Transitory Roast Beef

When I work in the kitchen alone, I listen to Vanity Fair through Librivox, free audiobooks from the public domain.  If you love a deep, delicious English accent, take a moment, click on the link, and scroll down to chapter 8 to listen to Graham Williams read.  There are many different volunteer readers, but he is hands-down the best.  If I could afford it, I would hire Graham Williams to read every book in my library. 

Today, as I prepare for some serious feasting tomorrow, I thought I’d share this thought from Thackeray:

It is all vanity, to be sure.  But, who will not own to liking a little of it?  I should like to know what well-constituted mind, merely because it is transitory, dislikes roast beef.  That is a vanity. But, may every man who reads this have a wholesome portion of it through life, I beg.  Aye, though my readers were 500,000!  Sit down, gentlemen, and fall to with a good, hearty appetite: the fat, the lean, the gravy, the horseradish, as you like it.  Don’t spare it.  Another glass of wine, Jones, my boy, a little bit of the Sunday side!

Yes, let us eat our fill of the vain thing, and be thankful therefore.


4 thoughts on “Transitory Roast Beef

  1. Reminiscent of Ecclesiastes-
    “Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him– for this is his lot.  Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work– this is a gift of God.  He seldom reflects on the days of his life , because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”
    I think my mom had this down pretty good.  Wherever we went, we *lived* there, no matter how long we stayed there: planted plants, cultivated a place to watch birds, fix up the place, got to know the neighbors. 

  2. For you, my dear MNJL59, of course!!BBQd marinated elk steaksNo knead artisan breadGreen saladDana’s black bean saladChilled watermelonSherbet Iced tea with REAL tea, REAL lemons and REAL sugar(often I make it with Liptons, Splenda and Crystal Light lemonade)Margaritas in chilled glasses for those who wishI was going to make tapioca pudding, but didn’t get to it; hence, the sherbet. BUT!! I got my desk cleaned and my kitchen is 90% done. Hooray!The bread is in the oven right now. The house can cool off tonight and, hopefully, will be refreshing, cool, and welcoming when we get back from worship.

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