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newsletter, winter 2005

Dear family and friends,

Warm greetings to you! May all your dreams come true in the New Year. As for us, we are really anxious to complete our new house and cooking school by this fall. Most of the roof is on and we are working to get windows and get closed in. The really cold weather we had in early December is now moderated by warm temperatures, so we are making more progress. We are blessed to be on site and involved everyday. It keeps us fit!

You know that you’re building a house when:

  • Pillow-talk becomes “What do we need to get from Home Depot tomorrow?”
  • The last movie you’ve seen in the theatre is Spiderman 1.
  • The auto-dial list on your phone only consists of contractors and builder’s supply stores.
  • You haven’t taken any trips to see family for almost a year.
  • You don’t have much to say in your newsletter except for building news!

Speaking of building, here is a photo on the day we had snow:

(click on the photo to view a larger image)

Books We Recommend
With the natural disaster in Asia, we wanted to recommend an inspirational book:  
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder---A Pulitzer prize winner describing the moving and incredible life of a doctor healing the poorest of the poor in Haiti, a genuine hero.

Videos We Recommend
I Am Sam ---Sam (Sean Penn) is a grown man with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. After fathering a child with a homeless woman, Sam raises the baby himself with many touching moments and brilliant acting.  
Genghis Blue--- A blind San Francisco blues singer's journey to becoming a master of Tuvan throat singing is the subject of this Oscar-nominated documentary. It is also a very uplifting and fascinating look at this small country at the center of Asia.

Sites We Recommend
Although we haven’t traveled anywhere exciting, we can at least recommend an armchair travel book about train trips throughout China, Riding the Red Rooster by Paul Theroux

Cook's Tip/Recipe of the Month
A melon baller is the right size and shape to carve out the core of apples and pears cleanly and easily. It also works well to make a perfect round indentation for thumbprint cookies.

Products of the Month
In search of the best tools, gadgest and ingredients
Lenore has been using a sleep mixture (lavender and marjoram essential oils) put out by Cheryl’s Herbs. It has proved relaxing and helpful in easing her to sleep. Simply pour a drop of the mixture in a small dish by the bed. It is available at www.cherylsherbs.com

“We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.” – Ethel Barrett

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year,
Lenore and Joe

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