Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sometimes It's Heaven Around Here...

Sometimes it's heaven around here, even if it's hell. Last night Italo, Sierra, the baby, Marco, Madeleina, Chepa, Alexa and Sierra all came over for an impromptu feast. We had shrimp, calamari, scungilli, pasta, salmon in banana leaves, rice, beans, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, fresh banana bread.....and I gave Italo and Sarah a beautiful crib quilt I had made for little Taylor and gave Chepa an Ipod, which she's never had of her own--though she's copped several that belonged to Madeleina--and I think it all was good.
Then this morning Chepa came over with Sierra and Alexa and Chepa decided to make Juane, a Peruvian dish of seasoned rice with a piece of chicken, a bit of egg add a black olive wrapped in a banana leaf. She made two dozen of them and they were great. So I had the girls from 10 AM till 7 PM, and it being a snowy day, we were inside, outside, wet, dry, laughing, crying, until at about 2 PM I had to take a nap. Which lasted till 2:13, but was better than nothing, despite the babies jumping on my belly while I tried to catch 15 minutes of rest.
The juanes were fabulous. The snow here was fantastic. The chickens gave us half a dozen eggs; the goat was just the goat. The dog, Boots, bit my sister in law on the butt, and we all drank champagne to celebrate life, living and getting dog bit.
They all just left, and as it's Chepa's turn with Madeleina, she left too. So now I'm alone. But what a rich, rich day. I wouldn't trade it for nearly anything.
Thanks, God.
Peter G

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