Archive for June, 2009

Tradition

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Torrey Pines Christian Church by wendyness.Tradition means bringing something from the past into the present.  It can mean a holiday tradition or something that is passed along from one generation to the next.

I was married on Wednesday, for the third time. I can hear you all gasping and wondering how I might have found the time to marry three times. Really, my life is quite simple and I do take the vows of marriage very seriously.  This is why I married my husband, one man, three separate times.

We were married, the first time, twenty years ago in a church in Upstate New York.  In our early twenties, we were both so nervous that I’m not sure I could tell you exactly what I repeated in front of a hundred family and friends to proclaim my love for my husband.  I stood and held both hands of his hands and repeated what was read to me.  I remember walking on the beach, the next day, hundreds of miles away from the silk and tulle and thinking now that it’s all over, I wish I could have the wedding again and really enjoy it… remember it.

So ten years later, we renewed our vows on the beaches of the Outer Banks.  We stood with our toes in the sand together with our two year old daughter, Lilly.  It was totally different than the first time we said our vows, yet we were making a commitment, the same commitment again. As I stood on the beach, I held the hand of Steve, my daughter, and the leash of my labrador, Rex.

Wednesday, the evening of our 20th anniversary, he surprised me and took me to a church here in La Jolla.  We stood together, again with Lilly, and promised to love and cherish one another for the rest of our lives. Standing at the alter of the little chapel, I held Steve and Lilly’s hands and a fist full of pink gerber daisies.

We think of weddings as the tradition, but I think it is marriage that is a tradition. Marriage is a tradition that should be brought from past to present to remind and reinforce the bond between two people.  To make the promise of love and commitment to one another was memorable, but to see my 12 year old daughter taking it all in… was a gift.

Create traditions within your own families that include your children.  They will take those traditions and make them memories which will last long beyond your lifetime.

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I do love to use these gift enclosure cards when sending a gift to a bride-to-be. They are colorful without being over the top. This design makes a great stationery gift for a bride also. I’ve sent a stationery set, along with an engraved letter opener, for a memorable gift for the bride and groom.

Summer is here!

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Aaahhh, finally, the time is here to just… relax. No school bells to hurry to, no homework to follow up on, and no rushing off to school activities.  Everything is quieter, less stressful, and more enjoyable.

Longer days mean more time for walks after dinner. Warmer nights mean outdoor movies at Scripps Park in the village. Summer means more casual meals and more time to see friends. Sleepovers can happen without the worry of kids being exhausted for school on Monday, even if the sleepover is Friday night. I love summer.

While you are sitting by the pool, on the dock, or at the beach, have fun using our swimming monkey design on our stationery.  Maybe you are writing to thank someone for summer fun this past weekend or perhaps you are getting in touch with someone on the other coast.  This monkey is a welcome addition to our growing offering of designs. 

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Do you know where the largest swimming pool is? Chile.  It’s 1,000 yards long. Wow, I think I’ll just stay at the beach… or the sprinkler.

Organic Gardening

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I’ve heard a lot about people starting their own vegetable gardens lately.  I think Lilly and I have come up with the perfect compromise for having our favorite organic, green vegetables, getting a huge variety,  and not sweating over the soil.  Easy gardening, is that possible, you say?

We are now buying our produce from a farmer who offers a Community Supported Agriculture program. 

 This is how it works.  The farmer puts together a box of their fresh, organic vegetables.  Each week, we pick up our box at a drop off location near our house.  Inside the box, we will find an assortment of vegetables that will compliment our family’s meals.  Each week we’ll find different things.  For example, there might be fresh tomatoes and zucchini, but also things like fresh herbs and edible flowers. Won’t that be fun to add a special blossom on our plates! Each week the box will change, giving us the important dietary variations that we all hear we should eat, but have a difficult time actually doing. Until now, I have picked out the SAME things every week; broccoli, spinach, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes… same old, same old.  All organic, but I certainly don’t experiment much.

The greatest thing is that our local farmer has a website that will have recipes on how to cook the more unusual vegetables we will find in our delivery box.   This is the summer to experiment. I can’t wait to pick up the first box on Tuesday!

If you ever have an ingredient and don’t quite know what to do with it, go to www.epicurious.com.  In my opinion, it’s the best cooking site online.  You can enter in any ingredient in the search box and it will come up with a variety of recipes. The site even takes into account gluten free and other dietary restrictions, which in our family is a big necessity.

So we aren’t doing all the work, but we are helping out our local farmer by supporting their farm, doing our part to limit fuel usage for transporting produce, and staying away from pesticides, all while adding a greater variety in our diets. Oh, did I mention it’s less expensive too?

We are planting our own green beans, but who knows when these will bear fruit! It’s all a learning experience, but thanks to our local farmer, we won’t starve.

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If you would like to find a local farmer near you who offers a CSA program, go to www.localharvest.org.

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Shown above is our herb design on a foldover note.  These make a nice gift for your favorite gardener.  Remember, they can be ordered with return address stickers to match.