It is a cold dark rainy Sunday morning and I wake contemplating my day. For a week now I have been wanting to make space and time to settle in and just do the work required to move the finish of a quilt in progress to the next level. It means sitting at my sewing table and doing hand applique. It is meditative work, requiring an acceptance of the time it will take. Not my strong suit. I will never be famous for my patience. But each quilt in this new ‘mandala’ series has led me to doing extensive hand appliqueing to achieve the effect I am after. I realize this morning that I actually crave and look forward to sitting and working quietly with my hands and it is as if I have to give myself permission and say it is okay to want to just do the work!
So I do something different to get myself started. Instead of the one cup of hot black coffee or Kuchika tea I typically have in the morning, I make an unbelievably rich cup of hot cocoa. I can’t remember the last time I had hot cocoa, let alone for breakfast!! Using the ‘mother’s milk’ made from the other day (coconut almond milk recipe in Sept. 28 post), I measure 1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) into a small saucepan, turn the heat on medium and add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (Trader Joe’s brand again), whisk it together to make smooth, and then add 2 tablespoons of (Grade B) maple syrup. Keep stirring until it is steamy hot and pour into a cup. It is thick and viscous and has the perfect amount of sweetness. Each sip feels like a sip of melted chocolate. I find myself remembering the scenes in the movie of ‘Chocolat’ (with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and the feeling of the thick texture of hot chocolate she would make swirling in the cup. I truly do savor each sip, and drink it hot, each swallow felt as a luxurious coating of warmth all the way down to my stomach.
Am ready to go do the work now….the richness of the chocolate has been transmitted and I am now taking in the richness of color and form I will be with in the next few hours. And it is no longer just doing the work, but doing the work with acceptance and quiet joy….and then looking forward to watching the movie Chocolat again!!