I’m grateful today for one of those precious moments of finding lost things. I have these silver earrings that my mother bought me many years ago when we went to Canyon de Chelly. I chose them, along with a medallion, from a gorgeous selection offered by the Navajo artist on site. They’re reversible. I hadn’t worn them for a long time because I lost the special hooks that allowed easy (and secure) flipping. I put them away for years, but came across the box the other day and realized I could just put them on regular hooks and not reverse them. But I tried to be clever, and leave a little gap in the bottom loop, so I could flip them without needing pliers to open the loop. Within a few hours I had lost one. I’d been outside watering, folding laundry, in the bathroom cleaning, in the kitchen doing dishes, gardening… and glanced in the mirror as I washed my hands… I was grateful for equanimity.
This is why we can’t have nice things, I thought with a sad chuckle. I remained calm, and considered the most likely scenario where my ear could have gotten jostled enough to knock the ornament off the loop: When Wren leapt up in my lap and nuzzled my ears, as she does a dozen times a day. I carefully pulled the blanket off the recliner seat and shook it, then I bent to reach along the cushion, when my eye caught a glint in the seat back. There was the lost jewel wedged between the head and the back cushions! A lucky find.
Just for fun I made the mythical $250 cookie recipe again, this time with all the right ingredients. Grating a four ounce Hershey bar on a microplane was the most tedious part. Otherwise it’s a pretty straightforward chocolate chip cookie recipe. I sprinkled in a little cinnamon for good measure, and pulled out the Demerara sugar to press some into the tops before baking; but then I remembered Amy’s tip, and used flaky sea salt instead, dipping my fingers first into a small bowl of salt then pressing the cookies lightly to flatten a bit.
I was grateful I had one cup of coffee left to enjoy when the cookies came out of the oven. I gave most of them away today, but have some dough leftover to bake another batch for lunch tomorrow.
That apricot harvest? The whole single bowl full, minus the four or five that I ate… I turned it into a single pint of jam this afternoon. Not enough to even bother canning, but it should last into winter in the fridge if I indulge sparingly. It really puts things in perspective: there have been years that I’ve canned two dozen half pints, plenty to last me all year and give a bunch as Christmas presents. There were so many blossoms on the tree this spring, but three hard freezes in a row decimated the harvest. I’m grateful that the professional orchards didn’t get hit so hard.
Lost things. So apropros for today. Unfortunately, I will not find what is lost. I had to put Gus down Monday. His presence is lost, the sound of his voice is lost. It is so deafening. I know you know 🙁
So sorry for your deep loss, Jenifer. 😢❤️
oh, now I see! I was reading my comments last to first… forget anything else I may have responded to this. You’re such a kind soul.
thank you Sandra
Oh Jen, yes I do know. The silence is overpowering, and will last for so long. It took me all winter to recover from Stellar’s departure. My heart is with you. Gus was a special guy, and you two had a wonderful long time together. And I know that eventually, your heart will heal and open to another precious dog. Sending love and hugs.
Thank you Rita
This made me smile to myself in many ways. I love your writing and sense of humor: ‘this is why we can’t have nice things.’ Thank you for giving me the opportunity to start the day in a positive state of mind. It’s important, and it’s a ministry, Rita.
Thank you, Sandra. It really encourages me to see you write “it’s a ministry.” On days when I feel dull and lethargic and disinclined to post, I try to remember that whatever I may say can help someone, somewhere. Your kindness means a lot to me, and I am sure to others.
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“My experience is what I agree to attend to.” ~ William James