Today’s Doodlewash prompt of “pears,” which actually works rather well for the Inktober prompt of “swollen,” was fun to ink and paint. That said, having to now write something about pears, my mind is at a loss. I think I’ve already told all of my good pear stories I have in previous posts, so if any of you have any great pear stories to share please add them to the comments below. My most recent pear encounter involves the smoothies that Philippe makes for us each morning. While we were at Trader Joe’s I saw him buy pears, but he has never sliced up one to eat whole. Instead, they’re pulverized as part of our morning concoction that comes in shades of green, red, purple, and an odd purple gray. Each smoothie is perfectly delicious, but it strikes me now that I’ve absolutely no clue what’s in them. I’m assuming kiwi fruit makes an appearance as we’ve been buying those lately as well and they disappear in the same mysterious fashion. It’s rather fun to enjoy a smoothie as it’s rather like eating baby food as an adult. All of the ingredients are mashed beyond recognition and only their colors remain. Carrots and sweet potatoes are no longer visually discernible and simply become foodstuffs. I guess, in away, a good smoothie is the perfect opportunity to release my inner child.
Philippe and I typically eat very healthy foods, though we do have a penchant for desserts. Another apple crumble appeared this week and we’ll be enjoying a little sampling once again this evening. Despite our healthy eating habits, we have still managed to add a few pounds here and there. Nothing crazy, but just a little bit of extra padding. Today in the mail, there was a package from Philippe’s brother and sister-in-law from Paris. It was a gift for his birthday in the form of a cookbook, which, since I don’t cook, always feels like I’m getting a present as well. It was the title that made me ponder and giggle. It’s called Zéro Gras, which translates to Zero Fat, so I can only imagine that our little added pounds are apparently still visible from Europe. The book is gorgeous and the recipes look amazing so I’m quite thankful for what’s coming in the future. Tis the season for lots of food and fabulous recipes, so I’m rather thankful actually that many will now come with a bit less padding. I just love great tasting food in whatever form it comes.
I’ve actually failed to schedule our annual doctor’s appointments. On the visit last year, the doctor told me I should lose 10 pounds and this hasn’t happened yet. So, I’ve been delaying things a bit. This would put me back at my goal weight from a couple of years ago, which my American mother reacted to with a, “you look sickly, you should eat more.” But, I know that I’ve still slightly overweight so I hope the new recipes and a bit more restraint will sort things out. In truth, when you’re as tall as I am, 10 pounds can be absorbed rather easily and even clothes fit very much the same. But, I fully realize that I should probably make a more concerted effort with regard to my diet, so I welcome those mysterious smoothies each morning. I’ve no idea why I’m sharing all of this really except to say, goals are a wonderful thing, even when we don’t reach them. The pursuit of something perfect is a fabulous experience, whether you achieve that perfection, or not. I always strive to be the best me that I can be in the moment. And when that fails to produce the most amazing version of me, I still embrace it. I know that my little faults are just part of who I am, and some can even be corrected by just a bit of pear.
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