Raining gratitude.

People are really nice. I can’t help but notice lately. I tend to be a quality, not quantity person when it comes to people. I have an introverted side, and my introvert usually chooses to reconnect with the familiar before engaging a small crowd, but a big crowd is nice because somehow it becomes one-on-one again. I once read an interview of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, where she mentioned a self-realization that she functions better with less on her schedule. Similarly, I like to travel, visit friends, go to the movies and a party, but I prefer a sample of each with lots of meandering Farmers’ Market visits, in between. Variety stimulates me or simple pleasures stimulate me. Too much of the same high energy, bores me a bit. Work hard and then take a great trip with John. Kinda like friends, I’m easily happy with one thing at a time. John likes it when I’m spontaneous. And day-to-day, I’m really not all that crazy spontaneous. I hear his kind voice, and it sounds a little exciting to think of future unexpected spontaneity. A spur-of-the-moment something every now and again. Variety. Spiked into life like lingerie.

Back to nice people… Lately, I have been literally poured upon by those around me. Good pour. More like a soft spring rain than mid-summer hail. My 10 year-old adorable neighbor tippie-toed her big brown eyes into my kitchen window yesterday to ask if I wanted some mint from her porch garden. You can see the unbelievably perfect sprig she proudly presented me in the top picture. And, my feet actually aren’t that little. It’s a flattering camera angle.

My other neighbor, Drew, left this soft pumpernickel oat loaf on my porch chair without so much as a peep this morning. Heading down to the mailbox, I flung the door open, furrowed my brows as I registered the gift and literally squealed at the thought of someone leaving me a loaf of bread. Snatching it off the chair… I hugged it.

Mom and Dad came in town for my birthday – August 8th. I’m a Leo, and I dig birthdays. I pretended I didn’t care during my mid-twenties. Now 31, it’s out in the open. I like getting birthday phone calls and emails. And, Facebook birthdays? Over the top! I like cards. I like when my eyes flicker wide to the birthday morning sun; Brain more alert than normal, anticipating the day, as my first thought thinks… it’s my birthday. This year, my little circle of special people outdid themselves. Calls, books, yoga clothes and an unbelievably sturdy and large Farmers’ Market basket for my bike. Plus… pink sneaks. And, I finished off my fantastic birthday by seeing a movie that, I don’t care what anybody thinks, was made for me… all me. Julie and Julia. I will share it, because it is a good movie. But if you go see it, you are borrowing it, and I will ask for it back. Meryl Streep may actually be the mental image that comes up when I think Julia Child from now on. I saw a review today where they said only Meryl could show us – Julia Child… Sexpot. You’ll get it when you borrow my movie.

Mom stayed an extra week. We trudged into the cookbook. We’re working on a long-form pitch packet, and it took a bit of trudging to organize it. I really like the computer work sometimes, but other times, it feels dense and honestly, never-ending. A sweet writer friend told me “All you have to do is finish.” And she can’t know how firmly it stuck.


Mom also helped me with a Santa Claus sized list of nagging house chores. Little things… like a rip in my comforter cover, a lightbulb out over my stove, but she stole the show by unexpectedly stirring my new jar of almond butter. If you’ve ever met a new almond butter, you know what I mean, and if you haven’t… consider almond butter with a crisp, sliced green apple this fall. I like to slice the apple wafer-y thin creating more surface area for lots of creamy almond butter goodness. Almond butter and green apple… my cup runneth over.

xo – Organic Spark

8 comments


  • Anonymous

    LOVE THE NEW BLOG LOOK!!! great pic molly! ~thea

    August 17, 2009
  • country girl

    I'm a huge almond butter fan…with apple slices, celery sticks, toast and honey…YUM.
    I totally know about all those little chores that pile up around the house. Urgh!

    August 17, 2009
  • lisa

    great look for the blog,

    Lisa McLeod
    http://www.lisaearlemcleod.com

    August 17, 2009
  • madness rivera

    Molly, you're one of the nicest people I've ever met, and you inspire others to be nice too. Reap it, girl!

    And hellyes I love the new blog look.

    August 17, 2009
  • AshleyZ

    The new blog is beautiful. Still reading, still enjoying.

    August 17, 2009
  • marta

    I looooove the new look of the blog! And I'm glad to hear about the book… can't wait to have my own copy signed by the author!

    August 18, 2009
  • candy

    THIS IS ADORABLE!!!! Love it and so personal- just so you!!!

    August 18, 2009
  • celeste kellerhouse

    New look is great, Molly!

    August 24, 2009

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