30 December 2008

Sisters

Here is a poem I wrote that is somewhat belated.  But it was still very important that I post it.  Everyone must know how wonderful and simply delightful a certain little cafe in my hometown was.  But times are tough economically and so they recently closed their doors - I'm hoping not for good.  We will miss the beautiful ladies who ran it, as well as the amazing food they served.  It was foodie heaven! 

Enjoy!

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When we opened the door
Warm smiles and bright faces
Would bid us come in 
To this most loved of places.
As we took our seats,
A quite lovely feeling
Flooded the room 
From floor to ceiling.

On the menu, hand-crafted,
Every dish was a treat
To satisfy all tastes 
Whether savory or sweet.
Sirloin Veggie and Cornbread,
Wally Jack with pepper jelly.
Toss in a Bread Pudding
To fill up that belly!
Or perhaps you prefer
A little salty and sweet,
The Strawberry Pretzel
Makes a great lunch complete.

Yet more than the food
Was the caring fashion
In which it was served
With real zeal and passion.
Four darling sisters
Always aiming to please.
Making everyon feel welcome
Was their true expertise.

But a friend brought word
Of sad news today,
That this wonderful experience
Was not here to stay.
Although doors will be closed
And lights will not shine,
No more afternoon breaks
For desserts so divine,
In our hearts you will stay,
As we bid 'Sayonara'.
We will never forget 
The Sisters' Sbarra.


24 December 2008

Any way the wind blows...

I suppose that is a good way to define the way the contents of this blog have changed.  How far I have deviated from what it was intended to be.  This is not a bad thing though.  The blog began as an outlet for me to vent the stresses that I experienced at home.  But I've turned over a new leaf.  

I am determined to find the silver lining in every cloud, to view the glass as half full, to see the light at the end of the tunnel...not sure if that last one was appropriate.  Anyway, each day I pray that I have to fortitude to endure with a blazing hope.  One of my favorite quotes defines the Greek word for endurance that is used in the Bible as this: 

“It is the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with blazing hope . . . It is the quality which keeps a man on his feet with his face to the wind. It is the virtue which can transmute the hardest trial into glory because beyond the pain it sees the goal.”

I have a goal.  And a dream.  (That last bit was in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King)  So I am going to focus on that goal.  And endure each little agitation in my life with joy and not sighing...at least for the most part.  There's still a long way to go.

So my blog will keep its name and description because my life is still a story of love.  And to most who read this, monotony.  

Here's the video I watched today that somehow inspired this post.  Enjoy!



15 December 2008

Fun is Contagious

"I have come to know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good during one’s life; and also that every man should eat and indeed drink and see good for all his hard work. It is the gift of God."   -Wise King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 3:12, 13

Most people don't LOVE their job.  My husband and I would definitely fall into that category.  So then it falls upon oneself to make work enjoyable - and to do so in whatever fashion necessary.  Internet radio is a big help, a HUGE help.  Then not only can I whistle while I work, but I can sing, dance and make a right good racket.  It's good for the heart.

A friend sent me this video of some guys who had the same idea.  Enjoy!



09 December 2008

Comic Cold Relief

This is a poem that I wrote ages ago.  I was home sick- much like today -and wanted to express the gloominess of my situation.  However, there are some contradictions to my current feelings.  One being that I love nothing more for it to rain when I'm sick.  Then I can curl up with a good book and some hot tea and read and read and read.  

I suppose that at the time I wrote this (in 2003), I had been sick for so long that no matter what kind of day it was outside, I refused to be happy about it.  And so it goes...

At Home with the Flu

It's just one of those days,
those sick days.
Where the sun woke up and decided not to shine
and the blue sky was overtaken by the huge grey masses.
Yeah, one of those days.
Where the rain that beats down on the roof
of my car mocks me saying,
"At least, I can play outside."
And the lightning, in reply, lets out a bellowing
laughter that causes my house to shake
to remind me of its authority. 
But I sit inside and I cough and sneeze
and hide in my blankets where it's cozy.
With all my might I clench a fist
and shake it at the window,
"You just wait, you grouchy ol' storm
'til the sun comes out and the air is warm.
He'll dry you up from top to bottom
and that will be the end of you."
Can't be sure if they heard me or not,
but at least it made me feel better.

21 November 2008

Words Of Wisdom


A good friend shared this with me recently.  Enjoy...




To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine... and those who don't.

As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.
 

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated  that if we drink 1 liter (2 pounds) of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) - bacteria  found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
                 Remember:
                  Water = Poop,
                  Wine = Health.
Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid,
than to drink water and be full of crap
.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: 
I'm doing it as a public service.

Disclaimer:  The above information is not entirely scientifically accurate. :)

14 November 2008

A Friendly Reminder

In a waiting room at a local free medical clinic I fumble through a stack of magazines.  It appears the most popular are those directed at house wives, such as Better Homes and Gardens and Good Housekeeping.  While I appreciate the advice given, typically I find them somewhat of a bore to just sit and read.  I was about to give up when something sparkled beneath the drab blanket of better housekeeping.  The glossy cover was sprinkled with bold, bright pictures of India. I can't for the life of me remember the name of the magazine, but I could not resist its colorful allure.

