Another week, another opportunity to practice patience and kindness and self-care.
We had a great second month cooking for our friends and family, and are looking forward to continuing to do so! Feel free to connect us with any friends or colleagues who might be getting weary of cooking and who could use some home-cooked love delivered to their doorsteps. One of the sweetest things that happened to us this week was the customers who have started gifting their friends and neighbors with dinner. Seeing someone’s face light up when we leave a surprise meal from their friend on their doorstep, is really lovely. We have also had a few new customers write such sweet notes about how they are enjoying the food and preparing it with our basic-to-pro instructions.
It seems that the hallmark of this pandemic is really the ups and downs of emotion. Most everyone I talk with is having some version of relatively cheerful, hopeful days interspersed with really blue, despairing days. The on-going slow-burn stress is definitely taking a toll on our adrenals, keeping cortisol at a higher than normal level and messing with our sleep. Many folks are feeling a lower ability to focus, spotty concentration and short tempers. Several people I have spoken to are having challenges with their relationships, either because of too much together time, or because of the awkwardness of not being able to share physical touch. We are all going through a lot, and then there is the state of the world. And the news. The devastation and injustice and infuriating situations. And the sadness of loss and grief. It is a lot to contain in our human bodies. I think the deeper into this SIP we go, the deeper the need for us to be kind and gentle with ourselves. To nourish our bodies and minds. To protect our sleep and get time outdoors. The road ahead is long and needs strong warriors, so do what you can to take excellent care of yourself.
For me, that is going to mean a long bath and an early bedtime. The weekends mean an extra day between delivery days, so I am planning to sleep in a bit tomorrow, get myself to the Farmer’s Market for some cherries and stone fruits, and strawberries for the tartes. I have some prep work to do for Monday orders, but I am going to find some time to lay in the hammock with Willi for a bit too. I hope that you all find a moment of calm this weekend as well… so that we can rise back up again and fight for the world that we ALL can share and be safe in.
Menu below is good for all next week. We should have plums this week too, so if you wanted Plum Tartes instead of the Strawberry, I should be able to do that. Monday will be North Bay delivery day, and Wednesday for the East Bay. Special order cakes are available all three days this week. We also still have a few pounds of porcini, if anyone needs mushrooms. $15/half pound.