Friday, November 21, 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving Chatter

 It's Bill's birthday and I'm staying home all day until dinnertime.  We're going over to Kelli's to celebrate! I spent some time in the kitchen baking the "cake" but it turns out I bought two brownie mixes instead of cake mixes.  Drat.  I WAS going to make two sheet cakes and put chocolate pudding between the layers.  Now, it'll be brownie sundaes.  The grownups never want cake but the grands will love all the chocolate goodness.
 Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Do you bake your pies early?  I never do, but Birdie and Miss Bug told me they love pie (pumpkin and lemon meringue) so I'm more motivated now.  What's your favorite part of the feast?  Mine is the potatoes and gravy. 
 I like to place pastry leaf shapes on the open-faced pies.  The leaves are hanging in funny places in the kitchen!
 Whatcha drinking?  Here's what we're drinking today.  Detox water: mint, cucumbers, and lemons soaked in a pitcher of water all night (in the refrigerator).  YUMMY!
 And speaking of water.  I LOVE annotating my books and taking my time to read something a second time in order to learn and observe the author's skills (and great imagination!)  This book is VERY worthy of careful reading.  
 Now that we're inside more, I'm grateful for polka dotted things.  
 Gourds!  Do you love them?
 You can tell that I am snapping around with my big camera.  Here  is the wall in my study.  Can you see my little granny eating her dinner?  How about my parents and sibs? My friend Lisa's artwork?  Betty's? Gladys?  My Susan Branch collection?
 Oh my goodness!  My sewing machine (38 years young) was held ransom at the repair shop (not really) because fixing it cost a fortune.  I can't bear to tell you how much I paid, but I am so thankful for her little fixed self now.  The man at the repair store (millionaire, I'm guessing) said that there aren't very many of these good old machines around and that seamstresses are looking to buy them.  Oh, okay.
 My desk is full of stuff.  I can't seem to clear things away.  I don't know where to put them.  I like "the coach" because someone gave it to my dad. He was a basketball coach when he was young.  I like having a coach at my writing desk.

Some wise person (I'm not sure who) said you should KNIT EVERY DAY, even if it's just a few rows.  I have been!
As the feast day draws near, I'm VERY thankful.  I'm thankful for my Bill and our kids, in-law kids, and the grands.  I'm thankful for my mama and my sibs. I'm thankful for very nice friends. I'm thankful for you.