Sunday, February 17, 2013


thank you for the sweet comments on my last post for john's grandmom, lena. i forgot to mention how funny she was, intentionally and unintentionally.=) my mom came over for my birthday and reminded me of the time i gave lena some yarn and a crochet hook.

lena made it a mission to make dish cloth sets for everyone (friends, family, friends' families...) john's mom said lena was all frazzled getting them finished and making sure the colors matched our kitchens. when i visited next, i couldn't believe she had piles of sets all over. she must have worked non-stop! (here i thought i was giving her something relaxing to do.=)

lena said something like "kelli my doll, you get the first pick." i didn't mind and said "whatever ones you want me to have, gram." "oh no kelli, you pick!" "ok, i'll take these." "oh no, not these, these are for rita. they'll match rita's kitchen best". "ok, then i'll have those". "god, no, those are fran's!"

that was the time lena told me she was done with crocheting.=)

my mom and sister came over for my birthday and we had a nice time hanging out in the kitchen. my sister brought a homemade dinner and my mom brought a pretty bouquet.

kati couldn't keep her face out of it so we had to keep it in the bathroom with the door shut. i've heard horror stories of cats getting sick from eating flowers and didn't want to take any chances.

kati got a new present recently. i wanted to try sunburst granny squares and made her a little cat mat. the cat mat is on top of a thermal mat that's on top of biggles' old mat on top of a crocheted blanket. she's like the princess and the pea.=)

our seeds are doing well, for the most part. after realizing the basement was too cold for some of them, john set up another shop light upstairs. broccoli, cabbage, collards and lettuce are growing downstairs and eggplant and pansies upstairs. i'll post pictures soon.

here's a collage of some yummy things i've been eating:

1 // a mix of cooked and raw vegetables with sicilian olives
2 // a crunchy curried cabbage salad with mint
3 // greens with mushrooms and heart-shaped cucumber slices
4 // raw zucchini pasta with roasted eggplant, red pepper and brussel sprouts

tomorrow i plan to make a sprouted cereal and some snack bars. if all goes well, i'll share some pictures and recipes. enjoy the rest of your weekend!=)


Monday, February 11, 2013

sweet lena

on february 5th, john's grandmother lena passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones. she would have been 89 today. lena loved her family, dancing, chinese food, and the bachelor.=) she had a very difficult life, but you would never have known. she always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. lena will live in the hearts of all who loved her.

today i turned 32. when i told lena how old i was going to be she said oh, you're just a baby! our perception of age is all relative, i guess. from the start, lena treated me like one of her own grand daughters. she was so happy to learn we shared a birthday and told everyone, more than once. it became a joke amongst the family - "do you know kelli and grandmom have the same birthday?"=)

lena was so generous and loving. she would sit for hours and watch her great-grandbabies with a smile on her face. she thought everything was amazing and 'beauty-ful' and truly knew how to enjoy the little things. when writing the eulogy for his beloved gram, john learned that lena's full name, angelina means 'little angel' in italian. the perfect name for such an angelic soul.

happy birthday, sweet lena. until next time...


Monday, February 4, 2013

thought of the day

quote from brahma kumaris thought of the day
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