Knowing that the weather was predicted to be dreary and dull (and confirmed by the view from my kitchen window), it would be up to me to counteract that feeling of my world closing in. I didn't want to be overwhelmed by a feeling of misery, as can so often happen when I'm compressed into the house by a grey leaden sky.
My antidote was to spend my morning making a hearty vegetable soup, not as a chore, but as a creation, as my choice of activity. I regarded it not as a necessary, need to fix-in-time-for-lunch meal, but as an enjoyable way to embrace the opportunity that a grey day brought, and spend time tweaking the flavors.
My inspiration extended to baking a loaf of wholesome bread to accompany the soup. I wanted something heavy and grainy, so I put together a spontaneous blend of rye flour, wholewheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, oats, flaxseed meal and sunflower seeds. Oooh, yum, it turned out well and tasted delicious.