Friday, January 24, 2014

Body double, comfort food and the sweet life

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- This tapestry was part of the exhibit I visited at The High Museum of Art last weekend.  It depicts French monarchs smiling benignly at servants and pets in the month of October.  :)  Friend Barb thought the monarch on the upper right looked a little like the late comedian Redd Foxx and he kind of does!  Compare photo below.

- Having so many ingredients left over from the lasagna from the weekend that I decided to re-purpose some of them.  So Googling "recipes using half and half" yielded this recipe for Creamy Polenta.  I made it Wednesday night - it's good and made great comfort food in this cold weather.  I had never made polenta before, so it was a fun thing to make and it went well with the never ending sauteed kale.  :)

- Reading an obituary in the online version of the newspaper from my hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia.  I have taken over the role of reading obituaries from my dad, who perused them every day.  Since my sisters and I have little connection there anymore, I find this is the only way I have of knowing if any of my parents' friends have passed away.  There was one that caught my eye, simply because of the woman's maiden name, that I associate with a family owned shoe store there (long closed.)  I didn't know her, but she had a great obituary.  After she passed away, her family found a post-it note in her handwriting above her desk at home and included it in her obituary; a quote from Emily Dickinson that read, "That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet."

 Life is indeed sweet - a good thing to remember, I think.  I hope you have sweet things in store for you this weekend, my friends!
written in her elderly handwriting is a quote from Emily Dickenson, “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” - See more at:
written in her elderly handwriting is a quote from Emily Dickenson, “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” - See more at:


LL Cool Joe said...

Life on earth will never come again, but eternal life will be even sweeter, I hope!

Have a wonderful weekend Lynn!

Fireblossom said...

Wise words from Emily.

G. B. Miller said...

Sometimes reading the obits, which admittedly I haven't done in quite sometime, can be memorable.

TALON said...

Sounds like she was a very wise woman. It's true - and we so often take it for granted.

Hope your weekend is a beauty, Lynn.

Leonora said...

Emily Dickinson always says it exactly right.
I always thought it odd and morbid that my mom read obituaries. As I age, I now understand. She was looking for the names of her contemporaries.

Granny Annie said...

There is a whole script for the Redd Fox show. He finds the tapestry and lays claim to the inheritance of the monarchy. Too bad it's too late. Ron loved Redd Fox.

You can buy polenta already made and just slice it and fry it. You know you are going to turn into kale don't you?

I found a long lost best friend by reading obituaries. No, she didn't die, but her father died and his obituary listed her married name and the town she was living in.

Lynn said...

Joe -

I hope so, too. Have a wonderful weekend, too!

FB -

So true and I love that the woman loved those words and embraced them.

G -

I do it all the time - they are memorable.

Talon -

It's beautiful already!

Lee -

I felt the same way, but I, too, now understand for the same reason. My sister Jo says that I can keep that family trait. :)

Granny Annie -

I could totally see that! lol! My dad loved Redd Foxx, too. Barb was so astute to spot that and I saw her telling the guard about that at one point - he cracked up. :)

I think that's why my eyes look so clear this week - so much kale. Yes - I've seen that already made polenta - I might try that sometime.

Yes - it's wonderful the connections you can make reading the obits. And I decided yesterday to start getting the print edition of the Milledgeville newspaper delivered, so I can read the local news better.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I always read the Obits in the two Trade Papers for Show Business people-----The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety---now known as just "Variety". It is how I find out about so very many people I know have passed on.At this point in time, there are at least one or two, every day!
LOVE that Emily Dickinson quote. She understood everything about life, didn't she?
"HOPE IS A THING WITH FEATHERS"....Beautiful and so true.
Have a lovely weekend my dear.

Lee said...

The quote is worth remembering...and implementing! :)

Riot Kitty said...

I love polenta! Your blog always makes me hungry. I've made it from scratch before I was a vegan - wonder what I would substitute for the parmesan. Hmm.

Ms. Manning looks like she was an adventurous person indeed!

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post that I enjoyed reading. Good luck to you and your endeavours.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Sparkling Red said...

Mmm, polenta is yummy.

I'm not yet in the habit of reading obituaries. I wonder if it will be necessary to do so when I can no longer rely on morbidity updates from my mother, or if there will be some kind of automatic mass e-mail app for that in a few years.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for the powerful reminded

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Joanne said...

That is such a lovely sentiment and a lovely quote!

Louvregirl said...

The quote you shared by Emily D. makes me think of raising children. The time you have with them is so magical (when they are young) and yes, it will never come again! It makes you want to hold on to the moments of their beaming faces, their moments of discovery that you were privileged to share with them and the like. Every time I see a photo of my kids when they were young I get a twinge of "Oh~if I could only revisit that time!"

Louvregirl said...

I'm not reading obituaries~~yet. But when I get the little pamphlet that you receive at funerals I do love reading about the person; studying the Bible verse they chose and their DOB/DOD. I also like going to cemeteries and reading the headstones in this manner. (Haven't done it in a while, though.)

Louvregirl said...

Beautiful tapestry! Love the rich colors in it especially!

Lynn said...

Naomi -

Hope is thing with feathers. That is so beautiful - I had not heard that one.

I know that is hard - reading about someone's death every day. My dad felt the same way.

Lee -

I think so, too!

Riot Kitty -

I don't know, but let me know what you figure out - I'd be interested in a sub for parmesan.

She sounded delightful, didn't she?

Lynn said...

Andrew -

Thanks for coming by. Bye!

Sparkling Red -

That's exactly what happens! :) My dad used to fill me in on everyone who had passed away when I called - mom did that, too.

Cloudia -

Thank you.

Joanne -

It's lovely, isn't it?

lg -

I love that tapestry, too - you can tell it's been away from sun - hardly faded at all after all this time.

I imagine that is the way it is to have children - lovely.

And I love cemetery grave markers, too.