Monday, December 17, 2007

Lords and Ladies

Winn and I were invited to a medieval banquet at Winn's boss's house last night in celebration of the winter solstice. Everyone was encouraged to come in costume "or else it will befall you." So...

Winn borrowed this number from a friend of ours (he later added a sword to the belt).

I had fun making this blue velvet sheath for myself. I designed it after one like it that I saw on a medieval costume website. I bought the white Celtic chemise undergarment from Museum Replicas.

Winn and Dr. Grebe (his boss) discussing the medieval GPS hanging around his neck.

The authentic menu was extravagant, all made from scratch by Ursula Grebe from Russian cookbooks that I couldn't make sense of. The spread consisted of salmon, roast beef, and ham with a smattering of various dipping sauces with such ingredients as grapes, ginger, and garlic. There was also peas porridge, leaks, onions, and cabbage. For beverages they served cider, pomegranate juice, Scottish ale, and wine.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

My sister, the artist

Just wanted to show off a couple of my sister Polly's drawings...

This one is Polly's friend Brittnee...

And my goofy sister Peggy...

This is Ema, a drawing that Polly gave to her family when Ema was adopted...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Fun with a pasta maker

Our friend Janet gave us a pasta maker--Winn's dream come true! My personal chef has been wanting one of those for a long time. He tried it out a few days ago, and the pasta was excellent! (And he looked so cute covered in flour from head to toe--but he didn't want me to post that photo.) I think we're going to use it for our family's big New Years Dinner, along with this yummy-looking Parmesan chicken recipe, homemade bread sticks, Olive Garden-style salad, and the Best-Ever Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake. Oh, my mouth is watering already! Maybe we'll have to do a little sample dinner beforehand, just to test everything out...

Saturday, December 8, 2007


Gotta love 'em. They're sleep-in days, catch-up days, relaxing days, shopping days. On this particular Saturday I'm studying for my first exam of the term, and Winn and Sajak are hanging out in the workshop, where Winn is fixing the snowblower and making a prop for church (a ball and chain out of an old bowling ball and some chain link). Sajak is intent on staying by his side, following him from the workroom to the garage and back again. Contacts and formal attire have been abandoned in favor of glasses and pajama pants w/ comfy sweatshirts. For lunch we snacked on leftovers from the fridge. Life is good.

Foster care update:
Yesterday morning we got a call from the social worker saying that the situation had changed with the boys that I blogged about earlier, and they needed us to take them for a whole week (beginning yesterday after school!). After a lot of phone tag between me, Winn, and the social worker, we went to the store and got some bedding and stockpiled groceries...and learned that they had found a different place for them and didn't need us to take them after all. What a rollercoaster! Poor boys. But they do still want us to begin doing respite care for them one weekend a month, beginning in a couple of weeks.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Spilled Milk

Check out my sister Carrie's new blog by clicking here. I think she should be a published writer, don't you?

Strawberry Jam

I love a piece of potato bread toast with strawberry jam in the morning. And coffee. Gotta have a cup of coffee.

We got an exciting call yesterday. Our first foster care "assignment." This one won't be full-time, just respite care (one weekend a month). But here's the kicker...three boys...ages 11, 12, and 13. Oofdah, I'm tired already. We weren't going to do respite care to start off with, and we weren't going to take kids over the age of 10 to start off with...but we sorta caved when we heard these boys' story.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


At 6:30 in the morning the hustle and bustle of downtown is less hustley-bustley and more of a calmer, refined busy-ness as the Mayo campus rubs the sleep out of its eyes and starts the day. At 6:30 the festive decorations on the light posts lining the streets are beautiful; it's easier to find parking; and the gym is less crowded. At 6:30 in the morning there are some people snow-blowing or shoveling their way out of their driveways in the dark, and drivers seem to be more careful, in less of a hurry. And if you start your day at 6:30 in the morning, you just might have time to sit and have a coffee with your hubby.

Now, this hour of being out and about is more of a rarity than a frequency for me, but today it was fun. Tomorrow I might sleep in. We'll see.

On my agenda for the rest of today: go to fabric store, finish sewing stocking stuffer gifts, start working on quilt, transcript editing, pick friends up from hospital, go through closet and get rid of clothes.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Childhood Costumes Discovered...

And they still fit...sorta.

(My little sisters visited our childhood
church and found their old Christmas pageant
getups from when they were just tykes.)

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.
~ Clara Ortega

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Kloots, Wings, and Crads

Those were our team names last night. We played couples Scrabble with the Klootwyks and Ewings, fierce competitors indeed. As you can see, Andy and Jessica made good use of the "z," adding a "g" to "laze" to make "glaze" and then the word "hid" to make "glazed." I wish I would have added up the scoring mileage they got from that one letter!

Winn made white chocolate mochas all around, and we gorged ourselves on fresh-out-of-the-oven pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream on top. But even better than the hot eats, cool treats, and literary feats (clever, ey?) was the company of these four individuals, each an encouragement and delight to us. Let's do it again soon!

Before the Scrabble match, we had cheesy wild rice soup, spinach feta bread, and oriental salad for dinner. The soup is a delicious recipe from my friend Kelly. Just click on the picture of the bowl of soup to view the recipe.