Life is chocked full of lessons. From our first breath the learning begins, a pattern which is to continue until we breath our last, or for all we know beyond time as we understand it. By the time the candles are smoking on our first birthday cake , we are probably aware touching something hot burns, biting does not make our mother giggle, and when shrouded in wet pants if you yell loud enough someone will shortly arrive on the scene to provide you with dry ones. Lessons.
As we progress through school we are instructed to be quiet in class. If we don’t heed that lesson, we are taught quickly what the inside of the dean’s office looks like. Not handing in our homework gives us the inside skinny on what our father’s face might look like all scrinched up and purpley when report cards are sent home. Earning our driver’s license makes it quickly apparent police officers have a number of lessons to teach us. Parking in the loading and unloading zone at the airport, driving after that third margarita, and texting your best friend when your hands are on the wheel all come with a lesson. If we continue to ignore the lessons posed for us, the consequences can become somewhat greater and the risks gain more magnitude.
Lessons always bring me to ponder reincarnation. As you climb over the hump of mid-life you become more curious about what lies on the other side of the hill. When you are young, you exist with the fallacy you always will be so, but as you age you find you want to examine all options available to you. If I were to wholly embrace the philosophy of reincarnation, I might perceive it as a concept for repeat offenders. Those of us who have not graduated as yet, if you will. Maybe the lessons we have already learned are not to be repeated, only those we’ve failed to conquer. It is an interesting can of worms, this line of thinking. If we do come back, am I to assume we do so as different people? Logic says we cannot be the same, but is this an issue of logic? Yet another question. Would our personalities be different or only our outward persona? Do we return in human form, or possibly find ourselves hopping across a field two yards ahead of a fox, ducking under the fence at Mr. McGregor’s vegetable patch? If one allows themselves to follow this trail it is best to leave breadcrumbs in your wake because it can wind and twist in so many different directions you might never find your way back to where you began.
Curious beings by nature, we humans struggle for answers to the world’s oldest unanswered questions. We search in the stars, books of religion, within our own minds, and in the minds of others. Books on the subject are consumed voraciously creating more books with possible conclusions or answers to those posed in the first group. Compared to what we do know, what we do not is uncomprehensively vast and shrouded in conjecture and hypotheses. Sometimes I get on the following train, a destination generally leading to a migrane. Humans live on earth. Earth exists within a plantetary system. The planetary system exists within a universe. The universe exists within …………uh? I prefer to cook. The eggs exist in the refrigerator. When I remove them and crack them they exist in the bowl. Once mixed I pour them into a skillet where they exist in the pan. Once cooked I eat them and they exist in my digestive system. Where they go from there is a thought I don’t care to ponder, unless naturally they don’t reappear which is always cause for concern.
If, by some miracle, a messenger came to you offering you the unique opportunity to open the book of life as it was truly written, and turn the pages, would you accept? Would it take the mystique out of existence to be armed with all the answers to it’s source? Perhaps it would be like going on a first date in your underwear and old tee shirt and falling asleep after dessert. Too much information before you are ready to digest it may make the journey forward more difficult. As for me, I’m not sure what I’d do. My innate curiosity might compel me to open the cover, but my fear of being the only one to possess such weighty knowledge might dissuade me before I read the first line.
If we are the reigning monarchs of the animal kingdom, are we also the only members who suffer from the ills of the seven deadly sins? Are starlings, in fact envious or rattlesnakes avaricious? Do you ever wonder if the monkeys at the zoo find us more amusing then we find them? Looking through the bars presents the same effect regardless of which side you happen to be standing on. Perhaps it is they who are examining us? Do fish think? If so, what about? Are some wart hogs cuter than others, or are they all equally as sexy to another of their kind? Why do elephants gestate for 22 months, only three times the amount of time necessary to create a human baby? It would seem if it takes nine months to build a human weighing, say, nine pounds, shouldn’t it take about thirty years to produce a baby elephant weighing in at around 260? There’s no logic to the world, or perhaps the perfect logic. You must have questions. If not, I have many you may borrow.
In my mind we were assigned these amazing thinking devices implanted between our ears tucked beneath their protective shells precisely to be used for questioning. If we did not do just that, I would be writing this with a stick in the stand, and the air conditioning wouldn’t be humming along in the background.
I would be most interested in hearing your views on this. Certainly I am not eschewing any particular brand of thinking, more doing a little exploring outside of the box.
Oh, as an update on the frog situation, peace at last has come to our backyard, and I haven’t sighted one locust on the horizon. However, I did receive an email from the seller’s real estate agent today of the house we are hoping to buy. It seems the former owner thought I should know when gardening to be on the look out for Slither and Slink, apparently a gopher and garter snake who are co-inhabitants of the property. She went on to say they are very fond of winding in and out of your legs while you’re pruning and often sit and sun themselves to offer company. Are you kidding me! OMG.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo thought I’d share this particular omelet recipe. We discovered this particular omelet when I had leftover hamburger meat after making tacos. My other half suggested tucking the meat inside some eggs and we’ve been enjoying it regularly since he did. Sounds strange, tastes delicious. I bake up some homemade tortilla chips and we’re good to go.
Taco Seasoning Mix
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (depending on level of heat desired)
1/4 cup minced onion
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin1
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Mix together all ingredients. Store in airtight container for future use.
1 ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
1/2 large green pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup water
Crumble beef into large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion, garlic, and green pepper. Brown meat until fulling cooked, turning often. Drain on paper towels. Return to pan and add water and 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix. Stir to combine. Continue cooking 6-7 mins. until most of the liquid is absorbed. Keep warm.
Omelets (l lb. meat makes about 6)
For each omelet:
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup whole milk
1 Tbsp. chunky salsa
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup meat mixture (eye this – more or less)
2/3 cup pepper Jack cheese, shredded, divided
Sliced jalapeno peppers
Salsa (recipe follows)
Melt butter in large non-stick skillet until just foaming. Beat eggs well with milk, 1 Tbsp. salsa, pepper and salt. Pour into pan. Reduce heat slightly.
Lift sides of eggs to allow uncooked eggs to slide under. Cook until almost set on top. Sprinkle meat mixture down center of eggs leaving 1/2″ on either end uncovered. Repeat with 1/3 cup cheese. Fold over one side and then the other. Reduce heat and continue cooking about 4 mins. turning once. Immediately after turning sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup cheese and cook until cheese is melted, about 1 min. Serve topped with garnishes of your choice.
Two-Tone Chunky Salsa
5 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup yellow heirloom tomatoes, diced
1/2 large red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper or to taste
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 3 hrs. or preferably overnight.