Friday, February 5, 2010

Take Time To Lick The Bowl...!

You know, sometimes in our everyday life...there are parallels that can show up when we least expect it!

Take, for instance, the act of baking a cake. Just as in our everyday lives, certain chores have to be done. Many times, it's important for them to be done in a certain order. Cooking breakfast, cleaning house, getting the kids ready for school, paying bills, everything that simply eats away the time that we have available.

Cooking is the same. Certain ingredients have to be added to the mix in a certain order, cooked at a certain temperature for a designated amount of time. Then, after the right texture is reached, the icing or topping can be added and the cake is finished...having taken up a big chunk of time.

However, after the daily list of "have to's" is taken care of...or the cake is all iced and cooling on the rack, there is a small amount of time to sit back for a minute, take a deep breath, and enjoy a cup of coffee or mug of tea. This is the time for calming your clock down, fill your mind with good thoughts, and allowing your batteries to recharge just a bit!

We call this time by many names: stop and smell the coffee, stop and smell the roses, or taking time to lick the bowl! Now you know what I mean, I'm sure!

Just follow the lead of this puppy...and put yourself into this endeavor with the same gusto as he shows and you will find that the cake looks a lot better...and life seems a bit less hectic!

Take a break from the clock, or the timer on the stove, or the everyday chores and allow yourself to relax! Things will still get done, the chores aren't going anywhere, and the cake will still taste just as good and look just as pretty in a few minutes, believe me!

Life is way too short to hurry through. Slowing down is NOT wasting time, but living life a little more by appreciating the small things. Small maybe licking the bowl, ya know?

Now, my friends, let's take the time to enjoy some fresh coffee at the kitchen table, OK?


Rae said...

That is so sweet. What a cute puppy. I will remember to do my work with gusto and try to avoid stepping in the messes. Nice helpful tip. Now it's time for coffee.

Murphyfish said...

Hi Hermit,
You know i think your right, sometimes less is more.

Eutychus2 said...

I love it! Hey, are we drinking our coffee at the same table as the pup, he's an excellent conversation topic!
Little more creamer please.

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special Friend, Now theres a mess I don't want to clean up. lol But he is so cute. You are so right take life slow and easy. I think it takes getting older to understand this. Enjoy the good things and do the things you enjoy.
I have some fresh ground beans for the coffee pot. lets smell the auroma and enjoy each others company.

HermitJim said...

Hey Rae...
He does look like he is having a good time, doesn't he?

I think that we all make messes in our daily lives...but the secret is to not worry so much about them that we don't take the time to smile and enjoy life!

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Hey John...
It does seem to work out that way sometimes, doesn't it? Guess the important thing is to just enjoy it!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by!

Hey Eutychus2...
It would be a lot of fun to watch him as we share a cup, wouldn't it? Any topic that makes us smile is a good thing, I'm thinking!

Thanks for dropping by this morning...!

Hey JoJo...
Some messes in life can wait for the clean up until later, ya know?

Fresh ground coffee is a nice way to start the morning, sweetie! Of course, the company is what makes it special!

Thanks for coming over today!

Anonymous said...

As always a nice reminder and advice on appreciating the small things in life that are to easily overlooked.

Anyone need a a warm up on their coffee?

HermitJim said...

Hey Smunkey...
Good to see you again! Yeah, I hope I don't sound like a know it all by pointing this stuff out...but it's really more a reminder to myself than anything else, ya know?

Hey, thanks for coming by this morning, my friend!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Great photos!
If that had been one of my dogs that would probably be the last time I saw that bowl :-) :-)

I´ve slowed down much since I moved out to the country side, no use to stress here :-)
Have a great day now!

Ken said...

...color it wrong,but...almost makes me wanna deepfry the puppy !?!?... apocalypse of course...

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
I have known a few dogs that would eat the bowl...and probably the puppy as well!

True that living in the country is a lot less stress...which is a good thing!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Ken...
Would you call it a "hot dog" or settle for a "corn puppy" if you ad to cook 'em?

Hey, enough ketchup on it and it's good to go, right?

Thanks for coming over today, buddy!

Anonymous said...

Nahhhh my friend its a good reminder to ALL of us, specially those that share the same view. Funny moving from the big city back to a small town how the values change, your outlooks change, your value in those close to you change. Nice reflection.

Did it MY way said...

Afternoon Jim;

Good advice as usual. Rain today, so a good book, and a pot of coffee in the little one does it for me. Slowing down is easy when one does not work.

I have heard that dogs are not supposed to have chocolate so be careful.

See Ya

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Way too precious, Uncle! Absolutely made me laugh out loud... and who couldn't use a monent or two of that every day, eh!!!

Thanks, Hermit!

Then again, Ken's comment added to the shenanigan-ry! ha!

HermitJim said...

Hey Tony...
Nothing like a rainy day to help keep up on the reading! Maybe just throw in a nap or two...and you're good to go!

Thanks,my friend, for coming by!

Hey Cygnus...
Yeah, knowing how to relax a bit is all important!

You know how ol' Ken is...always thing about food! Does have a point, though!

Thanks for the visit!

Adorabibble said...

much cuter than munchkin kittens,
and I am at AST Alaskan standard time,
one hour behind pacific.
Alaskans are just like that, we need our own time zone.

HermitJim said...

Hey Adora...
I can understand the need for a separate time zone for Alaska, being the largest State in the union!

Any place bigger than Texas SHOULD have it's own time zone...and anything else it wants!

Glad you like the pictures...and I appreciate you coming by today!

CottonLady said...

Mr. Hermit,

I have been a silent reader for some time, however, now that I can get up off of the floor from rolling with laughter, I can write you a note and tell you how much I appreciate your blog.
You're a very wise man and your advise is great! Thank You.
Cotton Lady

HermitJim said...

Hey Cottonlady...
Iam sure glad to have you come by and visit today. I'm happy that you enjoyed the pictures and the pot...and hope that you will continue to come by.

Thanks for the comments and for the visit!

theotherryan said...

Last time I made a cake I might have had about 2 cupcakes worth of batter. It was really good.