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Evening all. True to prediction, pretty much stayed in the house this afternoon, except to check the mail (nothing there). Watching trains on Virtual Railfan (sounds like one approaching LaPlata Mo. right now).

Red, needed something to scrub with, not dust. Also need things to dust with, just not right now...

All y'all have a good night, going to go watch some tackleball for awhile.
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:03 PM
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Not me, but my parents. Back when Baby Sis and her hubby were granolaheads, they invited the folks to the northwest suburbs of Chicago for Thanksgiving dinner. It consisted of a tofurkey, a stuffed pumpkin, brussels sprouts, beets and the piece de resistance: an egg-dairy-wheat free pumpkin pie. The folks stopped at the truckstop in Plymouth IN on the way home for some real food.
I didn't go, & this is not the reason why but a fiend posted about a Fiendsgiving dinner they did over the wickend; all vegetarian & mostly vegan. Sooo glad I was not in attendance or I prolly woulda hit Wawa for a Gobbler on the way home. You can do other things for other holidays, you can serve undercooked, overcooked, or dry turkey, but one must serve turkey at Thanksgiving*. Heck, a turkey is the symbol for Thanksgiving.


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Evening all. True to prediction, pretty much stayed in the house this afternoon, except to check the mail (nothing there). Watching trains on Virtual Railfan (sounds like one approaching LaPlata Mo. right now).

Red, needed something to scrub with, not dust. Also need things to dust with, just not right now...

All y'all have a good night, going to go watch some tackleball for awhile.
Actually, that is a scrubber. It has a big ass scotch brite on the business end.

spidey, there will be no turkey at the table for my dad, me and a few other family members. That was Mom's thing when she was alive and my dad can actually roast a turkey with his limited kitchen skills. Pierogi, haluski, stuffed cabbage, ham, kolackys and pumpkin pie are on the menu.
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Old 11-26-2019, 01:26 AM
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ok mines for Xmas but ill put it here: I'm a big eater of ramen noodles and i get impatient so i put the noodles in with the water so by the time the water boils the noodles are done ...

Well I was making peanut brittle with my aunt and figured well why not add everything including the peanuts together ........ yeah i spent 2 hours cleaning charcoal and rebought all the stuff i wasted
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:22 AM
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I was 5 in 1950, and we were expecting a gazillion relatives over for Thanksgiving. My mom had a ginormous turkey with all the fixins. Thanksgiving morning it started to snow. And snow. And snow. And the wind was blowing something ferocious. And it was COLD! Before long we were in the Great Blizzard of 1950, which encompassed a large portion of the NE U.S. Everyone was snowed in, and none of our guests could make it for dinner. We had drifts of snow up to our second-story windows. As people slowly began digging out, it was over a week before stores were open and it was possible to get to them.

The result: we were trapped inside the house and had to eat turkey for every meal. My mom was a great cook, and invented so many different things to do with turkey, but still... it was TURKEY for every goddamn meal. At the end, we even had turkey soup, made with the carcass.

It was several years before we could look another turkey in the face.
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Happy Toosday!

I woke up too early, so I am up.
Waiting for it to get a bit lighter before heading out to the park.
It's a clear and cold 30 degrees outside, supposed to get up to 61.

Lots to do around here, as always.
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Old 11-26-2019, 06:59 AM
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I made it to work without hitting a single traffic light! I need to buy a lottery ticket!!

Lots of stuff awaiting me - my last 8 work days will be busy for sure. And I have an appointment at 2:45 on my last day to go over to the main office and check out. It's getting real... I'm not regretting my decision, but I will miss this job. It's been a lot of fun.

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Old 11-26-2019, 07:11 AM
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Good Mornin' Y'all! Up and caffeinatin'. *YAWN* 'Tis 37 Amurrkin out and clear with a predicted high of 71 and mostly N.O.S. for the day. Today I shall do laundry and some prep stuff for the big TDay feast. I shall make cornbread and bizkits today, boil aigs for deviled aigs and the giblet gravy, chop onions and celery, and bake up sweet N.O.T. as I have decided to make a sweet N.O.T. souffle. Sup shall be grilled poke chops, green beans, sweet N.O.T., and cornbread. All this should be enough to keep me outta trouble for the day.

