Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blood Is Thicker Than Water

by Gigi Fitzgerald
from the Gourmet De-Lite series by Peg Cochran

Coming March 4!
My sister Pia has been visiting with me for a few weeks now.  Maybe not visiting exactly, since she doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to get a place of her own.  My sister and I are like chalk and cheese to use one of the English expressions Pia brought back from her year in an English artist’s commune.  It means we are as different as night and day.   She’s also taken to calling cheap red wine “plonk,” and potato chips have become “crisps” among other things.

How are we different you ask?  Well, I try to eat a reasonably healthy diet.  My indulgences tend to run toward really good cheese or a fine piece of chocolate.  Pia has a love affair going with crisps, toaster pastries, marshmallow fluff and boxed macaroni and cheese.  Apparently they grew their own food in the commune, and she said she has had her fill of root vegetables, lentils and watery soups.

I’m also on the neat side—I make my bed every morning, clean the bathroom sink after I’ve used it, and get all the dishes done before I go to bed every night.  Pia thinks nothing of leaving the bed clothes in a tangle on the floor and crumbs and dirty plates scattered across the kitchen counter.

But blood is thicker than water as they say, and she is my sister, so I’m trying to make the best of it.  It’s nice having family around and sharing memories over a cup of tea.  We’ve had each other’s backs since we were little, and it’s no different now. 

I really just wish she would put her dirty clothes in the hamper instead of on the floor.

Read more about Gigi and Pia in Iced to Death, coming March 4!