Me with my dog, Karma. Good Karma. Good Karma.
My friend Lindy posted a recipe for Feel Better Butter on her blog today; it calls for "culinary lavender." Until I read this post, I didn't know there was such a thing. I mean, I love the scent of lavender; I have even grown lavender and dried the buds and used them to sew dream pillows for my friends. But I had no idea that people actually EAT lavender. Well, I did some research and found recipes for lavender jelly, lavender hazelnut bread, and lavender tea cookies. Now I must get some culinary lavender and try my hand at making all these lovely things.
2. SPRING CLEANING
My friend Sherri posted pictures of her hobby room on her blog today; I think it is beautiful. Even though I am so busy teaching piano and writing a novel that I barely have time to work on my hobbies - beading and sewing and knitting and scrapbooking - I wish I had an entire room to dedicate to them. But since I don't, I am considering making over my piano studio during spring break and dedicating a corner to my hobbies. And painting the walls purple.
One of my friends just reconnected with the love of her life after twenty-seven years apart. Another friend is pursuing a divorce from her husband of many years after discovering a secret affair. Yet another friend is riding the roller coaster of an unwanted separation from a husband who can't decide whether to stay or to go.
'Tis not love's going hurt my days but that it went in little ways.
~ Emily Dickinson
On May 23, I will "celebrate" the tenth anniversary of my divorce. I have been in a handful of serious relationships since then, but my official status remains "single." And that's okay, because there are a few things I know for sure.
If I had remained in my marriage, I wouldn't be the person I am today.
If I had remained in any of the relationships post-divorce, I would not be writing a novel.
I have loved and lost so many times it is tempting to become cynical.
Despite this, I believe in "happily ever after."
I have Karma, children who love me, girlfriends that rock, jobs I love, and hobbies I enjoy. I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and a car to drive - that is, when Casey doesn't need it. ;-)
A woman could do worse, right?