31 Days of 5 Minute Prompts: Day Twenty-Three — WORK


This small arrangement sits on the corner of my cooktop island, the place where I do the work I don’t really like very much. Cooking.

Baking, I enjoy. Cooking? Not so much. But I do it almost every night of the week. 

My husband has learned to handle his own breakfast and lunch. But he does not do dinner. So . . .almost 52 years later, I do it. We have a repertoire we go through with some regularity, most of it easy to fix. And I frequently incorporate new recipes I’ve discovered on the internet — one of my favorite plusses of the electronic age, I must admit!

Because I’ve had a bit of a health crisis over this last weekend, I’m not up to doing much right now, so tonight we’ll have leftovers. Actually, there are several to choose from — a problem when you’re cooking for just two people. Our kids brought us pad thai last night — so yummy. Maybe we’ll try that. Or there’s the taco salad fixings still waiting to be heated.

Yeah, that’ll be the extent of my work right now!

Well, that and writing all these posts. And my columns. And prepping confirmation lessons. And helping plan a memorial dinner for a friend who lost her daughter. Plus getting myself up, dressed, face washed, teeth brushed . . .you, know the regular stuff. Yeah, it’s all work of some kind or another, isn’t it?

Fortunately, I really enjoy a lot of it. And that makes it feel a whole lot less like work, doesn’t it??

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  1. When we enjoy what we are doing, it never feels like work. That’s the way to go!
    Blessings, Diana, and hope you are feeling better!

  2. I’m so sorry you endured (I hope it’s past tense) a health crisis over the weekend. May that pad thai taste just as good tonight as it did last night. As for your non-working day, I’d hate to see the list for a day when you’re in top form!! 🙂

    • It’s been an interesting ten days. I go see the blood specialist tomorrow and will find out more then, but I’m now on a new blood thinner. Twice a day for 3 weeks to help dissolve the clots in my lungs and then once a day for the foreseeable future. It’s a different one from the difficult Coumadin I took for 5 years after an earlier bout with PEs in 2010. I had two years with out any blood thinners or incidents and then this . . . I think as a result of a nasty fall I took on our back patio, badly bruising my left knee. Discouraging and scary, but there it is.

  3. Elaine Reed says

    Yes, agreed. I think work is harder when we get older, don’t feel well, are bored etc.
    I hope you feel better, get your energy back, and get the medicastion that you need.

  4. Lovely arrangement, Diana. I’m with you when it comes to cooking. I’ve never enjoyed cooking like I do baking, and it only became worse when I was so sick about 7 years ago. My poor husband never complained, but little by little I did the bare minimum…cooking the same easy, easy recipes over and over again. Our meals were so boring. About a year ago I decided to try Hello Fresh. Maybe if I didn’t have to think about what to cook and shop for the ingredients, I might be more motivated to push past the pain and discomfort that cooking requires of me and cook interesting meals. It was hard to adjust, at first. There was a lot more prep involved, and though the recipe said the preps take about 30 minutes, it took me much longer…probably because everything I do with my hands takes longer. But the bottom line is that we love it. It has forced me to cook recipes and use ingredients I’ve never used before…and I’ve established a routine that makes the prep and cooking much easier. And I’m enjoying cooking more than I ever have. I order 3 meals/week and we almost always have leftovers. Since I don’t cook on Sundays, that usually covers the week. And that’s my infomercial for the week. =) xox

    • I’m delighted to talk with someone closer to my age who actually uses this kind of service. I’ve been wondering about it — this might be a good time to check it out. Thanks so much, Patricia.

      • Oh…I would encourage you to do just that. There are several to choose from, and options within each service. It has made a huge difference in not only how I’ve been able to enjoy cooking more and in the quality of our meals, but in eliminating stress by reducing the number of decisions I need to make (what are we going to have for dinner?) as well as the time and energy it takes to shop. We still grocery shop once a week on the way home from church, but the items on the list rarely vary. Milk, coffee, bread, lunch meat, eggs, butter, etc. It’s a no brainer. If you do decide to give one of the services a try, let me know and I’ll share some of my tips with you. xox