Monday, September 23, 2013

Season of Survival

I've heard a lot of talk about the "seasons" of  life.  Sometimes, it's a season of survival - a time to simplify and hunker down and focus on accomplishing the bare minimum.  Other times, it's a time of bounty and accomplishment, when you have the energy to focus on new endeavors and get things done.  

Right now is a season of survival for us.  Lucia is constantly getting sick.  With David's new job, we're working on balancing work-home life and haven't had the time we've wanted to make the finishing touches on our new home or explore the area.  We have several friends we've been wanting to have over, but haven't been able to make it happen yet (Lucia is sick every time we make plans anyway).  It's just one of those times when I'm focusing on the basics - the health of my family, getting clothes washed and bellies fed and not much else.  

This weekend, we were able to have a bit of fun before Lucia's latest sickness set it and I was able to try a few new things.  We went to story time at the bookstore and a walk at the local nature park.  I pulled out my knitting for the first time since moving here (never mind the fact that Lucia pulled a knitting needle out of my project after hours of work...).  And I cooked a whole chicken - for the first time ever!  I was proud of myself!  Maybe that bodes well for a Thanksgiving turkey this year? (I think it will just be the three of us, so maybe a chicken is more fitting.) 

The past few days were a great reminder that even when I'm in survival mode, I can find time for a little fun and relaxation and continue to do new things, just on a smaller scale.  A new dish and a walk in the park are enough for now.  But I'm looking forward to this season passing so I can finally open up that sewing machine box!

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  1. You could do a turkey breast. But I have four and we do a whole turkey. I just freeze the leftovers or get creative.

  2. I don't really like turkey breast (I'm a dark meat kinda gal), but I'm thinking if I find an organic, free range turkey, it's probably much smaller than the regular ones and will be a good size for us.

    1. I'm the same way much prefer dark meat! We've had Thanksgiving for 3-4 and have used most of the Turkey. We eat part of it and then we make a ton of grandma's soup (my gma made this awesome soup that uses turkey/chicken) and turkey salad with the white meat (that's the only way we really eat white meat.

      With the thanksgiving sales it was usually cheaper to buy turkey than to buy a chicken (go figure).

  3. Hang in there, friend! Survival mode always seems especially hard when you're not expecting it. ie, you probably expected it when you first arrived in a new city, but I'm sure you're ready to be over it! I understand!
    Mad props for baking a whole chicken! Nine times out of ten, I either undercook mine or burn it to a crisp...I'm better off sticking to a crockpot chicken for now ;) My husband works from noon till late on Thanksgiving, so I'm actually thinking we might just do a big breakfast :)
    And your blog looks great, btw!


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