Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Stepping out of the Abyss.

I think it is safe to return to my sanctuary. The outpour of friendship from all of you has been overwhelming. Thank you for all for concern, love and support during this terribly sad, time and for the many, many phone calls, the beautiful flowers, cards, and of course the warm e-mails. I was/am truly touched. But as sad as it might be I do need to move on with my life. My children and my fh need me too. It's hard to believe we're almost through Chanukah and Christmas is starring us in the face like a 4th of July explosion. I'll catch you all up with our crazy life since Thanksgiving. Always crazy...

  • We invited my sister, her husband, her best friend, and her boyfriend from Ohio to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with us. I had carefully planned the purrr-fect feast. We would start with a butternut squash soup, followed by "fresh" turkey (soaked overnight in oranges and wine---mmm succulent) apple pecan stuffing, mashed potatoes bake, sweet potato casserole, fresh cranberry relish with walnuts, hot rolls, tossed spring salad, fresh green beans w/walnuts and a lemon zest and of course wine! Lots of wine. (Sister brought the dessert--I don't bake.) In the ninth hour I realized I had nothing to serve the soup in! Good gawd why had this not occurred to me?! I left desperate messages with all of my neighbors hoping someone, anyone had a soup "latrine". No one to the rescue but as fh pointed out later why would they? No one would ever admit to having a soup shitter!! Yes, so typical of me. I meant to ask for a soup "tourine" but with all the daily discussions about "poo" in our home well you get the picture . We had to make a last minute run to the store for brews as my sister's fh only drinks this kind of beer! Yes, we had a stocked frig full of beer, just not that kind. Hee hee. At any rate I don't remember there being a holiday that I enjoyed more.
  • We observe the the final night of Channakuh tonight. We celebrated with some friends this weekend and daddy three turned shads of white when our friend handed the girls each a lit candle to lite the menorah. I don't think I've ever seen him move so quickly. Even when I purr I"m ready. Anyway, he was clearly fearful they might torch the place the way they were wielding their new "lites". They thik daddy looks really funny in his "hat" Kippah and they love chanting Happy han-ka" and "men-rah". Music to daddy's ears. Hebrew school here we come.
  • Now we move into the Christmas mode. Oh, this is sure to confuse. Nothing like a big man with a beard and a red suite and black boots and some funny looking hobbits with pointy ears to scar them for life. Almost forgot about the reindeer! No, definitely not high on my priority list. I don't want them in therapy---not yet anyway! I had all intentions of lighting this place up like the Griswold's but so typical of everything lately just can't seem to get my shit together. I keep hoping some little elf is going to show up late one night and do it up like a Las Vegas Hotel.
  • We have sadly just discovered that Katie has food allergies. Again. The kid who literally eats EVERYTHING. She started breaking out in these hives a week or so ago, although they weren't your typical hives. It looked as if she had been "branded". Like this! (barbaric) She had what looked like raised "X's" all over her body. Well, it appears that mommy and daddy have been slowly poisoning the poor kid with the crack that she soooo loves. Yep, she is highly allergic to milk. We thought she had outgrown the milk allergy but far from it. To top it off she is very allergic to wheat which as the doctor so kindly pointed out is in EVERYTHING! Crap. No more eating out for us. So, we will be scheduling Katie for a series of tests to see what else our little angel is allergic too and what the heck we can feed her.
  • The heavy topic of discussion at our home is Mai's new boyfriend. Heavy for me, but fh doesn't seemed to be fazed. So like him. Anyway, it doesn't hurt that new guy is drop dead stinkin' gorgeous with a ripped bod, and educated, has a great job, (accountant)and, that smile, and drives a hot car, and, and.... well he's a boy, NO A MAN! He's 29. Did I mention the bod. The arms! Yes, I drank all this in in our 5 minute exchange, but she's our girl and I don't want her hurt. I don't want her her heart to get broken. Oh man. I'm a mess. I knew it would happen. It's no secret she is so beautiful, tall, thin, NO, model ass friggin skinny, and the legs--omg, and oh so kind and, and educated too but, but...we'll you'll see. It was easy when she wasn't involved with anyone. Now my mind wanders back to my youth . OMG, I shouldn't go there......hot flashes..... and she's going out with him again tonight! Ahhhhh. Must remember to breath. It will be ok. Right?! Oh, I worry.
  • Mai leaves tomorrow night for Florida. Without me to keep a watchful eye on her. She will be staying with Jeff's brother(who is single) and lives in Jacksonville. They are going to take in the sights in St. Augustine and then head down to Delray Beach to visit "Nana. Of course no trip to Florida is complete without seeing the infamous "south beach" and all the beautiful bods. What I wouldn't give to be down there and keep an eye on that situation. Insert: big grin. Especially knowing that little miss "thing" will be sporting little skimpy numbers like this. Oiy vey. Did I mention those long gorgeous legs of hers?! Yes, yes, yes I agree, she does need time away to enjoy herself without us me looking on with my pierced eagle eye.
  • I officially kicked off my wine business with several parties and each has been bigger and better than the last. I think I may have found my niche. My "sponsor" (interesting play on words for someone who sells wine!) has been thrilled with my sales. Fh seemingly surprised that I have not drank up all the profits. Delicious wine too. I'm working on building up my client base. Thanks to all of you who have ordered from my site and helped support my cause. I so appreciate it. I don't think my kids will be going shoeless this winter! lol.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of my girly girls as that is why you visit, right? Wishing all of you are good and enjoying the holiday season. I will be making my rounds to see each and every one of you! I so much adore and love all of you. Merry Christmas, Happy Channakuh and Happy Holidays!!!!

