Refreshing Memories


What’s “hotter than July”? July, 2012 so far. But in a few months from now, those of us who’ll be experiencing a cold winter will be wondering where all the fuss about the heat has gone, and we’ll be wishing also to have some of it back. Such is time. Because time is so fleeting, I’m thinking right now, just how do we put our imprint upon it? I’m also consciously recognizing the precious in the present. How so?

Well, a few days ago, I turned on the water tap of my bathroom sink, which happens to be a two-faucet type, one for hot, and one for cold. Then out of nowhere, I was transported through time and memory to the sink in one of my Great-Auntie’s home. Her sink was much different from mine, but still it had dual faucets. I was in her home and saw her hands at the sink. My Great-Auntie has long since passed, but in that hazy moment of recollection, I’d been immediately struck with an overwhelming feeling of just how precious that time was–spending summers with her, as a girl. Memories of her kitchen, her small backyard garden, and her wise ways all came flooding back. She had lived a simple, but rich life in her Detroit home so many years ago. I understand now, in a way I’d never considered before, just how much she enjoyed living her everyday life and sharing a part of herself. That experience especially impressed upon me how precious today is, even when nothing “special” is happening, because this is life, moment by moment, never to come again.

In her herb garden and kitchen she was a queen, reigning over many dishes of a huge repertoire of tasty creations. She reined over life. I’m still just a spice-using cooking princess, everyday earning my dues along the way to one day becoming a queen.

Yes, THESE remaining ordinary summer days are a perfect time to slow down, chill out, and do something small, but lasting for yourself and others, too. It only takes a little time to transform ordinary moments into extraordinary memories.  Cheers!

Strawberry-Basil Lemonade


8 med-large basil leaves, torn into pieces
1 tbsp sugar, or sugar substitute to taste
2-inch piece lemon twist (cut lemon’s peel, leaving on or trimming away white pith)
1 tsp honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 medium strawberries, one chopped; the other two mashed well


1.  Combine the first 3 ingredients in a 1 pint container with lid, and muddle everything together with a spoon, or muddler. Add 1 cup of cold water.  Screw on top and shake–or if you have no top to container, just stir well.
2. Now add honey, lemon juice, and strawberries and shake or stir well.
3. Finally, add ice, about 3/4 cup, and shake or stir again. Let sit a few minutes to allow flavors to meld, and ice to melt a bit. Pour into glasses straining away excess ice, if desired, and enjoy.  Makes 2 servings.



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