Friday, December 02, 2016
Guilt Free at Last
I was so relieved, like the good introvert that I am, about having very little on my calendar for December. I hate meetings but my Puritan instinct insists I must participate in good causes.
Then the days began to get filled. Thus far, I have at least three classes scheduled for my Peruvian student, a family get together in the city before Christmas to attend my granddaughter's play (and I think the next day they are squeezing in a bit of a birthday celebration for me!), on another week an evening at one of the concert theaters with my son and DIL, an organization meeting of a local group of liberal women to be proactive with our local and state legislatures, and one doctor's appointment---all before the family gets together for Christmas!
The above leaves out the shopping and card writing that also must be completed.
Some of you would view this as lovely, and warm, and inspiring. But I have just finished reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain and admit that I have deep needs for being left alone for long periods of time. It is an aberration, and to some extent not healthy, but it is strong somewhere in my genetic code. If you are an extrovert who works with introverts, are married to or raising an introvert, or are an introvert yourself, you should read this book! It has helped me become guilt free.
In the photo above is one of maybe four persimmon trees my husband has planted. Because of this abundance, we have to find recipes to use and preserve the fruit. I did purchase 4 venison medallions the other day and created a glace or sauce for the steaks using some leftover medoc and leftover coffee, made up a small half cup of beef bouillon, added a tablespoon of raspberry vinegar and the puree of two persimmons. I cooked it all together until it was reduced to a nice sauce, and surprise, the experiment tasted quite nice on the steaks! It was a good compliment to the side dish of bok choi that was just harvested from the garden even though it was starting to get bitter, using salt helped that. But that used only two persimmons, actually three as we sliced the harder Japanese persimmon...I still have a long way to go.