Archive for July, 2008

Out of the Blue

July 28, 2008

This just heard from Charlotte, age 3…

“Mom…Dad will take you to the hospital…if you are dead.”   I thought she was going to say to have a baby, but at least she knows better there. 

Yesterday the midwife called to tell me she and her husband were taking the children to the creek that afternoon and she might not have phone service.  She wanted to make sure I had the assistant’s phone number.  I asked if she always did this or if she just thought I was going to go early.   She said, “I think your going to go early.  That baby can’t come down much farther without coming out.”  So, the waiting is on….but still no signs yet.  I’m only 37 weeks today so there is time.

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“You look like you’re ready.”

July 24, 2008

That’s what the midwife said today.  So, it could be tonight, or it could be another 4 weeks.  Who knows?  But all looks good for now.

Today is July 18th

July 18, 2008

And I am due on August 18th!  Time flies when you are getting sick  having fun!  There is so much to be done it is overwhelming.  In all reality, the baby could come within the next 2 weeks.  That’s a scary thought.  My first was 3 weeks early, 2nd was two weeks late, third was on his due date, 4th was a week early, and the last was two weeks early.  So, I think I’ll go take a nap now.  : )

I Get to Have a Baby Article…

July 17, 2008

Here is another wonderful article from Elizabeth Foss.  For those of you wondering why we keep having babies, you’ll find some of the reasons there.

The Date

July 15, 2008

This was a very big event in our house today!  You see, almost every day a child gets to go into town with Dad.  Sometimes I tease, whining a little saying, “but I want to go into town with Daddy.”  This past week we arranged for friends of ours to come and watch the children.  So, this morning after Mass, one of the older ladies came up and said that she had just been informed that we were going on a date.  Apparently the children were pretty excited about this date too. 

Around noon our friends arrived and we were off to beautiful downtown Florence.  (This one is in Alabama, but we like to pretend it’s Italy.)  We have an Italian restuarnt that we like there and save it for our infrequent dates.  The children have never been there.  On the way there I started not feeling so well.  Pretty soon I informed Joe that he needed to pull over because he didn’t have any bags in the car.  It must have been quite a sight, an 8  month pregnant woman squatting at the side of the car on the side of the road throwing up.  I almost couldn’t believe it myself.  That’s never happened to me before.  I’m pretty sure it was the vitamins, and I felt much better after that.  Oh yes, the rest of the date went much better.  I was able to eat a wonderful lunch and keep it down too!

The Midwife and the New Apprentice Came Today…

July 10, 2008

They were suppose to come yesterday, but someone else had a baby instead.  The heartbeat was 136 and the head is quite low.  She figures that baby is about 6 pounds.  I am 34 weeks, so she asked me to please wait for another 3 weeks.  (Like I have any control over that! Ha!)  All looks good.

Why a new apprentice?  Because the old one that I liked so much sold her house and is moving to Arizona!  The nerve!  The house doesn’t sell for 2 years, we become friends and it sells right away.  Just like when we lived in Virginia. 

On the homefront, Joe shaved all his facial hair.  He has not done this in nearly 10 years.  He sounds like my husband, walks like my husband, and moves like my husband, he just doesn’t look like my husband!  The girls stared at him all day yesterday (he shaved yesterday morning.)  Charlotte told him that she didn’t like his moustache and MaryEllen announced this morning that she was starting to get used to his looks again.   Between the children and the husband, there is never a dull moment.

John’s Blueberry Kanten and a Trip Down Memory Lane

July 9, 2008

There is a cookbook called “The Macrobiotic Community Cookbook” written by Andread Bliss Lerman.  Actually there are two, the old and the revised edition.  Even before I went almost totally macrobiotic, I used this older cookbook.  It is literally falling apart!  When we did switch our diet last year James had the hardest time.  Actually, he would have a hard time no matter what becausehe is just so picky!  He likes 4 or 5 foods and that’s about all he will eat.  You can bribe, punish, or anything else and he will not eat new things.  (And he used to be the best eater in the family!)  That being said, when we did make the switch, John Denver was on of his favorite singers.   Well, that old cookbook has a picture of John Denver with his favorite Kanten recipe in it.  I took that book out and showed James and he was impressed.  Last week our local healthfood store had fresh blueberries, so we bought some with the intention of finally making this recipe.  Our John kept joking around saying that we would all start singing John Denver songs when we ate the kanten.  So, I fixed him and pulled out the John Denver CD. 

It never ceases to amaze me how some songs can bring back so many memories.  The CD we have is a live version and the first song is Rocky Mountain High.  (Since John Denver sings this alone, I like to add the harmony!   But, that has nothing to do with the memories.)  Immediately my mind went back a few years to our trip to Colorado.  My brother sent us on a highway, I never thought I would forget that route number, but I have, that they call the Million Dollar Highway.   It was September and we were pulling our Cougar 5th Wheel.  We kept going higher and higher and the temperature kept going lower and lower.  When I looked out the window I could not see the side of the road, I could only see down…and a very long way down.  My palms get sweaty just thinking about it.  But, we made it through.  When we got to camp that night we saw one of the most striking rainbows I have ever seen.  I remember Joe saying, “What would it take for us to move here?”  He wanted to move!