{{{Ruble}}} this time of year can be tough when one thinks of family and friends who are no longer with us. We do a service called url=https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3053/longest-night] "The Longest Night" on December 21st (Winter Solstice)[/url] which is a very beautiful and moving service.

I remembered one particularly TDay food disaster created by a friend of mine last night. This was a turnip/sweet N.O.T. dish she made after watchin' a cookin' show on Jawja Public TV. She should have known better. I told her that before she did this. I saw the same show and was icked out by the recipe. Plus, the person doin' the show caught a dish towel on fire (OK that was fun to watch!) while makin' this unogly concoction. Nobody liked it, nor would anybody eat it, includin' my friend who made the nasty thing. She decided to melt some marshmallows on top of it to see if it improved. It did not improve. 'Twas even more horrifyin'!

Now I need more caffeine and to feed rumbly tummy. Then, onward into the day! Rah.

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Morning all. Long list of things to do today so I can take off early tomorrow for Brother's house. When they all get done is another matter (I am infected with lastminuteitis...). 50F now heading for 65F but rain is coming later today, so need to get the out-of-house chores done this morning.
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Old 11-26-2019, 09:06 AM
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Blurfage At irk of course. I need to go buy 12 sweet potatoes to take to the neighborhood shindig. I shan't even have to cook them. Just provide them. I will get them to the cook by early Wed at the latest.

We were crazy busy here at irk yesterday. Unsure what today will bring.

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Home from the park and irking.
It is warming up nicely out there.

Two dogs got into a fight today, right up against me while I was sitting on the bench. Fortunately their owners were close enough to get in there and pull them apart. The other woman there told me she was scared I was going to get bit.
Ripple had been telling me it was time to go home. I wonder if he sensed the tension building.

Not sure what all I'm going to do today. I have a list.
Well see what gets done.
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I would highly suggest that anyone needing to go to the grocery do so today as the Publix was a nightmare and will only be worse tomorrow. I got almost 11 pounds of sweet taters. I hope it's enough.
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ELEVEN POUNDS??? How many people are eating??

I have a few Amish sweet potatoes, and I picked up a couple more yesterday. I'm going to make 2 casseroles - one to take to Mom's and one for home. And I'm hoping I have everything I need because I don't want to venture to the grocery store till next week.

Brent came in and asked what my workload is for the rest of the week. I said "Do you mean tomorrow?" Then I pointed out that I have only 6 days after that. He had this look of panic...

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The neighbor who is hosting the shindig told me to pick up 10 or twelve. I got 12. I think there will be many people there. I think it's too many potatoes but we will see. They were on sale for 49 Cents per pound so pretty cheap.
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Well. Good morning all.
I jave stated the cooking. Cornbread for the dressing is done. I cried and cried and chopped several onions and celery into a fine dice. Ziplocked and stowed. Piecrusts are made and saran wrapped in the fridge.
More to do...
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Yesterday we got MiL to the renal specialist. It looks like her kidneys aren't doing well. She is 82 and has never taken her diabetes seriously, so it's not a surprise. It's still not welcome news.


Today I am waiting for groceries to be delivered, and later I shall go out and do some shopping at Trader Joe's. They tend to have a few things that I can't get elsewhere.



I still need to do a few things outside before this storm comes in, but I don't know if I'll get to everything.


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Old 11-26-2019, 01:03 PM
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Thank you, missred, I shall give him many skriches from yous guys (to revert to my Chicago vernacular). He's such an endearing ol' boy: loves everyone and is sure they love him back. Glad I get a chance to say goodbye.

The nice thing about Thanksgiving-ing at someone else's house is that I won't have to deal with the post-feast turkey carcass. It takes up too much fridge room, so I always get all the meat off it and break down the rest (for soup) so it'll fit in the fridge. Not my favorite task.

I like football. I do not like football on Thanksgiving: too much noise, too little interaction, and help in the kitchen gets interrupted by rushes to the living room to see the instant replay. Is that un-American of me? I'll stand here quietly so it's easier to throw yams at me.
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My fondest T-Day memory is the year Mr VOW said he would do the entire Thanksgiving meal. Really! I'm serious!

I was completely banished from the kitchen! He even made celery stuffed with cream cheese for appetizers!

We all sat down to a lovely meal. I was giddy because I didn't have to DO anything!

