Archive for November, 2006

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So what you see there is a close up of a snow fla…

November 30, 2006

So what you see there is a close up of a snow flake and ice crystals. If you were to somehow cut and paste that photo all over a map of my hometown, you’d have a pretty clear representation of what the hell is coming.

It rained HARD last night. Lightening, thunder, lots of rain. Somewhere in the wee hours of the morning, it turned to ice. I woke this morning to see icicles hanging off of everything. Everything. And it’s just getting started. B spent 20 minutes scraping the ice off the truck only to have his door freeze open, yes, OPEN while getting ready for work.

It’s supposed to continue to rain and freeze all day, ending in a few inches of solid, clear, slick ice. But when that’s done, it’s going to start snowing. And snowing. And snowing. We might have 14 inches of snow on top of all that ice (I’ve also heard that 14 inches is a “conservative estimate.”)

It reminds me of January 1995 when 19 inches of snow fell here overnight. I was a freshmen in college and classes were cancelled for the first time since 1973. The city didn’t really know what to do with all that snow downtown, so they piled it up in the middle of the street. You could drive down Broadway and not be able to see the cars going in the opposite direction because the snow was piled up between the lanes. It stayed there until the end of March. There were sledding hills in the mall parking lot – just snow piled up because there was nowhere for it to go.

Then in January of 1998, we got hit by an ice storm. It was so bizarre, nothing looked icy at all. AT ALL. But take one step out your front door and you fell on your ass because of the ice. Everything shut down then.

I’m so grateful that we have a warm house, a new roof, a house full of healthy warm foods, untold numbers of wool hats and scarves and mittens to keep us warm (and once again I’m grateful for my ability to knit.) Today will be tv, knitting, soup in the crock pot, home made cinnamon rolls, and fuzzy house slippers. Tomorrow will be snowmen and snow angels and sledding and hot chocolate. The only thing I don’t have is some bourbon for hot toddies. Eh, well, there are much worse things.

Bring it on, Mother Nature. I’m ready to be snowed in for awhile.

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Christmas came early …

November 27, 2006
Oh yes, yes it did. 
Gotta love early presents.
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Turkey

November 24, 2006

10 pounds, 6 and a half ounces. Some folks bought a turkey not too much bigger than that for their feast yesterday. Me? I helped a baby that size come into the world yesterday. We’ve all started calling that baby Tom or Turkey. He’s a big boy!

Gobble Gobble! Posted by Picasa

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Send your good energy this way!

November 22, 2006
I’ll be leaving in a few hours to go and help usher a new person into this world.  It is not the way my client had planned or hoped for, in fact, it’s very close to the opposite of what she had worked so hard to do, but she will see her son soon and she is holding on to that.
 
Keep us all in your thoughts today, eh?
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How cool is this?

November 21, 2006

They play checkers together all the time. It’s sooooo cool! Posted by Picasa

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I’ve never posted a recipe here before, but it occ…

November 21, 2006

I’ve never posted a recipe here before, but it occurs to me that the holidays are coming and cookies and sweets and other things are going to be everywhere. If you’re looking for something to add to the dessert table, try these cookies. We all need to cut the empty calories, the hydrogenated oils, the sugar, the junk, and start eating healthier -this is a great way to start! I make them to take to births – they have a lot of protein, some honey for energy, all natural ingredients. Works great for laboring mothers, doulas, they have also been known to bribe a nurse or two. They are so good and good for you that I have even treated Duck and Stealth to a “Cookie Breakfast” with these before.

Labor Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (nothing but smushed peanuts – read your lables)
1/2 cup honey
1 free range egg
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
1/2 cup dry milk solids
1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant oatmeal, the old fashioned rolled oats)
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C)
In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and butter until smooth. Mix in the honey, egg, and vanilla. Combine the whole wheat flour, dry milk powder, rolled oats, and baking soda ; stir into peanut butter mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 8 – 10 minutes until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire rack.
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California Sunshine

November 20, 2006

Today has been a rough day. Actually, the last week or so has been rough for me. I’ve been having some health issues, have been waiting (and still am waiting) for a client to labor and birth her child, my kids are getting antsy and B and I have been too damned tired to do anything in the bedroom but sleep. None of it is horrible, just exhausting and frustrating and, well, it has kept me in a bit of a funk for awhile. I was wondering what was going to snap me out of it. I had no idea that it would be something as wonderful as it actually was …

Today I got a large envelope from a Jewish center in California. This perplexed me seeing as how I am not Jewish nor are any my direct ties to California. I would have thought that perhaps it was some sort of philanthropic group looking for donations, but it was hand addressed to me and it looked like there was a drawing inside. Anxiously I opened it up and burst into tears of love and joy and gratitude. If I had a working scanner, I’d scan it so you could see, but alas I do not.

Inside the envelope was a wonderful drawing of two people and flowers and a rainbow with my name and the name of one of the most amazing souls I’ve ever met in my whole life, Rafi. This little 5 year old from California and I became fast friends at Velma’s wedding in October. She went to visit him and his family a few weeks ago and I asked that she say hello for me. And, in return, I got one of Rafi’s gorgeous drawings. I couldn’t be happier.

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Life is fun!

November 17, 2006


I couldn’t resist posting these photos. This is the kind of stuff that goes on in my house every second of every day. It’s always a comedy club here – the only thing that varies is if I’m in the mood to receive it. Posted by Picasa

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There’s a light …

November 16, 2006

I’ve been singing a song from Rocky Horror Picture Show since I opened my eyes this morning.

In the velvet darkness of the blackest night
Burning bright, there’s a guiding star
No matter what or who you are.

