It's now been five full days since I've cooked a real meal.
I am itching to go to it.
The problem is, I am exhausted. Most people I know found this week a bit confusing. We could not tell Monday from Tuesday. Some of us thought it was Thursday on Wednesday. And we all waited for Friday.
Three-day weekends, welcome as they may be, tend to throw you off balance.
I found I had to pack five days into four. I ate out a lot, doing business over the lunch hour: Sub sandwiches, turkey wraps, vegetable sautés. One night we ate out, another night we had take out from a local deli. Tonight, it's frozen pizza.
So I have no new food photos to share. I do, however, have some park photos. The photo above was taken on Oct. 9, 2004. My husband and I had given a few hours of our time to a local historic restoration project and we were bone-weary but energized. There were a group of children playing in the park, and I caught their photo.
The lower photo was taken a year later, on a weekend when I was at loose ends. My husband was down in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia on an extended business trip, and I was bored. I felt so rudderless without him. Fortunately, photography and cooking saved me!
That was an unusual autumn. Color came slowly, and the leaves stayed on the trees well into November. On the other hand, we have had falls when the color was poor, or the leaves fell early, thanks to wind and rain.
There have been falls that seemed like winters, and others that were warm and even sultry.
Let's see what this one brings.