I mean, here it is, forty or so years later, and I remember the absolute JOY!

He even cleaned the kitchen, and put everything away! GAWD, I love that man!

Later that day, I went on a safari, hunting for leftovers. I poked around the refrigerator, and noticed something ... missing.

"Sweetheart, where's the carcass?"

"Oh, I cut all the meat off of it, and I threw it away."

HE THREW IT AWAY! The absolute BRILLIANCE of his actions reduced me to a blubbering mess, weeping from pure joy!

No stinking up the house boiling the carcass! No straining the broth and sorting through that horrible GOOP trying to pick out the little pieces of meat! No forcing people to eat turkey soup and having them spit out pieces of gristle, bits of rubbery skin, and lots of little bones!

Mr VOW's "recipe" for the post-Thanksgiving turkey carcass is the very best! I have used it ever since, and I pass it on to friends and family. Everyone LOVES it!


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Bekkers, Sweetheart, you may come visit, any time. We love company!

Bring your own mousetraps. We're still fighting off the little shits!

Mr VOW is cordial, gracious, and funny! A wonderful host! But stay for a week, and you'll wonder why I haven't killed him. Yet.

After all these years, we've got our system worked out. It's been a helluva ride. God broke the mold after making Mr VOW. I was able to catch him young, and he's still a project in-progress.


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Old 11-26-2019, 03:31 PM
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{{{Ruble}}} this time of year can be tough when one thinks of family and friends who are no longer with us. We do a service called url=https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3053/longest-night] "The Longest Night" on December 21st (Winter Solstice)[/url] which is a very beautiful and moving service.
Our church starts getting busy again once Thanksgiving is over. One of our services is a healing service in early December to try and center ourselves back where we need to be; its a pretty terrific one as well.


Other than that we are indeed off irk Thursday so I broke the Santa suit out for tomorrow. Its a tradition I started back when I started at Da Jungle -- Thanksgiving (or in this case closest day) and Christmas Eve (or closest day) dammit ------- if the elves have to work at least the Fat Guy can show up and spread some love. A couple bosses who know me from before have already warned the others that whatever they think ---- that ain't it. But that its really great in a I-can't-describe-it-but-I-love-it sort of way.
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I actually like Ferraro Roche better than Almond Roca, but both are great in my book.

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Old people are weird.
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Mom, that recipe is pretty much what my my Mom called scalloped potatoes and ham. She prolly got it from the same place.

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May I be forgiven when I say she probably just wants a shopping trip with dear old Mom's credit cards.

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Not me, but my parents. Back when Baby Sis and her hubby were granolaheads, they invited the folks to the northwest suburbs of Chicago for Thanksgiving dinner. It consisted of a tofurkey, a stuffed pumpkin, brussels sprouts, beets and the piece de resistance: an egg-dairy-wheat free pumpkin pie. The folks stopped at the truckstop in Plymouth IN on the way home for some real food.
SIL's mother, whom we love, cooks like that all the time. She says it's healthier. She's 98, so maybe she knows something we don't.

Well, Wifey says she needs to get on this computer to do some work, so I'll save my story about my favorite aunt's bestest ever thanksgiving turkey until another time.
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My sister and I once accidentally shot the turkey out of its cooking vessel onto the sidewalk and into the ivy. It was surprisingly good, though a bit gritty.

My mom is a huge foodie and gets all these random ridiculous gadgets. So one year she decides it's the height of deliciousness to deep fry a turkey. As luck would have it, on those first generation turkey friers there was no really good way to remove said turkey from the oil. So we took the frier outside and wandered around for a minute trying to find a good spot to remove it where it'd be no big deal if we spilled a little oil. Turns out there was no good way to remove that damn bird. My sister almost poured the whole frier full of oil on me, I jumped back, the turkey hit the ground and shot across the sidewalk, into the ivy and skidded to a stop in the mulch. So I picked it up, picked off the worst of it and we plopped it back into the frier to cook off the dirt (I have no idea why but it seemed like a good idea at the time).

I think that was the same year that racoon ate Christmas breakfast. Guess mom will never use the back porch as a fridge again.
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My sister and I once accidentally shot the turkey out of its cooking vessel onto the sidewalk and into the ivy. It was surprisingly good, though a bit gritty.

