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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Food 'n' phones.

If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing. If you don't have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it's not enough.” Ann Landers
I have love & I know I am blessed to have it. It is not always convienient, but when has love ever been convienient.
Liddy arranged for us to go out to dinner with friends...only she forgot to inform us till the last minute. Dearest didn't feel well enough to go, Ditz is tired & I rolled my eyes because apparrently I was supplying dessert.

Making dessert is not normally a problem. Dessert making falls into one of the *easy~peasy* categories in my life. I just don't normally do it round here or we'd all be as round as barrels. I collected my ingredients & Ditz & began the noisy process of making my mum's no bake cheescake, which is deliciously yummy & a standard celebration dessert. It is also incredibly easy to make so that even Ditz can make this unsupervised.

Just when I was at my stickiest the phone rang. Ditz was busy licking out the condensed milk tin so I picked up to find I had my Dino on the other end. My boys aren't the sort to ring home regularly & I figure if I'm not hearing from them all is well in their lives. If something were wrong they would ring, right? Apparently not. Dino had rung to chat ~ & not idle chatter either. He had some very specific religious questions he wanted answered. I do not find it easy giving religious instruction to an extremely pragmatic child over the phone. Dino is one of my practical ones. If he can't see it, feel it, taste it, hear it, it doesn't exist. My mind works quite the other way ''Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ''
Lewis Carroll

We have some very interesting conversations as you can imagine! I have a lifetime of reading & understanding the scriptures behind me & I am very secure in my beliefs but Dino asks deep questions & is too impatient to wait while I condense my theology into a logical nutshell. I am logical because the scriptures are logical. Having thrown some spanners into his works & helped him untangle his spiritual knots & given him some tough meat to chew on I discovered I'd missed getting Libby's lunch up to her. She, of course, had tried ringing without sucess!

Meanwhile the cheescake still wasn't made. Ditz had wandered off & the cat was eyeing off the cream. I tried again & managed to get the cheescake finished & in the fridge to set before doing raspberry pots. This is an even simpler dessert & a firm favourite but so rich & unhealthy I very rarely make it. Whip one large container of cream Add enough icing sugar to sweeten it & fold in a packet of frozen raspberries. It takes all of 10 minutes to make. Five minutes into the whipping the phone went! It was obviously going to be one of those days. I had Theo & Theo was also ringing just to chat seeing as he is on his own down Ballina way working & anxious to know what plans were in the pipeline for Christmas. Theo never believes I can organise anything properly & feels much better if he is supervising. Why I do not know. It never makes any difference to what we do & no matter how many times I say, 'If there something specific you want let me know in plenty of time,' he never does & then wants to know why such & such a thing hasn't been done.

Liddy, who enjoys being the only worker in the house & enjoys having her lunch paraded to her through the shop was quite put out. Now all I need is for Jossie to ring but somehow I can't see that happening this year ~ or any time soon. Life is too short to have people missing who should be there.


The HoJo's said...

So much fun in one day, I like the sound of the easy desserts.
I hope you get that phonecall one day in the not too distant future, you never know :o)

oh, and I believe everything Lewis Carroll had to say, fantastic chap.

The HoJo's said...

perhaps not everything. maybe he wrote something dreadful have never seen, it could happen :o) I would like to believe in talking bunnies though

Ganeida said...

Carrol & Wilde are 2 of my very favourite people to quote. Something in the water perhaps...?

Sandra said...

As a new-comer to your blog, I can't put all the names in place, but I think you have 4 - 5 children? It sounds like a busy, interesting household. Liddy is lucky you bring her food to work! What a great mom. : )

Ganeida said...

Sandra: I have 5 children.
Joss who is 25, identical twins, Dino & Theo, 21, Liddy, 19, & Ditz who has just turned 13. Joss is...a little odd. The twins house share on the mainland but will be home for Christmas.

Sandra said...

My parents say that about me too. (a little odd) : )
That's quite a family to keep up with. I only have one, a son who is 34.

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

Oh, I wish Joss would call as well. :] Dino and Theo are identical? Awww... you are going to have to post some "identical outfit" pictures to embarrass 'em sometime.

My dad and uncle are identical twins and if one got dirty, they BOTH had to change. I think they gave up on the identical dressing thing when they were like 14? Poor guys!!

Melody Plainview said...

Ah, I do love Ann Landers. Sounds to me, Ganeida, that you are well (though not always conveniently) loved! After all that, your cheesecake and raspberry pots turned out as you intended? I think your efficiency surpasses even your own understanding!