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missing out, but not really

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

NaBloWriMo day 31. LAST DAY!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, but this year our house remained dark and there was no one home to distribute candy to the dozen or so kids who come by our place each year. Instead, we spent the day with Jeremy’s family in New Mexico. Friday night’s service was beautiful and heartfelt. Despite the tears that were shed, there were plenty of laughs and smiles over the shared memories.

dan and jeremy

We indulged in New Mexican food, shopped for quilting fabrics, spent time talking together, saw a movie – it was a nice time. When we dropped Jeremy’s parents off at his aunt’s house, it was already dark and children were walking the sidewalks in their costumes. I saw glowing jack-o-lanterns and orange lights lining walkways to homes as we drove back to our hotel. Even though we didn’t have much of a Halloween this year, the time with Jeremy’s family was certainly more precious.

I look forward to resuming my normal posting schedule now that NaBloWriMo is finally over. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour! What will you do with that extra hour?


Friday, October 30th, 2009

NaBloWriMo day 30.

i find comfort there

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Recipe: ma pu tofu

NaBloWriMo day 29.

Okay, I have caught up on answering questions in the comments. Sorry about falling behind. *pointing finger at NaBloWriMo*

The day after my grandma’s 88th birthday while I was still in California, Jeremy relayed the sad news that his own grandmother had passed away that morning. It was a shock as I cried into my aunt’s shoulder. I call my MIL, Mom. I call my FIL, Dad. I called Jeremy’s grandfather, Grandpa and I called his grandmother, Grandma. She was my grandma too.

she loved pink

Not long after Jeremy and I started dating almost 17 years ago to the day, we took a trip to New Mexico and I met his family. And then I went to Sunday dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house to meet all of the aunts, uncles, cousins… We paid a visit before dinner and his grandparents treated me like one of their own. It probably won’t surprise anyone to learn that these two very special people were the sweetest, most gentle souls in Jeremy’s life. He would go to their house before and after school, every day from age 6 to 16. He even kept his bike there (which Jeremy informs me is a big deal). Jeremy told me they always had the good sugary cereals in their cupboards. And of course, he spent every Sunday at his grandparents’ house – the whole clan did. They didn’t just go for Sunday dinner, they went in the morning and played cards and games. It was the hub of activity for the family.

Sunday dinners continued after Grandpa passed away twelve years ago. Whenever we were in town, we always reserved Sundays for Grandma’s house. If we weren’t staying over a Sunday, we’d make a point of visiting with Grandma. She loved chocolate, loved the color pink, loved having her grandchildren around, loved to eat out with friends. Grandma was an ace bowler, did the crossword puzzle every day, beat the pants off of everyone at Gin Rummy, won first place regularly at the state fair for her handwork… but most of all, she gave good hugs and had a smile that lit up the room. In the morning, we drive to New Mexico to be with Jeremy’s family and to say good-bye to this beautiful woman whose love nurtured three generations.

It’s been cold and snowy here. While cross country skiing yesterday, Jeremy and I silently made our way through the woods both lost in our own thoughts, both thinking about his grandmother. It only made sense that dinner tonight should be a comfort food – one that warms the body and sets the mind and heart at ease.

pork, bamboo shoots, green onions, chinese black mushrooms, chili-garlic sauce, tofu

minced black mushrooms (rehydrated), green onions, bamboo shoots

**Jump for more butter**