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Gratitude, Quality, Luxury, More Gratitude.

Relationship Celebration

Saturday we attended a wedding reception which was lovely. The space was beautiful, the company was spectacular, the music wonderful. However, it was *HOT* outside.

Brian remembers the groom as a baby. I met him when he was a young teen or tween. What a nice young man he is now. He’s good company and a good musician. I wish them all happiness, all the time.

A Great Gathering

At the reception, we got great food and plenty of water to drink. We all drank water through the day, but even so I got too much of my beloved summer heat.

By the time we got home, I didn’t feel well. I drank a lot more water, ate a little, and slept just about forever. Heat can give me headaches, and I just had to slow down.

A Cooling-Off Treat

SO: Sunday I went to the food Co-Op. They have Stonyfield Farms vanilla ice cream, the only ice cream I’ve found with ingredients I can eat (no eggs, potato starch or xanthan gum). It’s a luxury product, one that even kings could not have at one time.

I also got some organic milk and organic whipping cream. Organic Valley brand (it’s a co-op) whipping cream works for me. (It’s just cream and carrageenan, a thickener made from seaweed… totally natural. Some whipping cream has “natural” preservatives in it.) We always keep organic frozen strawberries in the house.

Not Taking this for Granted

It was a very big day when I realized I could have a homemade strawberry shake even with all my allergies. I did not eat any dairy for 5 years, so ice cream is a big treat.

When I was a child, most places with ice cream offered only vanilla, or maybe vanilla and chocolate. If I was very lucky, I could order strawberry. I think I liked it best because it was a prettier color, to be honest… although I’m not a huge chocolate person even now.

So Sunday I made all-organic strawberry shakes with fresh-whipped-cream (sweetened with brown sugar, my favorite). We both had one, and it was a lovely treat.

I’m grateful that it’s summerlike, finally.

I’m grateful for friends and happy relationships.

I’m grateful for time to rest and cool off on Sunday.

I’m delighted and grateful, that I can eat such high-quality foods. Yes, this is luxury. Gourmet!

5 Responses to “Gratitude, Quality, Luxury, More Gratitude.”

  1. Howlin' Hobbit Says:

    when I was about 4 or so (1962) we lived in Portland, OR about 1 house away from our road’s blacktop giving way to about 2 or 3 blocks of dirt road. at the other end was a Piggly Wiggly store and a smaller building that housed a couple businesses including an ice cream stand.

    they had lots of flavors but my favorite was black licorice. my Mom, of course, hated it because I was 4 after all and the inevitable drips would leave beastly stains on my clothes. :-)

  2. Ottergal Says:

    Life is so different now than it was a few years ago, we can find Organic Valley dairy products at both Meijer and Kroger these days. I miss tomatoes, lemons and strawberries, but I am delighted I can have cherries :-}

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I would miss tomatoes a lot. However, I’m learning to be as grateful as I can for what I am able to eat. There is so much good food in the world!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    LOL! You and my brother Eric Oscar. He was only 2 when I remember walking 2 blocks to the Miller’s Ice Cream at the corner. It was miserably hot and he got black all over everything. Daddy thought it cute. I was horrified at the age of 4, it was such an awful-looking mess.

  5. Howlin' Hobbit Says:

    here’s the funny part… I haven’t let the name “Piggly Wiggly” pass my lips (or my typing fingers) in ages. in fact, I haven’t thought about them in several years at least.

    yet a few hours after I typed my first comment I was busking in Post Alley at Pike Place Market and lo! a guy came by wearing a new (at least, unfaded) Piggly Wiggly t-shirt.

    logo on the front, “get piggy with it” on the back.

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