Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It breathes me.

A saying in yoga about how to imagine breath entering you from the universe: “It breathes me.” You are to picture the universe breathing you, instead of the other way around. Try it—it’s amazing.

Anyway, I feel the same way about fall: it breathes me.

Something about it makes me more open to moments of delight. Fall was breathing me while I watched 4-year-old dance to his new favorite tape. Which happens to be “I Wiggle My Torso” by Janeen Brady. Anyone else grow up on Brite music? I remember being so resentful of the evenings my mom spent away from home because she was selling Brite music in home parties like Tupperware. But I’d say all those nights without her were worth it for me to have the joy of watching this kid with his fuzzy headed buzz-cut “wiggling his torso” to the beat. ("I clap my hands; I stomp my feet; I wiggle my torso and then I repeat. My hands, my feet, my torso once more--jump up, turn 'round, then fall on the floor.")

And I ate heavenly homemade carrot soup for lunch. And homemade salsa with my chips. (Just some other examples of fall breathing me.)

Here’s the recipe:

Carrot Chowder

Brown 1 lb. hamburger. (I was thinking today that this could probably work really well with black beans instead of meat.) Drain fat, then add:
½ t. salt
½ t. garlic salt
½ t. pepper
1/3 c. chopped celery
½ c. diced green peppers
1/3 c. chopped onion.
Cover and simmer on low until veggies are tender (10 min.). Meanwhile, combine in a large saucepan and bring to a boil:
1 ½ c. water
4 c. tomato juice
2 cans cream of celery soup
2 ½ c. grated carrots
1/8 t. marjoram
1 t. sugar.
After it comes to a boil, add the meat mixture and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with grated swiss cheese on top.

Tastes like fall in a bowl. Tastes like heaven.


Natalie said...

LOVE Janeen Brady!! I grew up on those songs, too, & now my kids love them :)

Angela's mom said...

For the past 2 weeks, front and center on the music stand of my piano, has been a coverless 25-year-old book of Janeen Brady songs. "Hey-ey-ey, won't somebody come and play-ay-ay with me? Done all my work and I..."
(can't remember the rest... ...but I bet you do!). You're always so fun to read Darlene.
Angela's mom

Maralise said...

love the banner! Thanks for putting it up...

Rachel said...

That looks like the same corn chowder we learned to make for a Relief Society dinner in Berkeley...?
Ah, memories. I made a wheat-free version myself a few months ago. I think I want to make it again.

Sorry to hear that you're not doing well. I haven't been keeping up on blogs much, and am struggling with my own health issues. (as usual) ;-)
Hope things are looking up,

-Thinking of you.-

And best wishes with the novel! I hope the process and end result bring you lots of fulfillment. It's so fun to be able to read what you're up to online...
I really need to call you one of these days to catch up, and perhaps to compare health notes. We could be like two thirty-something old ladies complaining about our various ailments. ;-)

On to more pleasant subject,


Rachel said...

I meant carrot chowder, of course.