I received in the mail the nicest little handmade notebook and a handmade book tag to go with it. They came in a nicely decorated envelope that was a piece of artwork all on its own. They were sent to me by a good blogging friend by the name of Connie Rose. She is a very good artist who is more than proficient in all sorts of creative art, and amongst that she has the creative skills having to do with paper and printing and bookbinding. I often admire her work on her website which is here.
I sure do enjoy receiving things like this and they always get a place of honor on my computer table where I can look at them all the time. They are treasures that I cherish and will keep for the rest of my life. I get enormously attached to work that has been handmade with a lot of care and skill and am so appreciative of it. If I had the patience and imagination, it is the kind of work I would like to turn out myself, but since I don't, I am sure glad other people do.
Needless to say, if I had lots of money, I would be the one who would go to all the workshops that good artists are always giving all over the world in places like New Mexico and Bali and Australia. And I would travel business class. Of course, I am going to have to win the jackpot in the state lottery one day to be able to do that. The sooner I do, the better, because I feel like time is running out.
I had a truly uninteresting day yesterday in which nothing the least spectacular happened. The most unusual thing I did, was take a long nap in the afternoon and it was so long, that I had an epic dream about death and rebirth and waking up in a much improved, futuristic world where space travel was a normal, daily occurrence. If your life is a bit boring, then at least your dreams can make up for it.
I ate well and now have my recipe for pasta with fresh vegetables and Italian spices perfected. I can fix it with one hand tied behind my back. Well, not really, because I need both hands to drain the pasta and chop the vegetables. I go heavy on the spices because I like this dish to tantalize my taste buds and the different textures also help make it interesting. I also put a couple of cloves of chopped garlic in and that helps the taste too. And, of course, I use olive oil.
Eating rice for a week like I did, had made me feel very stuffed and as if my whole system had shut down. I don't think it was such a good idea, although I tried it to get away from the gluten. I think I overdid it and it was a bit too much of a good thing. I have since bought some excellent dark, whole wheat bread with seeds and nuts and am eating that every day. I think I will forget that notion about the gluten, because being lactose intolerant is bad enough. I don't need to go looking for other intolerances.