comfort and joy

Comfort, like the golden sun,
Dispels the sullen shade with her sweet influence,
And cheers the melancholy house of care.
Nicholas Rowe

It’s one of those days.
We all need comfort from time to time. Somedays we crave it.
It’s one of those days.

Comfort is what I am craving.

Comfort in

  • the arms of a loved one
  • a long soulful kiss
  • hearing “I love you”
  • a child’s hugs and kisses
  • a massage
  • the softest, most forgiving sweats
  • well-worn favorite jeans, t-shirt and bare feet
  • lounging on a chaise basking in the warm autumn sun
  • soaking in a fragrant bubble bath sipping a soft cabernet
  • and, of course, comfort food.

It’s one of those days and comfort is what I need right now.
I’m thinking that I am going to make me some mac and cheese. I’m not talking about the the stuff that comes out of the blue box either. I’m talking about something like this:

The Ultimate Mac ‘N Cheese With Peas & Bacon
Six to eight servings


Kosher salt
1 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups warm milk
5 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
extra virgin olive oil
4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, smashed
leaves from 1/4 bunch fresh thyme
2 cups frozen peas, thawed in a colander under cool water

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until al dente. Drain.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to keep lumps form forming. Gradually whisk in the milk and, whisking vigorously, cook until the mixture is thick and smooth. Stir in the 4 cups of the cheese and continue to cook and stir to melt the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked macaroni and the parsley and fold that all in to coat the macaroni with the cheese mixture. Scrape into a 3-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

While that going, heat a 2 count of olive oil in a sauté pan. Add the bacon, onion, garlic and thyme and cook for about 5 minutes to soften the onion. Fold in the peas and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, scatter the pea and bacon mixture over the mac and cheese. Use a big spoon to scoop out servings, making sure you get some of the smoking pea mixture on each spoonful.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Thursday Thirteen # 34: comment carnival

This week’s Thursday Thirteen is all about my audience. You guys make me laugh and smile. You cheer me when I am down. You reassure me when I am uncertain. And the last couple of weeks you have held me up, comforted me and strengthened me.

When I first started blogging nearly two years ago nd received that first comment, I was genuinely shocked. OMG, someone out there actually cares about my strange, rambling thoughts and my circus life!

Thank you, thank you, thank you one and all whose comments make my day. MUAHHHHH!

So this week I share with you thirteen comments I have received this week. Be ure to stop by their blogs and give them lots of love because they are phenomenal bloggers themselves.

If you liked the Llama song… get over here to the Guinea Pig Way!…flash/ guineapig
Your Welcome… ROFL

It is distressing to see someone you love smoke – especially when cancer has reared its ugly head in the proximity. My sister continues to smoke and has already had a lump removed. Addiction . . .

It should be a crime for a boss to want you to work during Grey’s Anatomy (BTW, thanks for reminding me that it’s on tonight!!!!!)

Happy TT!

I saw a segment of Bindi eulogizing her daddy and it was just heartbreaking. She is one strong little girl. My heart goes out to her and the family.

Feed a cold….chicken soup and hot tea…hope you feel better!

All good questions…. why DON’T people comment more? I often wonder the same thing.

Happy TT!

okay okay i’ll cut his hair!

Hmmmmm … no wonder those houses keep getting bigger. And to think, I wondered how they were able to make the mortgage payments.

Why else would a couple with no kids need a 4-bedroom home?

you go girl, be a nosey neighbor and then make sure they give you a cut of the profit *giggle*

9. Beautiful photo…

The best ones are the candid ones.

Happy Birthday Grandpa Tattoo


what a hoot! i had never heard of the quagga either.

great shot of Moe!

I love this meme. It’s one of my favorites, and I am so glad you stole it!

Personally I think that saving babies is so much better than sleep.

They used a nitric oxide vent on Ethan, and then a traditional ossilater, and then c-pap. I sense you *might* know what they are are. (Most people don’t, thank goodness)

Not sure I have told you, but I think they’re are angels in hospitals, and most of them wear scrubs.

12. These things take on a lot of meaning when someone puts a lot of thought into them. Consider yours a hit tonight.


i visited your blog for the first time over the weekend , and you said to comment. I am a NICU nurse of 38 years, and at the moment I am watching a little girl put a lizard under a spell then dress it in doll clothes on David Letterman. Mindless stuff for my vacation. I like your site and can identify with your NICU and baby thoughts. i will visit often.

