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Cooking with Annie: Episode 6 – Roasted Tomato, Pepper, and Onion Omelette

Yesterday I spent the day outside in the light and warmth – listening to the birds and breathing fresh air.  While I was in the garden, walking wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of wood chips from the large pile out in the front yard to the walkways in and around the garden out back, I found myself repeating a mantra to myself.  As there is so much that is not within my control right now, my mind moved to all of the things of which I am in charge and do control.

I am in charge of the food I choose to eat.  I am responsible for how I move my body each day.  I can choose to be outside no matter what the weather.  I am the one who chooses what I buy or don’t buy.  I am the one who is in charge of how I treat my family, the kindnesses I offer others, the way I greet my fellow humans.  I can choose to wait before I speak.  I choose grace.  I choose intention.  I choose surrender.

The word surrender has a connection to the phrase, “I quit”.  But that’s not what I mean.  I surrender to the things I cannot change.  I surrender to peace – in my mind and in my space.  I surrender to something greater than myself.

And I felt better.  And continued to walk the heavy wheelbarrow of wood chips to the garden – creating new pathways and adding a layer of freshness to the already worn paths.  And I felt better.

safe, calm, kind


  • Lynn
    April 17, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    So glad I got a cup of tea first to enjoy your muse. It hit me particularly strong as we have daughter home for a week and have been negotiating spaces,emotions,etc. Thank you again. it is not just the cooking you bring to us but you and your thoughtfulness.

    • athomeatsea
      April 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Lynn, thank you. It seemed time for a little deeper moment and so I just went with it. I don’t often go there, but these times seem to call for our most authentic and our most graceful selves. Most days I’m up for that challenge. Hugs to you all.

  • isabelcuseo
    April 18, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Hello Annie.. your words before your great omelette are/were just what I needed. Thank you.

    • athomeatsea
      April 19, 2020 at 8:09 am

      You are so welcome. I’m happy it helped in some small way. They were just what I needed too.


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