21 November 2017

In Which I Amuse Myself With Another Q&A

For the past few weeks, Nance has done a Q&A, related to whatever is on her mind at the time.  I've loved reading them, and kept meaning to post my answers, but then I would get distracted by it being National Eat a Cookie Day, or I'd think about pie, or whatever I was going to write about otherwise HAD to be posted then.  (Mostly though, I'd forget altogether.)

But this is the week, so here we go!

1.  Turkey - white meat or dark?

Since we don't eat turkey, neither one.  But back when I did eat meat, I liked white meat if there was gravy, but dark meat otherwise.

2.  Cranberries?

YES!  I love cranberries.  My family has a tradition that they must be served in a dish that is too small.  This is only because my mother would buy canned cranberry sauce, and always put it in a bowl that spilled over onto the tablecloth.  Then she would curse, and we would be amused, and she would get disgusted with us, and a tradition was born!

3.  Single most favorite food of Thanksgiving dinner?

STUFFING.  Always and forever.

4.  How do you feel about stores being open on Thanksgiving?

In the overall sense of things, I'm against it.  I think there should be some days when things except for hospitals, police, fire, etc. should be closed.  But I also realize that for some people, working on a holiday could mean getting paid time and a half, so if it's voluntary, that's fine with me.  But I also think it should be voluntary, not required.

5.  Dog show, football, or parade?

We usually start the day watching the parade.  During which time we complain because instead of seeing a lot of the bands and floats, they show lip-synced performances of people we either don't know or that make us stabby.  Then I must have my yearly rant about how they need to go back to having the Rockettes precede Santa and his sleigh, because that should be a law.  However, not watching the parade is NOT an option!  Then I usually watch most of the dog show, and The Tim sees some of it, but he is usually downstairs starting the brown-and-serve rolls he makes to go with dinner.  We don't go out of our way to watch football, but sometimes, part of a game will be on in-between other things.  More as background than active watching.

6.  Pies?

Yes, thank you.  The Tim makes a mean pumpkin pie, I have to say.  Since there are only the two of us, we don't make more than one pie, since we generally already have enough food that if 20 people happened to show up, we cold feed them. 

7.  Are pets invited?

Is the Pope Catholic?  OK, so they are not invited in the sense that they have a place setting at the table.  But they always get something special for their own dinners on holidays.

8.  Do you have a dress code?

In that we will both get cleaned up for dinner, I guess we do.  But not in the sense that a certain type of attire is either expected or required. 

What about you?  Do you have thoughts on any of these topics that you feel like sharing?

20 November 2017

Thanksgiving Week Q and A

Hello Monday people - not that I think you are enjoying Monday necessarily, but that's what day it is, and you are people, so there you go.

We had a great weekend, celebrating The Tim's birthday.  Thanks to everyone who wished him a Happy Birthday, he was really pleased that so many of you wished him well.  Our dinner out on Saturday evening was especially good, and the performance of Eugene Onegin was both enjoyable and really well done.  Amanda and Pat had to leave early yesterday morning, since they were getting guests for Thanksgiving, and The Tim had to work, so I spent the day catching up on some things.  Last night we watched some of the Eagles vs. Dallas game (neither of us could stay up late enough to see the whole thing), and it's so exciting that the Eagles won!  So all the way through to the end of the weekend, things were good.

It's been a while since I took part in Kathy B's Monday Q&A, but today seemed like a good chance to jump in.  :-)

1.  Do you knit anything from memory without a pattern?

I can knit a basic Seaman's Scarf from memory, and most of a pair of socks, though I have to get my instructions for turning the heel.

2.  What is your healthy goal for Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve?

a) Lose a few pounds
b) Gain under 5 pounds
c) Maintain your current weight

I guess I would choose c, though to be honest, I try not to worry too much about it over the holidays.

3.  Have you ever given up on a yarn?

Oh yes!  I've gotten to a point sometimes where it becomes so tangled, I just toss it and move on.  It doesn't necessarily make me happy to do that, but there is a point where it's no longer worth it for me to keep working on the untangling.

