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Friday, November 23, 2007

Christmas Decorating

If you haven't seen "Deck The Halls" then check it out! It's a good, clean and funny movie.

Tomorrow I will probably put out the Christmas decorations and put away the Fall decorations. It means washing the Fall decorations, drying and putting them away. Then pulling out the Christmas decorations.

For Christmas, I don't exactly decorate like "Deck The Halls". I'm somewhere in between "Deck The Halls" and "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree"!

As I've gotten older, I've cut way back on my Christmas decorating. I don't put outside decorations or lights up, I don't pull out my Christmas china for everyday use (just for special Christmas parties), I shrunk my tree to a manageable size and use artificial. I go through my decorations each year and get rid of the ones I don't use any more. Unless they are special then I make a note about them and pack them in a little box to keep.

Once Stan and I get the house decorated I will be sharing photos of our progress.

Cat Conversation

News for cats and dogs - Cat Video: Cats Having A Conversation -- Translated Version


I got little Persephone back in October. She is a 5 year old. She was rescued as a puppy from a breeder that just had the mother and babies in a milk crate on the porch in the winter. The rescuers were able to take all the puppies. The rescue lady that got Penelope (which I renamed to Persephone) kept her for 5 years. But she has a lot of dogs and she specializes in problem dogs and Persephone needed a home that she fits in without just being one of a crowd. I rescued a Welsh Terrier that had been brought in to the Humane Society. They were going to have to put him down because he attacked other dogs and cats unless a rescue would take him. Since I knew she could handle his problem we met and she too the W.T. While there I saw Persephone and fell in love and she was thrilled to find Persephone a forever home. One where she gets lots of attention, it's quiet and peaceful and she has other Iggies to play with. I fell absolutely in love with Sephy within the first minute and she's been everything I could have wanted. She is now an adored Iggy! She weighed over 4 lbs when I got her but I think I've fattened her up a little. She is the smallest Iggy I've ever seen! My other boys weigh 9 and 10 lbs! She's even smaller than my tiny Miniature Pinscher who weighs 7 lbs. (the Black and Tan Min Pin, MoneyPenny, weighs 9 lbs). She's missing a few teeth so when she's really relaxed she lets that tongue slip out. It's so adorable!

Yesterday I took her with me for our Thanksgiving parties. We met at my Mom's for Brunch and my In-Laws for evening Thanksgiving dinner. We left home at 8:30am and were back home about 12 hours later. The whole day she was perfect! She did get diarrhea from nerves (she absolutely ate no people food! so it had to be nerves) although she acted like she was calm as a cucumber. She sat in my lap all day. She was guiet and well behaved. I could not have been more proud! I get nervous in crowds (even though it's family) and it makes me so tired and I get too hot and my aching gets worse. So I like having a dog to try and take my mind off of it. It's like having a warm, furry worry stone. While we ate, I put her in the car. But then got her back out once I was through eating. (It wasn't cold here.)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Planning for Thanksgiving

Today is the day before Thanksgiving! Remember to take a few minutes for quiet time with the Lord. He never gets tired of hearing you say, "Thank you!"

Take your turkey out of the refrigerator (it should have been doing the slow thaw since Monday). You are ready to put it in the brine.
  • Wash your brining container
  • Prepare your brine and let cool
  • Place turkey in container
  • Pour brining liquid in, cover and keep cold (in refrigerator or with ice) Be extra careful with covering so that pets and children cannot get in or cannot tip over on themselves. If you are using a cooler, put a bungee cord around it. If you are putting it in your refrigerator be sure it is secure and not precarious. You don't want to jerk open the door and have a big pot of turkey and cold liquid dash down on you. What a mess!
Do your baking...pies, cakes.

Make up your green bean casserole and put in refrigerator.

Make your tossed salad. Make any of your salad dressings. You should have made marinated salads and relishes earlier this week.

Today is the day for the big house cleaning. Sorry, but there it is. You knew it was coming! Gird up your apron and get to work! Pick up, scrub those bathrooms, dust and windex, vacuum and mop. You may need to rearrange the furniture in order to make room for extra chairs. If you haven't already set up the extra tables and chairs, now is the time. Set the tables.

By the end of the day you should have a clean house, turkey brining, salads made, cheeseball and/or dips, spreads done, green bean casserole made (not cooked), pies and cakes done, tables arranged and set, Thanksgiving decorations and placecards done.

Go to bed early and get a good night's rest. You deserve it and you will need fresh energy for tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving Dishes Done Today

Here are the dishes I got made today for Thanksgiving.
Left to Right: Marinated Vegetable Salad, Cheeseball, Fruit Salad, Sweet Cranberry and Pear Relish, and Broccoli Salad.
These are all things that taste better after marinating so I make them ahead of time.

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