Recession

dream-cat2A client gave me a box of chocolates. I am not supposed to eat chocolate but who can resist? I am not supposed to eat anything that is really wonderful anymore, but I do. In fact my mouth is full of chocolate. I’m on my third piece. I’ll leave the fourth one, the last one, because there is no chewy center. No surprise in the middle. There is only a small rectangular piece of milk chocolate with a logo stamped on it. Oops, too late! I picked it up to examine the design and bite into the corner to prove it was solid. What could I do then, put it down? Nah, just stuff it in next to the rest of them. Now there is an empty box. Soon I will start to itch, and my throat will close a little. People who call will ask if I have a cold because I’ll be sniffling. I get such incredibly low marks for discipline.

I did the cards this morning. They said to be careful of over-indulgence. Don’t try to fill the empty space with food. Ride out your feelings, notice and allow them. I obviously am not listening to guidance today.

I have done everything I know to avoid writing. I have baked a quiche and watered the plants. I have framed a picture and done laundry. The sound of the heater fills the room as I study the tea that spilled in the saucer of my cup.

My thoughts are scattered. Life is strange. We all think we have some control and some say in things, but I wonder. Sometimes life is just life and we’re in it, being stable and happy, or being tossed like a ship at sea. My clients are suffering from the recession, their survival fears are strong. They are being stripped of material security and what savings they had to keep poverty at bay. I worry about them. They are asked to cope differently and be creative in finding solutions. Astrology has thrown us a curve as well. The difficult placement of Venus is great for the arts now, but will highlight weak points in relationship to the point of separation. Ouch.

I talk with my husband about the recession. What would you do if we had lots of money, he asks. What difference would it make? I spin a few fantasies of home and generosity, while he does the same, but as I look around I know that we have everything we need. Our lives are bountiful, the simplicity of our existence full and over-flowing.

I am busy being strong for others now. Sometimes I feel too strong, sometimes I feel too weak. Sometimes I feel like taking long walks to clear my heart. I search for perspective in the distance. I wish life was not so hard. I wish things could flow with more grace and ease, and that there were not so many broken bodies lining the landscape, and filling my dreams. I wonder if there is enough chocolate in the world to deal with all of this. I would be surprised.

Food of the gods

brownieI don’t have anything great to write about brownies. They speak for themselves. They are unsurpassed sensual and visual delights, which I need now, because it’s been a really hard month. I’ve been down with some variation of illness for nearly three weeks. I’m at the bottom of my physical reserves and optimism. I can’t eat such a delight yet, but I can look at it. You could make it! You could eat it for me. What do you think? Wanna try?

 Brownies:  350 preheated oven. Butter and flour baking pan

 2 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

2 sticks of unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon of salt

3/4 cup all purpose flour 

Stir chocolate & butter in saucepan over medium low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

Combine sugar, eggs and salt in another saucepan. Whisk over low heat until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Do not allow to boil.

 Pour this mixture into the chocolate sugar mixture and add vanilla. Add flour, spread in pan and bake. (this is SO good to eat out of the bowl before baking)

Bake 30 -35 minutes. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool completely before eating. (good luck on that part)  The frosting, drizzle and walnuts are up to you.