Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Husband and I went to Jordanville for a beautiful baptism!
Here's photos from our drive there and back (about 4+hours
from where we live in NJ)... it is so beautiful up there,
and living in the city that we do, I crave beauty like this
and feast my eyes on it like a woman living in a desert
with a dry thirsty ground under her feet!

Breakfast the day of the baptism!
I loved how they did not butter my English muffin because I asked
for peanut butter, just the way I wanted it, without my even asking!

Jordanville is a beautiful Monastery and they also have a wonderful

We got back Monday late... 
Tuesday we had the AC guy, a great one from Poland,
come and give us more Freon (about 3 lbs this time!)
and now our AC is working again!

Roof top access, why I had to take everything out of the pantry!
We had a great lunch afterwards!

Mr Husband got the rest of the things out of the Pantry that I had not and
put them on the dining room table and he swept and vacuumed
(then we figured out our vacuum needed a new bag etc so that took time!)
and I washed all of the pantry shelf liners before they went back in...
I was determined to reorganize the pantry so I could better use it,
so I while I worked at a steady state, I put thought into it
and redid a lot of it, keeping what I loved and worked and redoing the rest....
Meanwhile, we went early to our favourite diner, as there was to be a storm
coming in.... I had been talking about rootbeer floats and how I had not had one in at 
least 1 decade that I could we ordered one... 

Then, as I wrote on social media yesterday:

"We knew that there was to be a thunderstorm at 6 but a good 30+ minutes before the winds whipped up, the huge construction orange barrel the size of a garbage can flew into traffic ad hit a car!!! And we heard the servers talk of a mini-hurricane (!!!) and we downed the have-not-had-in-a-decade root beer float, had the food packed up quickly, asked for the bill, Husband ran to car while I paid and I ran out, we got home just as it was starting to pour rain .... hash tag if I used them would have been "now that was intense! "

So here's our burgers after the fact on our card table,
since the dining room table was full of pantry items!
We watched the storm from our big windows
and saw lots of lights on the bridge...
there is a lot of construction happening and eventually 
we will not be able to see that bridge, from what we can tell...
yesterday I zoomed in with my camera phone so I could see 
what the lights were, as the rain and distance made it hard to see
and it was a fire truck, ambulance, cop cars....I hope whatever happened
that the people survived :( ... Lord have mercy!

This pretty much is how it is now, after the reorganization. 
As my sister commented, rightly, it's very "American" of us to have 
so much food on hand... (like a mini-version of the huge grocery stores
we have here)... but there are many reasons why each family does as they do
and we have a lot of reasons for this, including the times of sickness we had
and that it is great to have on hand what I want to use to bake, cook or even to share.
Most of my readers (unless they are very new) know that I do a lot of baking for
St. Nicholas Day, Christmas and Pascha (Easter) and all of this is because we have our pantry.
I also make tea blends (2 new ones to do this year DV!)
 and have been given a lot of tea, treats, jam and honey, all of which is a real blessing!
I was actually told "Bravo" for having such food on hand to offer hospitality 
at any time by a pretty strict (to me anyway!) monastic priest, so it does have a place
and I can't wait to do more hospitality! I am dreaming of making a 
ginger cake next week!  And cherry tarts!! 

So I finished the pantry today and have been resting this afternoon...
the trip + doing the pantry restocking all by myself was a lot of work
and I am weary.  Best thing to do then is rest so I can do the next thing...
which is vespers and DV tomorrow the Feast of the Ascension of Christ!
Friday is laundry day (I am learning not to tackle more than I should
when I am already having a big cleaning / housework / pantry restocking day...)
Saturday I am going to NYC and Sunday is liturgy + baby shower for a friend in 
the afternoon, so if I don't blog again until next week, you know why! 
Meanwhile, for the last times of this Paschal Season:

Christ is Risen! 
Indeed He is Risen! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

A friend came to lunch...

A friend came for lunch...
I was able to get dishes washed and the place picked up before
she came and that was a real blessing.
I had fun doing a simple lunch.
Mr Husband, while working from home 2x this week, like he used to,
did this only because the AC person was coming.
He works late the other days quite often now
and I know it is not his fault
in anyway, but it's hard for me.
But a blessing that my friend was able to come
for lunch and stay a while. 
We had veggie burgers, a simple salad, fruit,
chocolate, cookies and lots of tea. 
Well, it's the weekend now and My beloved Husband 
will be home with me and I am so very glad!
He truly is my best friend!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

And on to today...

From last night, RE: these 2 pictures:
This dinner about did me in. Spilled turkey juice all over my floor, the cupboards and my foot with open Birkenstock sandal. Only to find out after the cleanup that I had taken the frozen turkey bones for soup and thawed those by mistake. So dinner was way late, I was so tired, was close to tears, and I have to mop the for again.... I am focusing on tomorrow morning being better and that up to dinner, I was having a pretty good day. I am overtired from our busy weekend and not getting enough sleep. 

This morning when I awoke, I was still quite tired and
feeling a bit blue, like in a fog of sadness... I reached out on IG +
texted a local friend (who is retired/has time during the day) and she came
and enjoyed a glass of lemonade with me...

Of course I had to try my new goblets out... 
And I am still wishing I had realized how fragile they are...
I would of picked differently... oh well...

I spent some time this afternoon pouring through +Patrick's recipes and
found one for a cherry tart that sounds really good... I hope to make something from 
these soon; I felt like I was back in +Patrick's home and with him,
 looking at these
recipes and remembering how I found them 
in his kitchen, in an envelope...after he was gone...
so special they are to me... 
even though we did not really talk about recipes while he was alive,
but about other things, 
it was so special those moments and hours I had in his house
after he passed, helping to pack some things up... 
he was so present in his house,
so many things about him and I treasure that time and
 how it helped me get to know him more.... 
to be given these recipes was a deep gift to me and I am very grateful....

I made biscuits again and that was lovely!
I made them for tomorrow...I had some cream I had froze and thawed that
and used it in the biscuits!  The cute heart-shaped tin I got at the VNA,
forgot to show it to you!
(I also got a porcelain tart pan for 2.00, this pan was super cheap, a dollar or so...)
Husband had to work late again tonight,
did not get home till 9:30... so it was good that I had my baking
and leftovers I got out of the freezer...

Our AC is being fixed tomorrow so Husband will be working from home again
which is lovely! I already have the meals planned... :) 
Have some left over chicken stock for gravy and biscuits + the turkey casserole...
I am thinking of making a side of veggies for myself as well... 
I am trying to eat a bit better.... I have a hard time eating veggies... always have...
though I don't dislike them per say, I just don't make them (husband does not like most
boiled and I don't always like them raw)... 
I must say that I just love cooking and baking.
I feel so at home in the kitchen.
My Grandma likes to cook and bake too... 
we often share what we are making that way...
I really hope to be able to be more hospitable and have people over...
well, we will see what God allows... 
Meanwhile, I am so glad for our life here, our kitchen
and the delicious biscuits I made!!!