Thursday, June 9, 2022

As The World Turns


Isn't that a beautiful picture of Lis? We were on the back porch and Jack was doing what he does when Lis is here which is to seek her attention and love. He adores her. He had just kissed her and I tried to get a picture of that action but of course he wouldn't do it again, even though I asked him so politely, because of course cats do exactly understand what we're saying although they pretend not to because they are cats and do not want us to know of their powers. 
A minute later he had settled down on the table with his tail hooked around her arm to keep her close. 

She was all ready to go to her gig tonight which I am not attending because I just can't. She says she understands. She knows I'm having a rough patch here. And she also knows that I've got Owen and Gibson and Maggie coming tomorrow morning to hang out until the afternoon while their mama is at work. Of course I still feel guilty but sometimes one has to take care of oneself in the best way possible and although I logically know that if I went tonight and heard Lis singing her songs, the songs she's written, it would go a long way towards healing whatever is going on in me, I just cannot make the leap of getting there and knowing that I will be surrounded by...people. Even loving people, which they would be. 
But I told her she would be great, simply grand, and that she would be the best songwriter of all and every bit of that is the truth. 

She and I went to Costco today and then we had a lovely lunch at a seafood restaurant that is virtually in the parking lot of Costco but it's a local joint so I don't feel so bad about eating there. 
I actually ended up taking some ashwagandha and L-theanine this morning because whatever it is I'm going through feels a lot like anxiety and I have to say they helped. And of course Lis just being here helps. 

The men are back from their first part of this weekend's adventure. They drove down all the materials that need to go on the ferry and left them at the house of a friend of Mr. Moon's. Tomorrow they will go back down to the coast with Glen's boat and begin the process of getting everything to the house and unloaded which is what the rest of the weekend will be about. Chip is spending the night so that they can get up early and be at the dock to unload the trucks on to the ferry. 
Jesus. What a process. 
Anyway, I've made spaghetti sauce for their supper so there is that. 

Okay. Tomato pie. I have to tell you that the pie I made yesterday was the absolute best tomato pie I've ever made. And we will discuss it. I am never loathe to share a recipe but the problem is that I usually don't follow one exactly. I read a bunch of them and then sort of fit my own tastes and ingredients and experience into whatever I'm making. Or baking. I will say right now that I think the things that made the pie so good last night were the fresh basil and parmesan cheese. And who knows what else? 

And speaking of baking, my husband has just reminded me that I promised to make cookies for them to take to the island. 
Oh hell. 
Well. 
I better go attend to kitchen matters. As always. 

Here's a picture of Levon that Jessie sent today. 


Heaven. 

Love...Ms. Moon

28 comments:

  1. Yes, you have to take care of your own oxygen first. I'm glad you're doing that. You still deal with a lot of people though. I don't think I could tolerate that many visitors, however beloved.

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    1. Well, it would seem everyone came at once. I told Lis how odd it was that we almost never get overnight guests (well, except for grandchildren) and here we had two! I don't think of myself as dealing with many people but somehow, we sort of do, don't we? Thank god they're all so wonderful.

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  2. North Carolina is a place i would love to visit . Lady down the street is from there- she told me that there was a mountain that was made of glass on the bottom and you can see clean through it! "Looking Glass Mountain" but it is granite and when the sun hits it it reflects like a mirror. Who am I to shatter her illusion, it is a good one! Lis is a beauty , a calm lovely presence!

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    1. I've never heard of Looking Glass Mountain but it sounds magical, no matter what the reality of it is. North Carolina truly is an incredibly gorgeous place. So green.
      Isn't Lis beautiful?

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  3. ah, cookie baking on tap tonight.......and the grands tomorrow. You will be busy. Not sure how long Lis is staying but i know every minute with her is a gift. And hope all goes well with the Ferry-ing of gear tomorrow for Mr. Moon. And my biggest question as to your tomato pie is ......what types of cheese do YOU use? I've got the rest "down* I think, but the cheese........ unclear
    Susan M

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    1. This time I used Parmesan and cheddar and the Parm really made it along with the fresh basil. Just so good. I put some grated Parm in the bottom of the pie to try and help prevent sogginess. I think it helped some but the flavor of it was even better.

