“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

The rain is a deluge. Poor Henry went out then turned around and came   right back inside. His fur was soaked in that short time. Last night the wind blew. It rattled the windows and shook branches. Limbs swayed. This morning I was surprised how warm it was when I dashed to get the papers. The temperature is in the 50’s, but tonight, it will drop to the teens. All that water will turn to ice.

Nothing much is happening. I liken January to the doldrums. I could go out as I do need a couple of things, but I’ll manage. I have a few avocados and a half bag of chips, snack treasures. I have chocolate chips and caramel chips, eggs, flour and sugar. All I need is energy.

Life continues to amaze me, especially its simplest moments, those times of simple pleasures: freshly brewed morning coffee, the smell of sheets dried in the sun, funny movies and buttered popcorn with just a touch of salt, warm slippers on a winter’s day, an afternoon nap on the couch, a hot shower after a tiring day and brownies, any kind of brownies, as long as they’re chocolate. The rain sustains me, not the lightning bolts.

I haven’t made my chicken curry in a long while. It’s time. I think curry with its bit of heat is the perfect winter dinner. I can remember the last time I ate curry. Actually, I still remember the first time. I filled my fork and tentatively took my first bite. I could have done a happy dance. I tasted the heat of the curry, watermelon and peanuts, coconut and bananas.

My life has had momentous events, life altering events, but I’ve learned it is the little pieces gathered together in my memory drawers which give life meaning and depth, which make it whole.

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22 Comments on ““There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Sunny all day here and pretty cold too but that will change slightly tonight. It’ll get a bit warmer and snow will fall so I won’t be able to see the super blood moon. Typical actually because we always get bad weather when something interesting happens in the sky 🙂 🙂

    I had curry not too long ago, they often have chicken curry at the restaurant we order our food from at work and I always order that even when I’m really tired of chicken like when I had to cook chicken for Albin every week.

    I’ve always liked the smell of newly ground coffee better than the actual taste of coffee. I lived not far from a business who roasted and grinded coffee so every time the wind blew the right direction I stopped doing what ever I did and just smelled the air 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Cloudy today with a good amount of rain which has since stopped. Now it is turning to ice as our warm temperatures are a thing of the past. So far we have gone fro the 50’s to the low 20’s and a flash freeze has started.

      There is an Indian restaurant in Hyannis, but I haven’t been in a while. Other than curry, noe of my friends like India food though I think it has more to do with their not trying it.

      I love coffee, the smell and the taste. My day has to start with coffee. Even bad coffee in Ghana was better than no coffee.

      Have a great day!

  2. Birgit Says:

    It’s freezing cold without snow and it looks like we’ll have more luck than Christer to see the blood moon. Unfortunately 6 a.m. is a bad time for a sick night owl.
    Greek dinner today.

    • katry Says:

      The freeze has just hit us. We will go from the 50’s of the daytime to 8˚ with a wind chill of 20˚ below zero. The bitter cold will be here tomorrow with a high of 20˚ and a low of 8˚.

      The news was just on and said it should be clear for the blood moon and the eclipse. It will begin here at 10:33; however, I don’t think I want to bundle up and go outside.

      I can’t remember the last time I had Greek food. I do like it.

  3. Hedley Says:

    I have had a strict rule, to never make a life changing choice in January or February. The days are too bleak for Big Boy decisions.

    I ambivalent to the game between the Saints and Rams. I should be wearing my replica Suh jersey as he continues to draw attention to his skills and is a free agent

    Somewhere Uncle Eric is getting ready and so are we

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have had few life changing choices since I retired. To deplete nearly all of my years and years of savings to redo the house was my last. It was a wise decision. My decisions now are easy: what do I wear and what do I want for dinner are examples of my now.

      I admit I know little about the Saints and the Rams. I’m okay with either them winning. As for Uncle Eric: you know where my allegiance lies.

  4. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    After the coldest morning of the winter with a low of 27, the sun came out and it warmed up to the mid 40s without any wind.

    Fortunately, I don’t have a dog in the hunt this year but I would love to see the Saints go to the Super Bowl. As for the game later tonight I am going to root for KC.

    As for curry of any kind you can keep it. Besides having a tenderfoot’s ability to withstand hot food, there’s something about the flavor inherent of all Indian food I don’t like except for Naan bread. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The day was warmer than I expected, but the rapid freeze has descended. It will go down to 8˚tonight with a wind chill making it way below zero. It is a night to be close to hearth and home.

      I just used the de-ice safe for paws stuff on the back step. It is already slippery on the back step.

      I am sad that you are ignoring my Patriots. Granted, they are not favored, but anything can happen. It should be a great game.

      I’ve mentioned before that curry doesn’t have to be hot, and it is only one taste of Indian food and not like any other Indian dishes. I’d have to disagree that one flavor of Indian food is inherent in all the dishes. That’s like saying all Chinese food tastes like soy sauce.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        I’m expecting a good game and may the best team win.

        I have tried several Indian dishes other than curry including butter chicken, Chicken tikka masala and some others that I can’t remember and they all tasted horrible. One time I flew back from the UK on British Airways. When the flight attendant got to my row the only thing they had to eat was Chicken masala. I couldn’t eat the stuff and the odor made me nauseous. Luckily, they had a bowl of Kit Kat candy bars in the galley and I ate several chocolate bars for the rest of the ten hour flight. 🙁

        Szechuan Chinese food is usually too hot for my taste. When I order it I ask them to make it very mild. Sometimes, even that’s too hot.

      • katry Says:

        I agree that it should be a good game with the two best quarterbacks in the league against each other.

        Serving India food on a flight is dicey at best. Many people haven’t ever tried India food or don’t like it. Kit Kat is a great candy bar!!

        Do you like Lebanese food? Thai food? Szechuan Chinese is sometimes too hot for me as well, and I like hot food. My local Chinese and Thai restaurants have stars next to the really hot dishes. The Chinese one has Szechuan separate on the menu.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        The choice that they ran out of was beef stew. I don’t like Thai or Vietnamese because they use a lot of Cilantro which to me tastes like soap. Middle Eastern food is great and I like both Cantonese and Northern Chinese food.

      • katry Says:

        I asked about Lebanese which doesn’t use cilantro. I love the food, especially hummus and falafel.

        Lots of people don’t like cilantro. Coriander and cilantro come from the same plant, but they taste different.

    • Hedley Says:

      Thanks for cheering for the Chiefs Bob. Here we go

      • katry Says:

        Perhaps Bob likes to cheer for the team which hasn’t ever been to an AFC before this.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Yes, it’s time for new blood to surface in the AFC. Except for the cold weather KC is a great town with great barbecue.

      • katry Says:

        I’m thinking barbecue just isn’t enough. The Patriots have an “old” quarterback but rookies like White bring new life to the team.

      • Hedley Says:

        Shattered, and it isn’t even my Lions

        Uncle Eric had a monster game.

      • katry Says:

        I kept an eye on Uncle Eric, especially when he was in the middle of the action.

        I’m elated!

  5. Bob Cohen Says:

    Congrats to the Pats. Two championship games go overtime on the same day. WOW!

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