Last weekend I was up early, something I like doing, and enjoyed the quiet warmth of our living room as the sunlight made interesting patterns on the table and shades. The house feels like my own special place in the mornings while Tawn is still asleep. It is still. The air is warm and humid but not yet so bad that I need to turn on the air conditioner. In a few months it will be cool enough again to open the doors and windows.
Our house reflects Tawn’s taste and vision much more than it does mine. Even so, he feels like he made numerous compromises, ending up with a space that doesn’t look like what he had in mind. It is a nice home, I think, but a little too fussy for my tastes. No wonder I’m in no rush to remodel the adjacent room that we bought – I want to avoid another clash in tastes!
For dinner one night I made a Grilled Chicken Pita Salad (although I broiled instead of grilled) from a recipe in Sunset Magazine. It was a wonderful combination. I also broiled some eggplant with a miso glaze, borrowed from one of Andy’s entries. Not keeping a close eye on the oven, I managed to overcook the eggplant a bit. They were still tasty, though.
I still subscribe to Sunset Magazine – “The magazine of Western living” – because it reminds me of Northern California, where I grew up. The lifestyle, the cuisine, the focus on the outdoors – these are things that are kind of missing in my life here. Maybe I should just accept that I’m somewhere else and adjust to the way life is here, but at the same time the lifestyle, etc. are very important parts of what I enjoy and value in my life.