Sunday, December 27, 2009

family weekend

Today, someone unsubscribed from my blog with the reason "too many recipes, not enough art." So I guess I'll refrain from posting the crescent cookies I baked this morning. Baking=therapy. Art=therapy. Does that mean that baking=art? (sounds like an I.Q. trick question). Although we don't celebrate Christmas, it is always family time since everyone is off. My brother Jon and my nephew Harry arrived on Thursday and will leave tomorrow. I will miss them, since we have had lots of laughs together. Today, Hilary and Mike brought the boys to get their Chanukah gifts, see Jon & Harry, catch up with Jessica's progress (30 weeks and counting) and visit with my mother, who hid her face when I tried to take her picture because she didn't like the way she looked. Vanity, vanity, even at age 92. Nonetheless, I did manage to get a photo of my two girls. (Jeremy and family had other obligations today).I really wish I could post a few pictures of my art-in-progress, but I don't have any. So I am signing off for the night and promise not to post again till I have some art-related stuff to talk about. It may be a while.

38 comments:

Marcie said...

But the ungrateful one has left, and we artists like to eat good things, so how about the recipe, please (pretty please)

MaryAnn said...

Cooking is an act of creating. It is all connected. When I am not in my studio or having a creative block I cook. It all feeds the well and besides ya gotta eat! might as well eat good stuff!

Eva said...

For me, this is no reason to leave a blog! It is the artist's potential that keeps me following, not a wish for short-term entertainment. I agree with MaryAnn!
I can imagine how busy you are, and I appreciate that you continue blogging at all!

Sujatha said...

Let the subscriber go...doesnt know what he/she is missing!! I love your cooking and I love all your "foody" stuff!!!

Sujatha said...

And YES!!! I love your ART!!!

tiedyejudy said...

I am not a subscriber, but visit your blog each day to catch up on what you have been doing. You are one of my very faves, and I just hope you will continue to share your adventures with us as often as you can!
Hugs!
Judy

Tiggy Rawling said...

I love your foody bits (must try the miso soup). Continue to continue please! Textile and food inspiration - what more could you want?

Mary L. Tabor said...

Rayna,

Are you kidding? I love your recipes. I just posted a comment about your soups on your comment that you posted on http://maryltabor.blogspot.com and I had not yet read this new post!

Whoever said what they said about your recipes and STOPPED following doesn't understand the disorderly process of invention.

Mary

wlstarn said...

Don't listen to that person! Your blog is fine just the way it is. And after all, it is yours to make of what you will.

I don't post food often because I don't really like cooking much, but people probably get tired of my nature and kitty pictures too. Tough.

Wendy in Louisiana, who baked a tart Thursday from a recipe featured on another quilter's blog.

Dianne Hricko said...

I believe the saying is "you are what you eat" and even if that is wrong I enjoy learning not only what you eat, but how it is made. Just another one of life's pleasures that you are creating with.

yarngoddess said...

Life is art. You blog it very well. Do not abstain. Some people wear blinders to avoid distractions. Not all distractions are bad. Please continue to lead me astray. I may even bake something today... as a break from cutting fabric for a baby quilt and working on paper collages.

kathy said...

Rayna, pay no attention to the naysayer unsubscriber...keep on being yourself. That person is sort of like "teacher evaluations"...you just cannot please them all!

Karen said...

30 weeks! That's fabulous!. Even if she doesn't go another 10, they should be fine. I'm so happy for her.

yarngoddess said...

Wait, I just went back over a year and found ALL your recipes (which are not tagged by the way for easy locating) and you have only blogged a handful. The crescent cookies showed up twice. I ignored the pretzel things as that is not really a recipe...

You need to add more recipes and a Recipes category. Thank you very much for your prompt attention to this shortcoming on your part.

I printed off the recipes I found (in case you go all artsy in the future) and titled them Rayna's Kitchen. You should do a book. Like Martha's only much shorter. But try to stay out of prison, there are better methods of PR, like book signing tours.

:Diane

Sherryl said...

I love reading your recipes! Lights the fire under me to get in the kitchen more. I say good riddance to the person who could not enjoy your other artistic endeavor. Must be tough to be so rigidly one dimensional. Please keep those recipes coming!

Gerrie said...

Oh what a spoil sport some readers can be. Is he/she busy making art during the season of food, family and fun?

I am getting so excited about the baby's arrival. My love and best to you and your family!

Judy said...

bahhh humbug to the idiot who didn't like the recipes being posted! We all asked for the recipes, and I suppose we are better off without aforementioned scrooge!
love the pic of your beautiful girls!

xo

Rosemary@semo.net said...

Hi Rayna, I believe it was Abe Lincoln who said, "You can please some of the people all the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." Please don't worry about pleasing everyone. Just be you, and continue sharing. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog, all of it. I'm in the first group, you please me all of the time.

Approachable Art said...

