What a difference a couple of months makes. Last time I wrote a Taking Stock post I had no clue of the global upheaval that lay ahead. I am grateful that I have been well throughout this pandemic and able to isolate myself as much as possible. I hope you are keeping well too.
Making: Roasted cherry tomatoes. I have so many cherry tomatoes I need to get them sorted before they go to squishy. I’m going to roast them for 25 minutes at about 350 degrees and then put them in jars packed with sliced garlic and basil, covering them with olive oil.
Cooking: Slow cooked things. Take that, naysayer! I’ve been slow cooking lots of things. This thread on Facebook has some friend-sourced recipe ideas for those that asked.
Sipping: The occasional glass of this lovely wine. (Yes. I buckled under the pressure of the pandemic and have abandoned my year of no alcohol. It’s not often that I bugger up a self-imposed challenge, but it is what it is. I forgive myself!)
I love tomatoes!
Reading: Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. I love the way she writes. Also? Lots of poetry textbooks and poems too. This week we’re studying metaphors and monologues.
Looking: Forward to being able to visit neighbouring suburbs … and beyond again one day. Won’t that be good?!
Wishing: For a long weekend at the beach with my kids.
Enjoying: Knitting! I am not really much of a knitter, but I am knitting a ‘worry blanket’ regardless. It started off as this very, very simple blanket but now I’m putting my own stamp on it. Every time I feel a bit stressed I knit a row or two … or more. It’s very bolstering and satisfying. I loved this story about this very thing.
Eating: Falafel. I made these ones and they worked out great. They did not fall apart at the frying stage and were super tasty.
Liking: it that ‘the curve’ is flattening in Australia. I wish this were the case everywhere. I can’t imagine how it must feel living in the US right now, where things seem to be very scary.
Loving: My fledgling garden and the nice times it brings.
Buying: Groceries. Hunkering down and being mindful of the times.
Watching: New Amsterdam. Has anyone else watched it? I love a hospital drama.
Hoping: We never have to go through something like this again.
Wearing: A favourite gingham dress I found at the op shop on my birthday last month. With slippers. As you do.
image by The Future Kept
Noticing: So many more bees in my backyard!
Sorting: I probably should be sorting something out … but I’m not.
Getting: tired A LOT. I think lots of people are. Stress = fatigue.
Saving: Jars for jam and chutney.
Bookmarking: This recipe for Butterbean mash with muhammara. How good does it look?!
Hearing: The whole neighbourhood drilling, whipper-snipping, mowing, leaf-blowing, hammering. It’s a DIY and gardening bonanza at the moment, isn’t it?
Keep as well as you can, peaches. Thinking of you.
Here is a blank list, in case you fancy Taking Stock too …