Tuesday, September 19, 2006

It's a comfort thing.

Fall is my favorite season. It's early. It's not here yet, but it's coming. I can feel it. The temperatures this week are in the 60's during the day, with a cool 40 tonight and maybe even the mid 30's tomorrow night. Yahoo! Pretty soon the leaves will start to turn and it will be beautiful. The best sleeping weather ever; cool nights with the windows open just enough. The mornings will be crisp and cool, and there will be frost on the lawn. The Farmer's Almanac warns of cold spells and significant snowfalls for the winter, or so my friend Rita tells me. Soon we will have a fire in the fireplace, and that's a comfort thing.

We had a pot of chili tonight. It's not beautiful. It's just chili...but it was good. You're supposed to make chili when the weather gets cold. I know that to be true, because that's what my mom did. In fact, it's kind of interesting because when I first married and started doing mom things, naturally she was the one I wanted to be like. So, I called for her chili recipe. Although she did not have a recipe per say, she did her best to pass along the ingredients and measurements. Try as I did, it never came out as good as hers. It took me many years and even more pots of chili to get it right. I always wondered, in my heart of hearts, if she intentionally left something out so that home was the place to come for chili, because she knew it was a comfort thing.

There are many things that are a comfort; a long flannel nightgown my daughter gave me, my old grey sweatpants, hearing my husband play his guitar. For my son, it was a woolen blanket with a satin binding, and my husband has a serape from South America that is his second skin every winter. I wore one of my dad's plaid wool shirts until it was threadbare, and even then it hung in the closet for awhile. It made me feel warm inside, and made me smile. It was a comfort thing.

So, what about you? Do you have a comfort thing?


Blogger willi said...

I think I see some black beans in that chili.

Comfort things: Walking in the sun with my pretty baby one.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Comfort things - bed, a fire in the fireplace, diving, reading a book, walking the dog, homemade macaroni and cheese, hugging my boys, coffee

1:04 AM  
Blogger saz said...

Oh Boy - Another "Fall" person! I love this time of year - every single bit of it. I just put flannel sheets on my bed this week even tho' it's still a little warm for them. I love good scary books to read as it gets close to Halloween. Time to knit. Time to bundle up for cold walks with the dog. Time to pick up the biggest leaves I can find on the ground and bring them home for display.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

All four of my kids had their satin blankie, in fact,t he youger two stil have theirs, they love to hold the satin tag on the blanket upon going to bed :)
My comfort thing is burning sandlewood incense.

5:55 AM  
Blogger gawilli said...

Black beans are willi's addition to the chili!

Peggy, Macaroni and cheese is a definite comfort food for my family also. The old recipe has bacon on top.

Saz, fall makes me want to "nest" - hunker in and cuddle up. Sounds like that for you, too. A fellow fall person!

Sandalwood incense is a comfort thing for me also. Haven't burned incense in awhile, though.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

comfort things: anything flannel or fleece, fire crackling in the fireplace, a good book, my 2 dogs snuggled with me, soup simmering on the stove, leaves falling, crisp air, football season... fall is also my favorite season. I loved the pic of your dad. I have a wonderful Yucatan Lime Chicken soup recipe posted if you're interested. I'm having chili tonight. Thanks.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous John said...

I had never tasted chili until I visited the USA for the first time in the mid 1970s. Like pastrami on rye (something else I had never had)it has become one of my favouites.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Gary James said...

My flat is my comfort thing. I love travel, and I've been all over the place, but I love coming home. It's the same when I take a long trip abroad or just go on a day's hiking trip. I love walking home from the train station, back to my private little space.

11:13 AM  
Blogger dilling said...

Turkey and dumpling soup...or chicken and dumpling...split pea(with or without dumplings), clam chowder...all with warm bread from the oven...we eat soup all throughout the cold weather... putting my down comforter back on the bed....wool socks....hot coffee in the morning hot chocolate with toffee in the coldest evenings....and I love when it cool enough for us both to lie on one couch for a movie...

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Meat loaf and mashed potatoes are comfort food along with soups and chili and stuff like that. For comfort I email friends or listen to music or go to web sites and blogs that I knew will make me laugh.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shrimp gumbo!

12:13 PM  
Blogger her indoors said...

dont laugh but i have a teddy my son bought me and i just love to cuddle up in bed with it, with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate mmmmmm i want to go there now!

1:24 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

My kids tease me about my notion that chili is a cold weather dish. For many years, I made chili on Christmas Eve. I don't know why, it was just east and fast.

