Eating chocolate for breakfast may be one of the early signs of looming depression. Not clinically recognized, I’m sure, but I feel the anecdotal evidence would support my hypothesis. I didn’t technically have chocolate for breakfast, it was more like with breakfast, so I’m probably still OK.
Dragged myself out of bed at 6am this morning, after 4 solid hours of sleep (sarcasm) because lying there won’t result in more sleep, it just leaves my brain running wildly. Running brains are better spent on blogs where they can be contained within the parameters of a 300 word (give or take a few) post.
What I’m really doing here is stalling. Every day there are more things to do in this house than time or energy to do them. And none of them are ever the things I planned to do. Rarely are they the things I want to do. Yesterday I went out to the van to search for missing receipts and I was temporarily transported by the smell of an old Westy. It’s not a particularly pleasant smell, but I love it. I love it because it conjures thoughts of the ocean, of winding roads and open roads, of camping in the woods and hiking up to thundering waterfalls, of bird calls and new friends every day and dewy mornings and road-trip music …. it’s a smell that calls to my gypsy soul. I wanted to just jump in, start her up and go. Just go! Anywhere that SweetEsther could take me. Back to the ocean, or the mountains, or the desert.
Of course, living in a Westfalia has it’s issues. Not unlike this house, it’s old, it smells weird, and it’s terribly small. Yet I long for my Westy time, I think of it with fondness. Maybe some day I will get past the loneliness of this place, the exhaustion and hopelessness that this old house entails for me. Maybe someday I’ll walk into a grimey old house with a dirt cellar and I’ll breath it in and remember this place, this adventure with fondness. Maybe I’ll even long for it! One can hope.
But for now, I have my tea in my new favourite Salvation Army Store mug and I’m going to go light the pellet stove for the first time (because it’s wicked cold this morning!) and then I will carry on.
(I’m curious if anyone else ever has fond memories and warm feelings elicited by less-than-pleasant smells. Or is this just another anomaly of me? Feel free to share in the comments and make me feel less weird!)
8 thoughts on “Like Chocolate for Breakfast”
Elise, you are a gifted story teller and I truly enjoyed this piece. Smells conjer up memories for everyone and your sweet words brought so many memories back to me, if only for a few moments. The smell of worms after a hard rain is one of my weirder aromatic memories. Embrace your weirdness ( you are NOT weird, btw!) and never stop inhaling, and exhaling and savouring the moments as you are. Good luck to you and Randy on your wonderful journey!
Thank you, Kimm, for your very kind words. And worms, after a hard rain, yes! There’s a blast from my childhood that I haven’t visited in a long time. So thank you for that too! 🙂
Chocolate is good anytime
I had hot chocolate for breakfast this morning(:
Doesn’t it boost serotonin or something?
Yes, something good like that…so it’s a responsible breakfast choice, then? Awesome!
Reading this reminds me of walking into Grammas house
The yellow one at the place she calls the farm
Perhaps it was an old house
I never thought of that but one day several years ago I seemed to smell Gramma’s house
Oh, sweet memories
That place felt magical to me
Thanks for the reminder
Best wishes on your remodeling and good times in your new ‘old’ home
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Thank you, Laura. Your comment warmed my heart and filled me with sweet memories too!
And chocolate is awesome any time
Makes happy thoughts (:
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Definitely! Chocolate is my happy drug. 🙂