Last week I spent a lot of time on Amazon.com and shopping online at Williams-Sonoma (my mother ship). Yesterday was Christmas for me! I got in my 3 cookbooks I ordered. The Homesick Texan Cookbook written by the first food blogger I ever followed Lisa Fain. And then I got in my box set of Thomas Keller books: Ad Hoc, and The French Laundry Cookbook. I tell you, those books are BEAUTIFUL! Works of art. They are more like coffee table books than cookbooks. I'm scared to take them in my kitchen. I'm such a messy cook that I know they'll never be the same.
This morning I've been sitting here sipping coffee, listening to it rain (t.v. off) and snuggling with two puppies that smell like warm fritos. I've been reading the introduction to Lisa Fain's cookbook and listen to her describe how moving to New York City made her homesick for home state. It has just brought a FLOOD of memories back to me. Not only about my time living there but the times in my childhood going to visit my daddy's family in East Texas.
I don't know if you noticed that I changed the video on the front page of the website to Sweet Southern Comfort. It reminds me so much of that time. Stopping at my granddaddy's gas station and watching the old men play dominos. He'd always tell me to take a soda pop out of the machine (it was the kind that in a cooler you opened from the top. It stood about waist high) and my favorite drink bar-none was Peach Nehi. This was during my chunky phase and I knew mom and dad wouldn't have wanted me to drink a sugary pop but I'd look up at dad and he'd nod yes, to go ahead. (Yessssssss!!!) I loved going to visit my East Texas family and I miss them. Why have I not made time to see them?? I have my two uncles that are the spitting image of my daddy. I have the sweetest aunts and cousins. And I miss their sweet East Texas accents.
This morning I got a text message from Joe's sister and she's been after to come up to the north east and come see where they live. Couer D'Aline, Idaho. It is a gorgeous place from the pictures I've seen. I'd really love to go see them too.
Is it too late to make a New Years resolution? Yes, probably so. But I really do want to make time to go see family I haven't seen in so long. I've taken for granted that there will always be time to do that, and in that time I've lost family members like my sweet Aunt Patsy. My dad's sister. She was a treasure.
This week I think I'm especially in touch with these feelings because of the struggles some of my friends are going through. One of my dear friends has been told they think her dad may have leukemia. Another dear friend just lost her papaw. But as if that wasn't sad enough she's also lost in the last 6 months her dad and her husband. I can't imagine the pain she's in.
It's reminded me that we need to get reconnected with our loved ones. I'm going to work on it. I hope all of you will think about it and do the same!
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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