The Happiness Of Home

I’ve been staying with Mom while she’s been feeling under the weather — or whatever it is she’s been feeling under. She just lives next door, so it isn’t as if I’ve left the state or anything.

Charlie comes up to visit a couple of times a day. He or Daughter #1 send me food and Mom has some in the pantry and the freezer (she “eats” liquid nutrition), so there’s plenty to eat. And there’s lots of food at our house, so Charlie has plenty to eat.

Still, he sounded kind of pitiful this afternoon. He’s been making soup, and I think he’s tired of it, even though he makes EXCELLENT veg soup.

fireSchool was out today, so one of our grandsons was visiting and Charlie built a fire in the fireplace to keep him toasty-warm. In pursuit of my policy of not putting pictures of children on the internet, I’m showing him from the back, not his face.

So, after I made sure Mom had her 4:00 goodies, I walked next door to my house and made some supper for us.

I made a salad and some of those cauli-tots I shared a link to one Friday. They were good, but they could have used more salt. But not bad at all.

saladI pulled out the stuff for the salad, and Charlie was like, “You have all kinds of stuff hidden in there.” Heee! This is lettuce, yellow sweet peppers, celery, purple cabbage, and sugar-toasted pecans.

And you know what felt best and homiest? USING MY OWN KNIVES! My friend Jane gave me a set of chef’s knives (Emeril) and I keep ’em good and sharp. There’s nothing sweeter than the way they chop and slice exactly the way I want them to. I know that sounds creepy; I would have said that, too, before I got those good knives.


A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is away from home and misses something he or she would not have expected to miss, particularly.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Happiness Of Home

  1. Jane

    January 23, 2014 at 11:06am

    Your are very welcome!
    We, too, like to have cutlery that performs its intended task superbly. You know, why have a tool if it doesn’t fulfil its function? So I suppose a peek into our knife drower MIGHT be a bit creepy to a casual viewer. 😉

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      Marian Allen

      January 23, 2014 at 12:19pm

      Before your gift, I used my knives as blunt instruments. Now, I’ve even sharpened my old stainless standby to a nice edge. 🙂

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