4.  When you go on a road trip, where do you stop for a snack or a meal?

A lot of our trips involve the Pennsylvania Turnpike, or I-95 towards Baltimore.  We usually stop at one of the rest stops where there is a Starbucks, and if we are stopping for food, look for a Popeye's (biscuits!) or our local fave, the Wawa (everything!).

5.  What is your favorite state to drive through?  

I don't know I have a favorite.  I can tell you that I used to absolutely HATE it when we would drive from one part of Indiana to another when we lived there and would go to The Tim's sister's house for Thanksgiving.  It was just too flat and boring for me.  Sorry Indiana natives, just not for me.

6.  Does anyone polish silver anymore?

I'm sure they do.  I have a very few pieces of my mother's that I polish when we use them for special occasions.  Since I don't have to do it a lot, and it's not a job, I don't mind when I do have some to polish.

7.  Do you own an knit-themed coffee mug?

Yes, a few of them.

8.  You have been asked to knit a scarf for a movie.  What movie do you want your scarf in?  

I'd be more likely to be picky about who would be wearing the scarf, though at this time of year, I'd love to have my scarf in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," or "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

9.  Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise?

I'm not crazy about either one.  I was never much of a type for mayo or mayo-type condiments.

10.  Something you are thankful for today.

A short work week!  A three-day week is always good as far as I'm concerned, and when it's right before a holiday, even better.  (Though I do agree with the sentiment below ...)


19 November 2017

Quiet November Sunday


Thanksgiving for Two
by Marjorie Saiser

The adults we call our children will not be arriving
with their children in tow for Thanksgiving.
We must make our feast ourselves,

slice our half-ham, indulge, fill our plates, 
potatoes and green beans,
carried to our table near the window.

We are the feast, plenty of years,
arguments.  I'm thinking the whole bundle of it
rolls out like a white tablecloth.  We wanted

to be good company for one another.
Little did we know that first picnic
how this would go.  Your hair was thick,

mine long and easy; we climbed a bluff
to look over our storybook plain.  We chose
our spot, as high as we could, to see

the river and the checkerboard fields.
What we didn't see was this day, in
our pajamas if we want to,

wrinkled hands strong, wine
in juice glasses, toasting 
whatever's next,

the decades of side-by-side,
our great good luck.

18 November 2017

Happy Birthday Saturday


Today is The Tim's birthday!  Here he is above with his cake (just kidding!).

So far, it's been like most Saturdays - he got up and went to the gym, came home and had a bagel for breakfast, and just now he left the house to go and get a haircut.  I offered to make him a special breakfast, etc., but he said no, he just wanted his usual bagel.  Clearly we do not have the same approach to things.  :-)

However, the rest of the day will be the way we usually celebrate, with some extra fun thrown in.  My niece Amanda and her husband Pat are on their way from Baltimore.  Once they arrive, we'll do cake and presents, and then later we have dinner reservations at a new restaurant that opened a couple of weeks ago.  Then after dinner, we have tickets to an opera (Eugene Onegin) performed by students of the Curtis Institute of Music.  Pat has never been to an opera, so we bought tickets for all of us.  It should be a fun day and evening, and the best part is that today is Saturday, so the weekend has just begun!

It's always nice when a birthday falls on a weekend, I think.  And in the case of The Tim's birthday, it's followed up with Thanksgiving shortly after, which is a lovely bonus, if you ask me.

I hope your weekend is going well, and that you have a chance to enjoy it. Treat yourself!

17 November 2017

Old Photo Friday


My sisters and I at Bear Mountain, NY, probably 1960 or early 1961.  At that time, we lived in Teaneck, NJ, and used to go to Bear Mountain pretty regularly.  I'm not sure why, as we did not ski, hike, or do other winter sports.  But I do remember it was fun, and there are very few pictures of the three of us, so this one is special.

I also remember thinking that my jacket was quite the thing.  No one else had a plaid jacket with a hood, you know ...

Have a cozy weekend!