Thursday, January 28, 2021


Forever – is composed of Nows –

‘Tis not a different time –

Except for Infiniteness –

And Latitude of Home –

From this – experienced Here –

Remove the Dates – to These –

Let Months dissolve in further Months –

And Years – exhale in Years –

Without Debate – or Pause –

Or Celebrated Days –

No different Our Years would be

From Anno Dominies –

It snowed today. It wasn't the heaviest or even the prettiest snow I've seen, but after 600+ days without it (at least, here in our small town), it was beautiful.

We are in a holding pattern at the moment. I have some minor health issues that need attending to, and as is typically the case with doctors, the earliest they can see me is February 19. But if I'm honest, I'm fine with it. We've been here since the week after Thanksgiving and it's been good to be able to visit with my daughter. I occupy myself well enough, helping out with cleaning and such,  and I've enjoyed being able to bake and cook again.

The van is parked on a beautiful peace of property about forty five minutes from where our daughter lives. I've split my time between both locations, but today I am at the apartment. I had planned to help out by cleaning out the refrigerator, but with the snow came the urge to bake, so I made up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I baked half and put the rest of the dough in the refrigerator so that I could make up another batch fresh from the oven this weekend. Chocolate chip cookies are best served warm with a cold cup of milk. At least, that's the way I like them.

In the middle of my baking a package arrived. The mortar and pestle I ordered earlier this week. It's taken me awhile to decide if I wanted wood or marble, but in the end I went with natural wood. I'm excited for spring and foraging for wild herbs and making teas and adding to our home apothecary. I've immersed myself in learning all that I can on the subject. I find it fascinating!

Simple and slow. These the small ways that fill the moments of my ordinary days. This, is now.


Katie said...

I hope you’re able to get the help you need, the waiting to get in can be so frustrating! I’ve been struggling with some health issues as well and feel such a sense of relief having finally had my appointment today even though we don’t have any “answers” yet. I like your idea of putting the dough in the fridge! I made the most delicious batch of ginger/molasses cookies earlier this week. I thought I would freeze most of them to help myself ration them out but in reality I just keep sneaking them out of the freezer a few at a time and they’d taste so much better freshly baked!

Kimberly Lottman said...

I completely understand trying to help yourself ration! That was part of the reason I saved half of the dough, so that I would hopefully eat less. I'm not sure its really a successful strategy. I think I probably eat the same amount, just spread out over a longer period. :) Ginger molasses cookies sound wonderful! I'd love to have the recipe, if you don't mind sharing. :)

Katie said...

Here's the recipe, its written specifically for einkorn flour so I'm not sure how other flours would work to substitute. However, I also made the ginger cookies from Heather's freezer course (if you have that one) and they were delicious as well!

2 1/2 cups einkorn flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger (I only used one)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
10 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 egg

Combine flour, baking soda and salt and spices. In a separate bowl, stir together butter, sugars and molasses. Add egg until combined, then add to flour mixture. Let stand 15 minutes to give the flour time to absorb the wet ingredients. Roll dough into balls and roll in extra sugar to dust. Bake for 16 minutes or until cookies have spread and are barely firm to the touch.

Kimberly Lottman said...

Thank you for the recipe!