Sep 7th, 2008 by Marilyn
One whole year? As in photos and recipes and 260 posts about nothing, fluffy as frosting?
But true! Just over a year ago, we got the fantastical idea that we could build a new old house.
I mean, not us personally. We’re good with paper, pencil, and Internets. Hammers, not so much.
The house decision changed our lives and made it, arguably, the longest year we’ve known. I thought that restaurant kitchens were tough, but you know, at least you’re just doing, not always deciding what gets done. Three million micro-decisions later, I’ll say it again: if you can stay married while building a house, that’s it. You can snore or argue or make an ass of yourself at that nice couple’s dinner party, and you will still be locked for life.
Because you built a house and didn’t kill each other. That, my friends, is love.
During construction I got another bright idea, to start a blog – amusing, since I knew as much about blogging as I did about drywall. Sure, the early posts featured beams and framing and trim boards, but when the year wore on and the builders dragged, sugar and flour crept in. Scones replaced doorknobs, and paint gave way to banana bread. Once I got over the notion of sharing my kitchen with strangers, there were no strangers at all – just a few more guests at the table. So I put out more food.
I still don’t know much about blogging. But if you’re considering it yourself, a bit of advice:
1) photograph everything. Drive your family nuts by making them wait for dinner (“hold on – click, click – okay, no wait – click – okay, eat”)
2) make yourself the butt of every joke. For me, not a problem.
3) be sure to exploit every edible occasion, like my mother-in-law’s birthday cake, above. She had a lovely 65th, and certainly I should have shown her smiling behind candles, but…oh come on, the blog is turning one. I needed a cake here!
Thank you for sharing this year with all of us at Simmer. And when I say all of us I mean, you know, me. I also mean the two decent people and one sweet dog who put up with me. It takes good humor to be laid out daily like a brunch buffet, but I assure you they’re well-fed for their trouble. And when they’re eating well, the blog is too. It’s been my pleasure to host you all – so stick around, grab a snack, and know you’re welcome in my kitchen.