Sunday, February 28, 2016


     My husband has never been one to read much fiction. Until recently. When he began traveling extensively a dozen years ago, he soon realized that a book lasts much longer than a movie on a 17 hour flight and is a more enjoyable way to pass the time. Then, this year, he began reading before he goes to bed at night and discovered that he sleeps better.

     Of course, jet lag is just a part of the baggage he often brings home with him, and I have learned not to plan anything too demanding for a day or two after his return. He recently returned from Indonesia and we spent most of the following day tucked up in our family room reading, drinking tea, snacking and napping. Perfect. Couldn't be better. Or so I thought. When my drowsy husband finished his novel he got up from his leather easy chair, rummaged through the travel pack he had dumped in the corner the previous night and pulled out another paperback novel.

     "Are you going to start another book now?" I asked, surprised.

     "Yes," he said tentatively with that look he sometimes gets when I ask him if he is going to wear that shirt with those pants.

     But the smile that spread over my face was adoring. "I don't think I have ever loved you more than I do at this moment," I said.

     We read until dinner, watched a movie, went to bed and read some more.

Evenings at Home by Deborah DeWit Marchant - "In the  paintings of Deborah DeWit, as in the paintings of Edward Hopper, it often seems that something tremendous has just happened, and we witness the quiet aftermath, the time when all motion stops as a bolt of strange learning passes deep to the interior life."   ~ Kim Stafford ~

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Yak Jacket

     That is my yak jacket hanging on the hall tree. More to the point, that is what I wore to the post office today--no hat or hood or gloves, no layers, no down-filled parka, just the lightweight, fleece-lined jacket made of yak's wool that my husband brought home from a trip to Kathmandu.

     Afterward, even though there is still snow on the ground, I went for a turn around the neighborhood to soak up my portion of the sun-scented air. If I were a girl again, I would have been skipping and breaking off icicles to chew. I would have run across the soccer field to leave my footprints in the unbroken snow.

     It was a glorious half hour in which a host of gutters, downspouts and storm drains were singing counterpoint to a holy convocation of cardinals and chickadees.

     My yak jacket and I were reluctant to return home.

Monday, February 8, 2016

We Be Jammin'

     I don't eat dry toast. Why would I? I suppose I could go without the butter if my health were in jeopardy, but I must have my honey or jam--especially the jam.

     But not just any jam.

     Costco began carrying a brand a few years ago that tops my list: E. D. Smith. It isn't called jam; it is labeled as a spread and it comes in two-pound jars. Well, of course it does, because there isn't anything sold at Costco that doesn't come in monster containers. And it isn't patriotic to trade in mere ounces. I like the cherry, wildberry and raspberry. The trouble with Costco is that they often change their product. I haven't seen wildberry and raspberry in the store for a couple of years. Last fall, however, cherry jam returned.

     So I bought ten jars. Yes, ten, two-pound jars. Presumably enough jam to last me until doomsday. A couple of months later I bought two more. Then a few weeks after that I bought another two, because I know that, unless the world ends in six months, I will run out. There are only three of us living here, but we all use it. It started out with just me using cherry jam, but somewhere along the way I have made converts.

     There are whole cherries floating in my jam. I don't like chunks of fruit on my toast, so each time that I open a new jar, I puree it in the food processor and pour it into three pretty glasses that I use over and over again. These make me happy and I pretend that I am making my own jam.

Chalk it up to just another of my little idiosyncrasies.