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November 12, 2006

Cooking Coq Au Vin and Christmas

Had a nice evening making Coq au Vin, drinking shiraz (used instead of burgandy), wearing my WIC Have You Hugged A Presbyterian Today? apron and listening to Harry Connick, Jr's, Christmas album. Usually I am a strict constructionist when it comes to Christmas--doesn't start until Advent and/or after Thanksgiving. But I had this cd from the library, and after thinking about Roger Whittaker yesterday, well. . .

I'm making Coq au Vin for a birthday potluck tomorrow. I bought a crock pot today for this very reason. I have wanted one like the one my Mom bought me before we moved to Ukraine. Unfortunately, even with the transformer, it wasn't happy with the electrical current there. Still, it had a removeable pot and all-glass lid, and so could be used in the oven and on the stovetop. So, that's what I wanted if I bought another crock pot. Do you know how hard that is to find?

Washing dishes by candelight is the best way to do it.

My bil is here, helping Hubby repair our recalcitrant laptop.

T8 is begging to read LOTR. Hubby wants him to wait until he's older, not because it is "too much" but because he wants him to really be able to appreciate it So, we're encouraging him to read The Hobbit first to get used to J.R.R. Tolkein's style.


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N13 read the Hobbit and LOTR trilogy shortly after he turned 9, all in a span of three weeks. Never fear about appreciating them because he probably read them at least 8 times since, once for his Veritas Omnibus course. I expect B8 to want to read the LOTR before the end of the year since he seems to be getting to "older" stuff earlier - even with math. He enjoyed the Hobbit and the HP books. I am wondering if he is ready for Eragon because the movie is coming out next month?? I haven't read it, so I'm not sure.

My advice, NEVER keep a book from a boy - without VERY good reason. But I understand... It would make me worry that if he is NOT ready, then he might get discouraged and not want to try again, (but I doubt that.)

I am having a hard time not giving N13 his Christmas present books. :-) He will LOVE them.

Posted by: Carol at November 13, 2006 07:52 AM

Oooh! Please post your Coq Au Vin recipe! Please!

Posted by: Cassie at November 14, 2006 09:42 PM

I'm inclined to say let him read it now if he wants to. I know that I certainly read quite a few books that were far above my reading level (while there might have been other times, the only time I remember being told I should wait till I was older to read something was when I somehow decided in 2nd or 3rd grade that maybe I should read Stephen Hawking), and while I get more out of many of those books on rereading now as an adult, in retrospect I also got more out of reading those books as a child than I knew at the time.

Posted by: kathryn at November 15, 2006 01:42 AM


My name is Tonja Kesterson and I am new on this blog. I am a homeschool mom and I have been reading your blog for a little while. I really like reading these. Hope you don't mind me asking... what is with the numbers like N18 or B8 or something like that. Is that how you number the kids? Ha! I was curious about that. My husband is an Associate Pastor and he showed me this blog :) Hope you don't mind me reading this.


Posted by: Tonja Kesterson at November 15, 2006 10:38 AM

Cassie, it's not mine. . . it's Wheatie's! *Grin*


Posted by: TulipGirl at November 15, 2006 10:41 PM

Tonja, my blog is an open book. *grin* Of course you are welcome to read here!

I used to use my boys' given names online (and if you are determined, you could probably figure them out.) However, due to internet safety concerns, I now refer to them by their first initial and their age. So, my oldest's name begins with J and he is 10--J10.

My primary internet safety concern is that future employers will be googling their names and come across cute kid stories or nekkid baby pics. *L*

T8 has started on The Hobbit and is really digging it. *grin* Then again, I already read it aloud to them and they've listened to it on tape. It may be that Hubby changes his mind and allows the boys to read the LOTR books sooner than originally he thought.

Btw, Kathryn. . . Interested in getting together for lunch sometime? E-mail me. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at November 15, 2006 11:04 PM

Sorry, I'm a horrible e-mail responder, I've been meaning to get back to you :( I'll send you an e-mail.

Posted by: kathryn at November 16, 2006 12:19 AM

I thought that looked familiar. LOL!

Posted by: Cassie at November 16, 2006 08:29 AM


Thanks for posting on my blog. I wanted to bring to your attention that someone apparently posted inappropriate content on the main page of the blog postmodernclog which, if I am correct, your husband runs/is a part of. I think it is in his best interest to look at and remedy the situation immediately. I don't know who posted it, but it isn't Christian language, so maybe someone hacked into the blog... ?

Anyhow, I wanted to let you know.

Your brother in Christ,
Albert Shepherd
The Aspiring Theologian

Posted by: The Aspiring Theologian at November 17, 2006 06:24 PM

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