Sunday, February 24, 2013

Going to the chapel

My baby sister is getting married in May and I finally have something that I am doing for the wedding.

Sweetly enough she didn't ask me to be a bridesmaid as that is something I have never done and feel I would be terrible at it. Me thinks I'm not girly enough. But Peter will be an usher and I got to make these...

They are kneeling pillows. In Catholic weddings there is a lot of stand up, sit down, kneel, sit, stand, kneel and so the bride and groom don't sully their attire they usually have kneeling pillows. The center horizontal strip of green is the color of the bridesmaid's dresses, the burlap that the ribbon is laid over just goes with their color scheme and everything else is just a general wedding scheme. Who knew that lace and linen where such expensive items. I can see now why they were used as currency throughout some periods of history.

They are nearly complete at this point in time all I need to do is secure the lace in a few different places with some small hand stitches. Peter supervised me at the sewing machine as that is not really my area of expertise. I'm much better at hand sewing. Take me out in the wilderness with you and maybe I'll stitch you up! Also pictured underneath the pillows is an afghan that Peter's godmother made him some years ago. As you can see it matches the pillows perfectly.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

We FonDO!

The other night Peter and I had made fondue. It was mighty tasty and thanks to the cousins Katherine and Matt that gave us the fondue set for a wedding gift. We don't get many opportunities to use it as the process takes quite a long time. That is unless you just want to eat one cheese course.  I did not know until recently that fondue is foreign. Evidently the Swiss Cheese Union (we need one of these America) declared fondue a national dish sometime in the 1930's. With the earliest recipe for fondue coming from Zurich in 1699, "Käss mit Wein zu kochen" roughly translated means to cook cheese with wine.

It was very delicious and next time you come visit perhaps we will make some for you.

A similar idea with a communal pot and dipping items in it to cook comes from Japan and it's called Shabu Shabu. We have partaken of this practice as well in China Town. I love dipping food as do most people I feel. Otherwise why would McDonald's chicken nuggets be so popular?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's officious!

So all negotiations are complete and Peter and I will move into our new home on April 3rd! Whew it was a long ride but I learned quite a bit.

 Also got so fed up with not having any control over a lot of situations that I dyed my hair. It's purple. Over the years I've used dying my hair crazy colors as a therapeutic way to manage myself. In this case I had no control over how long it was taking these negotiations with the seller's of the home. Needless to say I'm glad I'm not buying them.

So more to come soon that is not house related. And then when we move more to come that IS!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

House update

Well after many long hours of negotiation and over 100 email threads we are nearing the end of this arduous journey. Right now Peter and I are waiting to hear back from the sellers about whether they are going to make all the improvements to the home we have requested.

After we receive that it will break down to sorting things out the bank and the move. Hopefully in the next few days I'll be able to get my mind back and resume my life chronicles.