The next song on the CD was Country Home, Take Me Home.  Is that the title?  I’m not sure, you know it is the one about West Virginia.  The first thing that happened was I got a little home sick.  Although I have never lived in West Virginia, I did live in the western part of Virginia, which I think may always be my home, and we lived near the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River.  My next thought was of my childhood home on Otis Avenue living next to the Grant family.  (Their last name is Grant, but they are related to General Lee!)  I distinctly remember the son, Pat Grant, singing this song, off key, wearing his cowboy hat.  Even in New Jersey, some of us dreamed of living in the country, even then.  One memory leads to another and I couldn’t help but to think of our trip to Tennessee in 1982 for the World’s Fair.  The Grants had two children, a boy who was a little older than us and a daughter, Vicki, who was born 6 weeks after I was.  We grew up next door to each other ever since then.  I spent a LOT of time “next door” and they would take me places to keep Vicki company.   We were good for shorter trips, but After 2 weeks of being together in TN, we were fighting more than anything.  But, after that trip, Vicki and I always wanted to move to Tennessee.  Wow, I’m here!   We also listened to that song driving through West Virginia on our way to Kentucky to my friend’s wedding in Louisville a few years ago.

One of the other songs is Sunshine on My Shoulder.  I can vividly see our house on Otis Avenue and my brothers and sisters being around telling me that was the first song I had ever sung and they had a recording of it.   I like to remember those early times when my brothers and sisters were around because now I realize how fast the time went.  My siblings were so much older than I and that time was really short.  It was not too long before they started moving out and some getting married, and all that family fun.  Now we are scattered a bit, so we don’t all get together much anymore. 

Last, but certainly not least, when John Denver is mentioned I always think of my cousin Kelly who looked so much like John Denver in the 70s!

So, after all that rambling, here’s the recipe:

John’s Blueberry Kanten
by John Denver

8 cups unfiltered apple juice
8 tablespoons agar flakes (kanten flakes)
Pinch sea salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
Dash vanilla extract
2 cups fresh blueberries

Combine all ingredients, except for the blueberries, in a large saucepan and slowly bring to boil, stirring occasionally until agar flakes are completely dissolved. Add blueberries and simmer 5 minutes. Pour into a mold and chill. Garnish with 1 peeled and sliced lime, if desired.

We skipped the lime (because we didn’t have one.) Did they like it? Well, James asked for just a little bit on a spoon. He put it in his mouth and made a horrible face. He went on to have 3 bowls last night and had more for breakfast. John loves it too and so does Charlotte. I got a little bowl and really like it as well. We were all surprised how spicy it is and that really makes it taste great. Before writing this I looked in the refrigerator. There is just a smidgen left for me! Guess what I’ll be making again today.

Random Thoughts…

July 5, 2008

Some of this post has been in my mind for several weeks now.  I was going to post and then the time flies…you know the routine.

First of all, many, many prayer requests.  My friend Kristina in Minnesota lost her husband Paul to a heart attack.  Paul turned 40 last month and leaves behind not only his loving wife, but 5 children.  Please pray for them.  My friend Laurie’s uncle Wayne fell off of a ladder last week, was in a coma and passed away.  Please pray for his wife and son and for Laurie and her family as they travel to New York for the services.  My friend Lynn miscarried a baby and then lost her mother to cancer.  And last, for now, my friend Mark’s grandmother who is 94 had some lung trouble.  She is doing much better, but I’m sure she could still use some prayer.  Thank you.

In the garden…everything, as I have stated, was planted late.  The pumpkin plants are coming along and I don’t see any signs of squash bugs over there yet.  That is good.  The cukes are coming along nicely now and we have been enjoying them just about every night.  Our bean tee-pees are nearly there.  The beautiful butterflies came and layed their eggs all over my kale and now that is almost totally destroyed from all the caterpillars that are hatching.  I probably got the last bit out of it this morning.  Well, it was wonderful while it lasted.  We’ll replant some in a different place and try to get some netting around it.  On the bright side, the collard greens are coming along nicely.  Hopefully that will hold until the next batch of kale comes along.  We have beautiful daikon radishes now as well.  The little pink and red radishes are all gone now and need to be replanted as well.  Oh, the marigolds are big and beautiful!  We have gotten a few zucchini and the other squash are coming along nicely as well.

On the sewing front, I had this picture a few weeks ago to post.  This is John’s quilt top partially done.  Well, one of the reasons why I didn’t post it was because I finished it (the top) and also put Kevin’s quilt top together, except for the boarders.   I don’t have a picture of that.  But, as I was at my sewing machine, pinning and sewing, trying to get points on the triangles done, I started wondering why I do this.  After all, it seems it would be so much simpler to put a few layers of material together and be done with it.  Well, the quilting is prettier, looks neat, is fun (most of the time), and is rewarding as well as relaxing.  It is also nice knowing that these will go on the beds of my children whom I love and they like the nice quilts as well.  The blankets that they have now are getting old and are really in need of the garbage can camping or playing.  They are falling apart.  So, one of my goals before this baby comes is to get the boys quilts done.   Our “local” quilt shop was having a nice sale for their 4 year anniversary.  They had a 60% off table and then most of the other fabrics were 40% off.  John helped me pick out fabrics for a quilt for James.  It will be another log cabin from “Quilt in a Day.”  Now, if I can just get started, we’ll be good.

Joe turned 58!  When I married him, 45 didn’t seem that old at all!  Now 58 isn’t so old either, but it’s not 45.  The children made him wonderful pictures for him and we had red velvet cake (what else?)  It was a nice day. 

Here are a few pictures.  One is Charlotte sleeping.  We must have more pictures of Charlotte sleeping than her doing anything else.  But, she is just so cute.  Then MaryEllen saw the camera out, so she had to get into the picture.      

  I was going to post this on Sunday, June 22.  The children were having fun and I thought it would be nice for everyone to see them again. 

Maybe someday I’ll keep up this blog better, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.  Also, about art work, I have still not taken the time to download the software needed to get my scanner onto this Vista computer.  Please keep in mind that we are still on dial up (through no choice of our own!) so it will take almost all day to do it.  I miss putting it up as I am sure you miss seeing it.