Saturday, March 19, 2011


Yesterday I made a salad that I would have loved to share with Mina Taylor. As I thought about this colorful red cabbage (in Russian, ‘blue’ cabbage) salad, I reminisced about living in the Taylor’s missionary quarters, occasionally cooking for them, sharing recipes with Mina and the other aspects of life that come from living with people and the ‘sharpening one another’ that takes place. I miss that these days, living alone in a quiet apartment.

When I said goodbye last December, I knew that, despite all the things I was looking forward to returning to in Kyiv, I was going to miss many aspects of California. My last post mentions them and, truly, I miss all those things and more. Most of all I miss people: the ones I saw every day, the ones I would only see occasionally and the ones who are so far away that I haven't seen them in far too long.

Some days and weeks my life here in Kyiv is full, other weeks are quiet and slow. I am enjoying it all and especially the transition from winter to spring right now. The snow has melted, the temperature is generally above freezing and the days are sunny. While spring officially arrived on March 1 here in Ukraine, it finally feels like it really is around the corner.

You never know what kind of musings a new salad recipe might prompt.