Daisy at Home has been on hiatus since January 2010 even though it was a baby blog to begin with. My husband, Jonathan Glyer, was tragically killed in an accident at work in the end of January. This has completely changed my life.
I used to cook dinner for us almost every night. I stopped cooking and started eating fast food for most meals. As a result, I have gained 25 pounds! I left our home in Seattle, Washington and moved back to my hometown in Orange County, California to be closer to my family. I stopped working and going to school and spent most of my days sleeping or watching TV. Jon loved my cooking; he really was my biggest fan and best supporter. Not having him to cook for just took all the joy and meaning out of it.
Jon was the one to name my blog and the one that encouraged me to start it in the first place. We met when we were twelve and started dating at seventeen. I got him for ten years and was honored to be his wife for three and a half. That is not nearly enough time, but I will always cherish the time I did get with him, and he will live on forever in my memory and even in certain behaviors I picked up from him.
My family started having family dinner on Sunday nights at my mom’s house, so I started cooking again, with several disasters in the first few months. It was as if I had forgotten how to operate an oven or stove or mix ingredients. My first few attempts at cooking were recipes that I know like the back of my hand and I even messed up those ones. I started slowly, cooking only on Sundays and with the help of my family. I am now cooking for myself several times a week and exercising occasionally. I am still getting used to cooking for just one person, but cooking on Sunday nights helps balance out that strange feeling.
I will be starting culinary school in January, 2011 and have moved into my own apartment. I had fun starting Daisy at Home and have decided that it is definitely worth continuing. I went on a solo trip to Italy this past October and spent two of my three weeks there on culinary tours. I was getting back into my cooking groove before Italy, but immersing myself in the Italian way of life really helped reignite my passion for food and cooking. So be prepared for several “Daisy In Italia” posts to come!
I have survived the last ten months with the loving support of my family and closest friends. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for loving me, loving and honoring Jon, and encouraging or picking me up when I’ve needed it.
To new kitchen adventures: Cheers.