Monday, January 02, 2006

We're Back

We arrived home safe and sound, though struggling to fasten our jeans after a week of being fattened by good midwestern holiday cooking. My mother-in-law was, for many years, in charge of the kitchen at the Catholic school in town. Before that, she cooked daily for a family of 12. Now that she is retired and a widow, she gets to use her considerable gifts for quality, quantity cooking only rarely. Thus, when the extended family arrives in town, she really kicks it into high gear. Actually, she begins weeks ahead: dozens of cookies baked and frozen. Ditto sweet rolls and danishes. Then there is the applesauce, salsa, pickles, jam, etc. that were put up last summer. And the gallon drums of caramel corn. And, and, and . . . .

Then, good German/Luxumbergers that they are, the family cannot marry, bury, or celebrate a holiday without large quantities of beer.

We are on a bread and water fast for the foreseeable future, or at least until I can wear my regular clothes and breath at the same time again.

6 comments:

Mary Beth said...

Great to hear from you! Glad you are home safe.

cheesehead said...

Welcome back! I hope your trip was a good respite before your next big adventure!

Apostle John said...

You comment about the large quantity of beer reminds me of a neighbor I had while serving in another state -- the Lutheran minister wanted to have an Octoberfest, with beer. To get the license to serve the beer the stand had to be x number of feet away from the front door of the church. He got the locals to agree to measure from the front door, through the hallway, out the back and to the stand :)

It was the only way their property could be considered large enough to accomodate the local beer selling rules that require no beer sold within x number of feet from the front door of a church.

peripateticpolarbear said...

Hey, I only consider a vacation a good one if it involves elastic waistbands for at least 3 days afterward.

Lorna said...

rofl :)

and divine providence for apostle john's neigboring church?

Quotidian Grace said...

Glad you had a great trip and welcome home!