Keeping Our Spirits Up

Sunday started out early for me.  I mean early.  I woke up at 1am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I got up and got to work on the computer.  I did yesterday’s post and poked around reading blogs, looking up info, that sort of thing.  I finally went back to bed at 4am and slept until about 8am.  It makes for a really disjointed feeling.  I can’t figure out why that happens, but if I accomplish something, I guess that’s ok.

When I got up for real, I started on some more sorting.  I’m proud of myself for getting a handle on this.  The old saying is do it for 15 minutes and you can accomplish a lot.  Since I can’t get other people in the house to work for 15 minutes, I’ll do it for him. Did I say that out loud?! 😉  It’s working and I’ve gotten a lot accomplished.  I just may need an assistant when it comes time to putting out the recycling tonight!  I’m happy with the progress so far.

Sunday afternoon, my sister Ele and I had something special we wanted to do.  There is a group in our area called NJ Spirituality.  They hold spiritual gatherings twice throughout the month.  We didn’t know exactly what was involved, but we thought it sounded interesting.  It was only a few minutes away so we thought we’d give it a try.

It was held in a wonderful place, the Woodbury Friends Meeting House. 

I’m familiar with the Meeting house.  I attend poetry society meetings here.  It is beautiful and as I said Old.

This plaque shows just how old.  The inside seems entirely made of wood and has an amazing peaceful feeling whether you’re in the meeting room or the community room section of it.  I didn’t take any photos inside because I didn’t think it would be appropriate, but it is wonderful.

The gathering itself was in the meeting room, very quiet and you could almost feel that you were surrounded by all those who had attended meetings there throughout the years.  The gathering included meditation, reiki and readings by two women who are mediums, connecting us with those who have passed on.  I didn’t get connected with anyone, but it was my first time there and when we go the next time, there may be some contact.  I know I felt very welcome there.

Ele and I both enjoyed it and we may attend some of their other programs.  I think it’s always good to keep an open mind about these things.

By the time I got home I was really hungry.  I needed something quick and easy…does that sound familiar?!? 😉

I started with an eggplant and zucchini that I had bought last week, garlic, whole wheat spaghetti, diced tomatoes with green chile I had gotten at Dollar General last week and my wonderful new fave I’ve been talking about, Cabot 50% reduced fat cheese.

I started with olive oil and garlic in the pan, then added the diced eggplant.

I then added the zucchini.  When they were almost cooked, I added the diced tomatoes and heated it all through.  While this was cooking I cooked up the spaghetti.

I have to say that this is one of the tastiest combos I’ve made in a while.  The spiciness of the green chiles combined with the wonderful meltiness of the Cabot cheese was just delicious.  I don’t use spaghetti a lot because I always make a mess with it, but I have 8 boxes I bought a while ago and I figured I better start using them.  It was definitely good and very satisfying which I believe is the whole point!

I put together some overnight oats in an actual peanut butter jar!

I think that’s how the whole craze started-as a way to get the last of the peanut butter out of the jar!  I’m looking forward to my breakfast to see how it tastes!

One Fall photo for you before I go.

Taken as Ele and I were leaving the Friends Meeting on Sunday afternoon.  I can’t see enough of them and I want you all to be able to enjoy them along with me!

Lots to do today.  Now I get to eat my OOIAJ!! 

Happy Monday!  Keep on Sortin’!!!

16 responses to “Keeping Our Spirits Up

  1. It was so nice to connect with people of like mind and spend the afternoon with my favorite sister! When you look at the dates on the plaque outside of the meetinghouse and you think that there has been a community of believers worshiping there since the early 1700’s it certainly gives you pause. Everyone we met was so wonderful and giving. I can’t wait for the next one. But I will be better prepared the next time! I’ll wear my long underwwear!

  2. YAY for oats in a jar!!!! Oh my gosh. That alone can get me out of bed 😉 haha

    That looks like such a fun weekend of exploring!

  3. I bought some eggplants at Costco and roasted them and they were delicious. But I think I like them better in a medley like what you made, with other flavors to absorb. Happy Monday.

  4. Your concoction looks delicious…I love Cabot as well!

    And beautiful photo…makes me wish YET AGAIN that I lived on the East Coast.

  5. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Fran. Just found your blog via your comment on Diane’s site. Love your site, I’ve bookmarked and will be back often. Have a wonderful Monday.

  6. What a great adventure! However, I’d like to point out that some of us don’t consider anything that requires both chopping of multiple ingredients and cooking in more than one pan to be either ‘quick’ or ‘easy’ 🙂

    • You’re funny, Val! This from the women (coming from a line of women) who will make an NEW and UNTRIED recipe for a house full of company! You could do this with your eyes closed! No, wait a minute…you’re as clumsy as me…we better not try cooking with our eyes closed!!! 😉

  7. Mmm oats in a jar is such a wonderful discovery 🙂 I get way too excited for it sometimes haha
    What a great adventure!

  8. Love the beautiful fall pics! I don’t get to see much of that around here. Oats in a jar make me happy when I wake up and know that breakfast is done!!
    Sounds like a nice experience with you sister.

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