Thursday, December 14, 2006

A little less Christmas cheer

I recieved some very bad news today. I heard from my Aunt that my last living great grandparent died early this morning. My grandma Peachie was born in 1913. While I know she had moved on to some place better, it's still a little painful. She lived a very long, and very good life. She had 13 children, and out lived her husband by just over 32 years. And I will always remember her as the strong woman that she was. She was always smiling, and very patient with all of us grandchildren, and there were plenty of us. Come to think of it, I don't ever remember her getting angry or yelling. And since she lived in the middle of the country, I always remember the good ol' meals we had while we were there. Breakfast was usually biscuts, fried eggs, fried potatoes and sausage gravy. Dinners were things like ham hocks and pinto beans with corn bread. So, Saturday morning, I'm off to Southern Ohio to attend the funeral, and spend a little time with my grandparents, sisters, aunts, uncles, nephew and all the cousins.

In memory of Grandma Peachie 1913-2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

Time flies!

Life seems to have run me over. Next week is Yule, and I still have tons to do. I still have lots of hand knitted Christmas gifts to make. Also, next week is mom's birthday and I have no idea of what to get for her. For Mother's day I made her a pair of socks that she is leaves in a drawer, and for Christmas I am making her a Irish Hiking Scarf and matching hat in red. But, I guess I'll figure it out.

As for Yule, I can't wait to lite the fireplace next week for the ritual. I just need to figure out what I'm going to make. Maybe some Serendipity Bars, or some good ol' fashion almond crescent cookies. I'll have plenty of time to think it over, as I'll be knit during every spare moment between here and there.

As I have started this blog fairly recently, you don't know that at this time of year, we celebrate 3 holidays in our house. As the title implies, I am a kitchen witch. But as my Christian family is highly unaccepting of this, I do observe some Christian holidays. Christmas being one of them. And a few years ago I asked, "why should I be limited to Christian holidays while I practice my pagan holidays, and not observe any others?" I decided that we would celebrate Chanukah as well. Where I work, we had an older guy that worked with us who was Jewish. I asked him where I could go to buy a menorah and candles, and he told me to leave it to him. A few days later, he brought me a little brass menorah, a box of colorful candles and phonetically wrote out the Hebrew blessings for me with the english translations. My girls thought it was the greatest thing, to watch mommy light the menorah and say the blessing in Hebrew. Ever since then, he has brought me a box of candles and given my girls presents the first night of Chanukah. This year when I went to get out the menorah, I couldn't remember what box it was packed in. So, I gave in, went to Bed Bath and Beyond and found a lovely little silver menorah and pretty blue candles. This year when I pack down the Chrismas tree, the menorah is going in the box with the tree and my Yule candles. And since this Friday night is the first night of Chanukah, I'll post pics everynight of the lit menorah.

And to everyone:

Happy Holidays

Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas

Happy Chanukah


Happy Yule

No matter how you say it, may it be everything you wished for.