Eighteen Long Days

Chef leaves today for Alaska.  He will be gone for eighteen days.

I think this is the longest we will have been apart since we got married, so I’m kind of sad.  I’ll miss him.

He tried to tell me lots of bad jokes so that I would be irritated and be glad to see him go.  It didn’t work.  (Well, I did get irritated, but I’m still not glad to see him go.)

You can follow his progress with his ice sculptures at the Ice Alaska website.  I’ll provide updated information and links when I can.

I don’t have a lot to write today.  I’m too busy being sad.  And making plans for the next two and a half weeks so that I’ll be too busy to keep being sad.

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The Christmas Story

Luke 2

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

1Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.

2This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

4Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

6While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.

7And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”

16So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

17When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.

18And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.

19But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

20The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

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May you have a joyous and blessed Christmas.

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Luke 2:1-20, NASB, courtesy Bible.com

Image courtesy StMarkMystic.org


The Changing Times… an update

Okay, so I just learned that WordPress won’t let me do what I wanted to do.  The pages I was hoping to add posts onto are just static information pages (like the About page), so all my topics are going to have to go onto the main page.  I’m disappointed, because that’s not what I wanted this to look like.  Well, that’s all right.  I’m a make-do kinda girl!  I will still be posting on the additional topics I mentioned, but I’ll just have to assign categories to them, so you can search for them that way.  (If you want to see all the food posts, just click on the food category.)  It will all be okay!

The times, they are a changin’

And so is this blog!

In the next couple of weeks, you’ll be seeing some changes to this blog.  The first thing is that I’ve changed references to my town and my husband so that I’m no longer revealing their real names.  I figure, my husband didn’t really ask to have me splash our lives all over the Internet, so maybe I should let him remain anonymous.  (Not that he minds.  He loves fame.  Well, not really.  I don’t know if he does.)  Anyway, from now on, I’ll be referring to my town as Smalltown, Indiana.  I don’t know if there really is a town called Smalltown, Indiana (my three-second Google search didn’t indicate one) but if there is and you go there, you won’t find me.  And I’ll be referring to my husband as Chef.  This is a nickname he’s had since college, so a lot of people know him by it, and it doesn’t feel too weird to call him that.  Just don’t get confused.  I don’t really live in Smalltown, and my husband’s name is Chef only to protect the innocent.

Hah.  As if he’s innocent.

But wait!  There’s more!

Keep watching this blog and you’ll see additional pages pop up.  Currently, there’s just the main page with all the good, meaty dirt about my life and the About page with the in-depth biography which was created by my interview with John Stossel.  (Not really.  I’ve never talked to John Stossel.  His mustache scares me.)  I’m going to be adding a page called Monday Meals, where I’ll have photos and stories about the community dinners we have every Monday night.  (Yeah, that’s another reason I changed the town name.  It really is a small town, and I don’t want every cowpoke who reads my blog to crash our dinner fun.  I mean, who ARE you people?  Just kidding, I love readers.  But some of you might be crazy.  I mean, the a lot of the readers I actually know are crazy.  My house can contain only so many crazy people.)  Anyway, the primary focus of this page will be the food and fellowship of Monday Meals.  I might also include other meals we prepare as well — like Thanksgiving dinner for the family or interesting recipes I’ve discovered or tried.  So don’t get your undies in a bunch if I talk about food that wasn’t eaten on a Monday.  You’ve been warned.

I’ll also have a page about crafts, home improvement, decorating, etc.  I haven’t named this section yet, though I have an idea or two.  Ooo, I should have a contest!  Except I don’t know what I’d give as a prize.  I guess I should make something crafty as a prize.  (Note to self: make a crafty thing for a prize if you’re going to have a contest.) I’m no expert or professional at any of those things.  Sometimes I go months without doing anything crafty or domestic, but maybe if I have a whole page on my blog dedicated to it, I’ll get more motivated.  Or maybe I’ll just write about how I mopped my floor today, and give you before and after photos.  Just teasing.  I do have one knitting project going, and I have some crafty ideas for Christmas gifts (I’ll have to post about that after Christmas, of course, because some gift recipients read my blog.)  Also, Chef and I have some ideas on rearranging the rooms in our home, so I’ll post before and after pictures of that when we tackle that project. 

Yeah… pictures.  I know that in general, photos are pretty scarce on this blog.  I’m working on that.  I’m learning what my camera can do (it’s pretty much point-and-shoot but it does have a couple of manual settings) and learning about photography techniques.  So I’m hoping that I’ll have more photos in my posts soon.

I’ve got other ideas rambling around in this pretty little head of mine, but I’m not ready to share them yet.  You’ll just have to wait until the secrets are revealed!