One of the best gifts we’ve all been given is Time.
Though this year is at its end, a new one is coming right up to fill its place.
What will we do with it?
Hearing that our Irish friends will soon be going home across the pond, I decided to throw another international party. This time, it went holiday style. After all, it was December 1st.
The decor was a little bit Christmas around the world and a little bit vintage sweet shop.
I chose to invite families this time, not just women, and we wound up sharing a few special happenings.
For a few minutes the party happily became a celebration for Faith and Sal, who were married 21 years ago on the first day of December in Baghdad, Iraq. Happy anniversary!
Tippy’s other son gave us a Kung Fu demonstration!
Sydney and Tanner were happy to have friends of theirs here to play with.
Kerry was happy that there were men here to talk to.
He was also pleased to see that there was plenty to eat.
I need to learn how to say “YUM” in several languages.
I was tickled that once again we had people from so many lands and cultures gather at our home.
Having met a few people since my international party in August, natives from a total of 31 countries and two US territories were invited to these get togethers. Just in case anyone is wondering which ones, here’s the crazy long list: Brazil Canada China Egypt England France Germany Guam Guatemala India Iraq Ireland Japan Jordan Kyrgyzstan Lebanon Mexico Netherlands Philippines Puerto Rico Romania Russia Slovakia South Korea South Sudan Spain Taiwan Thailand Trinidad and Tobago Ukraine USA Wales Zambia
Half of the places on the list were represented. If everyone I invited had come at the same time, we would have had to quickly move to a bigger house!
Once again, I’m grateful to all those who did make it here on that very busy December Saturday. Here is one more token of my appreciation.
Have a lovely holiday season! Whether you’re celebrating or not, there sure are a lot of pretty lights to see, and many reasons to be joyful.
I would say that my house has a “cozy chateau” style, and people are naturally taken just a bit to another time and place whenever they walk in. I wanted to push them further back and farther away on this occasion. That meant a little rearranging again.
You may remember that in the movie Somewhere In Time (Jane Seymour plays in that as well as in the 1982 movie version of The Scarlet Pimpernel ) one of the characters is immediately transported from a past century he was visiting to the present day when he pulls a coin from his pocket and sees the date on it. I didn’t want that to happen to my friends before they were good and ready to leave the 1700’s.
I couldn’t very well have my husband’s electric bass guitar and amplifier staring at them as they entered! I replaced them with my cello. I gathered all the antique-looking chairs in the house and garage for the book lovers to sit in.
I did not remove the kitchen appliances or the flat screen t.v.–though I’m sure it crossed my mind.
For a couple weeks, I became an 18th century junkie. I wanted to know what music people might have been listening to and what books they might have been reading then. In what plays might one of The Scarlet Pimpernel‘s characters have performed with the Comedie Francaise?
I delightfully discovered Copperplate calligraphy, the beautiful style of writing used in handwritten friendly letters and formal writings like The Declaration of Independence. Of course I wanted to try it myself! I picked up some parchment paper from an office supply store and gave it a shot. I tried various black pens. I tore and inked the paper edges to look antique and possibly burnt. What fun I had! I wish I could write in that style from now on, for everything.
I wanted all the details–the paintings of people dressed in Georgian period attire that I printed off the internet, the maps of Europe, the red flower on all the handwritten notes, etc.– to help us feel like we were right there in the story that we all enjoyed so much.
And the food! French pastries, English toffees… It wasn’t difficult to think of what to serve; it took admirable restraint to not purchase and place on the counter a few morsels of every French delicacy I saw as I shopped.
Not everyone felt like having her picture taken that evening. That’s okay! I certainly don’t want people to stay away from my home in fear of the camera. I should probably go take the “Beware of blog” sign off the house right now.
Have a lovely day! And I hope you’ll have a chance to stroll through a good book.
Potatoes, packed with vitamins and other nutrients, are often part of a hearty meal. You don’t usually find spuds as “hearty” as these at your local grocery store! These conjoined or “Siamese” twin veggies were a fun surprise, sitting with their regular-shaped kindred on the vegetable stand at Fry’s market. I couldn’t wait to show them to my children.
One is baking right now. I’ll have it for lunch in just a bit… twice baked of course, packed with sour cream and cheese. Here’s another photo to see while it’s in the oven. The photo was taken almost two weeks ago. Time to get these taters eaten so they aren’t wasted. That would be tragic.
We had a good time with their special spud today. Sydney noticed that it looked like two eyes, so we made it into a very long-beaked owl face. The kids both gobbled up their own half of it. I wish all food was as easy to divide fairly as this!
And it’s December 12th (12-12-12 in fact). What a great day for multiplicity! If I had time, I’d do another blog post. But I need to go clean up the kitchen. There is a multitude of dishes awaiting my attention.
Have a lovely day (or two)!