Note: Channakuh delayed significantly tonight due to incident on way home from work.... to be continued......

Several people have e-mailed me regarding how I prepared my Thanksgiving Turkey. Because I love you all I don't mind sharing. Remove the innards from the bird. Wash the bird with cool water. Place bird in a big garbage bag and fill with water. I put the bag in the sink as easier to manage. Cut up 3-4 oranges and stuff most into the cavity of the bird. Pour about 1/2 cup wine into the cavity as well. I squeezed a couple oranges directly onto the bird . Tie bag up tightly carefully. You will need fh to help get your bird into the frig. Be careful when you remove from frig the next day as water will be sticky. remove oranges from the cavity of bird. I don't stuff my bird with stuffing/dressing when cooking it however I do stuff with big chunks of garlic, onion, celery, and carrots. Delicious!















23 comments:

DAVID AND AMY VENN'S WEBSITE said...

So glad that you are back!! You are too funny and I always love to read your blog. Of course you do know that your blog is my absolute favorite to follow?!! You really should publish your own book of adventures.On an another note: I would love to go to South Beach with you, of course for the obvious "bod" watch, but also to hear your "first hand account" of the event.
You are hysterical!!!
Amy

Steffie B. said...

Glad you are back....sounds like you have been busy....that is a good thing. Loved all the pictures...beautiful!

mommy24treasures said...

the girls have grown so much since summer pics its amazing. S osorry about the food allergies, hopefully she will outfrow it but I know it makes things difficult now. A great healthfood store could be helpful, we have one here and the owner always has all kinds of ideas on healthy eating without wheat etc...

The Photographer's Wife said...

Wow, x-shaped hives! Milk allergy is the most common food allergy among kids, and it's so hard to avoid.

If you ever need any info, check out Allergy News. I've got a link there to Karen Blue's site. She is all about avoiding milk protein! Allergy News Blog

Those girls are so cute!! Looks like you have a lot of fun.

QJ-VNmama said...

Rony -

The girls have grown so much. What adorable young ladies! What an adorable family! Happy Holidays!

Sue

Sophie's Mom said...

Welcome back! You've been missed by the masses. I'm disappointed in you. No pic of the beefcake boyfriend? Hmmmph! The pics of the girls are adorable, though! ;) How about put the beefcake in between the girls and snap a pic? Yeah - that would be perfect!

Katie J said...

Welcome back. It's good to "see" you again.

LaLa said...

Welcome back...so good to hear from you and see pics of your sweet girls. Tell that MAN to watch out with your girl and yeah, a pic of him please : )

kerri said...

