Each day has a rhythm, or a cadence, if you will. On my work days, and even on some days off, tasks clutter the hours and it's supper time before I can blink. These busy days are loosely ear-marked in a disorganized way, only when I catch a glimpse of the clock every few hours.
But there are slower days, filled by lingering over coffee, staying in pajamas for a bit longer, and few (or no) errands to fill my time. These days are marked with space to embrace the slowness. On these days, I keep time by breathing fresh air, savoring meals, and lingering with company or in solitude.
Today was a slow, measured day. A few pages of Mansfield Park accompanied my breakfast. I met a friend for coffee and a walk by the lake for a few hours. Beginning in the early afternoon, I started supper prep, because I was in the mood for a lengthy kitchen project. On the menu? Homemade meatballs* and mashed rutabaga/parsnips.** With a podcast in the background, I peeled and chopped vegetables, filled and whirled the food processor, and whisked together a homemade marinara. And that's all I did today. Maybe today wasn't an incredibly productive day, by the world's standards. But maybe I want to refine my definition of productive, especially on a slow day. I want to embrace the slowness, even if I sacrifice production to do so. Sometimes, less production means more delight.
And today was delightful (as were the meatballs, by the way).
*Recipes for the meatballs and mashed root vegetables are from the newer Danielle Walker's Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple cookbook (a birthday present!)
**While I've eaten rutabaga, I've never cooked with it or with parsnips. We loved them as a mashed dish—sort of like mashed potatoes, but less starchy.
As a home cook, I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen everyday, and lately, I've been finding so much joy in trying lots of new things in the kitchen with items from our garden, ingredients purchased locally, or new recipes made with my sourdough starter.
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.
There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now.