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When you think of your happy place, somewhere you go to relax, or when you’re not feeling well, somewhere that is comforting for you, where do you go? What do you do? Is there one spot in your home that is soothing to your soul or just comforting to be in? For me, when I need to relax, cry, fight an illness, or just be surrounded with warmth, I go to bed. If it’s been a really rough patch or I really need to feel the comfort I’ll wash the bedding first.

There’s something to be said for the smell and feel of freshly laundered linens. Even on the coldest days you can wrap yourself in warmth with freshly dried blankets. I’ll be the first to admit that it is very rare for me to actually do the laundry. I’m lucky enough to have a spouse who is willing to take over that task for me.

I will make an exception for my bedding. There’s just something so soothing to slip between a set of warm from the dryer sheets on an overcast day. Even better is snuggling deep into a comforter right from the dryer. Add some fluffy pillows, a book, and a mug of warmed cider and it’s my idea of a relaxing afternoon.

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And have cake for breakfast.

Yes, cake….for breakfast. Read the ingredient list of most “breakfast foods” anymore and you’ll see a wide variety of ingredients that may or may not be good for you. I figure if you’re going to indulge in a sugary treat for breakfast, you should make it count. Forget the stale pop-tart or granola bar, or cereal with marshmallow bits and sit down to a nice, moist slice of cake, or for breakfast on the go, grab a cupcake.

Please don’t waste your time with those things you can buy in the gas station–if you’re going to indulge do it right. Visit a good bakery or make your own. Pick your favorite flavor, your favorite frosting, and enjoy.

The weather is turning cool and the leaves are turning color. It’s officially autumn, the summer has passed for another year. While I am not overly fond of autumn as a season–not liking the cooler weather or the realization that snow is just around the corner, there a several wonderful things about this season.

Fall is harvest time and that means an abundance of treats that are wonderfully fresh and delicious! Some of my favorite harvest-time treats include:
Squash–there’s just something comforting about roasted squash. It can be served sweet or savory, depending on the seasonings and often becomes the meal itself.
Fresh potatoes–now I know that potatoes can be had year round but those that come from the local farms are firmer, with a finer texture and just plain taste better than some of those that are found later in the year.
Corn—this is not something I normally indulge in. This year my family discovered a farmer who runs an urban farm in a neighboring city who uses organic farming methods. I have to say that his corn was the BEST I’ve had in several years–and we’ve tried it from just about all the local farms.
Apples–I am not an apple fan most of the year. There’s just something special about fresh-picked apples.
Apple Cider–with the apples comes the fresh cider. I am lucky enough to live near enough cider mills to have my pick of the best cider in the area. There is something so refreshing about the sweet-crisp taste of cider. It’s such a versatile drink too–when it’s cold outside we’ll heat it up with some spices and either drink the mulled cider or add a bit of caramel sauce to drink “caramel apples”.
Raspberries–in my area the best time for raspberries is in the fall. They are so big and bursting with flavor!

There are so many ways to enjoy the fruits of the harvest–what are some of your favorites?

I just haven’t been up to thinking about indulgences lately. When your vocabulary starts to include words like: tumor, cancer, intensive care, home nursing, and multiple surgeries (for a family member, not personally) everything else seems to take a back seat while you figure out the big stuff. Add that to some personal health concerns and you get one really unmotivated blogger. I just had to focus on living for a minute–anything else was just too much.

Still, sometimes you find inspiration in the oddest places. Like the family member who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, cancer, and lost their voice box in a very short time frame. Where I think I’d be a wreck, he’s handling things with grace and humor that was unusual before the illness. There’s more laughter and joking–everything isn’t all serious all the time, even though life is serious. All of a sudden the nights spent at home, doing nothing but being at home don’t seem to be the binding chains they once were. They are an opportunity to connect with loved ones and spend time on the little things.

Right now, my children are bouncing on my bed–something that is normally forbidden. They are making pillow caves and testing out their cannonball. They are laughing their little heads off. A few feet away I’m thinking about my dad and the journey he’s on and how that seems to make a little bed jumping not such a big deal right now. Their happiness is a reminder that life doesn’t stop when someone you love gets sick–it keeps on going and it’s really up to you to make the best of it.

Tonight they’ll jump on the bed and have cookies before dinner. They’ll share their joy with the rest of us. Tomorrow when I go to the hospital to visit my dad, I’ll bring a picture of the kids bouncing on the pillows, laughing their heads off–just enjoying life. They seem to know something I do not–the really important moments are *right now*, not yesterday, not tomorrow–one is past and the other is not certain. But right now, now is the time to choose to live.

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