I guess I would say that my comfort thing, in the winter, is wearing an old pair of my son's socks.

6:08 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

Swampwitch, I would love the soup recipe...and how was the chili?

John, pastrami on rye sounds good, too.

Gary, when we travel I like to get back a day or two before work starts. That last few days of vacation at home are just as good as the trip.

Dilling, we are soup eaters also. I have found several good recipes that work well in a crock pot (not very Martha, but it works well for us). By the time we get home, the soup's done.

Clam chowder, meat loaf and tatoes, shrimp gumbo, hot cocoa... my friend believes that it is our nature to bulk up in the fall to prepare for the cold winter ahead. She may be right.

Betty, it took me several years to figure out that the best dinner on Christmas Eve was one that was good AND easy. Much better to enjoy the holidays than be exhausted from cooking.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Gawilli, The Yucatan Lime Chicken Soup is about the fourth post down at my place.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Gawilli, The Yucatan Lime Chicken Soup is about the fourth post down at my place.

9:43 PM  
Blogger mjd said...

That looks like delicious chili in your orange Fiestaware. Comfort hmm... is the smell of coffee, my bib overalls, the warmth of the sun through a window on a cold winter day, a gray cloud-filled sky, sitting on my couch drinking Amber O'Douls playing with my laptop computer. Life is good.

10:18 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

Yes, my friend, life is good. We are blessed.

10:24 PM  
Blogger debi said...

Oh my, I love that it seems we all have such similar tastes.Tonight we had chili.I use kidney and black beans.Also a bit of beer and a pinch of sugar.Fall is also my favorite season.I have been baking every other day.I love to wear my husbands big old red flannel shirt and a pr of his big socks,put on a pot of coffee and get a fire going.We haven't had our first fire of the season yet.We always wait till the grandsons are here for the night and then make the first fire. Since we use our fire to heat our house it is something I jump up and get to pretty fast when winter really arrives.I usually can con Joe into getting a morning fire going.I love the way the house smells in winter.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Life, or Something Like It said...

I guess my comfort thing would be my warm flannel pj pants..I also have an old teddy bear that i got for my 18th birthday. When times are really tough, I'll cuddle up with him. Comfort food for me is potato soup..my Nanie made the best and I have never been able to duplicate her recipe.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Thanks for visiting yesterday. I think I successfully put a link to you in my post today.
And I can never figure out why some comments show up twice twice.

2:15 PM  
Blogger graymama said...

Hubby makes the best chili!

My comfort: A cup of hot chocolate or hot tea after coming in from shoveling snow, reading a book under the afghan my gramms crocheted for me, snuggling up with Hubby, snuggling up with Buddy, a warm fire burning in the fireplace, etc...

4:19 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

Debi! Good to hear from you. Winter house smells are good. That's when you don't mind heating up the house with all day cookin'.

Life, or something like it...flannel - always good and warm. Is it surprising that the comfort foods always seem to go back to someone who loved us, like Nanie?

Graymama! You said the "S" word! Cool!

5:12 PM  
Blogger daddy d said...

Fall is fun. It is such a change from summer. It works you into winter, which can be hard at times. Chili and coffee will get all of us through the future temperature changes. But stop and look at the leaves for the right now as they to change.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my comfort thing is my animals, I have 2 cats and 1 dog and I love to come home to them they give such a greeting, when I am sad they won't leave me alone, I wouldnt be without them.

2:37 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

*Snort* You're so cute... placing the crackers in the bowl all decorative for the picture.

October is my FAVORITE month. I love hot cider with cinnamon stix, pumpkin carving, Halloween, fairs, hay rides, and going to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. Good stuff ahead!

Have a great weekend.

3:58 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

Daddy d...the fall leaves are the best. I am anxiously waiting!

Ladydtd, I believe it's true that animals are the best therapy. It works for me, too.

Tink! That' right, I forgot about hot cider. Our church has a big fall festival in October with all of those good things. The kids love it!

4:58 PM  
Blogger mjd said...

Hey Gawilli,
I just noticed your masthead quote is different. Good quote...what if.

(28 comments and counting)

5:40 PM  
Blogger SongBird said...

I love fall!! My home is my comfort thing. It is filled with things that I love including (sometimes) 2 dogs and a cat.

5:48 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

mjd, you would like Darrell Scott. He thinks like us.

Songbird! Glad you came by - home is a comfort thing in and of itself! Agreed!

5:59 PM  

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