Welcome baby, good to see you posting.
I love your apron, did you make it??
You look gorgeous in it.
Can we please have boyfriend , muscle pictures. *wink*

Beverly said...

GAH food allergies? That sucks. Love the smiles on the girls esp the one with lighting the menorah! Congrats on Mai's newest conquest too. Sounds very pleasant on the eyes.

Beverly

E. said...

I'll be happy to grab the binoculars and act as super spy/bodyguard while they are down here in South Florida! This is practice for your for when the girls are older, huh?
I used to be completely mama-bear over my little sis shooting the evil eye to any boy who looked her way. They feared me more than they feared my dad or brother. Bwahhhh!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

So glad you are back..
I have missed you lots...
First of all...
LOVE the pictures....
Glad to hear that your Holiday was WONDERFUL...
Sounds like the wine business might just be the thing...
YEAH!!!!!
Sorry to hear about the allergies and the boyfriend...
She will do the right things.. she has the best WOMAN in the world who has taught her...
Have a WONDERFUL WEEK...
Hugs to you girly...

Christine said...

Glad your back too. I've missed your posts.
My son's allergies are anything to do with the outside - by the way his nickname is "natureboy".
Hope there isn't much more to find out for her.
I see you are busy for the holidays- I hope this helps you work through the sad parts.
Is there a place on your wine website that I can email you about questions with the wine?
brillhartcc@gmail.com

Jewels of My Heart said...

Hello friend.... glad you are doing a little better. I miss you! The picks are wonderful.... what little beauties you have. They are radient and their smiles surely outshine the sun. Love all of your stories... especially the soup. hehee that is so me.... can't believe it hasn't happened to me... although i am not a GORMET CHEF like someone I know....
I will tell you something I did say once...I was a teller at the bank. My friend sent me an instant message that had a little cartoon with two frosty mugs of beer. Even though I hate the taste of beer, I went to message her back, "MMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmm TASTY!"
Just as I went to type it this customer (construction worker MAN) stepped up to my window and I said,
"Hi. May I Taste you?" Yes, that is right!!!!! I asked this man if I could TASTE him!!!!!!!!! I almost died! But I know if you were drinking a beverage when you read this that it is now coming out of your nose and so I share my humiliation with joy... hehee
love ya
Daleea

Julie said...

Hey! Glad you are back! Before I started teaching I was a pediatric GI nurse practitioner so food allergies was something we did alot of! Email me if you have questions!

Julie

crazylady said...

baby love I missed you. Why do our worlds fall apart at the same time?
Why can't I live next door? Why can't you sell me any wine?

WHAT THE HECK happened to MY babies? They are all grown up. THE HAIR!
I see so deep in their eyes.
Will they ever meet the crazy auntie up north?

nikki said...

It's so great to hear from you.
Sounds like your life has been busy but GOOD. Your thanksgiving feast made my mouth water - with or without the soup latrine! hehe

Your girls are getting so big and just gorgeous as always.

Enjoy the holidays!

cougchick said...

just a quickie. i'll write a longer love letter later. Gawd, how i've missed you. those girls grew 6 inches of hair in a month, WTH?
love the pics when they're playing with Dad. too cute!

Stephanie said...

So glad your back and with a verve I might add. Great stories and photos, the reason I missed you so.

Kimber said...

Sounds like Thanksgiving was delicious! BTW---I have a lovely soup tureen you could borrow anytime! LOL

Harry is allergic to milk, wheat,gluten and soy. It sucks but you get used to spending half your paycheck at whole foods and cooking everything from scratch after a while:)

Hugs,
Kim

Christy said...

I am glad you guys are healing. What an amazing loss but Im glad you have a supportive family.

What a wonderful Thanksgiving. I wish I was there. You sound like an amazing cook!!!

We will continue to pray for your family.

Christy :)

redmaryjanes said...

I'm glad to see that you are feeling a little better. Thanksgiving sounds like it was wonderful. Your table was gorgeous. The girls look darling. Life is good!

Jeff and Valerie said...

So glad you are back. I always enjoy catching up on your life! Sorry to hear about the food allergies! I love the turkey recipe! The girls look adorable as usual. And darn it those gorgeous men. Hopefully this guy is a nice one!