Friday, November 29, 2013
Autumn is my favorite season, Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. Reflecting on yesterday I’ve concluded that every year just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. Our family continues to grow… this was our youngest grandson’s 1st Thanksgiving and at 10 months he participated to the fullest while his mommy & daddy savored the poignant reality that babies do indeed grow up to quickly.
Thanksgiving always reminds me of my 1st child’s birth day… born 43 years ago he sits now with his family and reminisces about all the years he and his three siblings have sat at this very same table and given Thanks for ALL our blessings.
His son, our 1st grandchild, lead the prayer while we all held hands… his voice cracking as he eagerly approaches his teens. This year there was lots of back-to-back measuring going on before dinner.. he is now taller than his mother, great-grandmother and one Aunty. I have no doubt he will be taller than me and his other Aunts by next Thanksgiving as his voice will be many octaves lower by then as well. His sister, 10, wore her braces and first bra… blushing when great-grandma hugged her tightly commenting on both.
Our 2nd son continued the prayer with his new found voice, having been baptized this month, he is very aware of God’s infinite blessings and had no problem thanking Him. Their little ones sat next to me as we proceeded to decorate our finger tips with black olives in honor of my Dad who joined my brother in Heaven six years ago. Our oldest daughter and her family couldn’t make it this year so they were sorely missed as well.
Of course the feast was enjoyed by all but the hours we sat around the table talking about Thanksgivings past is what made this one so memorable. All our children and their spouses are adults now with families of their own. Their daddy and I sat across the table from each other sharing a smile and a knowing wink, for this Thanksgiving we are most grateful for what wonderful parents they all have become and I so enjoyed telling them when it was my turn to share.
I pray your day was filled with sweet memories as I look forward to future Thanksgivings’ where my favorite side dish will always be a healthy serving of lovely memories… past, present & future.
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." ~Meister Eckhart
Monday, September 30, 2013
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Friday, August 30, 2013
And that’s OK because I’ve never had a problem with my age… it’s the side effects of aging that are beginning to take a toll on this old barefooted hippie chick.
I got “Officially” old the day I told my DH that I didn’t want any more gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas etc. It was as if I was hearing my grandparents telling me the same thing many, many years ago when I would ask them what they wanted for their birthdays. Ouch, I became my mother long ago and now my grandparents… see officially old.
I don’t feel that old, well some days I do. I don’t even look that old… well actually when I look in the mirror or at a picture of myself I see a lot of all the old folks in the family who, sadly, aren’t with us any more. And IF I was paying any attention at all I’d acknowledge that once my 85 year old mom and her younger sister, my Aunt pass I will be THE OLDEST person in the family.
While camping with the family this week DH leaned over at the evening bonfire and whispered “We are the oldest ones here!!!!” Actually DH is four years younger than me… lucky stiff, enjoy it sweetie!!! One thing I know for sure… I’m too old to go barefooted any more… to hard on the knees, hips and that occasional broken toe from cutting corners to sharply… double ouch!! I can’t go bra less in public any more either… too old. Although we were NOT the first ones up each morning, while camping, nor did we venture over the sand dunes ten times a day to the ocean, we are still able to tent camp, walk half a mile to the bathrooms, over and over and over... even in the middle of the night!!! We held our own making dinner for 25 people when it was our turn to cook. We walked 30,000+ steps a day for 5 days while exploring Pismo Beach, the famous San Luis Obispo street fair, Avilla Beach, Moro Bay, Cayucos’s Brown Butter Cookie Company and finally spent a full day wine tasting in the Edna Valley just a few miles from the coast. That was the first time we’ve gone wine tasting and for some reason by the 5th stop I loved ALL the wines on the tasting menu We are looking forward to wine tasting again and more importantly camping again next summer with the family. Because even though I’m officially old I’m not too old…. YET.
The oldest (66) and the youngest (7 months)... what troopers we were!!
Planning to go back.
One of four campsites we all shared.
Just a few of the fam settling in the first night.
Driving on Pismo Beach.... FUN FUN FUN!!!
Playing in the sand.
5 of the 10 kids at Avila Beach.
More grandkids on the dunes.
Wildlife watching from above.
Moro Rock. Put a bra on lady... I know you're camping but sheesh!!
So much beauty in the coastal art communities.
Time for a little wine tasting.
Gorgeous countryside... such good company!!!!
Ate them right off the vine... bought some in a bottle =]
Pick Me... Pick Me!!!!
Last day at the campsite.
Another successful adventure thanks to Sparkpeople and my younger hubby who can still swing an ax and put up a tent!!!!!
Oh, and by the way I would never turn down a good bottle of wine if someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday or an anniversary or Christmas or Groundhog Day or….
Cheers and "May you never forget what is worth remembering, or remember what is best forgotten."
Thursday, July 18, 2013
We got our first CSA box of all farm fresh produce & fruits using organic farming methods from our local Tanaka Farm delivered right to our front door Monday morning at 4am by our milkman. It was HEAVY and soooooo much fun to go through.
It had a huge bunch of carrots, a bouquet of curly purple kale, 4 small eggplants, 1 lb green beans, the biggest white onion I have ever seen, it made me laugh.
An intoxicating bunch of basil, 5 large tomatoes, baby bok choy, 5 yellow zucs, 4 oranges, 2 Taiwanese curly cucumbers, each about two feet long, and a small yellow watermelon… Cost $43.00.
Not all perfect like you’d see in a high end market or exactly what I might choose to buy but that’s why I decided to give it a try.
Granted we have lots of stores and farm stands to buy from locally. We have a garden of our own and a family who shares and shares alike…. and if gas wasn’t so high I’d shop fresh a couple times a week but frankly I hate to shop…. for anything!! So this new experience is very exciting…. keep in mind that the box was delivered right to our door!!!! Can you believe it!!!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeee… I’ve thought about doing this for some time and decided it was an excellent gift to give myself for my 3rd SparkVersary =]
We rarely eat out, I love to cook and not only do we eat a ton of freggies year round (lucky us living in Southern California) but we have 13 desert tortoises, who don’t hibernate from Easter to Thanksgiving, so we have little if no waste when it comes to produce.
I love vegetables and exotic fruits, hubby not so much. I’ve become more and more interested in trying freggies I don’t normally buy or grow. You should see me at the store standing in front of the eggplant staring at some the size of a football and thinking DH would run screaming like a little girl if I brought home one of these. Or wondering if that Jack Fruit, for $5.99 a pound, would be worth it? This way when the box comes we get what we get and so far the sizes are closer to baby then full grown, except for that onion, which always costs more around here. Some of the yellow zucs still had their flowers attached and now I can try a curly cucumber that I would never have bought.
Granted we have a bumper crop of tomatoes this summer and the 5 we got in the box are very ripe so they and some of that fresh basil will be soup tonight. On the other hand how often do you see yellow watermelon???
I have initially set up one delivery a month but can go online any time and up my order. I know that mid August will bring a totally different selection of produce and honestly I’m already excited to see what nature will provide for us… sort of like the show “Chopped”... a mystery basket just waiting to be opened. ***SURPRISE*** Poor hubby I love it!!! If you haven't tried a “Community Supported Agriculture” box don't wait... you won't be sorry. I doubt I would have if not for SparkPeople Munch On Sparkies
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