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Signed Up for Spaghetti Night


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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is “ink.”

I signed my name in ink. There were these spaces open for Friday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, to cook dinner. For about 50 to 100 people, but more like 50, realistically, at the meeting we go to. I asked my husband after the meeting was over, and I saw the blank spaces for next week. He said, okay. So I signed us up for Dec. 1 with the plan to ask if people from our church will help like they did last year.

On the way home, my husband asked, “Do you know what date you signed up for?”

“December 1st.”

“Do you know what date that is?”

I thought for a second. Then I mentally hit my hand on my forehead. “Our anniversary!” How could I have forgotten? “Well, you could have said, no.”

“I didn’t realize it until just now.”

“Maybe God wants us to serve on our anniversary. Then we can go out to dinner Saturday night….  Are you mad?”

“No.” Or maybe he said, “Nah.”

I don’t think he’s mad. He will make spaghetti sauce Thursday night with meat. On Friday, I’ll make vegetarian sauce. I’ll take the sauce to the church where the meeting is and make the spaghetti at the church. Maybe garlic bread. Hopefully, I’ll get some help. My husband will join me when he gets off work. I don’t really regret signing up, though I might not have if I had remembered it was our 5 year anniversary. But maybe I would have. You can celebrate by serving. I must have been feeling energetic. And blessed. Wanting to give back. But there’s another, less generous reason too. I’m a vegetarian, and there has been little for me to eat at these meetings lately that does not contain meat. So, I’ll make a vegetarian sauce option.

Last time we did this, it was fun, but tiring. So I’m going to rest up Friday morning and take it easy in the early afternoon. Maybe we’ll go out for Frozen Yogurt afterward. Why did I capitalize Frozen Yogurt? I like the kind made with almond milk, and lots of nuts. And dark chocolate chips. Or maybe we’ll wait til Saturday night or Sunday, or a day when we go hiking. I miss hiking. And I need to go hiking with all the holiday eating coming up. Sigh. But I am thankful to have so many options for eating, serving, hiking…..

Feeling blessed.


Chocolate Almond compliments of TCBY

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

25 thoughts on “Signed Up for Spaghetti Night

  1. It sounds like a fabulous way to celebrate your anniversary. Good for you!

  2. You must have some large pots to make that much sauce.

  3. how wonderful to celebrate
    by heartfully helping others 🙂

  4. My husband is better at remembering dates than I am. He is very sweet remembering the date when we met. 🙂

  5. That’s a funny video. I’ve tried the Silk almond milk. It’s pretty good. The first thing I said when my daughter asked how I liked it was, ‘it tastes like nuts’. She laughed. 🙂

  6. That seems like a good way to celebrate. The yogurt on Saturday will taste extra good.

  7. A good way to celebrate and I’ll add happy anniversary to that. Good wishes to a wonderful couple.

  8. I do not make meat sauce for my spaghetti. If I’m feeling meatish, I sometimes make meatballs ON THE SIDE, lol! I want vegetarian options, too. Pretty much everywhere. I eat meat, just not often.
    I can’t say I’d wanna spend my anniversary as you will, but happiness follows love everywhere, and serving is a kind of happiness of its own 🙂

  9. On a side note, your post reminded me of Carla Lee’s Nutballs… they are pricey but very tasty and go so well with spaghetti sauce.

    I think of the beauty of the Anniversary continuum and how each year can be different and special…. how lovely that your brain did that! Celebrating can be done in so many ways and yet, it’s the things we don’t plan on sometimes that make the celebration even more meaningful. 🙂

    Ahhh….. togetherness!

    Have a wonderful time!

    • Thankyou, Ka! You make a good point. I bet this anniversary will be meaningful and memorable. 🙂 Now I’m off to find out more about Carla Lee’s nutballs!

  10. It sounds like a marvelous approach to commend your commemoration. Bravo!.

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