Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Carpe Turkiem

turkey_in_bikini.jpgAn optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.  ~Irv Kupcinet


November 20, 2007 Posted by | Autumn, Best Lines, Carpe Diem Quotes, Family, Food and Wine, Humor | Leave a comment

How to Hug a Porcupine and Other Thoughts on Being Family

3909368537.jpgWhen our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Leading up to the holiday season, we observe the following family tradition:  we sugar coat everything, even and especially each other.  There are bigger turkeys to roast.  No time to blow out another’s candle trying to make ours shine brighter.  (I’d so like to take credit for that last sentence, but truth be told, credit goes to a little neighborhood church that specializes in posting catchy-make-you-go-hmmm-sayings on their marquee.) 

We have pies to bake, menus to plan, tables to decorate.  Children to hug, mothers to consult, cousins to gossip with, sisters to help. We engage in preparation and we engage with each other.  We side-step, we over-look, we take deep breaths and we think sugar.  

Sugar helps.  Alot.  When we get cross with the kids we find a little sugar on the cheek or the top of the head does the trick.  Same goes for siblings and parents.  For that one and only special someone though, we go straight for the lips.  This is how to we porcupines hug in our family.  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele 

© Michele Bernard 2007

November 6, 2007 Posted by | Army Mom, Best Lines, Blogroll, Family, Food and Wine, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Parenting | 2 Comments

Sunday Afternoons

tomatoes.jpgToday I remember my great-grandmother’s kitchen table, laden with bounty from a tiny back yard garden.  Fresh tomatoes, cucumber salads, corn on the cob, snapped beans, mashed potatoes, fried okra.  It’s hard to imagine how they produced so much harvest from such a tiny plot of land.  And, it’s hard to imagine the numbers they fed.  Our family numbers many.  Yet somehow, each Sunday afternoon, four generations plus friends, would gather together to share a meal, visit, bid goodbye to the weekend and say hello to the week to come.  There was always plenty of food and plenty of cousins to play with.  Today, as I watch baseballs and boys fly around my own back yard’s recently potted tomato plant and herbs, I remember Grandmother and Old Dad’s tiny back yard.  Somehow there was always plenty of room for all of us to grow back there.

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele 

Spend the afternoon.  You can’t take it with you.  ~Annie Dillard

April 29, 2007 Posted by | baseball, Best Lines, Carpe Diem Quotes, Family, Food and Wine, Inspiration, Inspirational, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Parenting | Leave a comment

3 Blind Moose, A Monkey and A Boot

ist2_2425590_three_wine_bottles.jpgAre chilling in my refrigerator.  My job is to pair the appropriate wine with whatever gourmet delicacy my husband creates.  The thing is, I’m not a wine connoisseur.  I merely play one on weekends and special occasions.  So I choose quirky labels that appeal to me, hence the 3 Blind Moose, the Monkey and the Boot.  Tonight’s menu:  grilled grass-fed lamb, sauteed mushrooms in a port reduction, zucchini, roasted beet salad.  What goes with that?  I’m thinking Monkey.   Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele  P.S.  Actual Choice:  Campo Viejo Tempranillo Reserva 2001 (YUM!)

May you live all the days of your life.”  ~Jonathan Swift 

April 29, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Food and Wine, Humor, Michele's Musings | Leave a comment