Its the last week of October. In my land, that means the crazy is now upon us. The work week starts stretching from 5 days to 6 to 7. The work day stretches from a 9 hour day to 12 to 15. Meals get skipped. I start watching the Waltons, Little House on the Prairie and The A Team – favorite quote: “I love it when a plan comes together.”
And you know what?
I love every minute of it.
It is crazy. It is stressful. It is physically and emotionally exhausting. I love every minute of it. Ok, maybe not every minute…11pm, I’m closing in on not loving it so much. December 23rd I’m about done. But generally speaking this is my time.
So come ride the wave with me. Over the next several weeks I will be posting some of my new designs, as well as information on new programs we are starting – I hope that something catches your eye.
So it was pointed out to me that I have been awol from this blog for almost a month. Not the way this is supposed to work. My apologies (not that I really believe that I have an audience of folks waiting with baited breath for these posts, but I can hope…). So what has been keeping me away? What are you going to hear all about in the coming days and weeks (which is really what that question means)? My calendar was stuffed in full in May – my birthday (we’ve already covered that), moving my servers, running surveys, Mother’s Day, Sweets & Snacks show, a holiday party(delayed because the 4th quarter is so insane), an anniversary party, a memorial service, working on an Eagle Scout project, prom, Senior awards, graduations, family parties celebrating said graduations….I’m exhausted just looking back at my calendar! But no excuses. I simply dropped the ball. OK. Happens. Picking myself up and moving right along… First and foremost, new items in! We found some fabulous new items at the Sweets and Snacks show that we are bringing in and I will be introducing in the the next few days. Some retro (intro?) spective thoughts on the end of the school year, and moving forward. Glad to be back…. smiles! Lise
Passover starts tonight, and in my house that means a full house, a full table, family and friends. As holidays go, it isn’t my personal favorite – a little too structured for my taste. But it is certainly a holiday that stands out, defines our household as Jewish, and that is good. And it continues the traditions from both my and my husband’s families.
This year we are a little on the smaller side – we are seating 30 (it was 29 until a few hours ago when we added one…). I say smaller because last year we had 45. This is quite the feat when the entire house is under 1500sf. Furniture goes to live in the garage, tables get arranged, chairs are borrowed. But I wouldn’t cut back on our guest list for the world. Both sides of the family – everyone in town. Friends who ARE family. And always, always, those who for one reason or another have found themselves without a table. There is always room for one more. (Well, last year we managed the one more, but only because one left early…..)
While the dinner might not be what my great-grandparents’ served, and the service is decidedly more relaxed, one thing has not changed. There is always room. There is always enough food. Guests are always welcome. Seder or just Wednesday dinner, that is a perpetual truth at our house.
And for that, I am grateful.
For those of you who celebrate, may you have a holiday of family, friends and joy. Smiles.
Several years ago, pre-Katrina, Sandi and I had the opportunity to go to New Orleans in the weeks before Mardi Gras. We stayed in a lovely Bed and Breakfast, visited a float factory (who knew?), wandered around the French Quarter and took part of much of what New Orleans had to offer.
This year, I have created a Mardi Gras basket, hearkening back to that trip. It has beignet mix and chicory coffee from Cafe du Monde, Hurricane mix and jambalaya mix. We pair that with a wide assortment of celebration worthy snacks for a festive off season gift. This is a great way to send that thank you gift that you may have overlooked during the holiday season. Mardi Gras is Tuesday March 5th this year, so don’t delay!
Laissez les bons temps rouler!