First and Last
Here’s the first post of this new year. Just before midnight, I swept out the old, and invited in the new. The first footer, my darling son, entered the house with gifts of bread and salt, wood, coin, and whiskey to bless us with food, warmth, wealth, and good cheer. Then, I promptly went to bed as it was 1 AM! In the morning, I made myself a first mug of coffee of the year (sometimes that seems like the ultimate “cup of kindness”), and settled in to work on finishing up the manuscript for our book. Yes, I have until January 15th to turn it in, but I really wanted to finish up this part of the process and turn it in early, and that’s exactly what I did. At 11PM last night, I pressed the send button. Oh My Gosh! Can I tell you just what an amazing feeling that is? 🙂
The entire process of writing a book is big and all consuming…and I’ve found that I really like it. That may be because I’m now in the timeless period between having turned in the manuscript, and waiting for my editor’s first comments, suggestions, thoughts, and ideas for changes, deletions, and additions. It’s a long process and this is just the next step along the way for a full cookbook, with recipes to enjoy from breakfast to dessert, and more personal stories about my life.
Of course today, my horoscope says…
The stories you have always told about how you became who you are will have to be edited, perhaps even rewritten. While these overhauls may sometimes be disconcerting, they will ultimately be liberating.
I burst out laughing when I read those words. Holy Cow! Can you believe it?
Anyway, during this unscheduled time, I will reacquaint myself with what it’s like to read books written by others. I have a small pile that has been waiting for me patiently, and I plan on ordering up a few to add to that pile. I’ll be pouring over seed catalogues, taking longer walks with Gretapie, going to more yoga classes, and spending time with friends. I’ll dream a little about what might be next on the horizon, and always to be open to the unplanned and unexpected.
This morning, I heard a little story from a new acquaintance that I want to share with you. She told me that one of her friends, who had never been particularly close to her mother, decided to share some time with her in her final days to see if they might come to a peaceful place. She asked her mom if she had any words of wisdom for her. Her mom said, “Men like long hair and pie.” Then she took her last breath, and promptly expired. I kid you not. The last words of her friend’s mom were about pie!
In case you have interest, here are some of the books that are in my pile, and a few that are on my wishlist, too. What’s on yours?
If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie (I’m rereading this one as I liked it so much.)
Pie and Whiskey, by Kate Lebo (a great writer, and one of my former students, too!)
Hippie Food, by Jonathan Kaufman (another Art of the Pie grad, and award winning food writer)
The Art of Eating, by M.F.K. Fisher
The Mindfulness in Knitting, by Rachel Matthews
And if I run out…well, I can always do another read through of The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldon.