It’s one of those days… as winter draws to a close… the seasonal weariness sets in. The skies are perpetually gray. And, apparently, I was due for another installment of perspective because I just returned from a trip to the dentist for my THIRD crown in one year. I was reminded by my neighbor that back in the old days, they simply would have pulled my tooth instead. Perspective. She shared this perspective as I was driving her to an appointment because she can’t drive herself. You see, she injured her arm in a skiing accident and will have to have surgery tomorrow because of it. Perspective.
With all of this fresh perspective in my mind, I thought the best thing I could do today would be to shake off the clouds by sharing things that make me smile and will, I hope, do the same for you.
Like cute little Fluff in the photo above. I always share pictures of our three cats, but I never show you little Fluff, the surviving guinea pig. Truthfully, “little” is an inaccurate adjective for Fluff. She’s pretty chubby for a guinea pig. Look at that cute little nose. If she doesn’t make you smile just a little bit, then you deserve the gloomy weather because it must mirror your gloomy soul. Oh, just kidding. That was my gloomy soul speaking for a moment.
Okay, how about the bottom of the pot of gravy that my mom made for our Sunday dinner when we visited last weekend. It was more delicious than ever. I share this to remind you to think about your Mom or Grandmother’s Sunday dinners. See, I knew I could make you smile.
Oh, and for no good reason than the fact that we were together, little nieces and nephew and all of us aunts, uncles and grandparents, we opened a bottle of champagne. If champagne doesn’t bring a smile to your face, just focus on the bubbles, and blowing bubbles as a child and with children. Thinking of the children in our family and spending time with them blowing bubbles, playing games, or just hanging out, always makes me smile. So does champagne.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you love desserts? I really love desserts from the bakeries in New York. Like these Italian bakery cookies, and Tiramisu cake, and Cannoli cake. My dad was obviously in the mood for a party when he went shopping for these desserts for us. Either that, or he was due for a smile too.
Finally, I made comfort food for dinner last night. You can always tell when my gloomy spirit is directing my food choices. I made this Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Epicurious which will be my new go-to recipe for the classic dish. Nothing fancy, no crazy cheeses, an excellent base recipe loaded with massive amounts of cheddar that can be served just as it is to please your most basic mac ‘n cheese appetite, or doctored up if the mood suits you with vegetables, meats, lobster, or anything else you like to mix in. Or maybe skip the mac ‘n cheese and just have the lobster. Whatever brings you comfort.
Comfort food. Smiles. My work here is done.