Short Story Novel … Chapter 1

I know I have greatly neglected my blog. There has been such a significant amount of nonsense going on here at the Frost Farm. I promise new blogs … about Frogs ūüôā Coming soon. In the meantime, try reading my new Short Story … The Quiet One.

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The Quiet One

Rheumatoid-ness and the BooHoos (A Very Un-Farm Related Post)

I don’t really like to talk about my RA – especially on my blog because often I feel that it’s a depressing topic. ¬†No one wants to read about aches and pains. ¬†However, lately I’ve been feeling a lot of comfort in reading RA blogs .. knowing that other people are experiencing the same things that I experience and that I’m not alone. ¬†Often when I tell people I have Rheumatoid Arthritis – I get the standard responses

1.)Oh I have arthritis in my _______ (fill joint in here).

2.) My mom/dad have arthritis.

3.) You’re too young to have arthritis.

4.) Oh but you look so healthy.

The truth is – and it’s been said a BILLION times by people with RA – is that it’s NOTHING like your arthritis, it doesn’t matter how old you are (children as young as a 1 year old are diagnosed with RA), taking good and healthy takes A LOT of effort and time.

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Memories and Missed Moments: A Time to Live and a Time to Remember

Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
Bob Dylan

I’m not a huge Dylan fan – but he really has a point.

Every once in a while – you have to take a moment to stop and be grateful for everything you have – right then and there – in that present moment. So many times we get caught up living in the past or looking towards the future. It fuels anger, creates anxieties and lessens our quality of life. In turn – our present moments – will someday be memories. Memories that you can never have again. Moments passing you by.
I’d prefer to have those solid memories and look onto them with happiness – knowing I appreciated them WHEN THEY WERE HAPPENING as much as I am appreciating recollecting them.

Recently, I lost a good high school friend of mine. He was part of our quintessential “clique” of teenage boys and girls. Hanging in parks and playing in (or in my case “watching”) garage bands, piggy back rides and first kisses, late night horror movies and prom dates. Some of us kept in touch, some went our separate ways. Joe and I hadn’t spoken in years – we had lost contact with each other – as people often do. But – I would often think of him from time to time. In pictures, videos or yearbook scribblings – I would think of how we’ve all turned into a gaggle of goofy and successful adults. Past discretions forgiven and nothing but coo’s and coddles for weddings, new homes, jobs and babies ….

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Pleasing Pesto Recipe

One of my favorite things to whip up is Pesto. ¬†My dad used to make it sometimes when I was in college and when I finally got my own apartment and my own basil plant – I couldn’t wait to make some of my own. ¬†Nick – was skeptical. ¬†He had never liked pesto as a child and the color completely turned him off. ¬†I promised him he would like it if he gave it a whirl. It turns out it is one of his favorite things I cook up. It’s a quick, easy and delicious dinner fix when time or motivation isn’t in your favor.

 

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NY State Renaissance Festival – Best Birthday A Girl Could Ask For …

Last Wednesday was my birthday. And naturally – much to my husbands chagrin – his Leo wife found¬†herself spreading a birth”day” into a birth”week”. ¬† Aside – from getting a new lens (which I am learning slowly but surely), going out to eat with family and trekking¬†to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia – I also got AppleTv. Which is very – very dangerous. ¬†I am a self – admitting TV Binge Watcher.

BUT – when Nick asked me where I wanted to go for my birthday – I knew there was only ONE place we NEEDED to go:¬†THE NEW YORK RENAISSANCE FAIRE. ¬†We had to wait until the weekend, Nick had never gone to a Renn. Fair before and I wasn’t quite sure how he would FARE at the FAIRE. ¬†Though – I knew Nick is¬†very comfortable with my post-goth, post-reenacting, history loving, very dramatic personality – I wasn’t positive he would be able handle others with the same “interests” – all in the same place – AT THE SAME TIME. ¬†BUT – as always – he was trooper and ended up really enjoying himself. ¬†I love when he leaves his comfort-zone. ūüôā

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Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad)

One of the best things about tutoring (I think) – in addition to really spend quality time with kids I love – is the delicious food that comes with it. ¬†I’ve posted before about the delicious treats¬†that I get – as an added extra perk to tutoring. ¬†One of my most recent rewards (except for the delicious, delicious fried rice compliments of Mrs. Woo and Mrs. Eng) were these AWESOME cucumbers. ¬†I haven’t grown cucumbers in a few years because my vine veggies just haven’t been doing too well – and I gave up. ¬†Since I had such a banner year with my squash this summer – I think I just may go back to Cubies (as Nick and I call them) next year.¬†But for now – I will more than happily take delicious and fresh produce from awesome families. ¬†So, with a nice quantity of cucumbers in my produce basket and a love of German cooking (my great-great grandmother was from Bavaria) – I figured I would whip up another one of Nick’s favorites. ¬†Cucumber Salad.

 

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Scrumptious Slaw Recipe

As I mentioned a while ago – in my¬†Baking ‚Ķ. Basil and Cultivating ‚Ķ. Cabbage entry the Third Graders at our School were participating in the Burpee Cabbage Contest and I was lucky enough to score some cabbage seedlings. ¬†Honestly, I’ve never grown cabbage before, I know they’re cooler weather crops and the way that my peppers and squash have been fairing the past few years – I was kind of nervous trying a new veggie. ¬†But they were free – and I figured WHY NOT? The least it could get me would be a “I learned my lesson blog post”. The best thing it could get me was some delicious coleslaw. ¬†Luckily for me and Nick’s belly we got the latter.

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