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She put her pen down on the surface of the desk and found a sigh, that all the “have tos” were completed and she could now choose her next endeavor.

It is nearly lunch time; it would be so lovely to go out to eat with someone.  Her hand reached for the receiver and her mind began to troll through the list of possible connections.  It is a weekday so several had to be rejected for being at their jobs.
Several more were recently retired and were off travelling with their partners.  Another few were dismissed because of miscellaneous items like new diet, health scares, and just too busy.  There was always Helen, but she never did anything spontaneous; lunch would have to be at least a month out on the calendar.  She placed the phone back in the cradle and the charging light blinked back.

It was a nice idea and she contented herself with that and headed off to the kitchen. Her stomach let her know that the time had come to proceed.  The three cup glass bowl was clean and soon filled with the greens from the crisper, some turkey left from the other day, and what a nice surprise there were 8 grapes left on a sad looking limb.  She wiped out the shelf in the refrigerator where something had spilled and needed to open the freezer section door as the smear had links to be wiped away from there as well.  Walnuts were in view as her hand and sponge cleaned.  Now they were sprinkled on top of the greens in the bowl.

A carrot and stalk of celery were brought to the sink and scrubbed with a purposed brush, then diced with the fat handled knife that fit her hand just right.  Purple cabbage was sought out and a small whirl of purple onion was rescued from behind, both were sliced and added to the glass bowl.  Avocado from the counter proved to be half black, so only part was mushed with lemon juice, ground flax seeds, salsa, and cilantro as the dollop on top.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons set into motion, window opened to expand the sound, she took her full bowl grabbed a fork and plunked down on the front porch steps.  Leaning against the railing and bowl securely resting on her knees; fork wielded first bite.  Chewing slowly and taking in the ambience she thought to herself – it is lovely to go out to lunch.


Do you enjoy going out to lunch?  Is it hard to find friends or funds to venture forth?  What fun things have you created when you opened the refrigerator and discovered your next meal? Do you ever eat lunch at your computer?

Don’t mind if you comment with your mouth full.

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24 Responses to “LUNCH”

  1. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – I love going out to lunch! And dinner! You’re right, it’s hard to nab a pal to do it on the spur of the moment during the week. And I have eaten it in front of the computer – not so fun. I am trying to be disciplined and take time out, set a place at the table for one, and have it be the energizing break it was designed to be. Usually it’s a salad for me. The one pictured above is lovely. How can you go wrong with lots of avocado? Thanks.

    patricia Reply:

    I truly think Lunch is my favorite meal of the day…. The experts say one should eat the same thing for lunch everyday – I too usually have salad.

    I see my scheduler put this post up before Monday – Sorry took me awhile to respond…I am trying to stay off the computer on weekends – too much yard work and in the rain the computer seems more fun :)

    Thinking about you eating lunch in your new home – what fun

  2. Fred H Schlegel Says:

    Nabbing a lunch out with a friend or even better, my wife, is a guilty pleasure. Always willing to go regardless of what’s sitting on my desk. Unfortunately the excursions add up. So I aim for ratios. 4 homemade sandwiches for every store-bought…
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    patricia Reply:

    Thank you for commenting and dropping in – Welcome.

    One of the perks in my partner’s office is sales reps still quite often bring lunch to their presentations. I almost never go out to eat but I prefer lunch with a friend to about any other time to go out and it usually is a bit less expensive.

    Oh those tight budgets

  3. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I’d rather do supper/dinner .. not a great lunchtime eater .. but I do eat my salad everyday – not as delicious as yours .. going into the garden to have lunch, listening to the singing birds, the wind in the trees .. is wonderful.

    But today have just been to a family lunch – cousins .. so did have lunch .. left over from being snowed in or out at Christmas .. it was fun catching up with everyone .. cheers Hilary

    patricia Reply:

    I think lunch with a friend is often more leisurely and the conversation is lively. Although it is during my peak work time and attention space so I don’t do it very often. Usually a salad for me.

    I actually wrote this piece a year ago as I was working on my writing and practicing writing in the third person. I am digging a few pieces out of my drafts folder and reworking them for practice.

  4. Arts Web Show Says:

    Sometimes it is nice to just throw something together at home.
    Personally i have no interest eating out but then i do work in a restaurant

    patricia Reply:

    I have spent so many hours cooking, preparing, and fixing food at home – not to mention freezing and canning from the garden…then again being home alone day in and day out…going out to eat and being waited on – a real treat.

    Just the reverse for you!

  5. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia! That salad picture actually made me salivate – yum! I love going out to lunch with a friend but don’t actually get around to doing it very often. When I’m at home I try not to eat while on the computer unless I’m in the middle of something critical or watching a long lecture-type video. Once it warms up here, I love eating on my screen porch, whatever the meal or time of day. Heck, once it warms up here there will be a LOT of things to enjoy. It’s been 20 degrees below the average temps here for weeks and the whole spring thing is like in some version of suspended animation – it’s getting to people!

    patricia Reply:

    It was a yummy salad – since I had one every single day, it try to make it beautiful, varied and a bit of fun. When I have been alone a great deal, I sometimes eat at the computer while I watch a video or Daily Show.

    This is actually a piece of writing from warmer days that I worked on rewriting from my drafts folder to practice 3rd voice and editing.
    It is not warm enough here to each outside and it is raining too much too!

