We are into the home stretch for 2014 and it can’t end soon enough. I’ve stopped saying “what else can go wrong”, because invariably something else does go wrong. Nothing or no one is out of scope for us this year. We have three family members engaged in the battle against cancer and it’s frightening to think of the implications on this family for the future. We have my husband, my sister-in-law and now my niece (in-law). All different types of cancer. For my niece (in-law) – it is her second go around with breast cancer related disease and the doctors are moving very quickly. For my sister-in-law it is cancer of the small intestine/lymph nodes; now that the surgery is done, they are moving forward in getting her on chemotherapy – which will commence in mid-January. For my husband it is lung/bone with his next check up scheduled for January 13, 2015. Recently he hasn’t been feeling well, however, he got great news last time when he felt completely lousy – so here’s hoping.
Needless to say, 2015 has some ominous overtones to it, however, there are some bright spots too. We do have a grandchild arriving in February which is great news. Our daughter is healthy and well and will deliver a little boy, her first child, around the end of February. My eldest son informed me that they (he and his wife) will be working on their third child in 2015, hoping for a daughter, but there are no guarantees. And my youngest, well, I think he is feeling the crunch about children, apparently he and his girlfriend were talking about children today, after he picked her up at the airport. Could be a fertile year for our little family!
I typically write on this blog to either clear my thoughts or share information. Today hubby is raspy and congested and I’m worried about him in general – so this forum serves as my outlet. Ironically when I sat in front of the computer to write there were three pieces of paper sitting on the desk in front of the screen. Two pieces I had printed out some time ago; their matter is Drynaria and Dipsacus (yang tonifying herbs for bones, tendons and brains). The third piece of paper was a recipe handwritten by my mother many, many years ago for Blue Cheese Dressing. How it got separated from all the other recipe cards is beyond me. My mom had more than her share of cancer-related issues so it seemed funny that here I am feeling so low and come across this recipe – maybe a message in that? Maybe I came across the other papers to remind me to refocus, not get sucked down into an emotional vortex that serves no purpose, rather to keep looking up and forward because optimism and hope feed the spirit and nourish the soul.
For the benefit of my sisters, here is ma’s Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe:
Blue Cheese Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons dry white wine or lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
Put the first 7 ingredients and 1/2 of the cheese in a covered blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in remaining cheese. Cover. Chill. Makes 1 1/2 cups. (Omit the milk for a tasty fresh vegetable dip.)