I have discovered two treasures in my recent Mother Earth News newsletter:
The first article, titled Slow Is Beautiful. I didn't have much time to read when I saw the article and so I began skimming through it, but then I thought how ironic it is that I'm rushing to read something written about slowing down, and I made a break and returned to it later, with a cup of coffee and more leisure. It was such a pleasant and enjoyable read.
Sometimes I feel I'm getting too frazzled, and then I stop and tell myself, hey, what is the point of living in such a quiet, retired place, of staying home with my children and cutting down on time-consuming activities, if I allow other things to take over? In this day and age, a stay-at-home Mom can feel as busy as a worker that pulls 12 hours a day in some company... and so slowing down really means slowing down. It means that at least during part of my day, I don't feel as though I'm rushing to get everything done on time.
The second article is about disappearing bees. I do not keep bees, but I found it rather disturbing. I have always liked observing bees, and never saw them as a particular threat... although I do take care to give them their space, as I've never been stung and so don't know if I'm bee-sensitive or not. And oh, do I love honey. Friends of ours now keep hives here, and I can't wait for the time when I can buy some natural honey from them.
And, since I reserve the right to write whatever I want in random sequence here on the blog, I thought I might tell you about a new favorite side dish we have here: heads of garlic baked whole. I drizzle some olive oil on them and sprinkle them with salt, and they come out very tender. After they are cooled a bit the cloves can be easily squeezed out and even spread on bread.