I find that when I’m angry or sad, I channel my feelings into housework. Cleaning, cooking, anything to burn off those negative feelings. So yesterday, I opted for some painting. I had purchased paint and accessories in early February to re-do Ethan’s bathroom. Needless to say, I never quite got to it during February and yesterday seemed like a good day to get that done. Painting is very therapeutic for me — physical, and relatively mindless.
I had asked Ethan for permission to do it, since I didn’t want to add more change to his life if he wasn’t ready for it. Luckily, he said “go for it”. I wouldn’t tell him what color I bought, since I wanted the new look to be a surprise, and it was driving him crazy. I opted for a medium gray for the color and needed to do two coats of paint. That took most of the day. I got a deep royal purple shower curtain and a cool decal kit to make a tree on the wall. I finished everything today and I think it looks great! (Photos below.)
When Ethan saw it, he said “Oh. My. God.” I’m thinking he meant it in a good way! 🙂 He did think it looked much more “grown up”.
My sister-in-law, Sandy, and I are determined to keep my Mom’s baking tradition alive. I went fairly easy today with my first apple pie. Yes, after all these decades of baking with my mother, I have never baked an apple pie. Mom didn’t have a recipe for said pie, so I got one from my other sister-in-law and it is currently in the oven. Stay tuned for how that goes…
Sandy was much more ambitious, working on both pierogies (making over 100) and sugar cookies. Several years ago, I had made cookbooks of my mom’s best recipes for each of us (me and my two brothers). Those books were done on Shutterfly and are treasured books now. I highly recommend doing this for your own family recipes. This will ensure that all the family recipes continue on (the book also features recipes by my grandmother and several aunts). I look forward to sampling the pierogies tomorrow. Sandy and I both want to make sure our holiday traditions continue, so I look forward to trying my own hand at that family comfort food.
I wanted to share this song from church this morning. The lyrics really got to me and it’s a beautiful song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPkMbhydU9I&feature=kp
There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding, You’re teaching us to trust
Mourning Recipe (2013) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2493456/