“Autumn is marching on: even the scarecrows are wearing dead leaves.”

The headache has come and gone all day, but I decided to get out and about anyway. I needed a blood test so the errand seemed perfect to add to the misery, but the day was so lovely and warm I’m glad I didn’t miss it. Well, the lab was closed so Gracie and I went to one of my favorite places to shop, and I bought two Christmas presents. I felt accomplished.

Thanksgiving was wonderful with great friends, the tastiest food and even a card game after dinner. My friend Clare made my favorite fall appetizer: a sugar pumpkin filled with bread and cheese combined with the pumpkin then put back into the pumpkin shell and baked in the over. Nothing tastier or prettier. We took a bit of a break before dessert out of necessity. We needed time to digest to make room for the pies: chocolate cream and pumpkin.

I have plenty of leftovers, and I’m hoping I’ll feel good enough later for a re-creation of yesterday’s wonderful dinner.

Now that Thanksgiving’s over, I can start concentrating on my Christmas list and seeing what I have and what I need. My outside lights will go up next week. The neighbors across the street always ask me not to park in front of the house so they can see the lights so I oblige and park at the top of the driveway so they can still see the lights strung across the gate and the huge lit wreath on the middle. When the lights around town go up, I’m always reminded of the ride we took every Christmas when I was a kid so we could see the lights. I think that was the only time we never argued about sides in the backseat. All of us were too glued to the windows to notice encroachment.

It’s been really warm so far for this time of year, but soon enough it will chilly and time to bring out the sugar cookies and the hot cocoa with melted Marshmallow Fluff floating on the top. I used to love that most of all when I was a kid.

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8 Comments on ““Autumn is marching on: even the scarecrows are wearing dead leaves.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Mine was great. Family, lots of food, lots of laughs and a few memories. My brother had the family album and he was showing his kids pictures of Thanksgivings when we were kids. They laughed at how we all looked back then. Oh, well. Their turn will come.:-)
    Rocky and I ventured out into Black Friday today. I wasn’t going to go anywhere near a mall but I needed beads for something I’m knitting so mall it was. We went for a walk by the lake first. The weather is so un-New England. I’ll take it for as long as it wants to stay around.
    I will have to drive over to the next town and see if they have put the lights up on their little common. My town hasn’t yet.
    Enjoy your day and your leftovers. 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Those old pictures are such fun. My mother divided the album and gave us all pictures of ourselves and them some of all of us together. The pictures look so old I know exactly what you’re talking about.

      I went to the pottery store I love. They make pottery they call flamewear which can go on the stove, in the oven or in the microwave. I have spent huge sums of money there as I use the pottery to cook in then it’s perfect for serving. It took every ounce of my trength to buy two Christmas presents there instead of something for myself!

      I’m with you on this weather!

      The day has gotten considerably better, and I am looking forward to dinner later.

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    We had a good time too. My fried cabbage recipe really went over this year with our cousin from NJ. Otherwise a quiet time damned by the fact to Cowboys beat Miami. Kinda put a sour flavour to what was a most enjoyable day. Glad your day was happy.

    • Kat Says:

      Z&Me,
      We watched no football, but I did watch the parade in the morning. That’s the traditionalstart of the day!

      I like cababge some ways, and the friend sounds delicious.

      It soumds as if your day too was a good one.

  3. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Glad you had a great holiday Kat!

    I woke up Friday with a cold…all I could think of was, “How many people did I kiss yesterday???”

    Waving from Jersey – –

    Coleen

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Colleen,
      I’m thinking you need to look at it another way, How many people kiseed me yesterday?: Now you’re the victim instead of the typhoid Mary!

      Take it easy with that cold-spoil yourself!

      Waving all the way to Jersey!

  4. Bob Says:

    Our Thanksgiving meal was wonderful and everyone had a great time. We gave some leftovers to our guest and we began eating them today. Ham or turkey sandwiches with stuffing are the best.

    Early this morning I had a doctor’s appointment that went well. I didn’t think that doctors would work on Black Friday. I didn’t get a doorbuster deal.

    The only lights we put up are on our Hanukah Menorah that increases in brightness with each candle we add each of the eight nights. Hanukah is the only Jewish holiday that celebrates the military victory over the Assyrians in about 300 BCE. If the Jews had not won and rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, then Judaism might have been wiped out and Christianity might have never happened.

    Today was cloudy and cool with rain coming tonight. The really cold air will come down from Canada on Sunday getting us close to freezing by Monday morning.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I agree about turkey sandwiches with stuffing, but I add a bit of cranberry sauce to mine as well. It makes for a huge but delish sandwich.

      Yours did but my lab didn’t work on Friday. Now I have to go back on Monday.

      I have seen some of the most beautiful Menorahs and gave thought to having one in my house simply because of its beauty but decided it needed to be used for ceremony not decoration. My mother always put chocloate coins in our stocking ecer since we were kids. One year all the coins had a Menorah on the back and we realized they were gelt. Every year after that, she always lookked for the same coins-they became a tradition.


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