A Nice Surprise

A Nice Surprise

I began my day feeling a wee bit melancholy, I would have said sad, but that might imply a reason to feel sad, and I don’t have a reason, it is just the way I felt this morning.

This afternoon a friend called me on the telephone, a nice surprise, and we talked for hours. It was an absolute tonic. I’ve known this fellow and his wife for more than 25 years, and the words flow easily between us. A perfect treat.

I contrast this with social media, where one feels lucky if someone clicks a thumbs up on something you have written or shared… or one counts the number of viewings, or comments, as connection of some kind.

A real conversation represents an infinity of upturned thumbs.

It is a cold, brittle, ice sparkling day. Mist Cottage is cozy and warm. The ingredients for tonight’s pizza dough have been carefully measured into the pan of the bread machine, and it has been set in motion. And oh dear, I’ve eaten the last Gingerbread Cookie! Time for another day of baking. Thank goodness tomorrow is Saturday, a whole day of off-peak hydro prices. I plan on giving the oven a real work out!



Date: 3:00 PM EST Friday 20 December 2019
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 104.0 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: -9.2°C
Dew point: -15.4°C
Humidity: 61%
Wind: NNW 5 km/h
Wind Chill: -12
Visibility: 24 km


“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly; and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue, and reasonable nature.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
121 AD – 180 AD


  1. Bex, thank you! Since you inspired me to purchase an instant pot, most of my kitchen energy can be spent on baking breads, muffins, cookies etc.
    Preparing meals has become such a simple thing now, as I go for dump and cook recipes for dinner, I dump the ingredients into the instant pot, press the button, and come back later when the pressure is down to serve our dinner.

  2. I dread the thought that our kids might’ve wrapped up an Insta-Pot to give us for Christmas. I dread it only because there is no place in the kitchen to store it; I already use the hall closet for supplies of flour, pasta, and my kneading machine, and don’t like to keep too much on the countertops.
    On the other hand, if that’s what’s in the wrapped box in the corner of our living room, I’ll be tapping you for recipes!

  3. Kate, if it is an Instant Pot, they are thankfully light in weight, 🙂 Ours does not sit on our counter, because we have only a few square feet of available counter space. Instead it sits in a corner on a shelf, and it is light enough that I can get it out when I want to use it, which is almost every day, and put it away as soon as dinner is served and the inner pot is washed and dried… only one pot to wash, I like that.
    Right now our Instant Pot is working away on the kitchen counter, cooking dried kidney beans. It does a great job cooking dried beans and peas. I just rinse the beans, put them in the pot, add water, put on the lid, press a few buttons, walk away and wait for the beeper to go off and the button to go down (an extra 30 minutes waiting for the button to go down).
    From my perspective, the Instant Pot is the greatest thing since sliced bread! Well not quite I guess, I am very enamored with my electric range and oven, and my refrigerator, having lived without those a little while, I’ve come to think very highly of them, lol.

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