I live in an amazing community, made up of many wonderful circles of friends. This is a great comfort, with my family being out-of-state. It is so reassuring to know that in so many areas there are many wonderful friends who have my back and are willing to share their helping hands.
This past week, I said goodbye to my “silver Celtic civic”, as I nicknamed it years ago. Apparently, after 12 years of shuttling our family around it decided it was time to make a quick exit, as it managed to lean into a truck that crossed its lane of traffic. My dear yoga instructor and friend, Dana S., who has also experienced the trauma of a totaled vehicle two times in the past, came up with this non-judgemental description. I so appreciated this and am starting to find some much-needed peace.
A lovely neighbor and mother of 5 brought us chocolate dipped fruit, and another friend sent my son a birthday treat and brought her “tween” over to entertain my kids. Another busy physician/neighbor picked my kids up from school under the guise of a “play date” so they would not worry while I was in the ED after the accident. My husband’s college friends showed up for a “barn-raising” to help put a roof on the kid’s club house. Friends have invited me on healing walks/talks to enjoy fellowship, sunshine and coffee!
There are many blessings even in the midst of the anxiety and sorrow I experienced. My children were safely at school (and not in the car), my husband was not traveling this week, the silver Celtic Civic lived a long and productive life, and my injuries were limited to soreness and bruises.
Carrot and Zucchini Bars
I made these delicious bars found on pages 75-6, a few weeks ago and brought them to our weekly Hospice meeting. There were many ingredients in these tasty bars, including cranberries and orange peel. They also had a wonderful frosting I lightened by using margarine and cream cheese.
I had another enormous zucchini from my bible study and Sunday school friend, Naomi P, that yielded 11 cups of shredded goodness. I made a few batches of zucchini bread to share and have numerous other bags in my freezer to use.
The baked product took on a strange appearance with all the wonderful colors from the oranges, carrots, cranberries and zucchini.
Luckily, the frosting hid their multicolor hue. Thanks to Cheryl D for another delicious contribution to the cookbook!