I have spent a lot of time thinking today as I am sure that many of you have. 2013 has been quite a year for me. Last January at the beginning of it, I was here:
At Morton Street Coffee, on the corner of Morton and Main in beautiful downtown Shipshewana, Indiana. Enjoying what was left of our ice sculpture from the Ice Festival 2012.
We chose a policeman, in honor of Shipshewana’s finest. He was stopping traffic at our quaint little location. And we were serving up a lot of these:
Along with some delicious baked goods fresh from the oven.
And at lunch time, some of this.
I spent almost 4 years at Morton Street Coffee and learned a lot. I met a lot of amazing people. Posting these photos brings so many memories rushing back. It was a tremendous experience. Thank you, once again, to all of you that supported me at my little corner shop.
Does anyone remember our ice sculpture from 2011? The one that almost got us run out of town. Well, here is a picture of her in all of her glory!
We chose the “Venus de Milo”. We did not know what an uproar this beautiful rendition in ice would cause. It took 5 hours and was carved by an Art major from the University of Michigan by the name of John. I thought everyone knew what the “Venus de Milo” was. After all, back in the day, she was featured in our social studies books. Since she is only partially clothed and has no arms, perhaps she has been removed. I do not know but we had nasty phone calls and were boycotted by people because of her. We thought she was magnificent and would do it all over again. Once she started melting, the joke was that she lost about a cup size a day. Hahahaha!
Okay, back to 2013. As, the year progressed, I had pneumonia, shingles, adrenal fatigue, and my back “went out” twice. It was apparent that my schedule was getting the best of me. And so, the decision was made that I would have to close the little coffee shop on the corner.
I think that 2013 was the hardest year of my life. I thought I was dying from the depression and the fatigue. I have been fortunate in the fact that I have been able to take time to heal. It is still a process in motion. All of that has brought me here, to The Morton Street Project. I have been looking ahead to 2014 and what I want to accomplish in the up and coming year.
1. I am swearing off diets. I have spent the last several months making healthy choices. This has resulted in a SLIGHT weight loss of 8 lbs. and a huge gain in feeling good. I am finding what works for me and listening to my body. Women are bombarded with how “the world” thinks they should be which brings terrible feelings of inadequacy. Some of the gifts that God has given me are cooking and baking. I enjoy them and eating the results. I will probably never be on the “charts” in the acceptable range. I want to be happy and healthy. I want to be the person that God intended me to be, enjoy a healthy and active life and quit hating myself because “the world” has decided I should not look the way I do.
2. I want to learn more about photography and taking better pictures to share with you here
3. I want to publish the “Morton Street” Cookbook so that all of you have those delicious recipes you have been clamoring for: the Cheezy, our fabulous Asian Poppyseed Vinaigrette, muffins, coffeecakes, soups. I have shared a few of them with you here but am saving the big ones for the cookbook.
4. I want to restock my Etsy shop and bake cookies per special order.
We shall see and time will tell what the New Year will bring so I will stop rambling now. I pray that all of you have a wonderful New Year with new adventures and loads of fun. There is lots of snowy cold winter weather ahead so I am going to continue on with my hibernating. But…….March 20th is on its’ way…..Spring, glorious spring. Only 78 more days! And then these will begin to make their appearance all over again. My favorite flower of all, the hydrangea.
Spring, Summer, and Fall are my favorite times of year with Summer being at the top of my list. Winter is just for hibernating and getting things done in the house that I have let go while enjoying the outdoors.
Toodles and a Blessed and Happy New Year to you all,