And then came the emails, like rain after a drought.
A trickle here, another there. The trickles merged into a stream, into a dancing cascade that eventually poured into a river.
“Where are you?” you said.
“Are you well?” “What’s happened?” “I hope you’re still cooking.” “Please tell us you and your family are well and happy.”
“What are you doing now?”
And, the one that finally pulled me back.
“We miss you.”
The truth is, I missed all of you, too. More than I can say.
So, I am back, and this post is going to help us all catch up, and the next posts will be about my kitchen experiments.
First–where am I?
I’m still in Athens, Ohio, living with the locavores and loving every minute of it. (Well, maybe not every minute. The crazy derecho storm and power outage during the heatwave was less than charming, but lots of people had it worse than my family, so I’m grateful. And yes, I have my power back. Else, I’d not be writing this post!)
Am I well?
Yes. I am quite well. As longtime readers might remember, I had chronic pain issues for years, and then was diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency. That has been mediated with liberal applications of oral supplementation, but then I started having weird neurological symptoms. Tingling and buzzing in hands and feet. Really weird migraines that felt like cascading needles over my head and shoulders. My new GP, whom I absolutely adore, sent me to a neurologist to have that sorted out. Turns out I’m severely low in Vitamin B12, which is probably a genetic thing. So, now I have a shot every two weeks and low and behold the neurological symptoms are gone.
And I feel healthier than I have in years.
Zak is doing well. He did cut his hair off, so now he looks probably ten years younger. Not quite sure how that works, but he’s happy and cute and healthy.
And Morganna is doing well. She’s on the saute station and grill station at a local restaurant: Zoe Fine Dining. She loves it. She took some time off from Ohio University, but she may be returning to finish her history degree in the fall. We’ll see. No need to rush things.
And Kat. Oh, she’s growing and is a joy to us all. She sings all the time–is always making up songs about everything she is doing or seeing or experiencing. She’s going into first grade in the fall, and she’s reading, writing, spelling, doing math and drawing beautifully. I can’t begin to explain how proud I am of her and how much I enjoy helping her grow up.
Lots of stuff. The weird neurological things, I got tired of photographing dinner before I ate it and was burned out on writing.
Oh, and I started a new project. More on that in a moment.
Yes, I’m still cooking. I could never give up on cooking. Though, with a five year old, it’s sometimes hard to keep making up new recipes. Kids like their favorite foods and are not as tolerant of Mom having to cook up three to five new recipes a week when they’d really just like their matzo ball soup or spaghetti and meatballs or penne alla pesto or ma po tofu, thank you very much. But yes, I am cooking, and have started some really fun experiments in fermentation in the kitchen.
Yes, I intend to share those experiments with you.
So yes, we’re all well and happy, and so now we come to the final question:
What are you doing now?
What am I doing?
Well, I’m making a documentary.
A feature length documentary.
On the local food economy of Athens, Ohio.
It’s called “Hand to Mouth: The Athens, Ohio Local Food Movement.” And it’s going to be big.
My dearest friends are working on it with me. I’m producing and writing. Dan Trout–lots of you older readers will remember him as the one who eats whole cheesecakes at a sitting, until I defeated him with one of my cheesecakes–he’s writing, directing and is the cinematographer. Heather Irwin, who has evolved into a fairly fearless experimenter in the kitchen, is our sound technician. And Zak is doing the soundtrack–and is doing an amazing job at it, too.
On Wednesday, Dan and I are presenting a twenty minute chunk of the film at the Real Food, Real Local, Real Good Conference here in Athens.
We still have a few interviews to do and some b-roll footage to shoot, and then we go into post-production–writing the script and editing. After it’s done, we’re going to take it out on the sustainability conference and film festival circuit, and we hope to find a distributor. We want to get it in theaters, and get it seen as far and wide as possible.
But that’s a ways away. We still have to finish it.
So that’s what’s been up in my world.
I’m glad to be back.
Look for more posts on the film, but also some new recipes, and ideas on gardening, maybe a few essays and some documentation of my forays into fermentation and other food preservation methods.
Thanks for writing to me and asking about us all and most of all:
Thanks for being patient.
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