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What ‘dat??? What ‘dat???

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We are driven to distraction with,

Her endless toddling question,

“What ‘dat???,what ‘dat???”

“What ‘dat??? What ‘dat???”

It’s a ball.
It’s your bike.
It’s the garbage.
It’s your hairbrush….

“What ‘dat??? What ‘dat???”

Oh Starlite, little sweet girl,
I can hear Rose teaching you to say,
“What the hell ‘dat???”

I have to agree,
the question in any other format
would be welcome at this point.

“What ‘dat??? What ‘dat???”

It’s your boppy.
It’s Daddy.
It’s your carseat.
It’s Cujo.

“What ‘dat??? What ‘dat???”

It’s your shoes.
It’s a kitty.
It’s the sky.

Does it matter???

“What ‘dat??? What ‘dat???”

It’s a mirror.

There is Starlite!

That’s you!
In the mirror,
that’s Star!

Holy cow!

The girl is quiet for one blessed second.

She turns and twists,
tilts her pretty head,
and smiles at herself,
never taking her eyes off of the mirror.

She sighs.

We turn on music,
and Starlite dances,
captivated by her

It’s a universal truth come to two year old Starlite.

We find the answers when we find ourselves.

She need not ask anything,
It’s all there in the mirror,

We gather behind her,
and whisper,

“That’s you Star,
there you are.”

Just for Kicks : Computadora or Computador????

My darling daughter in law sent this to me.

Just for fun.

Have a laugh.

gmom and Cujo.

A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

‘House’ for instance, is feminine: ‘la casa.’
‘Pencil,’ however, is masculine: ‘el lapiz.’

A student asked, ‘What gender is ‘computer’?’

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer’ should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men’s group decided that ‘computer’ should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because:

1.. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2 The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.


The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (‘el computador’), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model…

The women won.

Send this to all the smart women you know…and all the men that have a sense of humor. 🙂

A Poem For Bear (Coldplay: Fix You)

Sadness clings  like a shadow,
Reaching for an endless hug,
that won’t be denied.

Restless, weary,
no understanding,
all children are sad.

Aren’t they?

Looking into a red fire truck,
for answers,
in a big world.
Where nothing makes sense.

Where is man?
Who this?
Why Ma cry?

Come to me,

Rock with me,
In the quiet of this corner,
I will hold this space for you,

I can be your familiar,
warm scent and sound,
I can be your safe space,

A constant presence,
in a chaotic crib,
I will quiet the storm around you,

and whisper peace into your ear.

I will stay with you,

For however long it takes.

Watermelon Mango Lime Bars From A Teenage Gourmet

I am eating it as I type early Friday morning.

One of the best desserts ever.

The trick to our table arrangments is simplicity. Edit is the word!

link to teenage gourmet watermelon lime bars.

“A Teenage Gourmet” created this awesome recipe so all the credit goes to that young genius. Be sure to visit her blog. It’s young people like her that give me hope for America. We will eat well in the future.

The only change I made in the recipe was to put a layer of pureed mango on the watermelon layer and that was because a friend came by with a case of ripe mangoes to share. So there you go.

The dessert is cool and refreshing and looks gorgeous.
The textures contrast nicely.
I like to let it sit briefly and not serve it right away, to let the watermelon slush a bit.
I served it straight away to my 20 month old granddaughter yesterday and when she tried to dig in with her spoon her slice flew off her dish. Too icy!
But once it’s sits a few minutes it has staying power.

I am going to be eating this all weekend it is that good.

20 coming for dinner tonite, family and friends.
No biggie.

Probably won’t have time to blog.
But I will be thinking about you and thanking “A Teenage Gourmet” for her great dessert”.

Girl you rock!!

As always,

I remain,

gmom and Cujo

Authentic Chicken Soup Tutorial

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Vegies for chicken soup

Chicken bones,beef marrow bones

purple topped turnips peeled and cut

peel and cut onion

wsh and cut up zuchini

Tie dill stems together so they can be removed easily later

put soup up to boil then cover and turn to low,let simmer for 3 hours.

It took my mother in law a long time to teach me how to make a great chicken soup.
Nothing I made ever tasted near as good as hers.
But I got pretty good.
Now my young marrieds are making my chicken soup just like I was making hers.
Here is the recipe.

For a large pot.
You will need the following:

Chicken bones or parts

1-3 beef marrow bones (ask your butcher for them)

4 carrots

3 stalks celery

1 large zuchini

1 parsnip

1 onion

1 leek

1 purple topped turnip

! small bunch dill (stems tied together with a piece of string)

Kosher salt


Rinse the chicken and bones and put in your pot.
Peel the carrots and cut into chunks.
Wash the zuchini and cut that up.
Peel the parsnip and turnip and cut into large chunks.
Peel the onion and cut into quarters.
Rinse the celery stalks and cut into chunks.
Wash the leek and cut into chunks (discard the leathery green ends).
Rinse the dill and tie the stems together with sewing thread.

Put all cut vegetables into the pot with the chicken and bones.
Add 3 tablespoons of kosher salt.

Add in cold water until water reaches to 1-2 inches below lip of pot.

Put pot on stove and bring to a boil.

Immediately turn the heat down to a low simmer.
Let soup simmer for 3 hours.

Vegetables can be served with soup or on the side at the meal.
Discard the dill.
Unless you are old school European you will probably discard the beef marrow bones. Otherwise you know what to do.
The marrow is much sought after and is eaten spread on bread with a sprinking of salt.
Chicken soup is known to boost the immune system and help move colds along.
So however you enjoy it.
Enjoy it.
Love and peace out for this Sunday.
As always.
Gmom and Cujo

Baby Boy Hoo Falls Down The Stairs (“Hallelujah” Jeff Buckley)


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We had a Father’s Day Party.

All the kids came,
and spouses.

Born and unborn.
14 of us.

Baby boy Hoo,
11 months,
everyone was watching him,
and no one was watching him.

Everyone talking and laughing,
and eating.

Suddenly The Professor yells out,
“Hoo fell down the stairs!”

Down the basement stairs,
a long concrete staircase to the basement,
15 stairs to a concrete floor.

Everyone ran,
I saw my baby grandchild lying at the bottom on his stomach not moving.

The professor scooped him up and together we ripped his clothes off
and checked his breathing,
his eyes,
his limbs,
feeling for rising bumps along his head,
checked his mouth for teeth knocked out.

His mother, Eggs,
screaming in the background,
Is he okay!? Is he okay!?

Hoo was crying,
we handed him off to her.

I looked at The Professor,
my son soon off to medical school,
“Amazing”, he said,
“He doesn’t have a mark on him.”

I answered him,
“It’s a miracle.”

MOM 2.0 If You Haven’t Seen This Yet Get Ready To Be Blown Away

China Eggs and Rose

To my own “2.0”s.

One a mother,
one with a baby,
in her belly.
The last still,
a girl.

You are all awesome,
and inspire me to,

For the second feature.

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