Today’s Eleven Things

January 25, 2010 | My Jottings

1.  Last night I couldn’t find my recipe for Lebanese Chicken with Couscous, so I threw together a Chicken Curry dish in the crockpot that was so yummy everyone raved and said it was a keeper. It had ginger, carrots, tomatoes, cumin, curry, raisins and peanuts in it. I’ll definitely make it again. (I later found the other recipe online and it’s delicious and unique – you can find it here.)

2.  I’ve been watching Lily the black bear in her den in Ely, MN on a live Bear Den Cam. She gave birth to one little cub a couple of days ago and if you catch them at the right time, you can hear its little high-pitched cries of hunger, and see Lily moving around trying to nurse. Check out if you have huge chunks of time with nothing to do.

3.  I have taken to wearing the same clothes over and over again and I’m not in the least bit worried that it might be a mental health issue. I wear a navy blue turtleneck covered by a lightweight grey sweater, dark blue jeans, navy SmartWool socks and Acorn slippers. Unless I’m going out, then I put on some weather-appropriate shoes. I do wash this outfit regularly, so it’s not like I wear it day after day and it never gets clean. But it is like I wear it day after day, day after day, and am thinking I might just do this for a long time.

4.  The song “Rabbit and the Bear” by Josh Garrels is getting a lot of playtime in our car these days. His music sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before. I am convinced that the lyrics of this song brilliantly describe what has happened, is happening, and will happen, in the spiritual realm which we cannot yet see. If you want to hear the song you can go to his site and click on the forward arrow of his player until you see that song’s title appear.

5.  Michael and I have been talking about going to the Passion Play in Oberammargau, Germany this year. It’s staged once every ten years, and if we’re going to do it, this would be the year. In 2020 Michael will be 71 and I’ll be 62 so we are thinking sooner rather than later.

6.  I have really wonderful children and grandchildren who occupy my thoughts a lot.

7.  This is how I know I’m getting old: a pileated woodpecker at least 15-16 inches tall flew to a maple tree right outside my kitchen window last week and I was so excited I almost cried.

8.  I have been house hunting lately and I can’t say why yet.  🙂

9.  I didn’t eat an egg until I was in my early twenties. Or broccoli. Or ketchup or mayonnaise. Or cabbage or soup or gravy or cucumbers or tomatoes. I made a concerted effort to eat and enjoy all these things when I moved to Minnesota, and did!

10. I have not been successful at becoming a fan of tuna or lima beans.

11.  I plan to start baking big crusty, round loaves of whole wheat bread again. It’s been too long, and our wintry weather makes me want to start mixing, kneading and baking. And eating it warm from the oven with some butter.

What are your eleven things today? Or your nine things? Or perhaps your three things?


  1. Tauni says:

    My world is spinning pretty fast these days, but know I have enjoyed reading and catching up on your posts Julie. I promise to send an update soon. I have many things, not sure of the number, but here is my top seven for the moment ~

    1) Every day I am still learning to love my husband more and more. He truly is a light in my life and I am very rich as a result of his being in it.
    2) I have learned recently in a very real way how God is in tune with our every need and seeks to have personal conversations with us on a moment by moment basis. It is and He is AWESOME!!
    3) I am learning to Bloom where He plants me; home is really where our heart is. My heart is with Him!
    4) I too think about my grandchildren a lot!
    5) I have learned also that often times life is just hard. Courage is when we keep showing up in spite of that fact.
    6) I am really glad to have known you for as long as I have and am blessed to have you as a close friend for my life.
    7) I think I know why you are house hunting . . . 🙂 !

    Love to you and your family!

  2. Tauni's Husband Curt says:

    Wow, God first you give me salvation then Tauni, I didn’t earn either but I am so Grateful for both…

  3. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for commenting, Curt. I’m grateful for my salvation and for Tauni too. And I didn’t deserve both either. 🙂

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