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Day 366: Leap Year!

6 Apr

Deb and Armo (Steve) and Pie 366!

What a year this has been!  So many wonderful stories to share; so many people who I have met.  And so many pies!  If I had to guess, I would say that almost a third of the pies that I made this year contained apples.  I love apple pies… and since apples are available all yearlong that made it easy to make apple pies frequently.  Other favorite pies included Strawberry-Rhubarb, Marionberry, Chocolate Cream Pie, and all kinds of Quiche.

Today I made a Lemon Meringue pie for the second time this year.  I love lemon curd… but I do not like working with meringues.  Fortunately this pie was not traveling far; it only had to go the house next door.

Deb and Steve have been our neighbors for seventeen years.  Last year when I told them about my pie a day “idea”, Steve was thrilled.  He wanted to do something to support my project from the start and initially suggested ordering boxes to deliver my pies in.   It took a week or so before we finally decided that he would create labels for my pies instead (less waste to deal with and less costly!)  And for the past year almost every pie that was delivered had a sticker that had my Pie a Day logo, this website address, and the day of the Pie year handwritten on it.

So many people have told me that they have kept their “pie labels” as mementos.  I am honored that they feel this way… and very thankful to Steve for supplying them to me for the past year.  It has given this “pie” gifting experience an extra special touch… and I really appreciate that.

Tonight I extend my sincerest thanks to everyone that followed this year of pies and sent comments or just made reading my blog a part of your routine.  I am not ready to say goodbye forever… it seems that there are still so many stories to tell.  But for a few days I might just sleep in a little.  And if I could draw, I would create a picture of my oven exclaiming “Whew!” while wiping her brow.  This has been a busy year for that old gal and she deserves a rest.

One thing I would love to ask… and that is, if you have any comments that you would be willing to share (and haven’t yet) please do so.  Also, if you have been inspired to do something out of gratitude, please share that as well.  I’d love to keep the lines of communication open…  if that is possible.

Lastly, I send my thanks to everyone who welcomed me and my pies.  Thank you for being open to receiving that gift…  and thank you for sharing your stories with me.  I have been so blessed to be a part of this wonderful adventure.

Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.  And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.  Richard Bach



Day 78: Ashland Family Practice

23 Jun

In my life I have been blessed to have had health coverage whenever I have needed it. At times, my deductible has been a bit more than I would like, but I have always had access to quality medical care. That in itself is an incredible blessing and I know that I am fortunate.

Today my son was sorting through his things and came across a keychain with a likeness of a foot attached. I thought it was a religious reminder (as in the “footprints in the sand” poem). When I took the keychain my son said, “But you haven’t read the note. It says that this footprint is the actual size of a premature baby’s foot. That baby was born at Rogue Valley Medical Center and weighed only 1.5 pounds.” That’s a far cry from the 8+ pounds that each of my kids weighed at birth.

While I looked at that keychain, I started to cry and I knew that I had to write about my gratitude for the health of my children, my spouse and myself. My mother had a series of serious health challenges and died young; my Dad has had high blood pressure since he was in his twenties. All of my grandparents died before the age of 75. I can’t think of a reason why I should be so healthy. In a way, it feels that I have to do more with my life to make up for the family members that were not as lucky.

Today I wanted to recognize the wonderful people at Ashland Family Practice for their efforts in maintaining my family’s health. I first became a patient there when I was pregnant with my daughter. Dr. Jean Keevil was my doctor and she was really terrific. I always felt as if I was the most important patient on her schedule (and I bet everyone else did too).

I arrived at the Ashland Family Practice office today a little bit late to deliver my pie (actually it was an Almond Pear Cheesecake Tart). At that point, I hurried over to the home of my current Doc – Dorothy Miner. She was getting ready to attend a Britt performance and I thought my tart would make a perfect Britt Blanket Dessert. To Dorothy, Dee, the staff, (and Jean who has since retired), thank you for the care that you have given to my family over the years. We are so lucky to have doctors who are also friends.

(Sorry that there is no photo of my tart… for some reason my Samsung phone is taking almost 24 hours to send a photo).