Since I have been really preoccupied lately, I haven't been writing much and what I have posted seemed (at least to one) "a bit morose".
In the spirit of spring, and to assuage any concerns about my state of mind, here is a list of things that make me really happy, particularly so in the last week:
*Note: This is by no means a complete list, but rather a highlight of current goodies.
- Della Fattoria, aka the best bakery in the world, and all the folks associated with it. I get to be next to Mr. Edmund, aka Poppa, one day of the week at a farmers market, and it is a true joy.
- Sitting by the fireplace long enough to feel the cold leave my perpetually chilly fingers, feet, and rear end.
- Bourbon. Maker's Mark and I have been really tight lately, but my cousin Phil and adopted cousin Ritchie are going to introduce me to Bulleit next week. (I think that was the one anyway.)
- The fact that I have a disproportionately smart and creative family (see above and below), and that we number so many that I keep being pleasantly surprised by "discovering" wonderful things they do. This week? Baby cousin Katy's visit to the farm, conspiring and shopping, watching her sew with Colleen, and talking about her blog. (Baby girl's got chops, y'all.)
- Red Wine. My uncle always tells the story when somebody asks "Red or White?" of Sophia Loren responding to that question by saying (with the delivery I imagine only Sophia Loren can do), "Darling... Wine Is Red."
- My sister. One day we'll live close enough to walk to the bar on the corner and get drunk on a Tuesday for no good reason.
- I live in one of the best areas of the world for really good food. Be it something straight from the market, or at one of the multitudes of amazing restaurants within a couple hours of me, I love to eat. One of the worlds few pure pleasures. Love it.
- Playing with puppies. Our puppies, cousin puppies, or friend puppies; spending hours running around trails or after dinner rolling on the living room floor in a pile of puppy pulchritude; all of these are good for the soul.
- Being able to stop what I'm doing, turn my face up, and feel the warmth of the sun.
This week has reminded more than usual that it's not really the paths we take that matter as much as who accompanies us on the journey. I sent some messages to people last weekend on the occasion of Brendan's birthday to tell them how much they mattered to me, and the responses I received were beautiful and touching and a little overwhelming. What right have I to feel lonely with such incredible people in my life?
I am so grateful.