pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (gingerbread house love)
Life is busy. I'm applying for jobs, juggling multiple projects (if only a few of them paid!), trying to squeeze some writing in, dealing with car repairs, and trying to keep from falling too far behind on housework. (I'm very bad at meeting that last goal. Do you think this might have anything to do with the fact that it's the last thing on my list?) On top of that, today was my youngest stepson's birthday. He is now seventeen.

We had a wonderful family get-together, with all our sons hanging out and talking computer games and such like. Franz' choices for dinner were Ten Thousand Golden Dragons of Happiness Mushroom Soup (which is what our family now calls Karl's attempt at a vegetarian bouillabaisse: three kinds of mushrooms, tofu, leeks, several different types of sea vegetables, tomato, saffron, grated orange peel, onion, and garlic), souffle, asparagus with hollandaise, fresh baked bread (we cheated by baking pre-made dough this time), and for desert a gingerbread and orange marmalade trifle.

Just a trifle )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (no artificial shortages)
Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] pecunium, [livejournal.com profile] pnh, [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow, and [livejournal.com profile] intertext, all of whom LiveJournal informs me have a birthday this month.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (gingerbread house love)
Happy Birthday to: [livejournal.com profile] papersky, [livejournal.com profile] insomnia, [livejournal.com profile] drachin8, and [livejournal.com profile] chanphenglew.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Blodeudd)
Yesterday our family celebrated my eldest step-son's birthday. He's just nine days younger than my youngest, so he's gone from being the eldest of three to being the middle of five. Fortunately, since my boys live on their own, this hasn't been as dramatic a change as it might have been.

We had another of our wonderful homemade meals, featuring all Klaus' favorite foods (macaroni and cheese, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, beet and spinach greens, and gnocchi with marinara sauce, with an apple trifle for dessert). Everyone came away from the table stuffed.

Politics dominated the dinner conversation and we're very lucky that to be able to share the same joys and sadnesses about the recent election, since we're all excited and hopeful about President-elect Obama's win and disappointed by the passing of Arizona's Proposition 102 and similar measures elsewhere.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Hooray)
Happy Birthday to: [livejournal.com profile] janni, [livejournal.com profile] chrisbarnes, [livejournal.com profile] casacorona, and [livejournal.com profile] chupacabrito.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (gingerbread house love)
This evening we celebrated my youngest son's twenty-third birthday with a wonderful feast: vegetarian "cutlets" (about which all I know is the main ingredient is walnuts), mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, potato pancakes with sour cream and homemade applesauce, carrots, peas, broccoli with hollandaise sauce, and a peach pie for desert--all of it homemade. We love having the whole family together like this; our busy lives mean that even though we all live in the same town, we don't get together as often as we'd like.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Alice and Rabbit)
October birthdays for people on my flist: [livejournal.com profile] phillberrie, [livejournal.com profile] cvillette, and [livejournal.com profile] domynoe. Happy birthday to all of you!

Now for a little fun with names )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Blodeudd)
Karl and his boys spent all day cooking the most wonderful Indian feast for me. We had dahi vada, a mushroom korma, a cauliflower and pea korma, palak paneer, rice, cucumbers and tomatoes sprinkled with spice, and hard-boiled eggs, also sprinkled with spice. Plus, he baked my favorite lemon cake, using the recipe my mother and grandmother used to use. We had the whole family around the table once more and I loved having all six of my guys with me for the evening.

As a bonus, my copy of A Field Guide to Surreal Botany arrived today, just in time for Karl to wrap it up and present it to me. Which felt happily fortuitous.

I am replete, and happy.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (gingerbread house love)
We just finished celebrating Ian's birthday. Karl baked a huge mushroom lasagna and made creamed spinach and carrots vichy, plus we had a huge salad. Everyone was stuffed, and then we brought out the gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting. It was all wonderful. And wonderful to have all seven of us sitting at the table together. That doesn't happen nearly often enough.

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