Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nice Day

I headed into town to have coffee with Brianna. She suggested a new coffee as I went up to order. I started to say, "You know, I'm a vanilla cappuccino kind of gal" but then I stopped. It's been a week of discovery about myself. I looked at her and said, "You know what? I'm going to try a new coffee." I did. It was good.

I returned a couple DVDs to the video store.

I also returned a stack of books that had been loaned to me last fall. I sat with a cup of tea, and talked some more. There is nothing nicer than good conversation and hearty laughter.

I came home, unloaded (and stacked) a truck load of firewood. The sweater I'd pulled on proved to be too heavy, so I shucked it, working in my shirtsleeves. I was sweaty by the time that I was done. Mighty peculiar weather we are having for November.

I finished putting away some things from the back deck, and then ambled in and whipped up a batch of pizza dough. I have the best recipe. 4 3/4 c. flour, 3 tsp. yeast, 1 tbls. rosemary olive oil and two cups of warm water. I mix the whole thing up with the Kitchenaid mixer while I put everything away and wash the dishes, then turn around, dump the dough on a floured surface and knead a little more flour in until it's how I like it, divide it in half and put half in a zip lock bag in the freezer for another day, and roll the other out. Slap in in a pan, let raise, bake and then top and finish baking. It's a great supper and quick.

After supper, I talked to one highly caffeinated daughter who was writing a paper she was stressing over, heading on a coffee date ("Who's Jim? What do you mean that it is not your first date? Oh, and I suggest decaf.") Then I curled up on the couch with a good book while Tim puttered on the computer.

It was a nice day, a quiet night, jampacked with pleasant things. Earlier, I had been talking to my aunt about how different I felt. That I couldn't explain really, but I just felt alive and good and free and unselfconscious. I said, "You know, I bought a couple bottles on wine, and it just occurred to me that you should always have a bottle of wine in the house. You just never know when you are going to have a reason to celebrate." And we laughed together. But I was right. Tonight, Mary called. She had a suspicious PET scan a couple weeks back. She had gone to Pittsburgh for a second opinion. I'd been thinking of her all day. Mary had good news from the doctors there. I had a glass of red wine and celebrated with my friend.


Anonymous said...

I am not a coffee drinker myself, so it amazes me that people don't see/feel the caffiene jangle in themselves.

So happy for Mary. You too. x

BUSH BABE said...

Ah HAH! Justication for the carton of wine I just took delivery of... in case all my friends need to celebrate at once!

So wonderful to hear you revelling in YOU. Makes me smile.

Caroline said...

oh, I'm going to try your pie crust recipe! Sounds easy! But I love getting back to a normal life after the cancer roller coaster stormed in. Enjoy!

WhiteStone said...

I love going out for coffee or lunch with my daughter...she's always pointing out new and good things! Yay, Brianna! And totally YAY for Mary's results. BTW, I thought you cut back on your wood consumption. What's with the wood hauling!

Kelly said...

Sounds like a nice, productive day. So what new flavor coffee did you try? I'm a hot tea drinker, unless I'm out of town and can get a Starbucks (where I usually get the same thing every time).

I'm happy for your friend, Mary.

Roxanne said...

What a uplifting post Debby. Anytime we get to spend time with our kids is a blessings. So happy for Mary. Enjoy that glass of wine:)

Lori said...

I'm so glad your friend had good news! And what a wonderful, happy day you had!!