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Life is like soup

December 31st, 2013 at 05:07 pm

The last day of 2013. Wow. I'm a bit melancholy simply because change is often difficult. I was thinking about 2014 and although one always hopes it will be a good year, there is always the fear of the unknown. I could go into rational and irrational fears, but I won't because it could be a downer.

Last fall we were asked at a meeting to talk about something exciting we did over the summer. People had these grandiose stories. I felt like there was something wrong with me. We didn't do tons of stuff. We did take a short vacation and although it was enjoyable, I was happy to get home. I like being at home with my loving husband enjoying the simple things like coffee in the morning, cooking, and reading. It was enjoyable feasting on the stuff from DH's garden. We had fun getting stuff for the booth and setting it up. I am not an exciting person overall. I get more enthused about going to the library than going to the mall. I like to learn.

This morning my husband left to go deliver library books to a shut in. I was straightening up the kitchen and then getting stuff ready to put in a pot to make soup. I sort of reflected on how blessed I really am.

I have a loving spouse who is loyal and kind. I have wonderful friends who care for me. I have a nice home that is warm on these frigid days. I have enough to eat, and more clothes than I really need. I have a good job. I live in a country that allows me many freedoms and rights as well as responsibilities. So, I realize I am blessed.

Looking back on 2013 it was a good year. I saved money and spent money. I learned some new things. Hopefully 2014 will be equally as good.

Our soup is basically a mixture of frozen tomato sauce I made last summer from DH's tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, basil, and oregano. I cut up some celery we had in the fridge and added the remainder of the sloppy chicks (sloppy joes made with ground chicken) we didn't eatafter having it for two meals, and some pasta shells sitting in the pantry. Economical as well as healthy!

Life is kind of like that soup I am making. There are certain non exciting things that are the basis, yet other things that make it flavorful. Hope you have a delicious new year!

10 Responses to “Life is like soup”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    It's fun to have big grandiose stories to tell, but more important to enjoy your time on this earth in the way that touches you the most! Smile I mostly live a pretty boring existence (in terms of having stuff to tell people about it) but try to step outside my comfort zone once in a while (mostly for my own enrichment, but it is nice to have something to talk about at parties Big Grin).

  2. CB in the City Says:

    If I were pressed to talk about something exciting I did over the summer, I wouldn't be able to come up with much. But, like you, I don't seek excitement, I seek comfort, enlightenment, and the simple pleasures. I think there are a lot of us out there!

  3. Buendia Says:

    Your post is beautiful! I feel the same way. I was putting together all of our photos from last year, and my favorite ones are those day-to-day photos - my daughter reading a book in the morning light, walking around downtown, hanging out with our pets.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Great post!

  5. nhgirl1970 Says:

    Life doesn't have to be exciting to be fulfilling. Great post!

  6. snafu Says:

    Thank you for the lovely, thoughtful post. Frankly, those grandiose stories may end well but I'm guessing the stress and untold bits got edited out. I too appreciate the love and respect of DH, DSs, relatives, friends and neighbours much more than 'adventures' in 2013. The holidays were wonderful and quiet. I'd been hospitalized in November and again in early December and I was so grateful to be released from that 'circus' where they still wake you to give you an un-needed sleeping pill. I'm still so appreciative of our warm, comfortable, easy living condo...I don't have the words to describe my joy.

  7. baselle Says:

    Your post got to the heart of the matter, and frankly, it very possible that the grandiose storytellers are lying. Or at least "stretching" things a bit.

    Happy New Year .... and if you want to participate in a death bet in 2014 to liven things up ... Big Grin

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Thank you for all the kind comments. May 2014 be a blessed year for all of you!

  9. PNW Mom Says:

    I second NHgirl1970....lovely post.

    Blessings for 2014!

  10. MonkeyMama Says:

    A very lovely post!

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