Jul. 28, 2011 7:32 pm
Updated: Jul. 29, 2011 6:19 pm
I was totally taken aback when I got the msg. from my ex-wife Sal's youngest sister, Janet. That of itself was pleasant... she's in FL now, married, working, ya da yada... The msg was that Sal's daughter Julie is on a road trip which may well bring her
through Phoenix, and that Janet needed my contact info (ph #'s etc) for Julie.
Now, I've not seen Julie for close to 5 1/2 yrs... the year my dad passed so I was back for the memorial. Julie had always been somewhat of a "momma's girl," Sal being a single parent, a quiet girl most of the time with whom I can relate, as I'm often that
way myself, when placed in a crowd. Any time Julie and I were in the same place, there would be her grandma, my mom, Janet... once my sis and her daughter, and of course myself... Try and get a word in with that crowd! LOL
As the years have passed, I've been privy to current photos from time to time, and with each "new" one, Julie came to look more and more like her mother. She is now approaching 25, and has been on her own since her grandma left to be with her husband, and
eldest daughter... I had lost a part of my family! A BIG part, at that!
Julie has contacted my via that hateful site "Facebook," but alas, if that's the easiest for her, then I must deal with it! Last I heard, she's really looking forward to seeing me, and expects to hit Phx Friday or Saturday... Having not heard anything since
Tues night, it's hard to tell... they'd hit Vegas, and were wanting to stop at the Grand Canyon... I presume that Phx would follow...
This morning I got to wondering just what I might do while Julie and her girlfriend are here in town... and decided that the "best" thing crazycook could do, would be fix a nice brunch come Sunday. I'm still in posession of a bottle of extremely inexpensive
champagne (thinking mimosa's) but then what? Time to hit my resources... I'll bet I've spent the best part of a few hours pondering... over something that may never even come together! J would like to invite two close friends... so I guess 4 will be fine,
but 6 would be better!
From mimosa's, I moved on to crepes... a daring thought at best, as I've made them only once! They DID turn out pretty darn good though! My closest grocery has straberries "cheap" this week, but then I recalled that my last batch, I filled with banana...
I've got homemade caramel sauce in the frige... Can we all say Y-U-M? What to accompany? At first I thought of popovers, but then remembered the recipe for English Muffins that I've made a couple times... with home canned marmalade (bitter oranges from
our trees!) Then there was the rec I found here for broccoli cheese crepes... a "veg," and I also found a rec for a mix of breakfast sausage and apples, that sounded interesting... I do believe that in the next few days, crazycook will truly be a "crazy
cook!" Some of this can all be made ahead - the crepes, for instance! (that way if I mess them up, I won't be anchored to trying again!) The "muffins" are in the freezer... they don't always last too long before molding in this climate!
Back to the original story... It would be nice to "open" lines of communication, despite having no actual ties to one another! I also feel good about rattling Janet's cage to remind her that I'm out here! Next will be the "middle" sister Judy!
So, in all hopes, I'll be hosting a small brunch come Sunday as the noon hour approaches... As I've said, 6 will be perfect, but 4 will also be fun!
I'm guessing that I'd best say "be well, be happy, be crazy," as I've got leftovers on the stove to deal with, and an almost packed d/w awaiting the "start up" routine! Till next time...