It’s been just over three months since I have been a “single”. To my estimation that would be covering quite a few Tuesday Foodie Posts. I’ll admit I am not contributing much of anything, but on occasion I will whip up something I have seen on OS.
Most of the time though I find it hard to eat at home alone. This is about the only time I turn on television anymore, just for the sound of people talking. The sad thing is, they seem to be talking about weird stuff, bad news everywhere. I suppose it is for that reason I find myself at a table for one at some restaurant more often than not. I don’t mind, as a writer I often hear snippets of conversations I’ll appropriate down the line. You really do get to hear some fun stuff.
Lately, I’ve taken to documenting my meals by cartooning them. Not all meals are cartoon-worthy, but I think some are natural settings with what is going on in my life. I find I often build a theme into the pictures. Lately I am incorporating the whole eating out experience into a portrait of a home, meal or feelings about my life. I’ve also been drawing individual works on greeting cards, sending them to the person who was kind enough to invite me over. I hope they mean as much to them...that they will see bits and pieces of themselves as noted by me in some of the details.
I’d like to share a few with you, as they not only reflect eating, but other things in my life...happy things mostly. They seem to be expressed in layers, adding to each picture like a pinch of salt as I go along.
For instance, on Sunday night a wonderful woman friend invited me over to have a steak dinner, “Nothing fancy,” she said, “...just wear your sweats.” Her home is so lovely and invitingly warm. I could never begin to adequately do her house justice, but after a wonderful dinner and a great bottle of Merlot we were captivated by a PBS fundraising effort, Pavarotti and Friends. When I got home, I found myself wanting to draw, and here was my initial sketch to honor her wine and the television offering....
After her party there was this photo of Cary and her incredible cake posted by a FB friend.
Of course how could I let my Thanksgiving go undocumented? It was the first alone in over three decades...(I actually ate out at a coffee shop, a delicious, and complete turkey dinner...so I still got to have my turkey without the mess, and as it turned out, not a mess to clean up either!) But my heart was at home.
The Holiday Season wouldn’t be complete if there were no Holiday Parties would they? I was invited to one over Thanksgiving Weekend...and I decided my food offering would be baking cookies I had always made with the family. I invited someone to come make them, but at the last moment they couldn’t make it. So I spent the morning baking my Candy Cane cookies, rolling snakes of red and white dough and twisting all 48 of them by hand, with love.
Then of course you need to sample one...
Now they are all ready to go to the lucky guests of the party, imperfect like me, but full of love!
All that was left to do is to draw the Holiday Card to commemorate the festive evening ahead!
In closing this piece I would like to wish everyone on OS ....
*I will be taking a much needed vacation beginning next week...but you can count on me blogging and/or drawing my way through to the New Year here, as I begin a new phase of my new life. See you from....well, you will just have to wait!