December is Here

 Hi friends and fellow bloggers,

 

 I hope you are all doing well.

I'm just popping in to wish you all a very wonderful December. We've all gone through some rough patches for a very long time. Now we are in the last month of the year. Let us usher it in with peace, love and determination to be joyful no matter the circumstances we may face. It isn't always easy to be joyful or grateful but we can try.

As I usher in this last month of the year, I am setting my mind to enjoyment and relaxation as much as I possibly can (watching television, listening to music, a bit of crafting and maybe baking). I am also doing my best to finish up and clear away old business and get back to some good, daily practices.

Over the past year I've been working with the Fly Lady system, mostly just doing the morning and evening routines and not always all of them each and every day.  One of the daily routines is shining the sink after washing dishes.

 

 

I am also remembering to look after myself better and work on the things that have piled up over the years. I am making great progress and need to continue moving forward in all these areas. In this last month I will add two daily practices, or at least as often as I can. I will be more committed to daily exercise and to daily acknowledgement of the things for which I am grateful. I have done both of these practices before but have slipped over time so I am back at it, lol. Today, in the exercise routine I really was so winded and so this renewed practice comes at a good time.

Some of my long time readers to this blog will know that I have often baked bread and I've enjoyed doing it.  Over the past year or more,  I cut back on most of my baking due to blood sugar issues. However I was watching someone's vlog the other day and I was motivated to make some bread again. This is Amish Bread. It uses far more sugar than I need or want but anyway I've baked it and I will try it the way it is supposed to be made. I will likely bake it again but next time only use 2 tablespoons of sugar which I've read some bakers have done with no ill effect. If you are interested in baking it I've linked the recipe I used here. Now the bread has cooled and I had a slice with butter. Oh my. It's seriously tasty. Even so, next time, reduced sugar for me but if you have no glucose issues, try the original recipe. I'm sure you would love it if you like bread.


I actually haven't had flour in my home for awhile but recently our highway was destroyed and long haul truckers were hampered in bringing in supplies to the big city. I bought a bit of flour to have on hand because people tend to buy out all the stock of many things the moment there is some kind of emergency.  

 


The highway will not be reopened until late January and only to commercial traffic when it does reopen. At this point, it's up in the air as to how long there will be highway closure for recreational travel. Trucks are delivering various commodities through an alternative, less direct and probably more difficult route but there are delays.

My gratitude for today then is for my safety and the safety of my loved ones.  Also for the flour and other food that I have on hand despite the highway and other food supply issues.

Thanks for stopping by.

10 comments:

  1. Hello Penny,
    Happy December to you, I wish you a month filled with love, peace and joy. Your bread looks delicious. Since covid started various items have disappeared from the shelves, flour and yeast were missing. We are dependent on the truck deliveries and the stores being stocked, I am grateful for all these workers. Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen. We are all so dependent on deliveries of everything these days since most of us don't grow our own food or manufacture/make our own products. I do value the workers too! Have a wonderful day.

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  2. Your bread looks fabulous!

    How was the highway destroyed??

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    1. Thank you.

      The highway was destroyed by storms. Many people now dislocated and properties destroyed.

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  3. You are in a very stressful situation on the west coast right now.

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    1. Yes, sadly so.i am grateful for keeping safe.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear about your highway. I'm sure that is very disruptive.
    The bread looks so good!

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    1. Thank you Mari. In general the storms have caused a lot of disruption and a lot of expense.

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