Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Carnival Squash

Once again I’m headed north for Thanksgiving.

Looking forward to turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, and this fantastic vegetable medley that my aunt makes with Velveeta cheese.

(Yeah, I know it’s not real cheese, but it’s fabulous!)

I’m also looking forward to a tryptophan (and carb) induced torpor.

And seconds on those vegetables.

We’ll also probably have venison and sauerkraut and pies…many, many pies.

This year, I’ve candied jack-be-little pumpkins and carnival squash and made pudding (lots and lots of pudding…because, who knew cooked pudding wasn’t supposed to be boiled?)

I’m looking forward to complaining about work, and hearing everyone else complain, and getting advice about everything, and hauling out the family photo albums, and talking about Thanksgivings past. I’ll groan the loudest when Mom tells me she’s finished her Christmas shopping, and admit that I haven’t started yet.

(Except that’s not exactly true. I have: I’ve bought one gift for my sister. I’ll admit that, too.)

I’ll ask my Uncle how his fig tree did this year (he swore he was giving up on it, and maybe he has…) And I’ll tell them I’m experimenting with mine: trying to winter them over in my harsh climate just like my great-grandad Spina did, by roping them down to the ground and burying them until Spring.

The kids will fight. (Someone might get hurt.) The dog will bark. Loudly.

One or two will slip from the table to watch the game while the rest of us talk about ‘all that boring stuff.’

It’s the same recipe every year…and just like those vegetables, I can’t get enough.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

And thank you to everyone who reads my blog, and for all the wonderful comments. Thank you for the emails, and the advice when I’ve asked for help, and for reading my stories. You guys are the best!

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Remembering the Fallen

Walter Rakowski and Frank MichalskiOn this Memorial Day, I’m remembering those in my family who’ve served.

That handsome fellow on the right is my great-Uncle Frank.

Frank Michalski served for many years in Germany, where he met the love of his life, my great-Aunt Lidia. Marriage between American soldiers and German women was forbidden at the time. Although my Aunt Lidia was from the Ukraine, she fell into the same group since she was a working woman in Germany.

Love conquers all, however, as does bribery. For a few cartons of cigarettes, the chaplain married them.

Frank was one of the lucky ones. He came home after the war, bringing Lidia with him.

Left of Frank is my great-Uncle Walter Rakowski. He was a bachelor through-and-through.

Walt gave his life in Germany. I never knew him.

This day, I raise a glass and salute them…and the others in my family who have served. I light a candle for the souls of those who’ve passed.

Just as I remember those closest to me, I remember the troops I’ve never met. Those who’ve served our country faithfully in the past, and those who are serving now. You’re in my thoughts today and most days.

Thank you, to all the men and women who serve our country.

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Last Post of the Year!

Thank You
I just wanted to say, “Thank you.”

Thank you for stopping by and making comments, for following me on twitter, and reading the blog.

Thank you for the reviews, and coming out to see me at Balticon and Capclave.

Thank you for reading my book, and my short stories, and for telling me what you liked and what you didn’t.

Thanks for joining the conversation, and starting new ones.

Let’s do it again in 2010.