It’s been a minute or so since I’ve done a post. I didn’t even do a Thanksgiving post this year – Alas!
It has been just the two of us for this Thanksgiving and we have been relishing the quiet with some minor exceptions to a few televised football games (WOO HOO UofA) and walking the dog.
Yesterday was Black Friday and we stayed put! We haven’t done Black Friday for five years now. Every year there is some catastrophe associated with this shopping date; fighting in the isles, people being trampled to death all for the sake of a “good deal.” We tend to forget that it is the celebration of Christ’s birth instead of the commercialization of materialism.
Perhaps it is the aging process, but we don’t seem to want or need as much as we once did. Could it possibly be that our focus has shifted? Indeed, it has. It is more focused on the intrinsic, the simple, and the eternal.
Yesterday I focused on the leftovers. We didn’t have a whole turkey, only a turkey breast that was more than sufficient. Of course we prepared the standard mashed potatoes, bread dressing, and baked sweet potatoes. Husband asked for green bean casserole, which has been absent for a number of years now, so I obliged. I made homemade cranberry sauce. I just cannot “do” the canned variety. My grandmother always made homemade cranberry sauce, so I must too! Even though I didn’t eat it as a child and who among us remembers the cranberry cancer scare during the 60’s? As I recall, it was on the news nightly and nearly killed the cranberry industry.
Remembering how at our county fair in
they offered wonderful cooked, shredded turkey sandwiches, I focused on trying
to recreate that. I took the remaining sliced breast meat and placed it in the crock-pot with a bit of broth. I cooked it until it could easily be pulled apart
with forks into a wonderful shredded concoction, then added some of the
leftover gravy into the mix. When complete it was served atop rolls (in bun
fashion) as little “sliders”. It turned out as well as I remembered from our
county fair! Ohio
I did take the bones and skin from the breast and cooked it into a wonderful broth that will be made into soup for Sunday. Meatless, but I’m thinking perhaps a rice noodle and some Asian veggies like Nappa cabbage, bok choy, water chestnuts, broccoli, zucchini, and maybe some mushrooms. I’m not sure yet, but the creative juices are flowing! I love being creative with holiday leftovers.
Husband gifted me with a “new” mudroom. OK, OK… so the townhouse does not have room for a mudroom, per sé, so he removed the folding door to the “guest” closet, re-mudded the corners, removed the hanger rod, re-painted the entire area, put on new hook / hangers and put a bench with two shelves on it to hold shoes! I could not be more thrilled! I placed a repurposed yard sale basket on the top shelf to hold gloves, scarves (yes, it occasionally gets cold enough to use them), and the recycled plastic grocery bags for “doggy-do.”
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Living in Metropolis (
) we no longer pay
for cable or satellite TV. We use an antenna and do quite well with just that.
We can also watch Netflix programs or hook the computer up to the TV and watch Amazon
Prime movies / TV shows. And still we
watch too much and do not read enough! Tucson
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This item was printed in -Pockets, Jan/Feb 2012 and is still timely today:
1. Start the day with prayer and praise. Before you get up each day, take a moment to praise God and ask for God’s help in seeing the good in the day ahead.
2. Smile! You don’t necessarily need to pretend to be cheerful when you’re not, but sometimes just smiling can help you feel better.
3. Count your blessings. When your problems look bigger than your blessings, it’s time to focus on those blessings. There are probably more than you think.
4. Expect the best from God. Remember that God loves you and cares for you, even when you can’t see it. And remember that God is with you no matter what’s going on.
5. Choose an encouraging scripture for the day or week. Write it down and keep it with you or memorize it.
6. Speak positively. When everyone around you is complaining and looking at the worst in people and situations, try to say something positive.
7. Trust God. When everything seems to be going wrong, that’s the moment to trust God. Pray. Ask God to guide you through the rough parts of your day.
8. Try not to worry. Worry rarely helps, and most of the things we worry about either won’t happen or won’t be as bad as we think. When you feel worried, turn your thoughts to God’s love and care for you.
9. Make the best of even the worst days. Ask God to show you something good even on the worst day. And remember that even a terrible day is just one day.
10. End the day with prayer and praise. Thank God even on the worst days. Ask God to help make the next day a better one.
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15 Thus says the Lord:
Thus says the Lord:
there is hope for your future,
Indeed… weeping for her [Rachel’s] children… refusing to be comforted… refrain from weeping, and your eyes from tears…
Though we mourn, we must not murmur! Ahhh…
! I am praying!! The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said
very succinctly, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” May we
all remember his peaceful stance for justice everywhere. Ferguson MO
Can you believe it? Advent begins Sunday and Monday is December 1st! Where has this year gone? Thanksgiving begins the year end countdown and holiday season.
My wish, my prayer for you this holiday season is HEALTH, PEACE, IMMOVABLE FAITH and LOVE.
Wishing you everyday grace… EVERY.SINGLE.DAY,