In the kitchen
  • sweet potato/spinach/black bean burritos here
  • shaved brussels sprouts and soba noodles with honey ginger sauce here
  • butternut squash and lentil pot pie here
  • baked quinoa patties here
  • lots of green salads, made with as many colors as possible, shredded red cabbage, pea shoots, yellow bell peppers, watercress, slivered carrots, diced jicama...
  • oatmeal with almond milk, dried fruit and chopped nuts
  • bowls of clementines on the counter
  • herbal teas, both hot and cold
  • green smoothies for breakfast, spiked with fresh ginger for antioxidant punch
In the DVD player
On the computer screen
On my mind
  • One today, the inaugural poem that I keep returning to.
Looking forward to
  • attending the NOFA-VT winter conference with Gretta in Feb.
  • upcoming board meetings at both of "my" schools. (i love to keep learning).
  • a Sunday afternoon visit with friends from IL. we haven't seen them is 16 years. 
I am living life fully at the intersection of the present moment and dreams coming true. It is exhausting and energizing at the same time. 

This is the year.

Batman and I have a mission statement for 2013...

4 wheel drive, baby, all the way up the hill, leaving baggage by the side of the road and pullin' outta the ruts along the way.

I will keep you posted as we continue to craft our rural spirit.


  1. Oh, this is good! I'm going directly to your kitchen offerings.

    About that "4 wheel drive" and "all the way" images with the word "baby" tucked neatly between....?

  2. I recognize Discovery toys in that box! Glad the new year has brought you new energy to work toward your dream.

  3. Beautyful post!
    One today... absolutely beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Woohoo!!

    Wonderful post, Karen. Good stuff. So inspiring.

  5. Thanks for sharing, you are such a lovely woman!!!!

  6. What to say? Wow to everything!
    I, too, loved that Inaugural Poem.
    Best wishes with everything, Karen!

  7. Hi Karen. Thanks for your recent comments. I'm glad to be back writing my blog. I just clicked your link to the inauguration poem. Thank you for a contemplative start to my day! I had listened the day he spoke it, but nice to see it again. Maribeth

  8. Wow, it's really happening, isn't it? So exciting:)