Tonight I made soup for supper. I like soup ok, it isn’t one of my favorite foods but once in a while it sounds good. I didn’t take any pictures but it had onions and mushrooms (browned in olive oil), carrots, cabbage, bok choy (that needed to be used up), S&P of course, parsley, crushed tomatoes, and garlic, thickened slightly with flour. Then I separated mine and added a can of chickpeas and some nooch to Pete’s, and a can of drained chicken to mine. OH it was so good!! Pete still has some of his left for tomorrow.
Chopping vegetables is torture to my spine, though, so I was done for the day after that. While the soup was simmering I started an audiobook of Three Bags Full: A Sheep Mystery Story (Leonie Swann) and it is a true delight so far! And while listening I was working on a jigsaw puzzle on my tablet.
One of the only things that brings my post-CVA brain into submission is jigsaw puzzles. Though it has a mind of its own (see what I did there? hahaha!) and goes off in all directions, getting confuzzled at the slightest thing, a jigsaw puzzle will pull it all back together again. Kind of like a magnet will do to a plate of beebees rolling around. Coloring has a similar effect but due to the arthritis in my neck I don’t do things that require me to hold my head forward and looking down…anyway, I haven’t been able to enjoy many audiobooks because, well, my brain, but listening while working on a jigsaw puzzle was like getting a relaxing full-body massage but for my brain. It. Was. A-maaaaazing!
Then I came to my corner of the bed against my pillows and Maisie brought me – without asking – another pillow, the one I use the most; she gets me! Then she brought me my purse when I was looking for my aspirin when I said to her, “Maybe it’s in my purse?” and it was. (Yes, Gwen, I know that I’m not supposed to take aspirin but sometimes it works better on pain than anything else.)
So that was how my evening felt soft and sweet, with delicious warm soup, a delightful little story told from the flock of sheep’s perspective, and a particularly calming jigsaw puzzle in all of my favorite colors. And now Pete just brought me a cup of tea…this is the perfect evening!
Good night, friends❣️ 🤗🥰😴