Rayna, please don't feel that way. The crudeness of others is a reflection of them, not of you. You just keep shining your light, and the hell with what anyone else thinks. Whoever the jackass was, the rest of us still look forward to your posts.

I check your blog every couple of days and I'd be miserable if you slipped away from us.

HUGS,
Judi

imquilternity said...

Please don't let one person's narrow view of life change your blogging habits. We are all more than one dimension and that's what makes you so interesting!

Juanita Yeager said...

I don't read your blog just for your art. I love following you on your travels. Although I gave up complex cooking (there is only me) I love reading about good stuff to eat, good places and things to see, or make, and family. Just keep on being Rayna and if Rayna cooks, so be it, I will read.
Best wishes for the new year.

Anonymous said...

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Gerry said...

Hey, Rayna, we're still here and will no doubt be so 'til forever. I loved going inot the City with you [via your blog] and was exposed to an experience I would have never been able to do with blogland.
Stoke up that Stove ! ! ! !

Anonymous said...

Life is art.............thanks for sharing yours
missy from the bayou

Terry said...

Pssht! I'm glad I don't know why people quit reading my blog. Saying your blog is too much about recipes and not enough about art is like saying your life is too much about recipes and not enough about art. That's rude, and not something you need to hear from a stranger.

Pssht! I say.

Carolyn Abramofsky said...

I think it was nice that she said why she unsubscribed. she didn't say don't show the recipes, she was honest. I love the recipes. So hope you don't quit them.

Fibra Artysta said...

Its your blog, write what you want. I get comments like that too, particularly when I took up knitting and spinning. I did so because they are my "down time" activities when I'm not working on something bigger and, well, because I enjoy it and that's reason enough for me.

Don't stop with the recipes, food is art. I love them!

Rayna said...

And I love you all! Thanks for being there.

Aussie Jo said...

Art and cookies are a great combination, I would like the recipe please. We are not all wanting to starve in our garrets!!

Kathy said...

And so now we know that we don't want to go eat at her house-either virtually or in real life.
BTW, I found a packet of seaweed flakes and plan to make miso soup. So there!
Also did not get much art made despite my firm intentions. Instead developed an optical migraine (I never had one before - very odd. Short-lived, but odd) which led to a mild, though annoying headache, which led to eating cashews and talking to my sister in FL for two hours. Now I'm fat and my phone needs charging and I still have a bit of a headache and all I can focus on is cleaning up the debris and dust bunnies in the "stoodio". I don't think it is quite a studio yet...I'm trying.
Can you believe that not only did my daughter catch the last flight out of NY before the snowstorm, she missed the insanity in Detroit by just a day? She's staying put for awhile - no sense pushing your luck.

Del said...

Rayna, now you have it - thirty ayes and one nay. Could the message be any more clear? Post that crescent cookie recipe or post the URL where we can find it. Friendship should be accepting and I will accept whatever you hand out. The comfort of logging in and finding that you have posted has saved many-a-day for me, regardless of the subject. Much Love, Dell-at-home

Sherryl said...

I was so inspired by the recipes that I went to the grocery store today and bought the fixings for Miso soup and Barley soup. It has been ages since I have bought meat bones and had trouble finding them. Whole Foods keeps them frozen in their dog food freezer and all the other stores had them frozen as well. What ever happened to real butchers? These bones are big. I remember the flat kind. I may have to go hunting for a Kosher butcher. I also couldn't find Polish mushrooms but Ned hates mushrooms anyway. I am looking forward to both soups. Thank you so much for the recipes.

Barbara said...

Isn't time with family the best? I hope I didn't lose that reader for you by asking for recipes! :) In my mind, cooking and art are perfect companions. Keep posting whatever makes you feel good! You will have an audience I assure you.

Karen Newman Fridy said...

Don't stop the recipes!! They're great, and it's a form of hospitality if you ask me...you're sharing your home and traditions with us. Don't let one person's negative opinion change that. Perhaps that person doesn't like to eat... :)

Happy holidays, and thanks for all the inspiration!

Rita said...

Rayna, please pay no attention to the person who said too many recipes. You can't please everyone all the time. It is your blog and you can post what you want. I enjoy the recipes and have even written directly to you for them. If that person doesn't like the recipes, then so be it..they can unsubscribe I've read through all of the comments and you have much support for them. Keep going, Rayna, and don't let one bad apple spoil it for the rest of us. Keep up the good work.

Frances said...

Rayna--love the recipes and the art, especially your current series of "therapy" strips sewn together. I need some therapy. Daughter just left for NY. Planning on visiting her after middle of May (after her PhD "oral"--actually, they are written with her field--exams at NYU), and hoping we can visit your studio! Maybe, we could sample a cookie or two ;-)

Vivien said...

I say, what a poop! I love reading your blog, Rayna! It's like having a conversation with you and yes, while art is important, so are the other things in life .... like food!!! Write what pleases you and what you want to share. Like all the others who've posted before me, I enjoy all that you blog about.

Mary K. McGraw said...

Recipes are a good thing. Please do not stop.