Things continue to be busy living on the ship and by the end of some weeks, I am just plain exhausted! We have had a series of busy and stressful weeks and unfortunately, when I am busy and tired I don’t look after myself. I eat whatever is before me, I snack on rubbish and drink much more coffee than normal and it all accumulates and before I know it, I am in pain and also very grumpy (probably because it is all my own fault and completely self-inflicted!)
So today I took some time out, rested, planned out some meal ideas, ate well and went into the crew galley to make some almond butter.
Now I know making any sort of nut butter is a process and can take both time and patience. So off I headed with my two cups of almonds ready to spend about 20 minutes on the task.
We have a crew galley that has all sorts of electrical appliances for crew to use and freezers and fridges for us to store food items. I knew that we were without a food processor to use and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go in the blender … yes, I said blender! Forty-five minutes later, I had about a cup and a half of mushy almond balls and was contemplating adding coconut oil to add to make it blend or I was about to toss the lot and give up.
A friend came in, we had a little chat. I showed her my almond “butter” and she said, “It looks healthy.” As she walked away, I mindlessly turned that blender on one last time and watched as it started to transform. Moments ago, I was about to toss it all out and walk away. Almond butter was appearing before my eyes and it was looking good. A couple more minutes of blending and I had a yummy finished product.
It made me think, “How many other times have I been at the point of almost cracking it, or solving something only to walk away in those final, almost there, moments?”
Then I started to question, how long is too long to persevere and thought I had better leave it there and get out while I could!!!
I did take some photos before I left but I have a non-responsive EHD with my photo library on it (just one of the little stressors in my life) so the photos are still on my camera … I will add them to this post as soon as I have them!
Wish me luck …