Truth be told, I did give some cookbooks away (one I can remember had recipes using canned soup as an ingredient) so the ones I saved are the best of the best, and ones that contain recipes I look forward to cooking again. Some are new, some are old.
The whole collection is on boards from an old bookcase my husband's grandfather used for his law books plus bricks we found on the farm. Everything had to be cleaned up for re-use, but we love the flash-back to our thrifty grad school days along with the connections to both old (our family) and new (our farm).
|(Photo: Diana and Dick's cookbook collection, waiting to be used!)|
|(Photo: Diana's two oldest cookbooks)|
|(Photo: Diana's favorite 'cookbook')|
|(Photo: Blessings for our food - you can tell these books are also well-used and well-loved.)|
A Precious Human Life
"Every day, think as you wake up,
Today I am fortunate to have woken up,
I am alive, I have a precious human life,
I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use
All my energies to develop myself,
To expand my heart out to others,
To achieve enlightenment for
The benefit of all beings.
I am going to have kind
Thoughts toward others,
I am not going to get angry
Or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others
As much as I can."
~~ H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama
Lost but now found again. Ahhhhhh......... :-) Re-finding this prayer and having our cookbooks ready to go is both the balm I needed to calm me down about the seemingly overwhelming task ahead of actually moving and then getting our current house ready to list for sale (ASAP!) and also the energy I need to help get us over the finish line with these two simultaneous efforts.
We are in the final stages of this dual life. We are keeping our eye on the finish line and will hire help if we need it so that we can also enjoy the 'run-up' to our older son's wedding in just a few short months. :-) :-)
PS - Even though blogging has given me a sense of "my space" and even sanity during the controlled chaos of the past two years, I expect that my postings are going to decrease significantly over the next month as my goal is be both completely moved and have our current home 'refreshed' enough to be listed on the market by May 1. Wish us good luck and a (relatively) quick sale for our current home. I am really, really ready to have my body, brain, and heart in just one place. :-)
"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"
Diana Dyer, MS, RD