Where I am and where I’ve been…


Dear Friends,

I have been hiding out. I know I have. My posts here have gotten so sporadic- I am sure no one knows where I am. The fact is- I have been living in a “STRESS-POOL”  at work and my method of coping is to withdraw socially. It’s a bad habit learned through years of having to be the new kid at school and necessary self-sufficiency.

I am usually a “can do” positive person who normally doesn’t just think of the glass as half-full- I think of it as eternally refillable!

But, I have had notes from friends expressing concern that I have withdrawn and then, when my little sister called to ask if I was okay because she hadn’t seen much from me here, I had to accept that maybe I need to let others know what is going on with me. I have a wonderful husband, a terrific family and lovely friends who love and support me but my personality (or ego) always says “I can do it myself- I don’t need help from anyone.” 

 Yet, while I do think it is good to be self-reliant, I have come to realize that there is a fine line between that and shutting others out when what I really want is connection.  This is very hard for me to admit… So here goes:

“Hi, my name is Gabi and I am not an island unto myself.”   whew- hard….

I really adore sharing what I create here and the connection I have found with people all over the world who are kind enough to contact me and let me know they are enjoying reading this blog.  As I approach the two year anniversary of The Feast Within I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you all! Thanks for your friendship- I’ll try to be a better communicator in future.

I am so happy that it is Spring and I adore the little Saturn peach tree we planted last fall. The picture is one of its blossoms from a month ago -now we have little furry, fuzzy peaches growing.

 I have lots of catching up to do and a ton of things to share. Thanks for hanging in here.



I am a writer, artist, gardener, obsessed cook/baker and recipe lover. I spend my time finding new ways to enjoy my life and try to encourage everyone around me to do the same. I like creating a cozy, warm, comforting and inviting atmosphere and hope to share some of that here. Hopefully, I get to learn from others who share my interests too.


  • Gabi

    Maryann- Thanks! You’re such a lovely person :)xo

    Tanna- Thank you too your encouragement means a lot to me! xo

    Sally- Your sweet support always lifts me my friend- thanks so much! xo

    Kalyn- Thanks and so good to meet you face to face at the Tipica celebration! xo

    Holly- Hey there! I appreciate the hugs! Hope things are doing better for you too! xo

  • Holly

    Oh, I do the same thing and have to force myself not too (best example, my March NaBloPoMo – I was trying to force myself out of my funk). I hope things get better soon! Sending you lots of hugs!

  • casalba

    I’m another one who takes breaks – let’s not be slaves to this medium! Life happens and when it does, blogs take second place – quite rightly. I’m not going anywhere – the recipes/slices of life you come up with are always worth a visit. I remember your Saturn peach post – what beautiful blossom it has also! xxx casalba

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