The official blog of Susan Landis-Steward, writer of whatever she likes, and co-founder of Puddletown Publishing Group

Posts tagged ‘comadre’

Kale Balancing

A couple of days ago, I wrote about balance. This morning, my business partner, out of the blue, asked what I was doing for fun. Yikes. Either she’s reading my blog (which I suppose is possible) or she’s reading my mind (also possible). And, I had to admit, not much.

I’m a bit of a workaholic and she knows that. I have two full-ish time jobs right now, with two companies that I am responsible for, one as a sole proprietor. I’d like to ease out of that one, but it’s still paying a lot of the bills. I’m not complaining. I actually like to work. But I haven’t been doing much in the way of “fun.”

Anyway, she told me to have fun. (It’s so nice to work with someone who has her priorities on straight.) And she made me tell her what I was going to do. I said I was going to do some quilting as I have four baby quilts to finish. Seems my whole family is having baby girls. Two grandbabies, one great niece, and one I’m not sure what.

Anyone know what it’s called when your comadre’s daughter has a baby? I just think of myself as an abuela, but I’m sure there’s a more precise term. I hate it that English doesn’t have all these cool kinship experiences. Being a comadre has enriched my life immensely.

Anyway, my partner gets wild hairs and today she had to go out to our nephew’s farm to pick up the first installment from his new CSA. Community Supported Agriculture has been around for awhile, but this is our first experience of it.  Relk and Kara, the nephew and nieceling (see, I even have to invent a word for a relationship. I’ve thought of her as a niece for so long, but we don’t have a word that really expresses the relationship of nephew’s spouse/partner) have started an organic CSA out in Aurora, a small town not too far from our small town of Beavercreek.

Given that it’s still mostly winter here (things finally started to bloom in Beavercreek TODAY!) we got some mustard greens, eggs, and kale. So now I’m going to have to try those Kale Chips I talked about in my Brussel sprouts post. (yes, I know that’s a picture of mustard greens. I couldn’t find a picture of the kind of kale we got. It’s not all curly like most of them).

Anyway, we had fun. More importantly, I had fun. Relk and Kara are such delightful folks and I’m so proud to count them among my 30 or so nieces and nephews. Relk looks so much like my dad, who died 30 years ago this month, and I love that feeling of family continuing.

So, now I’m blogging, also fun. And then Netflix and quilting. All in all, a fun day.

PS If you live in the Portland area and want in on an organic CSA, let me know. I’ll hook you up.

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Learned Something New Today

Okay, not so much new as something that has just refused to register with me. Our dear friends, and comadre y compadre, Lourdes and Joaquin are here for Chinese New Year. We all stayed up too late (well, except for me…the night is still young in my universe) talking and making fools of ourselves the way you can with people you’ve know for 30 years. And, once again, I asked to have the distinction between latino/latina, chicano/chicana, and hispanic explained.

I’m not sure I’ve got it, but for the permanent record, here goes. A latino/latina is anyone from any of the Latin American countries. Basically, Mexico south. Therefore my friends and my Peruvian son-in-law are all Latino.

Chicanos are sort of  yuppies of Mexican descent. The educated, middle-class, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps Mexicans, leftovers from the 60s movement.

Hispanics used to be people from Spain but now it covers everybody from Spanish speaking countries? I may have that wrong. I told you I have a mind like a sieve. Anyway, if I’m wrong, correct me.

But Joaquin and Lourdes are Latinos, Chicanos, and Hispanics.

Felipe, who is Peruvian, is Latino and Hispanic.

All are Caucasians. Although Lourdes and Joaquin identify also as brown and Felipe does not. Go figure. I just call them all family.

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