Here are highlights of E’s BD dinner–fresh baked salmon-to-die-for (a luxury) and a Thai-style bok choy stir-fry. You know what dessert is.
Here’s a typical still life, and one of E’s BD gifts. It comes from Dark Star Books, home of Mister Eko the Lethargic Cat. We hope to have a real home to fly it at one of these days.
I was up at dawn, setting up for E’s birthday. I try to make up as best I can for all the losses and abandonment by her entire family. It’s both a happy and sad day, because it’s also my son’s final anniversary. I feel heartbroken for him and his family, which includes me. Not a day to celebrate entirely, but we must live on and adapt, and weigh new paths carefully, so that everyone involved is served, not lost in the shuffle. Some difficult decisions ahead for all of us.
These are E’s “erev birthday” flowers. Yom Tov cheers!
Dawn of erev Rosh Hashanah. I started preps not long after.
It’s amazing what you can do with simple basic staples to create a holiday feast. In addition to the holiday challah by E, local apples, and honey, we have:
Turkey with carrots, red potatoes, and fresh homegrown herbs, brussels sprouts, and pineapple ginger spiced sweet potatoes,
middle eastern-style potato kugel, and sweet-spiced apple noodle kugel with apricot, peach, and sultanas,
and a homemade cherry/ raspberry cobbler for dessert. L’chaim!
Not bad on a poverty budget! (I should mention, this will feed us for the next couple of days, I just made it all at once, to be efficient.) It’s like thanksgiving, only for a better cause, and I’m thankful we are able to celebrate to this extent, despite all our personal and national setbacks.
I wish my family, who are going through their own difficult transitions, a year of finding some peace and solutions in the midst of turmoil.
Outside, it’s pouring, but inside, we have these beautiful festive challot for Rosh Hashanah that E baked this morning. She’s a challah pro.