I just finished emptying the dishwasher and scrubbing the baking dishes from making y'day's corn pudding (which was almost a disaster as I'd popped the dish in the oven and realized about 5 min later, I'd forgotten to add the margarine… only because I saw the measuring cup sitting on the counter. Fortunately, not too much time had elapsed so I was able to snatch the dish out, add the melted margarine AND avoid that disaster! Cook much, Honoré? ) Today, Norman's son comes over and we have no “leftovers” for him…save some corn pudding; guess that's the downside of not cooking …
Today, I plan to make the courthouse steps paper-pieced block for my quilting group's raffle quilt…gonna do one more practice run and then…bite the bullet… The above block is my first finished practice - there were a few others that never quite made it this far. The idea is one attaches the fabric to the plain side of the paper, flips the paper and stitches on the printed lines in order to make straight seams. If you look closely at the center flower and green strips, you'll see the pink strips on either side are wonky, as in not straight. Reason? I trimmed the seams too narrow. And that is why one practices!
Thinking about other plans for the weekend - on the list:
*Gas up. I saw gas for less than 2 bucks a gal…tomorrow it'll be $1.94 +/ Can't remember when I last paid under $2...
*Pull out the Christmas decorations…saw trees for sale on our way home last night! Guess it's not too early for those who like to put their tree up the day after Thanksgiving…I suggested to N that we have a live tree and his reply: “keeping up with needles, yaddayaddayadda,”… as tho' he would be doing that chore!
*Start making a few lists:
gifts to buy and/or make;
things to do;
places to go;
calendar to update;
books to buy for the bébé - I know the oldies but not sure what's new that littles like… do an Internet search and visit the library for some advice…and speaking of libraries … a new library is being built in our neighborhood - it's going to be quite the edifice. N suggested maybe the grand opening would be a black tie affair and he'd wear one of his tuxedos (from when he was in business and had to attend such functions. Me? I think the last time I got really dressed up was my high school senior year prom…but, I digress).
Today, the temp's supposed to be hi 60s/lo 70s: My plan is to take a walk to Zeke's mid afternoon and hopefully, it'll be warm enough to sit outside - perhaps close to the last time this season…I went Wednesday but they'd closed early for the holiday.
Time to make my second cuppa tea and move on with my morning routine…a glorious day stretches ahead…
“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” ~ Irv Kupcinet
Thanksgiving Day Thursday 26 november 2015 circa 7:27 am
It's early; all I hear are the sounds of silence: a clock's tick; a creak here, there; an occasional car. Today, the atmospheric conditions are just right and I can hear a plane take off from National Airport, easily 5 miles away…and closer to home: the sound of the Metro train.
My mind travels to Thanksgivings at home with my parents and sister. It was just generally we four for our extended family were in Oregon, Louisiana and New York…When we lived in Muskegon, I think we might've spent an occasional Thanksgiving in Chicago and when we lived to Toledo, I know we went several times to Detroit - there, my great aunt Susie, my maternal grandma's oldest sister lived…and she could fix a mean pot of creole gumbo (both my parents' roots are in Louisiana). But generally, we were home: we four, no more …or so I remember.
Our Thanksgiving meals were always plentiful:
beef roast, ham, and roasting hen - my mother didn't like turkey very much…so, we had hens.
cornbread dressing - always cooked separately from the hen;
mashed white potatoes and baked sweet potatoes; macaroni & cheese. My mom “rocked” some mac -n-cheese: she cooked elbow macaroni and added healthy chunks of cheddar cheese, egg and milk - never flour - and baked. Yummy. Another of her favorites, but not mine: scalloped potatoes; they were tasty but not my taste;
broccoli, and/or Brussel sprouts, and green beans; occasionally acorn squash;
fresh cranberries - cooking them was my responsibility from about the time I was 7-8 years old…and
fresh lake trout - if my dad had been fishing and successful with a catch;
desserts I don't remember tho' I'm sure there were some - my dad liked sweets and usually someone gave us a pie or cake…and we always had ice cream.
Of course we did not eat all that food in one sitting; we had plenty leftovers- they always tasted better to me - or we froze for future meals.
