But Hannah answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit.
I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink,
but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.
Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along
I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation."
Then Eli answered, "Go in peace, and the God of Israel
grant your petition that you have made to him."
And she said, "Let your servant find favor in your eyes."
Then the woman went her way and ate,
and her face was no longer sad."
I Samuel 1:15-18
Has it been the snow--which I have always professed to love,
and Otis obviously does?
Has it been being iced in, the paths too dangerous in this shady valley
for me to risk walking on?
Cooped up, little sunshine, so suffering perhaps from SADD?
Insomnia? (Writing this post at 1:30 a.m.)
Fatigue, from doing what, I don't know?
Vexed in spirit, as Hannah was?
For whatever reason, and ashamed to admit it,
I've found myself lately having lost my savor of….
It seems that all I've wanted to do is read my old cookbooks
But I smiled when I read my devotion onThursday morning.
There was Hannah, vexed in spirit,
feeling anxious and….well, worthless,
and I felt a kinship with her.
Eli prayed for Hannah that God would grant her petition
and Hannah went her way and ate,
her face no longer sad.
I was encouraged, and I made the old recipe for Cucumber Cream Salad,
that Frances Parkinson Keyes used to make when her husband
was Senator from New Hampshire,
and take to the Senate Ladies' Luncheon.
Is there still a Senate Ladies' luncheon, perhaps a Senate Spouses' luncheon?
Frances Parkinson Keyes' Cucumber Cream Salad
Soften 1 envelope of gelatin in 2 tablespoons cold water.
add 1/4 cup hot milk and stir until gelatin is dissolved.
Add one cucumber, cut into small cubes,
two stalks celery, cut into small pieces,
3 scallions sliced fine,
1/2 cup olives sliced thin.
Stir in 1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar,
juice of one lemon,
and seasonings (salt, lemon pepper, whatever you like).
Then fold in 1 pint of heavy whipping cream, whipped.
Turn into a mold or dish and refrigerate for 12 hours or more.
Serve with French Dressing.
Combine 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt,
1/4 teaspoon sugar and pinch of cayenne pepper.
Add juice of one lemon and 1/4 cup tarragon vinegar.
Beat in olive oil to taste (1 cup suggested).
Fix a pretty luncheon plate of Spode Morning Glory of the salad, apple slices, pecans sautéed in
butter and salted, and pour the dressing from a pretty little demitasse.
Have for lunch while watching Judging Amy.
Give at least half of salad away to son and warn him that it is not a sweet dessert
even though it looks like one.
Soon Spring may come, the ice will melt off the paths.
I will get out of the house and go buy groceries, have a haircut, drop by Goodwill.
Perhaps I'll even go to a Ladies' Luncheon once more,
with my daughter, and I'll smile.