There’s a light over at the Frankenstein Place
There’s a light burning in the fireplace
There’s a light, light in the darkness of everybody’s life.

I can see the flag fly, I can see the rain
Just the same, there has got to be
Something better here for you and me.

There’s a light over at the Frankenstein Place
There’s a light burning in the fireplace
There’s a light, light in the darkness of everybody’s life.

The darkness must go down the river of nights dreaming
Flow morphia slow, let the sun and light come streaming
Into my life, into my life.

There’s a light over at the Frankenstein Place
There’s a light burning in the fireplace
There’s a light, light in the darkness of everybody’s life.

Bizarre song to wake up with in your head, especially if it’s sung in Susan Sarandon’s voice, but I got to thinking that there has to be a reason. Indeed, as the day has played out, I’ve started to see that yeah, man, there is a light.

My client, who was due 2 weeks ago, is finally showing some signs of labor after all sorts of natural methods to bring it on. She’s napping now and I hope like heck she gives me a call in the next 5 hours or so. She’s already well on her way -her previous measures have made her cervix nice and friendly for birth and baby’s head is sitting right on it, so that also lessens the chances that this will be a marathon. Man, that’s a pretty light! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Today I’ve also started to breathe again for the first time in several weeks. Sometimes life gets a little crazy and we lose sight of what we need to do to care for ourselves. I have been neglecting my self care for a few weeks now and it was getting out of hand. Well, to be honest, I thought I was taking care of myself, but in honesty I was not. I had slowly started to let caffeine back into my system as well as more than a little bourbon and white sugars and processed food. BAD BAD BAD. But this morning, I woke up and it was clear as can be – all I have to do is take care of myself. . And, as a reward for getting on top of things early and getting back on track, I treated myself to some yummy tofu salad and detox tea for lunch. Ahhhhhhhhh, that light is so freaking bright! I love it!

Stealth finally has reached the age where he can click himself in and out of his booster seat. He’s 4.5 years old, but his car booster seat is tall and he is short, so it was rough for him to reach the seat belt completely over himself and make it click, so I’ve had to click him in and click him out. Today he mastered it. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have reached the stage where all I have to say is, “Get in the car” and I’m done. Sweet Sassy Molassy, that’s a nice shiny light there! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I finally found an amazing coat that I love. Well, make that a second amazing coat that I love – I already had a black one, but needed a brown one. It’s long and brown and fuzzy and very 1976 and it looks like suede and shearling, but it’s all fake (oh, sorry, I mean faux) and get this – … wait for it … it’s MACHINE WASHABLE!! Sounds horrid, I know, but believe me, they can do amazing things with fibers these days and I am a total asshole about fibers, so if it’s good enough for me, it’s freaking amazing, folks. Wow, that light’s so bright, I gotta wear shades! Everybody now … Ahhhhhhhhhhhh

B & I are doing so amazingly well. Of course we have our little freak out moments, but who doesn’t? It’s such a wonderful thing to never doubt his feelings for me nor doubt my own feelings for him. I never question my ability to trust him and he knows he can trust me. There’s openness and honesty and hysterical laughter and it has been going on consistently for many years now. This will be our 8th Christmas together and I still haven’t figured out how that is possible. I still want him under my tree as much as I did that first year. What a beautiful, glowing, warming light. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I’ve come to see that drinking a cup of tea and reading a book while curled up under a nice chenille blanket IS doing something productive. Ahhhhhhhhhh

I read chapter books aloud to the kids during lunch every day. I remember my Dad reading to us as a family in the evenings after dinner and have taken that tradition into my home. For the first time, I’m reading a book to them that I haven’t read previously and I have to say, it’s a wonderful gift to us all to discover the magic of Quidditch and Hogwarts together. And my kids will sit there and eat their lunch and listen to every word. That’s some wicked light right there, I tell you. Ahhhhhhhhhh

My girl, DDFF, and I have plans to get together soon and talk some MP3 trash. I’m teaching her the ins and outs of downloading music and iPod adoration and she’s gonna hook me up with some yummy tea or coffee and muffins in exchange. It’s a sad and pitiful state of affairs that we have let ourselves go so long without seeing each other. We used to get together at least once a week and now we can go a month. It’s atrocious – but the end is near. I have found 2 perfect holiday gifts for her – now I just have to pick which to give her and which to keep for myself! I know you’re reading this – I miss you, Mama. You shine bright as the sun. Ahhhhhhhhhh

JM Bill put in her notice at work! Wahooo! No more top secret African plans. Watch out, Botswana, my girl’s gonna rock your world — again! Check out that smokin’ Shiz-light and the Sunshine Shinin’! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh Boyeeeeeeeee!

Duck is growing up into a very cool cool cat. He drives me nuts, but he’s his own little man and I’ve never wanted anything else for my kids. He’s gonna shine on the whole world. Ahhhhhhhh

And let us not forget that the whole country is a BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL right now! 12 years of insanity is over. Shine, Dems, shine! Ahhhhhhhhh

It seems only appropriate that I end this with some more lyrics (I know, lyrics on a blog is totally passe and just nearly unforgivable – I’m sure I’ll pay for it eventually.)

As Mr. Ritchie once said:

On that rock-n-roll pain train
I had to slow things down
I live out in the woods now
It helps me keep my feet on
The ground
Life’s been good to me so far
Hope its been kind to you
Stand strong in the storms of life
The sun will always shine on you

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RIGHT FU**ING ON!!

November 9, 2006
My girl, SS, is coming back from NZ next Summer for a few weeks!!!!  HOLY CRAP!!!!!  I’ve don’t remember the last time I was this excited!!!
 
SS, my doll, drinks at W’s, on me, spills included!!!
 
RIGHT, F’in’ on!!!