Thursday, October 29, 2009

in and out

The last photo was taken a couple of days ago on the street where our church is - the same church we got married in nine years ago. Autumn is a beautiful time of year for a wedding! Thank you all for your anniversary wishes yesterday; it was a great pleasure to read them over together. It was a happy and emotional day as we also received phone calls, emails and facebook comments throughout the day from those of you who were at our wedding and those who still have the 'save the date' magnets with our engagement photo on them we sent out.

Abbott told me last night at bedtime he's been reading after I leave the room, even though he knows I don't want him to. I can't tell you how happy I was to discover he feels comfortable telling me that; it feels like a major success and a testament to our relationship. (And it solves the mystery of why he hasn't been able to wake up in the morning for the past week or so. I've worried the flu virus has been lingering in his system; now I know better.)

Anyone have any suggestions for what to do with the green tomatoes I've picked and brought in?

Happy Thursday to you.

20 comments:

Frau said...

Gorgeous pictures! Wonder if you put in brown paper bag will they ripen like an avocado?

Purple Flowers said...

I think it is so very beautiful that Abbott confided in you what he's been up to - reading after lights out. That is sweet and honest-something to treasure!

Francesca said...

It's wonderful that he felt he could tell you! About the green tomatoes, they'll ripen sooner if you keep them together with a couple of apples (local wisdom, and it works!)

Kwana said...

Good to know Abbott is reading. Maybe give him a time limit on it? Love today's pics.

Jess said...

Try the green tomatoes fried.
Slice 'em up about 1/4" thick, dredge them in some egg and then corn meal, add some salt and pepper, and they're super tasty!

KPiep said...

Our eldest has been having trouble getting to sleep lately...and so we talked her into turning the night light off last night. I am suspicious she's been reading, too.

It's in the blood...my mother read the encyclopedia under the covers with a flashlight when she was a kid. She made it to S before Grandma caught her!

KPiep said...

PS. It's funny...I've had several conversations this week with various people about how unhappy I was with the way my wedding happened. Basically everything was what my parents wanted...with a few small exceptions. As I look back, I'm thrilled to be reaching 10 years, but am almost saddened to think about the actual wedding itself. I wish I'd been perhaps a little bit older, a lot more assertive and definitly more in control

All that to say that I'm very happy that you look back at yours with such fondness and happy memories!

Ruth said...

I loooove these photos. You're such an amazing photographer!

country girl said...

What beautiful pictures, thank you.

Green tomatoes add a yummy sourness and firm bite to salsa. Just be sure to have one green tomato to every three ripe tomatoes.

Jennifer said...

Yes, do what Jess said -- though it may not be the healthiest option, fry those tomatoes. Another recipe is to slice the tomatoes, dip them in salt, pepper and chopped oregano dip in buttermilk and cornmeal and fry ... delicious!

Take care. I'm a big fan.

Jennifer

Becky said...

So funny about Abbott reading after bedtime. Laura does the same thing, though I told her she could. She isn't having trouble getting up in the morning, or not yet. And I so clearly remember that reading in bed was my favorite thing to do. I would sneak and turn on my bedside lamp, hoping that my parents wouldn't hear. I felt like I was doing something really illicit. Unlike Laura, I read until late in the night and was a bear in the morning.

Yiota said...

I love the relationship you've built with your sons. 'country girl' introduced me to blogland and your blog inspired me to start my own; I've read all the posts relating to your children to get insights and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say I've become a better mum.
Thanks a lot for the photo; it arrived today and it's great as I expected it to be. I'll blog about it once I find a frame that I like. Thanks again!

Jess said...

You can also use green tomatoes in stew. Kind of like a pepper.
Just take out the core, and only use the rind, or the stew will be really soggy.

nicola@which name? said...

beautiful photos. i love that you shared about abbott. mike and i have been talking about our parenting and how we want to foster that kind of honesty, trust, safety, and communication with our kids. lala has been testing out lying a lot and i haven't quite got my reaction/response how i want it yet.
we use green tomatoes for salsa.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Deidra said...

I saw Where The Wild Things Are this week with my son and my husband, and while I watched, I thought of your boys and their wonderful imaginations.

As for those green tomatoes, I can tell you that you should NOT use them for salsa verde. I tried a recipe that used green tomatoes instead of tomatillos. Don't do it.

Barbara said...

Oh that photo of the street near your church with all those gorgeous trees laden with fall colors makes me miss Michigan so much.
At least until snow falls. Then I'm glad I live in Florida!

I love that Abbott is reading after lights out. Reading is a good thing. Nice of him to tell you...you could compromise? Set a time limit for night reading- 1/2 an hour maybe?
Just wait until he is texting his friends after lights out. (I speak from experience here) Reading will look really good.

pve design said...

I never say no to books or to reading.
As for the fried green tomatoes, photograph them, fry them and enjoy them, I love them on salads, sliced thinly with cheese.
happy day -
pve

Lyndsay said...

Fried green tomatoes dipped in ranch dressing! Yum...

Carol Saha said...

Not to sound stalkerish but I love you, your family, your blog, twitter, pictures.Your blog is one of my very favorites. I had to tell you that when I was little I would hold my book up to the light coming from the hallway to read late. Still love to read and often read when I should be sleeping.

Renz said...

You always have perfect photos! I especially love the crafts your kids did and pasted on the wall it's so much better than any inspirational art out there :)

Awesome blog, glad I dropped by!