  6. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Oh, Patricia. That was beautiful. The photo, the story… what a lovely lunch!
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    patricia Reply:

    Many thanks – I rather am hoping you will like what I write – I look forward to your precise words and notes.

    patricia Reply:

    I almost hate to confess this but I just love to eat good food and especially with a great friend. One of my favorite communions

  7. J.D. Meier Says:

    Lunch is one of my favorite ways to connect with an old friend, or meet somebody new.
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  8. Joyce at I Take Off The Mask Says:

    I enjoyed my lunch today! Just cooked at home but felt like I dined out at a fine restaurant. 😉

    patricia Reply:

    I made another great salad today and you are right it was fine dining — I just sometimes would love some company.

  9. Alien Ghost Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    That was a really nice introduction to the questions! :)

    It is easy for me to feel identified with the character of the story since, going out for lunch wouldn’t be about the food but the company and the talking. If there is no company then any chewable and digestible element that could be classified as food would do, like bread and butter, an apple, or a quick cooking pot of rice. A quick lunch fix and then the company of the open space, bringing its thousand views around as a nice conversation.

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    patricia Reply:

    When I wrote this piece I was in need of company – good of you to pick up that idea. Lunch is my main meal of the day so it is usually a big focus item to get all my nutrition in and accounted for. Supper is more of a quick fix for me

  10. Talon Says:

    Hi, Patricia. I’m hoping internet things are working properly so I can comment – it’s been a nightmare the last few days.

    I like to meet up with friends for lunch, but it’s hard to do it spontaneously. So many of my friends use their lunch hours to run errands and such. Invariably, the times I’m free, they aren’t and vice versa – lol!

    I like to have lunch outdoors in the warm weather and in the cold weather, I confess I eat at the dining table (great view to the outdoors), but I usually have a good book as my companion (and the dogs lying nearby and watching with hopeful eyes).

    Hope you and Zip are having a fabulous day!
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    patricia Reply:

    Hello Talon,
    Oh aren’t those Internet problems trying? Hope all is working better now. I am having phone problems with all this rain – now flooding.

    Zip and I are having an amazing day and I am squeezing in an extra post tomorrow because of our unusual sighting this morning – worth talking about.

    Zip is always hopeful when I am eating lunch too – I give him the heart of the lettuce to enjoy and usually a carrot stick to clean his teeth – then he works at keeping my feet warm while I eat.

  11. Robin Easton Says:

    Dear Patrica, I loved the intimate “everyday” feel to this post. It is so simple and something I think so many of us can relate to, right down to the partly black avocado. I have been eating salads very similar to yours lately, and really loving them. I eat a lot of raw food, and seem to really crave doing so. I am now totally vegan, which I’ve been before in my life. I am also mostly raw, so it gets harder and harder to find places where I can eat out. Most places are Asian. I love summer rolls, and some of the very simple clean soups I can get in Asian restaurants.

    I used to eat at my desk, but I have totally stopped doing that. I was spending 12 – 16 hours a day working at the computer and it has been affecting my healthy. I have cut way back lately and don’t even post every week. I feel I am taking back my life.

    I went last summer for the first time in years without a garden and said, “NEVER again!” I love all those fresh organic homegrown veggies, and just being with nature in my garden. It’s like therapy for me, so soothing, healing and replenishing.

    I also recently bought some more house plants, and it just felt right. I also bought ones that give off a lot of oxygen.

    You are such a beautiful soul. I love how you so honestly share the most simple parts of your day and make them so moving. I felt like I was looking through a window watching a small part of your life. I was very touched by your deeply genuine nature.

    Much love to you, Patricia.
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    patricia Reply:

    Much love to you too Robin,
    Thank you for your loving and kind words. I am just working on being in the moment and enjoying the moments that are given to me – my life is very simple and plain and enough.

    I keep trading off between eating vegan, vegan raw and adding some chicken and turkey to the mix. Everything I eat is organic, but there are certain times when I just feel better with the extra protein. Nuts and seeds are not always my friend.

    We planted our peas in the pouring rain this weekend, and have started our payment plan for our CSA weekly box. My guy is working extremely long hours to keep work into the office and income flowing through that he just does not have time for the full garden this year. I still have the apple trees and rows of blueberries to enjoy. Lots of work there.

    My fellow is training for a 5 week bike trip from the Canadian Border to Mexico this August through the mountain passes, with a pause in Ashland Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival. I will be doing the yard work by myself for that time period. I have to keep it just to my size.

    I have started not turning on the computer on the weekends – except to read my lastest book. And I can only do FB and those things for a few hours in the evening. I have so much other work to accomplish that it helps to keep me up and doing and not just computer focused. I do miss my connections, but know that I feel better.

    Thank you for your great comment and for dropping by. One book group is doing your book for June and the other group just finished it…Thank you for that great gift also

    Robin Easton Reply:

    Aww dear Patricia, Your sharing here just really touched my heart. I found it very soothing, life affirming for me. You are such a kind soul. Thank you for sharing all this. It means a lot to me. I too have a very small garden, partly due to lack of water. We can only water on certain days here in NM. I also keep it small so it stays fun and doesn’t just become another chore. I’m sure you know what I mean.

    I love what you said about your life being very simple, plain and enough. I SOOOO relate to that. It is what I am taking back: my simple, plain and enough. :)

    Thank you dear friend for your great beauty and kindness. Love, Robin
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    patricia Reply:

    We are about to reach 60 days of straight rain – I keep thinking I would like a tank on my roof for flushing the toilets and showering – watering the garden! Maybe even a water mill for generating power!

    Yes, I keep simple, plain and enough close to my heart.

    hugs to you Robin and thank you for your reply