Showing posts from November, 2012

It's not a word we usually associate with Thanksgiving but it applies this weekend.

For instance, I transformed this bowl of chopped citron, glaceed cherries, dried cranberries, cherries and raisins and  chopped walnuts (all soaked in spiced rum) into these

Six beautiful, spicy fruitcakes.  They're just a bit of batter holding all that fruit and nut mixture together.  It takes two of us to do this because it's a dozen eggs and 7 cups of flour plus all the spices and sugar and molasses.  I hold the bowl and Pk stirs everything together.  They bake for 2 hours and then get wrapped in rum soaked cheesecloth and aluminum foil and put into the freezer for consumption during the holidays.  The flavor is dark and intense and not terribly sweet.  The recipe made 6 loaves so I can give one to Em and one to Kate and they'll have some for their own holiday cookie plates and we'll still have four loaves here (Pk doesn't like to share.....)  I also transforme…
Here I am sitting at my desk on my last day of work before the long holiday weekend.  I am struggling to stay awake.  Pk fell asleep without his cpap mask last night and I didn't have the heart to wake him up to put it on.  After all, he was asleep, right?
Well, half an hour later, he woke up in a panic because he felt like he couldn't breathe and had to get out of bed for a bit until he calmed back down.  We finally got him settled and put the mask on and he slept (which means I slept).  I won't make that mistake again.
So, I'm a bit sleepy this morning.  I don't have a particularly busy day.  Group this morning and then several treatment plans to get done for the month of November.  I have to remember to change the message on my phone and with any luck, I'll leave here a bit early today.
For the first time in 30 years, I don't have to get up early and start cooking.  We always eat Thanksgiving dinner at our regular dinner time so I didn't have to get…
This is what the sky looked like on Thursday as Pk and I were leaving the house for work at 6:40.  The sun was just coming up and it was glorious.  We stood there on the front step just marveling at how beautiful it was.  I know that in a few short weeks it will be dark again in the morning (as it's dark right now at 5 pm) and we'll be feeling sunlight deprived but for the moment, we'll enjoy our sunrises.

We were afraid that when the hurricane came through that it would strip all the trees but we were lucky (in more ways than one). 

Some of the more sheltered spots in our area kept their leaves and they have been changing.  This is the courtyard in the back of my building.  The gold leaves have carpeted the ground and are all nice and crunchy.

On the craft front, I have had some success and some maybe-spectacular-failure.

In the success area, remember these?  I love these mittens and was very proud of them.  Only problem is that they were way too big for me.  My fingers…
Of all the cartoons I enjoyed growing up, Charlie Brown (and his crew) endure as one of my favorites.  I love how he keeps trying and always thinks the best of people.  And they were honest and wholesome (it floored me when I heard Peppermint Patty say she would "give him a tumble" (referring to a foreign exchange student) in one of the later shows).  They didn't have violence or ugly language, just people being people and friends who came out to help each other in the end.

I'm not sure why I was thinking of Charlie Brown this morning.  I was actually thinking that I don't understand people very well.  You know that Pk and I ride a commuter train across the bridge into Philadelphia every morning.  It's reliable and fairly inexpensive compared to driving and parking. 

Today, like most days, we were watching the people around us as they get on the train and I realized there are things I just don't get.

I don't get why everyone looks so miserable so ea…
Wanna feel  humble?  Watch this video.

It shows how truly small and helpless we are in the face of the power of Nature.  This is NASA's website for photos.  They put up a new one every day.  Sometimes the make me feel in awe of the beauty of the universe.  Sometimes, like today, they make me feel small.
It's election day here in the US.  I have followed some of this election but I'll admit, I am not a big fan of politics.  We watched the first two debates and skipped the third.  I already knew who I was going to vote for and couldn't stand watching two grown men refuse to answer questions in a meaningful way.  They are tap dancers of the highest caliber.  We didnt leave the house early enough to vote this morning so we'll vote this afternoon after work.
This was the inspirational quote of the day:
"Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace." ~Thich Nhat Hanh
This is one of those things that I think I knew instinctually but didn't know I knew.  Does that make sense?  Let me explain.
Sunday was my birthday and Pk took me to brunch at one of our favorite places.  The girls and their significant others came as well.  We were a party of 7 sitting around a table eating and ta…
What a week this was.  I don't know when I've felt TGIF more forcefully.  Let's recap, shall we?

When last we visited, we were getting ready for Sandy (it isn't a coincidence that my sister-with whom I have no contact since she has never liked let alone loved me- is named Sandy) and had battened down all the hatches and things.  I'd like to say the storm swept through but it wasn't a fast moving storm and we got a really good soaking.  We anticipated taking on water and had the pump ready.  The wind did minor tree damage but nothing major on our street.  We didn't even lose power except for a few blips.  All in all, not so terrible.

Not even close to what the coast of NJ and NY got.  The damage there is extreme and the clean up will take months and even years.  There is talk of restricting the building of homes and businesses on the barrier islands since the existing structures (well, they WERE existing a week ago) are gone and we have a sort of clean slate…