Thursday Thirteen is a blog meme with one purpose – to get to know bloggers better. Thirteen is the magic number – because Thursday Thirty is too many!
Every Thursday, bloggers jot down thirteen things about their week, Thirteen secrets they’ve never shared before, Thirteen random things about themselves or their lives that give the reader a better idea of who they are.
Then the fun begins: You go blog-hopping! Find other Thursday Thirteeners, spend some quality time getting to know your fellow bloggers, interact with them through their lists and invite them to yours! If you choose to play along, leave a comment with a link to your Thursday Thirteen list.

monkeying around

You need to know that today I am THE BEST mommy on the whole planet, maybe the entire universe! Just ask Daniel and George. They’ll tell you.
What has elevated me to this status you might ask?
I picked up the Curious George dvd.
Let’s see, today we have watched it through twice, before preschool and after. And every ten minutes or so, Daniel pauses to hug me, thank me and tell me that he loves me.
Yup! I am the bestest.
By the way, Daniel and George both give the movie two thumbs up. I would agree.

completed thoughts on a Tuesday morning

I really enjoy LIsa’s Ramblings.
Recently she shared a meme that I just had to do.
I know it is Tuesday morning but Vampira worked last night so don’t judge. Before I go to bed, here is a thoughtful picture

Complete The Thought

Never again in my life: I am old enough to know well enough to never say never

When I was five: I was living with my brother, Randy, in a foster home. Matthew and Betty Shore were very good to us.

High School was: nothing but a very quick blink in my life. If only I knew that then.

I will never forget: oh my! Do you have about an hour to hear my memories?

I once met: Andre Previn, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, John Stallworth…not together

There’s this girl I know who: has three sisters and a brother.

By noon I’m usually: either sleeping if I worked the previous night or I am having lunch with the little man. Chicken nuggets anyone?

Last night I: worked, rescued a couple of babies not breathing and watched three babies born while y’all were sleeping.

Next time I go to church: will be in October. I am working this weekend including Sunday so call me a heathen.

What worries me most: right now this moment is Bill’s health. Now more than ever I want him to quit smoking.

When I turn my head right, I see: my bedroom window

When I turn my head left, I see: the glow of the light from my bathroom’s stained glass window.

If I was a character written by Shakespeare, I’d be: Some kind of witch.

By this time, next year: another year older and, hopefully, wiser.

A better name for me would be
: Laura is the best name for me

I have a hard time understanding: our dependency on cell phones to the point that we eschew good manners. Put the damn phone down! You are not THAT important that you can ignore the store clerk helping you or the person you bumped into.

If I ever go back to school I’ll: add more letters after my name.

You know I like you if: I spend anytime with you.

Darwin, Mozart, Slim Pickens & Geraldine Ferarro are: a scientist, a composer, an actor, a congresswoman and Walter Mondale’s Vice President pick

Take my advice, NEVER: ever say that you are absolutely done having babies, even if your tubes are tied or your husband had a vasectomy. Even if it was YEARS ago.

My ideal breakfast is: oatmeal with raisins and walnuts

A song I love, but do not have is: hmmmm….I just added thirty new songs to my ‘Pod so right now no particular song comes to mind. Tomorrow might be different.

If you visit my hometown, I suggest
: a picnic at Settler’s Cabin Park, especially on a autumn day. Bring the camera.

Why won’t anyone: Clean my house? I certainly don’t want to.

If you spend the night at my house, DO: expect a circus. I don’t call it The Big Top for nothing

I’d stop my wedding for: no one.

The world could do without: house flies

I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: nothing comes to mind that would make me want to do this. But I do have a new catch-phrase. I’d rather chew glass is getting old.

My favorite blonde is
: a three-way tie- Jodie Grace Wynonna, Abigael Rose and Holly Austa

Paperclips are more useful than
: using a picture for a focal point while laboring. Taped inside one of my children’s baby book is the paper clip that I straighten and then formed back into a paper clip over and over again while laboring. Bill saved it for me.

San Diego means: the Wild Animal Park.

I dare you… to complete the thought! Share it please. I want to know what are your thoughts?