Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Christmas Poem / Prayer, 2012

Remembering Christmas 
enjoyed over the years 
so happy that again 
together we're here 

Remembering those who have passed 
Dear family and friends 
they live on in our hearts 
their souls have no end 

We give thanks for this meal 
we savor this day 
we remember our good fortune 
as we pause and we pray

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom


Happy Birthday, Dear Mom
You make life a treasure
We have nothing to want
We have gems beyond measure

You're gracious like amber
So kind and so fair
Your beauty like emerald
So lovely and rare

You're respected like jade
So highly esteemed
And your love's like a diamond
It sparkles, and gleams!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Brother's Rivalry

(...or how Ants was or is better than me at almost everything.)

The girls thought you handsome
with your guapo good looks
you got the girls
and I was stuck with my books.

You're a charming smart ass
a joke telling tease
while I write silly poems
and study Chinese.

You beat me at sports
and you got all those muscles
I couldn't compete
no matter how much I hustled!

You fart like a bull
and you burp with much glee
but I'm Uncle Stinky
to AJ and Bri.

But there's one thing I have
that beats all the others
the thing I'm most proud of
I have you as my brother.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Birthday Poem for Dee


Happy Birthday dear Dee
Happy Birthday to you
How about a toast?
Not just one, but a few:

First a toast to your health,
then a toast to the day,
then a toast to your future,
good luck come what may.

So many toasts,
But there's one thing we missed
we'll toast our good fortune
for having you as our "sis".

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mockuavit, Again

Used the below and then some (except for the vodka):


  • 750ml potato vodka
  • 1t caraway seeds
  • 1/2t fennel seeds
  • 1 t dill seeds
  • 2t coriander seeds
  • 1" length cinnamon stick
  • 1t cumin seeds
  • 2 juniper berries
  • 1 clove
Toasted all but the clove, caraway seeds and juniper berries in cast iron until fragrant ans smoky.  Now the waiting begins.