Today I sent my man off into the wild.
He drove away in his VW Westfalia van, to camp and for solitude (away from a very active, sometimes noisy, household), but mostly to finish up the manuscript of his next book that is due to his publisher by the end of this month!
The end of the month? Yes, it is Crunch Time!
As I was helping him get ready (in the food department), I thought to myself – do I send homemade, pre-cooked food or do I buy the pre-packaged food? Pre-packaged food would be a lot easier for me!
So many people are into ease of preparation, to the point of NO preparation these days. When someone's going on a trip, you just pick up food in travel-sized packages for them, or they pick it up on the way out of town. It was tempting for me to do, but as I rummaged through my freezer and refrigerator, I decided to USE WHAT WE HAD!
We have beautiful lettuce in our yard right now. And much of it I have been giving away. I washed, spun and dried it and made Ziploc bags of pre-made salads. Each with a different surprise – toasted almonds, goat cheese, dried cherries, and dried cranberries and sunflower seeds.
I sent leftover salmon and chicken to put on the salads. For breakfast (he did take a tiny microwave) I cooked a 9x13 breakfast casserole (eggs, bread, sausage, yummy spices and cheese). Pre-cooked and easy to ZAP in the microwave is exactly what he wanted. I kept thinking to myself – BRAIN FOOD, BRAIN FOOD!
The cooler was packed with drinks, snacks, and fruit, and of course one of the most important items for a writer: a French-press coffee maker. Coffee never tastes as good as when you are camping. Coffee, a campfire, a lounge chair, and a laptop – will help make for a terrifically-written book. Plus my husband never leaves home without his small black notebook, his favorite pen and his tiny pocket recorder.
Writing in a camper or a trailer has always inspired my husband. He has an office in our home, but he still wanders out into his van some mornings, as he pops the top up, and sets up “camp” in our driveway. The small surroundings--with just his laptop, coffee and sometimes our pets--give him what he needs. His first book was written in an older VW, and No More Christian Nice Guy in a trailer. Our neighbors would comment on seeing Paul sometimes as early as 4 am!
I love cooking for my man! I love it when he reads, thinks and writes. I love his passion for others and the insight that God has given him. He is an awesome role model as a husband and father. Not having the greatest upbringing, I’m always surprised at how he forged his way through life, with little direction. At times he reminds our kids about when he was desperate as a younger boy, and how he felt God put an angel in his path. Paul remembers the man vividly, speaking truth into his life in a parking lot – and then Paul turned and the man was gone. Paul felt God’s presence way back then, as a pre- teen.
I’m sure most of you keep your husband’s best interests in mind.
Showing my husband that I am here to help him and to support him, is a priority for me. So I sent him out into the wild with good ol’ home cooked food. That's exactly where my heart was, as I prepared him for a long writing weekend.
How do you bless your man?
(Paul's trailer buddy, Filly. Filly hung out with him while he wrote No More Christian Nice Guy.)