I nestle back down in my slightly cushioned seat and flip the cover over to the first page.  It's an ad for jewelry draped around the neck of Catherine Zeta Jones. The next page is an article whose contents I cannot recall and another ad.  This time for Porsche.  The next ad was for more jewelry. Then a stunning picture of a Bentley.  

I find myself intrigued and compelled to keep flipping the pages to see ad after ad after ad of things way out of my income tax bracket.  Tom Brady, with his shoeless feet propped up on the arm of a leather seat in his personal NetJet, invites me to purchase one of my very own.  Wow!  Suddenly I feel the urge to leave this free clinic, run down to the NetJet dealership and buy my own personal aircraft. Since that is not a realistic option, I continue browsing.  A few ads later there is one for an airline that offers, not just first class seating, but a bedroom with a five course meal and your very own TV and DVD player.  

I'm dying to share my findings with someone when a poor unsuspecting patient sits down two seats over from me.  Leaning over the arm chair, I hold the magazine up with the picture of the Bentley and say, "Isn't this irony?" She glances at the page and looks at me like I just asked her for a handout.  "That's nice," she says and casually turns in her seat.  Feeling quite awkward I do the same and suppose this conversation is a dead end.

Huh, 'that's nice' she says.  Nice isn't the word that I thought of when I realized that the magazine I was so immersed in was aimed at a demographic so far above my financial class that to them I'm virtually a peasant.  What a cruel joke someone played when they planted that magazine on the rack at the clinic.   Don't take my remarks as complaining.  Long ago I accepted my social status (or should I say lack of) in this world and have been content to remain in the upper to middle lower class.  However, to receive such a reminder of my status while I'm waiting for free healthcare, because I can't afford it anywhere else, is quite frankly disheartening.  

My husband, who hates going to the doctor, rushes out from the back office and mutters, "Let's go." I smile up at him, grab his hand and walk out beside him.  My thoughts trail back to the glamorous images in the magazine.  Each of those things are presented as though they would bring me greater happiness and add meaning to my life.  But a very wise teacher once said that 'even when a person has an abundance his life does not result from the things he possesses'.  And truly neither does happiness.  I suppose then that I should be grateful to whoever left that magazine as a friendly reminder.  I squeeze my husband's hand and he smiles at me. That is happiness. That is life. 

10 November 2008

Wonder...


Bread.

It is one of the oldest prepared foods.  For countless centuries mankind has mixed, kneaded and baked bread of all sorts.  Leavened, unleavened.  White, dark.  Whole wheat, whole grain.  Rye, pumpernickel.  Marble Rye....mmmmm.  Now that sounds delicious.  There are quite literally hundreds of different types of bread.  If it is tasty and can be eaten, then most likely it can be baked into a loaf.  

For instance, here is a recipe for Rosemary Olive Bread that sounds lovely and simple, not to mention scrumptious.  There is also Sally Lunn, Cinnamon Apple, Zucchini, Cranberry Orange,...I'm sure I could go on, but you get the idea.  

So considering the many wonders of bread and the happiness that comes from eating it,  why do you suppose someone would choose to railroad themselves by making only two kinds?  Both of which must weigh at least five pounds and make you feel like you have just eaten a baby walrus.  

My father-in-law finds great joy in making, baking and eating bread.  The same kind of bread...all the time - Cinnamon Raisin with Walnuts.  And if you don't eat it, well, you might as well say you just shot his dog because he will be just as heartbroken.  

If though you do like to eat bread so heavy it could crack a skull, then I would be happy to procure a loaf.  After all, he bakes a new one at least every other day.

09 November 2008

Good Morning!

This morning I found an excellent example of the deterioration of my sanity.  This poor fellow was a little trinket my step-mother carried back from NY for me.  Nothing terribly sentimental, but a gift nonetheless.  I had carelessly left it lying on the couch downstairs, much to its demise.  The rat-dog claimed it as its own and promptly removed the poor thing's eyes.  This event occurred months ago.  

What I stumbled upon today was far, far worse and rather gory.  I suggest you avert your eyes if you have a weak stomach.  

Ripped to shreds - what a pity.  Anything left downstairs has the possibility of being confiscated by someone or something.  Nothing is sacred.

07 November 2008

Every story has a beginning...

Until eight months ago, if asked, I would have said that my life was exactly as exciting as I wanted it to be.  I have a darling husband,  parents who love me, two very dear sisters and too many real friends to count.  All of this is topped by a very strong faith in God.  The latter is to what, for the last eight months, I attribute my sanity.  My husband is a very close second.

The reason for my near insanity is complex and yet can be summed up in one simple statement:   I live with my in-laws.

Welcome to my world.  Swim in a sea of ham and beans,  bask in the glow of the immortal boob tube and fear the mighty bark of the prehistoric rat-dog (watch out! she pees).  In my life, love must conquer all.





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