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  4. Oh, that boy. There are garnets in that creek, if he knew what to look for. I spent a lot of childhood hunting gemstones with my father.

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    1. I will tell them! But nothing could be better than just the sight of a child playing in a creek like that. It is so lovely.

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  5. The last of our tomatoes (until they start bearing again in October) are ready to be picked. It was a pretty good season, but my favorite variety (Black Krim) did not do well at all. They would have been wonderful in a pie.

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    1. I figured it was you, Wilma, when you said that your tomatoes were done until October. Isn't it odd how some years one variety will just be so prolific and the next it won't do a damn thing?

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  6. I am anonymous. Wilma

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  7. You enjoyed your time with Lis as usual! It will be fun to have the 3 kids tomorrow and then you can relax and rest because it will be Friday and you can have a martini.

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  8. I "people out" easily and need time alone though with COVID in our midst I now stay that way, I'm glad you had some time with your friend and the kids will have a good time with you.

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    1. It was good all around, e. It really was.

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  9. Remember the days when we were as flexible as Levon? Too long ago, where did the years in between go? Fresh baked cookies sound wonderful, I haven't made any in years. I used to bake for the kids and then for friends and now I just can't be bothered. Enjoy your day with the three tomorrow, sit back and let them pamper you for a bit. Lis has lovely hair.

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    1. Barely. I barely remember being that flexible. My joints are giving me fits lately. Ah. As Lis said to me today, "Well, thank god we're not getting old." Ha!
      I don't bake nearly as much as I used to. I enjoy doing it sometimes.

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  10. I shall be seeing a huge amount of people this weekend......there is a funeral this afternoon of a well known local lady and well loved neighbour and I anticipate many people will be there. Tomorrow it is my SIL's 80th party, not sure how many guests but probably at least 30/40 and on Sunday another birthday in a garden with about 70 guests! Luckily I am not bothered by crowds and enjoy talking to folk.
    Hope that you will feel better soon. Enjoy the kids today. x

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    1. Oh my goodness. If I had to be around that many people you'd be dealing with MY funeral. You're amazing!

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  11. That picture of Levon kind of reminds me of my own childhood when I would go spend a couple of weeks with my aunt and uncle in the country of the east Texas piney woods every summer. They had a lot of land with a live creek and I spent a lot of time playing in and around the Branch, as they called it.

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    1. Every child in the world is fascinated by a creek, I think. Or would be if they had access to one. They are magical. One of the things I love about "The Yearling" is that it begins with a child and a creek.

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  12. That does look heavenly! I'm glad you're getting more Lis time. (And Jack is too.)

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  13. I hope the anxiety releases you soon, and yes, that is a lovely picture of Lis, it reveals her radiant soul. That photo of Levon by the river suddenly flashed me back to summers on my grandparents's farm in the country, roaming the wooded hills behind the house alone and splashing in the small stream. Thank you for taking me back there.

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    1. I feel so much better today. Thank you, darling. I am so glad I could take you back to that sweet memory. Sounds like a good one.

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  14. I can understand Jack flirting with Lis - she's a very attractive woman!

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  15. A Lovely Photo of Lis and Jack! That L-theanine is something The Grandson just told me about and said I should get and take, he takes it and says it makes such a huge difference. I'd never heard of it before and now here you are talking of it too, so that's a Sign. *Winks* I haven't found it yet, he got his from Wal-Mart but got the last one they had. I think perhaps so many of us are sensitive to the chaos in the World, even if in our own little Orbit it's safer and secure, one can't help but have a connection with everything and everyone really. I do Hope you feel more centered, having wonderful Family and Friends is helpful, you are Blessed with both and I just love the Posts about them all.

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