It is a beautiful day in Virginia. It feels like fall, for here. The temperatures this morning dipped into the 60's and even when we left church it was chilly. I took a short sleeve sweater, but it wasn't quite enough. I am wearing leggings and a 3/4 length sleeve tunic around the house.
When we got home, hubby and I sat in our front room. In the quiet. With the cats. One sprawled in a sunbeam on the floor, the other purring up vibrations on my lap. And we sat. And enjoyed the quiet, the peace. the day. Then I said I needed to get lunch going. So we had a simple New England lunch - baked beans, franks, and a slice of brownbread followed by homemade pie. Yes. I know the sodium count is up on those things, and calories. I am glad my husband has an appetite and is feeling better, and actually wanted to eat those things. I am learning to mind my portions, and know that this is not a binge. I am not overeating. It is learning how to eat in the midst of life. I am not "dieting", I am learning my range, and how to balance what I eat, and make sure I am eating a variety of fruits and veggies, and types of meat, etc. I made some lovely oven baked chicken last night, and the leftovers from that will feed us most of the week. But, I could tell my hubby just kind of needed the old timey beans and franks, to remind him of his growing up poor. And when I was a kid, I HATED beans. Now, as an adult, I tolerate them. That is progress. My husband has beans and franks, and I have franks with beans, if you get my drift.
Anyway - the lessons for the day are
1. rest. I took the week off work to enjoy my son and his visit, and my husband's birthday. I really was tempted to let work know I was available for a project, but nipped that in the bud real quick. I really have need to just not HAVE to have a project under deadline. It has been refreshing. Yes, I cooked. For my son, for my husband. For myself. Except for the cake and pie (which I made for my husband), the other sweets I sent with my son for his friends when he went to visit them in NC. He said his friends named my business (which I do not have, yet) Mama Fleet's Sweet GF treats (stick eggless in there too). I chuckled. I am developing recipes, but not enough to go that far.
2. Enjoy your family. Goes without explanation. Time moves, people do too. Things change. Enjoy what you have when you have it. Got it? It is a jewel. Hold on to it.
3. Learn to live, to live a life of balance of not too much and not to little. Don't grab and keep and horde. Take a little, share a little, and don't be so greedy as to take too much.
4. Look around you. At nature. At family. At the sky and grass that grow. Be real, be alive, and LIVE.
And as always, one day at a time, one step at a time. Getting healthy is my job.