Back to the old grind. Even for those of us who no longer work for THE MAN or who no longer answer to any BOSS LADY but ourselves, we still have to get up and get on with our day. For one thing, the body still has its old habits ingrained from many years of punching that clock or showing up at the appointed hour with the four bucks still steaming in our hand. Our brains may not yet be unfogged, but our bodies are present and accounted for in the place they ought to be. Where once we hit the snooze button more than once, loathe to exit the comfortable covers, now we bound with energy out of the same bed. What a gift is that blessing we call retirement.
Of course, one doesn’t make the same income as during the glory days of one’s working years, but then one doesn’t seek to live in the same life style either. I know some who do: folks with big houses on the lake, new cars, and the outward trappings of wealth. These are the same who get their hair cut at the beauty school, never travel and can’t be generous to their church. I also know others who live in small spaces, either in town or lakeside condos, who drive old cars and who can do, go and give to their hearts content. There is something to be said for this simple life.
Making bread is one of those simple pleasures. Once upon a time, families only ate bread that was homemade. We have given that art away to processors, so that our end product has suffered. If we made this bread in huge batches, day after day and year after year, our appreciation of its uniqueness might wane. Yet if we bring our best self to the work with joy and anticipation for the unknown outcome of the mysterious chemical interactions of honey, yeast, water, salt, flour, herbs and heat, we will enjoy the fruits of our labor so much more than someone who just plucks a loaf off a shelf in a grocery store. The same goes for any endeavor. It doesn’t make the adding up of my expense lists for my accountant any easier, but is I can reward myself with a great treat from the oven, my agony just might be worth it.
The recipe for Italian Rustic Herb Bread :
To the following recipe add: 2 Tbs fresh chopped dill, 2 Tbs Rosemary & Italian herb mix, 1Tbs Garlic. Follow directions for recipe kneading, rising, baking.