Winter is a time for mulling.

Mulling over ideas, goals, and plans for the future. Mulling wine and cider, or spices for hot toddy’s. Mulling in the warm, comfortable, slow pace of home. Sleeping, dreaming up visions for what is to come, sitting quietly. That is what is happening now.

When I last wrote we were just about to get married. I suppose you might want to see a few photos…

Photo Credit to my amazing cousin Ariel Panowitz - http://www.arielfried.com

Photo Credit to my amazing cousin Ariel Panowitz - http://www.arielfried.com

It all started with a really wonderful Saturday night meal at Le Bouillon

Photo Credit Cousin Mark Goodman

Photo Credit Cousin Mark Goodman

Thanks for the help of my cousin Beth Galbraith, and close friends Amber Faist & Alex Scott, these turned out great!

Thanks for the help of my cousin Beth Galbraith, and close friends Amber Faist & Alex Scott, these turned out great!

Ketubah, jewish marriage license.

Ketubah, jewish marriage license.

We were so blessed to have two amazing Rabbi’s there to officiate us. Rabbi Steven Abraham was our local moral support and advisor through the whole process, which was incredibly valuable to us. Rabbi David Glickman introduced us and did a fantastic job leading the ceremonial events of our big day. Here are the Rabbi’s and GranDanny signing the Marriage License which my father also signed. Traditionally, the Ketubah is a document signing the wife over to the new family, done only between men. But in our modern day society, I got to sign it!

Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz

Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz

Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz

Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz

Next we had the Bedeken (women only) & Tish (men only). Where women receive advise and compliments, and men typically give a teaching.

To my right is Ben’s Aunt Joyce, sitting on my left is my sister in-law Ty, next to Ty is Bubby (Rosalee) and my mother in-law Donna, behind Bubby are (right to left) Anna Grace and Ella Beth, my new Nieces, and Aunt Jayne. :) Happy to join these wonderful women as my new family. Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz

To my right is Ben’s Aunt Joyce, sitting on my left is my sister in-law Ty, next to Ty is Bubby (Rosalee) and my mother in-law Donna, behind Bubby are (right to left) Anna Grace and Ella Beth, my new Nieces, and Aunt Jayne. :) Happy to join these wonderful women as my new family. Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz

Next, the men’s Tish brings the groom to the Bedeken to greet the bride and veil her prior to the ceremony (pictured right). Then the procession began, we did the traditional seven circles (pictured left).

Our fathers paraded Ben to greet me, surrounded by friends and family. Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz.

Our fathers paraded Ben to greet me, surrounded by friends and family. Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz.

I was veiled. Then folks were seated and we proceeded down the aisle. I had this crazy vision to walk down the aisle with everyone singing the song Magnificence, which has special significance between Ben and I, as well as a purifying intent. People began singing as I walked down the aisle and continued while we did the traditional seven circles. I have few videos of it thanks to Aunt Jan and Cousin Mark so ask me if you are curious.

Thanks to our huppah carriers and loved ones who supported us. Pictured left to right, Nephew Jack, Sister Syd, Cousin Sky, Rabbi’s in back, Brother Jude, Besty John, and Brother Ari. Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz.

Thanks to our huppah carriers and loved ones who supported us. Pictured left to right, Nephew Jack, Sister Syd, Cousin Sky, Rabbi’s in back, Brother Jude, Besty John, and Brother Ari. Photo Credit Ariel Panowitz.

Immediate Family Photo - Credit Ariel Panowitz

Immediate Family Photo - Credit Ariel Panowitz

We danced to How Sweet it is to be Loved by You. Peach Truck played two great sets!

We danced to How Sweet it is to be Loved by You. Peach Truck played two great sets!

Thanks for letting me mull in the glory and happiness of that special day with you. Special thanks to my cousins Ariel and Mark for capturing all our special moments. Now on to the Maine honeymoon, here are four snaps of our lovely time mulling in the joy and splendor of our union.

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When we got back we didn’t miss a beat. I began changing my name, now that is a whole post in itself. We noticed that the cabbage in the basement fridge was ready for kraut, and we finished harvesting all the goodies to prepare for winter.

Chop it finely using a food processor

Chop it finely using a food processor

Add it to a 5-Gallon bucket with salt and caraway.

Add it to a 5-Gallon bucket with salt and caraway.

Put the cabbage in a bucket and let it mull. It has been a month since we made this and now we are enjoying the kraut. We are also beginning to mull over future ideas and business plans. I have decided to try a very low key, no commitment four seasons flower business. The first season begins now. I will be selling dried flowers wholesale and may try to do a pop-up dried flower bouquet for Valentines Day. Below are some pictures of our flower stock.

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Just want to take a moment to wish you many enjoyable moments of mulling over your dreams, your current reality, and all the goodness that winter wonderland has to offer. Put some mulling spices in some cheap wine or apple cider, let it sit on the low heat of your stove top and let’s cheers to a joyous holiday season.