Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ABC WEDNESDAY: O for Overworking during last three-day

My hubby's name-day was three days ago, on 26th of October. That morning we all dressed with our formal clothes and went to the church. We took an altar-bread (prosforo in greeks) with a piece of paper where I had written our names and also our family's and friends' names-the priest reads the names for good health and share the bread to the people.


On the way home my stress was bigger and bigger. Would I be ready on time?
I was cooking, tiding and adorning the house at the same time!
It was 7:30pm when I decided that it was time for a hot bath, dressing up and painting my face.
As soon as I got in the bath tab the earth started shaking. Yes, it was an earthquake! Luckily a small one! After a minute shock, I carried on everything like I had planned them. After all I was waiting fifty people to come and I hadn't time for any fears!

At 9:00pm our friends and family started to come.Five minutes before the first guest came I looked at my house. Everything was bright and clear! The flowers where beautifully decorated in the vases, the canddles were lighted and the food was served in big platters.




I heard so many compliments about my skills in cooking that we thought with my hubby that maybe its time to start a restaurant bussiness!!!




After four hours everybody had gone.And I had to wash the dishes and clean the house all over again! But I was so happy that everything went so well that I did everything in no-time. Finally I went to bed at 2:30am.

Next day was very important for us Greeks. You see, we had the school celebrations for the anniversary of "NO" to the fascism of Mousolini (of Italy, on 28th of October, in 1940) . After that "NO" Greece participate the second world war. So the children say poems and take part in acts enacting those days. They also march through the streets the day after, in order to honor the heros who died in the fights with the Italians and later the Hitler's German fascists .




After these three days of craze, I believe that it's time for me to rest.
So...goodnight everybody...see you tomorrow on the
ABC WEDNESDAY BLOG !!!

17 comments:

crete said...

Astonishing story Marina, and I know exactly what you are talking about. Sunday was the nameday for Dimitri and Tuesday was Oxi day. The foof you made was superb though and I see why you used the O as overworked.

Ah well, life goes on,

Ray

leslie said...

I'm surprised you took the time to write for today. But I'm so glad you did and you deserve a good rest.

Rebeckah said...

I love learning about you and your culture! Your food did look delicious! I am so glad it was well liked! I am also glad the earthquake wasn't large and you are safe from harm! Have a lovely week!

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Is name-day different than birthday?I learned alot from your post.Thanks.

Reader Wil said...

Marina you have certainly be very busy. I hope we will never have a war like that ever again.I like your national costumes!

shutterhappyjenn said...

The costumes on the last image were so nice! Beautiful!

My "O" photos are now posted here and here. Hope you can pass by, too! Thanks!

photowannabe said...

Have a wonderful rest after the extroidery weekend. You made so many enticing looking foods and i love the photo of all of you in your country's outfits.

dulce said...

Even I got tired!!!! :-) So much work!! I'm glad all went well.

ayamlin said...

wow! your house is so beautiful!
and your dishes are gorgeous!
Your dishes always look incredible!
I wanna eat them someday!

Rinkly Rimes said...

Wonderful costumes and a great word ......overworking! I always get stressed before I entertain guests, but my stress doesn't lead to such gorgeous dishes as yours.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

hi marina, please please tell me what is in the first food photo: i can see a beetroot salad, amongst other dishes, and i'll love to find out how to make them

antigoni said...

Excellent post! All together in one! Everything were delicious and your house warm as always. Have a good rest now. You really deserve it.

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AphotoAday said...

Oh, I know how you ladies knock yourselves out to put these big bashes on... Wish I had been there -- that food looks yummy...

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

thanks for the recipes marina - i have sent you an email - check o see if you got it!
your decorations and plates look super - i have linked you in a post that i wrote about what i did for my husband's nameday: http://organicallycooked.blogspot.com/2008/10/yo-yo.html

Tamara Jansen said...

Hi Marina, those pictures of your fabulous dinner made my mouth start to water! Thanks for sharing the parade photos as well....it looks like parades in Brazil and Greece are just as exciting!

You're right about being ready to be a gramma but don't tell anyone :)

Tash said...

You are totally amazing! All that & an earthquake too. My mom had a lot of energy & creativity like that when she was young - it did not rub off on me. All the work reminds me of what Serbians do for Slava (family saint day). The food looks so, so good. Thanks for sharing your festivity and accomplishments with us! Have a relaxing weekend.