We are making our way towards New Year tonight as I type this. I know this time of year brings a lot of joy to many people but for me, it is so very hard. I am struggling to find inspiration and energy. I know they will come, eventually, but please be patient with me. When you live with depression and fibromyalgia, the constant pain, injuries and exhaustion can take their toll. The kitchen is the one space I can usually find enough energy to be creative and share with you but right now, with winter crushing me, it is next to impossible.
I knew I had to take some time off when my mother-in-law called while I was baking cinnamon buns on Christmas Eve and the smoke detector went off. I turned to look through the window of my oven to see a small fire burning on the bottom of my oven. The sugar and butter had spilled on to the oven liner, somehow catching fire. I dropped the phone after telling Lorraine there was a fire, got out my baking soda, pulled out the oven liner and dumped the baking soda on top.
A foodie vacation is important for everyone, especially when it comes to safety. Hopefully soon I will start having enough energy to come back and share more stories. It is hard for me to make food when I am so sad, in so much pain and so very, very homesick.
I wish with all my heart that 2011 is a healthy, happy and successful year for me, for you, for everyone. I do know that I want to dive into the world of more comfort foods and make soup, stews, slow-cooked deliciousness in January. I certainly have no desire to go anywhere, might as well spend my days with bubbling pots on the stovetop and baking bread. Just, hold the fires please.
Glad you are OK! Happy New Year!
Debra She Who Seeks says
Your quick thinking and quick action saved the day, Suzie! Wishing you all the 2011 blessings that you need and want!
~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch says
I related to this more than you can know.
You are a fantastic blogger – the ultimate outcome of putting heart and soul into an endeavour is periodic burnout. The good news is that it always passes.
To quote from Pretty Woman “Take care of you.”
Much love and Happy New Year!
Spring is just around the corner…
Kimberly Gauthier says
I just want you to know that I really enjoy reading your posts. The food absolutely looks scrumptious. I also love how your writing is relatable – The cinnamon bun thing happened to me too (except it was syrup from an overly oozing apple pie). You’re a real inspiration, Suzie.
I agree with Lindsay – please take the time to take care of yourself.
We’re all rooting for you.
Suzie, you’ve had an amazingly wild, adventurous, and stunningly successful blogging year. You truly deserve the break to refresh, reflect and relax. Wishing you a bright, healthy, happy new year ahead and I will definitely stay tuned and look forward to your return. Big Hugs!
Despite the little fire breakout and oozing dough, I still think your buns look amazing, I bet they were so gooooood!
Happy New Year Suzie…may this year be full of success and happiness…and I cannot wait to see what great stuff you will surely continue to bring us, your readers!
Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite says
Suzie, 2010 was quite the year for you – you deserve a little break. Take your time and rest up. You know we will all be here waiting when you are ready to blog again. Hugs and best wishes for HEALTH and happiness in 2011.
Domestic and Damned says
Hope that 2011 brings you less pain and more fun.