Sunday, October 23, 2005

For My Friend Jen

Because she's going through something sad, lonely, and all-too-familiar to me. Because I can't be there to hug her and fix her meals and babysit Charlotte to free her up to do whatever she needs. Because I'm not there to just be still and quiet with her. Because she asked, and I love her.

Some pictures my sister just discovered when she had an old roll of film developed today. They're poignant for me, too. Baby On A Boat. And the exceedingly large and gentle hands holding her in those first pictures are my Dad's.


  1. Cute baby in the cutest life jacket ever!

    Hope it helps put a smile on Jen's face. I posted my blog address in her comments.

  2. The pics of Bella and Zane's hands reminds me of what GrandMyrtle said almost exactly 39 years ago. Upon seeing her first picture of you, her first great-grandchild (and a BEAUTIFUL baby, I might add), her first comment was, "Doesn't Zane have pretty hands!" I was there, and even at 10 years old I thought that was hilarious!

  3. What's funny is that, I realized after I posted this, that those are actually *Alex's* hands! And they are pretty, too, aren't they? Zane's hands were even larger, and Alex has more slender fingers. It's a nice similarity, though.

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  5. No snaps but here's the recipe for Turnip Puff.

    6 cups cubed Turnip
    2 Tbsp Butter
    2 Eggs beaten
    3 Tbsp Flour
    1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
    1 tsp Baking Powder
    3/4 tsp Salt
    1/8 tsp Pepper
    pinch Nutmeg
    1/2 cup Fine Crumbs
    2 Tbsp melted Butter

    Cook: turnip until tender. Drain and mash.
    Add: butter and eggs. Beat well.
    Combine: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pwpper and nutmeg. Stir.
    Butter: a casserole dish and put in mixture.
    Combine: Crumbes and butter. Sprinkle on top.
    Bake: at 375 for 25 minutes or until light brown on top.
    Serves: 6

  6. i was really pleased and excited and touched to see the photos. you know Bella is exceptionally lovely.

    and then i see a recipe for turnip puff? for reals?

  7. Well, yes, it was an odd place to leave the recipe, but right after Canadian Thanksgiving, I was reading Trav's blog, and he was talking about these turnip puffs. I could not imagine such a thing, and demanded to know more. Is this a common dish in Canada? I'm going to make them now.

    Hope you're doing OK, and knowing how many people are just nuts about you, you sweetheart, you.

  8. turnips = farts you can grow

    that is all

    i am ok, love.