I cooked my last big meal several years ago… These days, we're the guests and take a dish; I usually make corn pudding. Yum!
Here's wishing you the best Thanksgiving. Enjoy not only the food but also the memories.
today I am thankful for…family and friends, far and near, young and old, silver and gold …
today I am thankful for…the lap robe and first sip of hot tea on a chilly - OK, cold - November morning. they warm my hands and my heart...
today I am thankful for…a good night's sleep and feeling rested despite the fact that I awoke again at 1 AM. read for about 30 minutes; only about 30 pages left in The Martian!...
today I am thankful for …a long walk yesterday afternoon, through the neighborhood, accompanied by a podcast on my iPhone. t'was a tad chilly - well, downright cold...
today I am thankful for…seeing three squirrels cavorting, in/out of this tree, on/off the power lines...
today I am thankful for…the glow of the morning sunrise on windows and even though it's cloudy, a faint hint of pink in the sky...
today I am thankful for…comforting sounds of silence: birds chirping, refrigerator humming, furnace warming...
today I am thankful for… afternoon time spent yesterday in Morning Glory Studio ( also my sewing room), drinking a cuppa chai latte, writing in my journal, learning a new stitching technique...
today I am thankful for… acorn squash soup...
today I am thankful for having enough!
Thanksgiving is just hours away but I think it is always good to pause and give thanks for the everyday… Thanks to Carole for encouraging us to take time out to give thanks for the people and everyday things that bring joy to our lives.
Today's photo is that of a Current Thanksgiving card I received, just today as I was drafting the post. The card is from a friend who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. In the card, she wrote: "It was and is so great to be so alive and happy at 90 years." And that she is! You go Georgia!
Hello Monday…it's been a lazy morning…normally, I am out of the house with mornings spent at my quilting association gathering/meeting; this Monday of Thanksgiving week, not so...
Hello Monday…it's a cold one today: starting temp at 7:15 am - 32 degrees( and bright and sunny), tho' it felt like 23 degrees; a tad cooler than we're accustomed to in November...
Hello Monday…my friend Pat called bright and early: a special grid ruler we'd been eyeing is on sale so we took advantage. There went our spending budget for November and, if truth be told: I think I have already spent into January and I've not even done any holiday shopping...
Hello Monday…mail delivered early - or so I guess since I'm usually not home Monday mornings. Among the items: car registration/sticker tags. I just ordered last Wednesday!
Hello Monday…we celebrated my birthday yesterday at our friend-stitching gathering. Margaret gave me an indoor amaryllis blooming kit. I am gong to put it in my sewing studio - quite apropos, agreed? - and it's also the best room in the house for the morning sun...
Hello Monday…I've lots of sewing projects planned for this week, among other things…so, I guess I'd best get a move on before the week's over!
Hello Monday ... so glad for another fresh start! What fresh start are you looking forward to this week?
Yesterday we had warm temps - low 60s - and rainy skies. Today, we have much cooler temps: the day started out at 32 degrees but did warm up to low 50s. .. and we were treated with this very dramatic sky! Tomorrow's forecast calls for our first real taste of winter tho' the winter solstice is still 31 days away! I'm not too sure I'm ready for that! But I do so love the dramatic sky!
Thanks to Margene of the blog: Zeneedle for this blog post idea and other photos of dramatic Saturday Sky.
I have had the above graphic* sitting on my computer station for a while now, right behind daily calendar blocks. The graphic is a reminder for me to make every effort to make the most of my day, every day. Today has been one of those days when I didn't do any thing I'd planned - except go to my hairdresser. Today, I really would have rather stayed in my PJs all day long - I didn't. Instead, though, I:
cleaned the refrigerator;
washed a load of kitchen towels;
mopped the kitchen floor;
cleaned the bathrooms;
wrote another draft post but couldn't find a photo to accompany it…so, decided to save til later.
And now, it's time for me to get ready to leave for another concert.
Tomorrow, I plan (hope) to have a little more getup and go…at least, I plan to get up and go early in the morning in order to attend to the things on my list planned for today.
*I'm not sure who created the graphic: either Ali Edwards or Elise Blaha Cripe - I think it was Elise.