Sometimes we all need a little “Chicken Soup”, so to speak. The last few months have been very difficult and thing are going to become increasingly complicated in the coming days. But navigating all the bumps and curves in the road is something doable. With the slower pace realized by camping and living in my van, challenges no longer seem impossible. Actually, one situation has gotten better.
Yesterday I received a job offer. The position will be working in the deli section at a big box retailer. Imagine that… me working with food? *chuckle* A friend already told me not to eat everything there. No surprise, right? That comment was predictable and was to be expected from the morning coffee drinkers at the favorite McDonald’s hangout.
I have high hopes that things will work out even though this will be a seasonal job. With the weight down, good orthotics in the shoes, and much of the diabetic neuropathy damage gone from the legs, now is a perfect time to try working again. In a few days (after the tinkle test and background checks are complete), I will receive the official “go ahead” and will be working in a week or two.
That was the good news. The rest of the news is not so cheery. The situation with my Dad’s health is difficult and is continuing to be challenging. As a person ages, things just don’t get any easier most of the time. I’m there to help as much as possible but am getting worn down in the process.
At times, a person needs to draw some boundaries and take off for a bit, relax, and enjoy a little chicken soup for the soul – kind of like the popular book series.
Yesterday seemed like a terrific opportunity to do just that… I had some errands to run in Iowa City so it was a perfect chance to visit the favorite retreat – The Hills Access campground.
Once there, I made a wonderful pan of soup using mostly salad bar ingredients. Pan? Yep, it was cooked in a saucepan over the Stansport propane burner. (I felt too lazy to bring the dutch oven) The little Stansport is compact but has been a huge help in preparing home cooked meals. Though a bit tall (since it sits on a 1# propane tank), the fold-out feet make the device very stable.
The soup took very little time to prepare but tasted pretty darn good! I had read through a number of recipes and decided to try and put one together with minimum prep required. It turned out that this light little soup was so tasty that the leftovers became breakfast. This recipe makes about three servings.
In a sauce pan, heat oil and cook onions, shallots, carrots, and mushrooms a few minutes to soften. The onions and shallots will start to turn translucent. Add broth, chicken, and Italian seasoning. Heat until lightly boiling. Add the tortellini. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Stir in the spinach leaves and cook several more minutes. Season with salt and pepper as needed. This makes a light, delicious soup. You can use low sodium broth but I ended up having to add salt back in.
With some warm soup in the belly, it was time to settle back and watch a flick from 1989. Since the “Field of Dreams” movie site was visited recently, I had become interested and purchased a Blu-Ray copy. I thought it was a cool movie and had a pretty good story.
When at the filming site in Dyersville, Iowa, I could sense something kind of amazing which is hard to put into words… It was sort of like a feeling of pride, love, and happiness. Do you ever get a feeling when you’ve been a place where something terrible has happened? I do, but I also can sense when something wonderful and happy has transpired. Visiting the “Field of Dreams” can give you such a sensation that there is tremendous positive energy there. It was exciting to see the bleachers in the movie. I had sat on the same bleachers a couple of weeks ago even though last night was the first time actually watching the video!