“Let us not curse the darkness. Let us kindle little lights.”

Last night I was in bed before eleven, most unusual for me the night owl, and I slept until almost ten. I figure I was suffering from a Thanksgiving dinner hangover. My plate was filled with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and squash. I was so filled I had to pass on dessert, on pumpkin pie and chocolate pie. I will have some today after my second Thanksgiving dinner.

Snow flurries fell this morning, but they didn’t last too long and no snow stayed on the ground. Right now it is so very cold and grey, an unpleasant day. Every now and then, though, I see a brightness, a break in the grey. I figure it is from the sun trying to find its way out of the clouds.

Tomorrow I’ll shop and take Gracie to the dump. That means we’re each going on a favorite trip. My trunk is filled. I’d go today, but the dump is closed.

Now is the time for Christmas to move front and center. My factotum needs to come and decorate the outside of my house. I need to go to the garden store and get wreaths. A giant one is hung on the fence and a smaller one on the door. My house always looks so wonderful that I sometimes drive by just to look, just to see the lights. My neighbor across the street tells me she loves looking out her door at my house. She especially loves the old sled with the pair of skates hanging off the steering bar. That sits by my door. On the step is a pottery bowl filled with colored ornaments. One of my favorite decorations is a tree with naked branches decorated with huge ornaments and a flood light shining on them at night. The fence in front of my house is lit as is the back rail and the fence across the driveway.

My neighbor just called and said a flock of wild turkeys is in my yard. I opened the door and one was on the front step but took off at the sound of the door. More were on my lawn. The flock was fourteen turkeys looking plump and healthy. I took pictures.

Today is a relax at home day, one of my favorite way to spend a day.

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12 Comments on ““Let us not curse the darkness. Let us kindle little lights.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I went to bed at midnight and woke up at 5:30 AM to see snow drifting down outside the window. Oh, joy. Nuisance snow, as well. Too deep to leave it there and not deep enough to use the snowblower. Fortunately it was sweepable.
    Those turkeys know when to stay out of sight and when to knock on the door. We’re all too full of turkey to bother them today. 🙂 In fact, I sent out for pizza for lunch. It doesn’t taste like anything I overate yesterday.

    The sun is out but keeps getting shaded by passing clouds. The sky is winter blue. When the sun is unimpeded, the snow looks beautiful and sparkling. It’s cold, though.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We just had random flakes, the big wet ones which never stay.

      I have yet to eat after yesterday’s meal, but I am looking forward to dinner tonight. Those turkeys know there is no hunting season for them. They get to wander everywhere.

      The sky here is grey, no blue at all. It is also very cold. The day has no redeeming weather.

      Have a wonderful afternoon.

  2. flyboybob Says:

    The Friday after Thanksgiving has always been the busiest shopping day of the year and Black Friday crazy sale prices have turned it into a circus. I wouldn’t go anywhere near a big box store or a mall this weekend. Because Thanksgiving is the last weekend in November it’s a short holiday shopping season. Thank goodness for online shopping.

    Turkey is not my favorite because I don’t like white meat. Today’s commercial turkeys are breed with huge breasts and almost no thighs and legs. I can’t remember ever not having enough room for desert. Especially chocolate cream pie. I don’t like anything that is made with pumpkin including pie. I don’t know if it’s the consistency of baby food or the spices that turn me off but I always politely pass on pumpkin pie. Pecan or apple pie would substitute but basically I’m really a chocoholic.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Strangely enough my paper claims that the frenzy of the past on this day has lessened. The stores now offer the Black Friday sales all the week before so people have plenty of time for the sales.

      I do most of my shopping on-line as well. I get to have the gifts sent directly to my family so I don’t end up paying to have them shipped to me then to them. I will do some small business shopping tomorrow as I love all the different shops up and down 6A, the Old King’s Highway.

      You would love my chocolate cream pie. It is heavy and rich with chocolate. Somehow that pie has become a tradition as my sister also makes it and my other sister was given one as a Thanksgiving dessert. Pumpkin pie isn’t my favorite, and I do understand about the consistency. The spices make it palatable.

      Apple pies are a wonder of flavor.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Actually it’s the door busters that create the frenzy. On Thanksgiving eve the local TV news reported that a riot almost broke out at one of the local Best Buy’s stores because some people set up their tents at the beginning of the line outside the store but didn’t stay around to sleep in them. They were using them as place holders in the line while they spent the night at home in their nice warm beds. Of course this made everyone else angry who were going to spend the cold night on the sidewalk trying to get the few big screen TVs at some ridiculous rock bottom price available only during the first ten minutes after the store opened the next day at 5PM.

        I used to work in a retail store and if we had a bad holiday season there was nothing we could do to make up the difference during the entire next year until Thanksgiving. If Christmas and Chanukah didn’t exist we would have to invent something to keep the economy going. Those workers in China need to eat while our former manufacturing workers here collect disability income and Medicaid because their unemployment benefits expired years ago after all the factories closed.

        I wonder what the Pilgrims ate with their Native American neighbors on that first Thanksgiving. I don’t think chocolate cream pie was on the menu 🙂 After that meal things between them and us haven’t gone well for them during the past couple of hundred years. As Will Rogers used to say. All the treaties with the white man always began, “This land is yours as long as the sun will shine, the rain will fall, the rivers will run and wind will blow”. They gave us land where the sun always shined, it never rained, the rivers ran dry and the wind always blew.

      • katry Says:

        None of that happened around here. The article mentioned how much smaller the crows were this year. There are not a lot of chain stores here though there is a Best Buy, but it is in the mall. Target advertised huge sales, but there isn’t a Target on Cape. I don’t know a single person who went shopping today except one who bought her Christmas tree.

        The Pilgrims ate seafood, fowl, beans and Indian corn. The stuffing would have been onions and herbs. There would have been wild turkeys and small birds like pigeon. I once had a cooking lesson at Plimouth Plantation and had to use primitive utensils and cook over an open fire. It was lots of fun, but then I had to do it only once.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Did you eat the food you cooked?

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I did-it was dinner. I was surprised at how good everything tasted despite the strange ingredients and few herbs.

  3. olof1 Says:

    As You know by now we Swedes are bad in decorating before Christmas but we’re getting better. I was supposed to buy more light chains today but I had my dogs with me to work, they had their vaccinations today at the vet, so I drove home instead. Tomorrow I’ll work again and will bring my dogs so I think I’ll have to wait until next week.

    Fog and cold in the morning here and sunshine and cold in the afternoon, a quite nice day to be honest 🙂 I’m hoping for fog on Friday and perhaps a glimpse of the wolf they think is running around here at the moment 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I love having a Christmas tree. When I walk downstairs in the morning, I can smell the pine. I love the tree all lit at night and will sit in the living room just to admire it. It is tiring to decorate but well worth it.

      Getting colder now that it is getting toward darkness. It was no part of a good day.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    We’ve sung our first Christmas concert today but I’m still not in Christmas mood yet. It’s way to early for Silent Night. We’ve had beautiful autumn weather and while on the road anyway I’ve visited another water castle before our concert in the nearby town. It was quite impressive and the light was perfect for taking pictures. Next concert tomorrow.
    If you are curious, it was this castle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxDcarsDDtI

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      That castle is enormous, looking as big as a city block, let alone adding the outbuildings to its size.

      I do listen every now and then to my radio station already playing carols. I think it is because carols are so pretty and have a short span in which they are played.

      This is the start of your busy season. I hope all goes well.


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