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For family, food, good health, LJ friends and good times.


▪getting ready for Turkey Day, amazing how much energy the planning, preparation and serving of one meal can consume.

▪joined a FB group for hippies, hoping to meet some old ones like me, pretty certain I'll be woefully disappointed.

▪had a spell of vertigo that lasted about 2 hrs. I so dislike that feeling. Probably hypostatic bp with a touch of dehydration. I never drink enough in winter.

▪felt called by the cards and did a few readings, realized how rusty I am.

▪made 2 loaves of bread for the dressing. Having to beat people back from it so there will   be some left for Wednesday.

▪stuck the sweater in the drawer till a future date. No time to knit.

▪been tired.

▪cried once.

▪watching "Parades End." Enjoying Benedict Cumberbatch.

▪found a folder of emails from an online lover (2008), good stuff, oh my how I've changed.

▪almost finished another book

Stuff, just stuff, that makes up the days, fills up the hours and puntuates the moments of my

Always in My Heart

Found a bunch of videos of Rainbow Gatherings while bumbling around on YouTube, got me to feeling nostalgic for those days of freedom, peace, and Love. Don't think I'll ever get to a gathering again, I've not the stamina for it, and my memories are good. Best to keep them that way.

The Friday Five for November 17, 2017

1. What are you thankful for this year or are you just happy it’s nearly over?

As always I am grateful for the continued good health and prosperity of my self and my family.

2. When you have a traditional family get together, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas or for some other reason, is there a dish that you just have to have or something is missing?

I guess I'll say the dressing because it's the only time I make it all year long and it is one my favorite dishes on Turkey Day, especially the oyster kind.

3. Do you like turkey?

I'm not particularly fond of turkey though I do like a hot turkey sandwich with mashed taters and gravy a day or two after the feast.

4. Do you anticipate or dread family get-togethers?

I most often approach the whole holiday season with dread. A few family members really dislike get togethers and are pretty vocal about that dislike. And, it's not like we don't see each other ALL the time. We are together a lot. There is always so much noise and chaos that I am unable to really talk to anyone and it takes me a couple of days to recover as well.

5. If you could get your family/friends to listen to you at one of these gathers, really listen to you, what would you say to them?

Be kinder to each other and to everyone you meet. Stop complaining about what you don't have and appreciate what you do. And please slow down, life passes quickly enough without the busyness people create in their lives today.

Groceries On Demand

While pondering what I might give my brother for the holidays this year, I looked up and and saw an open tab for Roasted Hazelnut Butter. A definite omen, my first purchase, oh my. I was reminded of the days when as a very young wife I could call up Payton's Market and order my groceries and they would bring them to my door. That seems to be coming round again, though I liked it better first time round.

The turkeys in the window are dancing their butts off today, inspired by the lovely day no doubt. I went out and found the kale to be in great shape and cut some for some soup. The herbs are looking good too and I loved being able to cut some fresh thyme. Realizing just now that I didn't look at the spinach and chard under the plastic in the raised bed. Perhaps the husband will do that.

He's totally in my good graces at the moment having given me 4 stainless steel ice trays for my birthday which isn't even here yet. I've wanted those trays for a long time, love them! And, I think he ordered me a new tablet as mine is having charging issues. I would have just put up with it, but he is always buying new electronic devices for both of us. He spends a lot of time on his desktop, but today he's out blowing the leaves into piles for later pickup and inclusion in his gardening process.

I made an apple pie this morning. Not for us though, for some doctor where my youngest works; and I'm not even certain if it's a bday thing or what, but it's made and checked off my list. I also managed to get all the houseplants watered. Yeah me!

Yesterday I walked. Today my back hurts. Hmmm.. Not walking today, glad to be finished with all tasks that require me to remain upright.

Today among available networks I saw a DEA Drone listed. Interesting. I can only hope they are becoming interested in what might be a meth lab in the hollow. Still, I don't like it that they are spying on us from the sky. If they're watching or listening to me, they are pretty bored.

Time for relaxation, another episode of Brideshead..., a bath, who knows. I started a new book, another in the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd, set in the same time frame as Woolf and Waugh write about and lived in, but by no means is it literature.

May peace find you today and every day...

Knit Notes

The sweater grows though ever slowly. A number of errors slowed progress and dampened enthusiasm making this project a long one. I'm liking the color and the cables are starting  to "pop." My excitement is for the medallion coming up as soon as I finish the front and back. Since I've never done anything quite like it before, a test in perseverance and patience lies ahead.

Finished reading "Brideshead Revisted," and am binging on the miniseries. A hard book to leave behind. I'd like to continue to be a part of the family for a while longer. More on that later.

Thank you mallorys_camera for the idea of reading this book. How wonderful and the mini series fits well.

Jealous Pets

Harold found out I didn't post his pic so to be fair here he is. He is, after all, my favorite, the oldest, and the King

And Harold told Natty, the dog so to keep everyone happy she is now included too.


Harley and Lynx-mother & son



Trying to get back to a regular meditation practice. Up until about a year ago had been very faithful to sitting for at least 15 minutes, sometimes more, nearly every day; but as so often happens in my life, I got away from the habit and have not been doing any type of formal meditation.

Happy that I can once again sit on my red cushion, because at the time I stopped my back pain prevented me from using it. I like it better than sitting in a chair.

Pleased to find that I can do 15 minutes easily still. I'm thinking this is because all the breathwork and mindfulness stuff I do when I wake up in the middle of the night has kept me in the necessary mindset.

Hoping that I can once again establish a habit of sitting for at least 15 minutes every day.

Continuing to do some upper body work with small hand weights on a not so regular basis, but at least I'm trying.

Failing lately to get out the door and walk down the road a ways and then back home. It is so fricking cold out there, 28*F this morning. I turned on the heating pad, wrapped up in a blanket and took a morning nap.

Employing retail therapy as distraction and having a love/hate relationship with this great pair of black boots I bought today. I love them, but I really don't "need" them and probably won't wear them much...blech. I wish I could just get over feeling bad about spending money on things I just want, but don't need.

Surviving a challenging week. Sometimes I think they're all challenging and then I realize just how blessed I really am.

Thinking this post could go places I'd rather not end up so saying goodnight. Hope we all sleep well and dream of flying.

A Glass of Wine

Wednesday was old lady lunch day and my turn at playing the hostess. I bought a bottle of Riverboat Red, a red, fruity, little bit sweet wine. There are some nice wineries tucked away out here in the sticks. The ladies enjoyed a bit with their lunch - French dip sandwiches etc. Tonight I remembered the bottle was still mostly full and poured myself a bit. I think it's important to note at this point in my story that I haven't had a glass of wine in a very long time. Estimated 15 yrs. The experience of sitting in my favorite spot, in the home I love, sipping wine is  pleasant enough.

I hope it relaxes me, makes me sleepy, sleepy...sleep...sl



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