Reformed Grits

Oh yeah, Limerick Thursday
September 28, 2006, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Limerick Thursday

Eight years ‘go I gave birth to him–

Our hearts were just filled to the brim!

My fine son JD

(A quite large baby)

His smile has not ever been dim! 

Happy 8th Birthday to my precious, freckle-face JD!  I love you, precious son!!!


Me and Bee
September 28, 2006, 8:26 am
Filed under: Family

I don’t know how many of you out there in the blog-o-sphere have breastfed your babies, but can I tell you a secret?

It isn’t something I have loved to do.  For most of my children it is something I have done by compulsion.  Or maybe guilt.  Or both.  I knew it was good for them, and I was too cheap to buy what I could get for free.   Breastfeeding comes with strings, you know.  You are always tied to your nursling.  You can’t go anywhere alone for more than a couple-few hours.  You can’t let daddy do a night time feeding.  It’s you and you alone. 

Some people love to be needed that way and it makes them feel fulfilled.  I get claustrophobic.  Cabin fever is what I refer to it as.  The walls closing in.  For a whole year, which is how long I nurse mine. 

This time is no exception but there is a difference.  I sit here and am at a loss for how to describe it.  I still don’t love it, in and of itself, but it thrills me.  I know, weird.  When you have a season when your arms ache and feel empty, you can love the inconvenient and "unfun" things with renewed fervor.  When you mourn a loss and your hands grasp at the emptiness you can overlook the "burden" and cling to the gloriousness that is a warm, rosy baby smiling at you while feasting and milk running out the corners of their mouth.   Tiny dimpled hands grasping your shirt while deeply absorbed in feeding tug at my very being.  Those cords which I once thought bound me now are now being played as my heartstrings,  singing the song of the joy in my soul.

My sister thinks I’m loaded
September 26, 2006, 9:00 am
Filed under: Family

I hate shopping.  I really do.  But annoyingly, all these kids must be clothed (haha) so occasionally I must shop.  I told you about my Saturday mall visit, where I walked out with nothing!  It’s a great source of frustration for me!

Fortunately for me (or unfortunately) my sister LOVES to shop!  In fact when we bought our house I sent her out to buy things to decorate my house because I’m no good at that either.  She just handed me the bill. 

That should have been my first warning sign.

Yesterday she called and said she was going to KidsMart (or KidsMarket or whatever it is… you know, the consignment sale.)  Would I like her to look for a few things for Sugie for fall/winter clothes?  YES!  I was thrilled because she always finds good deals and cute things.  Plus she doesn’t have a girl so I thought what a great opportunity for her to shop, buy cute things on sale, and for me to get some things for Sug and not have to shop.  Win-win situation, right? 

I should have told her I only wanted her to spend less than $50 for just a few things at this point.  But I didn’t. 

TWO HOURS LATER she calls.  "That will be $162.00." 

Um, do you take Visa?  Monthly installments?  Second mortgages? 

“I love you better ‘n cheese biscuits.”
September 25, 2006, 5:56 pm
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I knew I was raisin’ a good Southern’ boy when Poo told me this today…

My heart is so proud!

I really am here
September 24, 2006, 8:15 am
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I am here!  Mr. Grits is out of town so I am being the full-time mom and dealing with sick kids, soccer games, and children who annoyingly want to eat three meals a day. 

I hope to be back up and running real soon.  I have had some thoughts I’d like to add; just no time to do it~!

Limerick Thursday
September 21, 2006, 10:31 am
Filed under: Limerick Thursday

Come on, you know you want to give it a try!  Be brave, and exercise that writing muscle!  You too, Lisa!  😀

There once was a girl smelling sour

Who needed a bath or a shower.

She really did stink

So she  scrubbed her skin pink

And now smells as fresh as a flower. 

There once was a man with a beard

Most folks thought him psycho and weird.

He shaved off that fuzz

Asked "Why?"  He said, "Cuz."

And when he passed by they all cheered.

I must be a Southern girl
September 21, 2006, 8:35 am
Filed under: Food and Drink

I just LOVE to cook.  I really do.  Not many things give me greater pleasure than cranking out something yummy that the eaters go nuts for, especially my family.  Ok, so there is probably some vanity there but I love making folks smile with food.   Honestly!  And especially if I can learn something that looks intimidating while doing it.  For instance, I have learned in the last few years how to make bread.  And I have even decided I prefer to knead by hand instead of using the Kitchen Aid dough hook.   Yes, I’m weird.  In fact, when Mr. Grits gets his next bonus I am going to lobby for a grain mill so I can do it up right.  Yum.  I can smell the yeasty goodness right now. 

Being someone who loves to cook, naturally I love the Food Network.  Good Eats being my favorite, because I’m strange enough to love science; so to learn the science of food is almost too good to be true.  And just a given, I love Paula Deen.  I get her.  I know she puts butter into everything, but she’s right!  And you know, you only live once.   Might as well die with a smile on your face. 

That said, I don’t get Bobby Flay or Iron Chef America.  That’s snooty food.  No one I know would eat that mess.  Lobster cappuccino?  Blue potato ice cream?  Not in my back yard.  Why would someone do that to food?  Who eats that?  No one I know.  If I had someone sit down at my table and comment, "Yes, there is a subtle undercurrent of bougolaise in this compote," I’d likely dump that peach cobbler on their head. 

Food is supposed to be simple.  I won’t cook anything with more than 8 or so ingredients– and if I do, it will be a very special occasion and better be daggum worth my while.  I was explaining to Sister just the other day you can take some of the same ingredients and make so many things!  It’s all about proportions.  Bread, biscuits, dumplings, cake, cookies…. all have some of the same basic things yet all taste so different!

So when you plan your dinner tonight, keep it simple.  Most folks like a casserole but even my kids prefer green beans, corn, grilled chicken, and some cheese biscuits to some fancy schmancy  Chicken and Chickpea Tagine with Apricots and Harissa Sauce.  Yeah, go ahead and google it.  Bobby didn’t put no butter in that.