Updated 6 Aug 2016
To A Mouse: “… but little mouse you are not alone in proving foresight may be vain, the best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew and leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy! Still you are blessed, compared with me! The present only touches you; but oh! I backward cast my eye, on prospect dreary! And forward though I cannot see, I guess and fear!” Robert Burns, 1785.
As is nearly always the case, our best laid plans are subject to that which truly dominates our present and future: subconscious. While I am fortunate enough to not be so out of control over my own existence that I am like the mouse in Burns’ poem whose winter home is inadvertently destroyed by the man on whose property it illegally occupied, I do find myself occasionally at odds with circumstance. Don’t we all? It ought to be a lesson (and it probably is) to each and every blogger that one should never ever post with “it’s been a while,” or other excuses about not posting, nor promises to post in the future. You’re either going to post, or you’re not.
Thus, all excuses aside, I am here posting today. I spent some time reading over my old posts going back into 2008 and found I enjoyed them all over again. I can safely say that I am absolutely a more mature version of who I was then, even though I’m still into kooky topics and current events. These days, I tweet a fair bit (see me @caffempath), but that has been the sum of it. I still cook, obviously, even while I’m no longer ruled by the injustice of my socially-alienating dietary restrictions. I have recipes I want to add, and I think that I know how to organize the blog so it accommodates that better. I guess you could say that I’ve found a sort of acceptance, audience or no. My girls have grown up, the Wee One is 16 now, Dots is 23 and no longer goes by Dots. The divorce happened. In January 2015 we (me and the girls) adopted a dog, a little Lhasa Apso mix named Hobbit. He’s just as wonderful and adventurous as his name implies, and probably more so. As well, I’ve made fantastic progress on my novel!
Alas,“I like this place, and willingly could waste my time in it.” I will clean it up and see if the espresso machine still works. I hope you’ll join me for a cuppa now and then.
–updated June 2017