“Turkey is undoubtedly one of the best gifts that the New World has made to the Old.”

When Gracie and I went out earlier, I was surprised by how warm a morning it is. The sun is shining, and there is a slight breeze. It was quiet except for music from the radio of a car being parked next door. The car belongs to a man who works for my neighbor, the landscaper. When he opened the car door, the music stopped. It was quiet again. I was still in the backyard waiting for Gracie. She took her time. I didn’t mind, though, as I got to be outside enjoying the morning for a bit.

My groceries are being delivered in a while. I open the door, and they are brought to the kitchen where I start putting them away. When I shopped, I aways hated bringing the bags inside the house as it took so many trips. Now I complain about putting the groceries away.

Last night for dinner I had leftovers. They were almost as good as the Thanksgiving meal. Β  Β They reminded me a turkey is never a single meal. It seems to last forever. First is the grand meal then hot turkey sandwiches that night, cold turkey sandwiches piled high with stuffing and cranberry sauce the next day or two then turkey salad and finally turkey soup. My dad was a champion at picking the meat from the turkey bones. I think he looked forward to it every year. Not even the smallest piece of meat escaped him. He left an empty carcass.

This weekend will be a quiet one. I have nothing planned. Tonight I’ll watch a new Hallmark movie. I don’t know what it is, but I can guess. The possible plots are easy: two people will meet on a plane or a train or at the airport and fall in love, a curmudgeon will do a Scrooge like make-over and love Christmas, a kid will get his wish, someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas will find it in his or her heart and in doing so will fall in love.

I’m watching the antithesis of those Hallmark movies on a program called Homicide for the Holidays. I figure it will counteract all the sugar from Hallmark. I just watched a detective at his desk talking on the phone about murders during a house invasion on Christmas Eve. Behind the detective were Christmas decorations. A gold garland outlined the window and cards were strung on a string across it. Quite festive indeed!

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6 Comments on ““Turkey is undoubtedly one of the best gifts that the New World has made to the Old.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Turkey is like christmas ham, it takes forever till it is all eaten πŸ™‚ The last thing I usually do with the ham is to fry it with potatoes, sausages, meatballs and what ever is left of the christmas food πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Sweden and Scotland are fighting about the gold medal in the European championships in curling. Both the women and men. Our women lost and got the silver medal and right now it’s a tight fight between the men. I do hope e at least win this gold medal, the scotts should be happy with the one they have πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Yup, the last two identities off Christmas ham are ham salad and pea soup. That fry sounds delicious! I’d not think of pairing ham with any other meat except maybe bacon in an omelet.

      I find curling interesting to watch. It has barely caught on here though people are getting a bit more interested. The basics remind me of the Italian game bocce.

      Have a great day!

  2. Bob Says:

    Today will also be a lazy day around here. Another sunny and beautiful day with a forecast high of 73 degrees. Everyplace has it’s downside. Living in Hawaii would provide moderate temperatures year round except for those pesky volcanoes and occasional hurricanes. Florida has the same climate without the volcanos. Other tropical places have their drawbacks including dictatorial governments and instability. πŸ™

    My wife hates the idea of delivered groceries because she is very particular which produce to pick out and she uses her iPhone to grab the best coupons. Sometimes she will save over fifty percent on the total bill. Of course she has me and my 20 year old son to carry the bags upstairs. πŸ™‚ Feeding the four of us increases the monthly food bill exponentially.

    The largest department store, Macy’s is being hit hard by the advent of online retailers like the behemoth Amazon. Their real estate holdings may be more valuable than their entire retail business. Many family owned department stores such as Marshal Fields in Chicago, Sangers Brothers in Dallas and many others were all consolidated under the Macy’s moniker a few years ago while their downtown locations became valuable real properties. Macy’s flagship store on Herald Square in NY is considering leasing out their upper floors as office space or apartments. Lease an apartment from Macy’s and have the greatest view of the Thanksgiving Day parade every year.

    • katry Says:

      I lived In Ghana, and the only drawback where I lived was the dry season. Around Christmas, it was really hot and dusty from the desert winds. Florida has an awful summer. It is far too hot for my tastes. Hawaii has a better climate all year, and you don’t have to live own a volcanic island. We get far more hurricanes than Hawaii though climate change might cause more there.

      I can still use my coupons. They come off the next grocery run. The produce I’ve bought has always been fresh. One time my order was missing some stuff, and I called. They took me at my word and deducted the amount from my next order. I dislike everything about grocery shopping and am glad to be rid of 2 pieces of it: walking the aisles avoiding carriages and hauling in the bags.

      The brick and mortar stores did well today. The crazies were up and out early for the bargains. Maybe, if I had kids, going would be a good idea just for the electronics. I shopped on line and saved more than money. I saved my sleep and had no irritations, no pushing and no crowds. It was well worth it.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I got the turkey carcass and leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving since nobody wanted it. There was a lot of meat left on the carcass so I’ve got enough for some sandwiches or a casserole with the leftover stuffing and mashed and maybe some mushrooms added in. The carcass produced a modicum of jellied stock which can be a gravy base and more bits of meat which the dogs will enjoy. All in all, it’s just the right amount of everything so that it won’t last past the point of enjoyment.

    It was warm and sunny here early this morning. There were a lot of birds flying through the back yard, singing a bit now and then. It was very pleasant. Now it’s windy, cooler and mostly cloudy. We’ve been out several times so far. Each time required one more piece of clothing. I went from tee shirt, pajama bottoms and flip flops to long sleeves, sweats, real shoes and a quilted vest. The next trip might have a hat and fingerless mitts added to the ensemble.

    Enjoy those movies, both saccharine and savory, and enjoy the rest of the day as well.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I figure on cooking my turkey tomorrow afternoon so I can have the joy of all those wonderful leftovers. I’ll make soup and freeze it. I do love turkey sandwiches with stuffing and cranberry sauce. It will be a glorious week of food.

      My washer won’t spin and my dryer won’t turn on. I have laundry sitting in the washer. I called Were domesday but he was taking the whole weekend off and will be here tomorrow, just before I run out of underwear.

      We also got clouds in the afternoon and it got much cooler in the afternoon. My hands and feet were cold most of the afternoon. I’m just now feeling warmer.

      When I called my sister last evening, she was also watching Hallmark. We both laughed. When I spoke to my other sister, she was also watching Hallmark. There is something about watching happiness.

      Have a great evening!

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