My mom is a huge foodie and gets all these random ridiculous gadgets. So one year she decides it's the height of deliciousness to deep fry a turkey. As luck would have it, on those first generation turkey friers there was no really good way to remove said turkey from the oil. So we took the frier outside and wandered around for a minute trying to find a good spot to remove it where it'd be no big deal if we spilled a little oil. Turns out there was no good way to remove that damn bird. My sister almost poured the whole frier full of oil on me, I jumped back, the turkey hit the ground and shot across the sidewalk, into the ivy and skidded to a stop in the mulch. So I picked it up, picked off the worst of it and we plopped it back into the frier to cook off the dirt (I have no idea why but it seemed like a good idea at the time).

I think that was the same year that racoon ate Christmas breakfast. Guess mom will never use the back porch as a fridge again.

And I admit this cold sober and --------- flashing on an image of Mom with one of my mortars (one is big enough to handle it) loaded with a turkey and aiming at a raccoon and saying "two problems solved".
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I'm well ahead on cooking. I'm thankful for the help DIL and Mid-daughter are providing.
I look NO gift horse in the mouth.
Now, the lil'wrekker is a different story. She's been lobbying and outright begging for a shopping trip. She accomplished the one thing I asked of her, the bagging and donation of clothes in her closet. I got caught in my own designs to get that closet cleaned
Look for a bad, bad, bad thread on our quickie shopping excursion.
Mid-daughter should on the place within the hour. I made Chili. And, of course the weather warmed up here, today. In fact we're under tornado watch. Jeez. Not great Chili weather.
I bet they eat it though. It always surprises me how much food this bunch scarfs down.
My kitchen is clean for now. I'm ready for many people taking it over. SIL is a chef and he loves pulling rank on us all. I may have an easy day tomorrow. We'll see.
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The worst/strangest Thanksgiving dinner I ever had was back in the early 80s. We trekked out to my brother’s house in the wee hours of the morning. My sister in law had dutifully thawed the turkey, and at whatever the appropriate time was on Thanksgiving day, she cut the package open and nearly dies from the SMELL. Rotten!

Now what?

This was far suburban Chicagoland in the early 80s. Stores of any sort open on that day just wasn’t to be had. Even gas stations were closed - you really had to plan ahead for the day back then. It took quite a bit of calling to find a pizza place that was open.

Got my sleep pacemaker turned on yesterday. Now for a fairly slow, aka deliberate pace, process to find the right intensity.
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:18 PM
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Daughter and SIL came early, so I don't have to tuck Roxy in. That kid was wearing me out!! But we had a good supper and I boiled a dozen eggs that will be sliced and deviled tomorrow.

I got an email from a former boss - we're going to try to meet up before Christmas and get caught up. Other than that, it's a quiet evening.

Bumba - I think the recipe name is ham and potato scallop, but I call it casserole because I'm a rebel like that.

And my day winds down.
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:32 PM
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I walked to the grocery store to get items for salad. It's basically baby spinach ,dried cranberries toasted cashews, toasted pumpkin seeds, and toasted sesame seeds and some tiny cubes of gruyére in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I'll have it all prepped and will mix it on Thursday.

OK, serious question: those of you who have turkey on Thanksgiving and then again on Christmas, do you get sick of turkey? It just seems like between the two big turkey-and-dressing dinners and all the leftovers, people must eat turkey for weeks on end.

Please enlighten me. We always had lasagna on Christmas, so I have no experience on this one.
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:34 PM
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I'd eat turkey any time - I love it! I used to buy a breast and roast it. Haven't done it in ages, but I need to.

I like deli turkey, too.
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Another day. They are replacing the windows in my apartment tomorrow starting at 7:30.. I'm home all day with Gordie. Is 0600 too early to start guzzling martinis?

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Neiie, I never tire of turkey.

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overlyverbose, resetting the cock on the 5 second rule?
It was a turkey, not a rooster.


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Howdy Y'all! I laundered, got prep stuff done for cookin', made a trip to the Pubic Sto' (I agree Butters no way do I want to go to the grocery sto' the day before Turkey Day!), and made sup. Thus I am a tahrd bear this evenin'. Tomorrow will be gettin' stuff ready for the big feast. Rah.

All you who are takin' off for parts other than where you are tomorrow, have a great trip and be safe. We want y'all back here safe and sound. I have spoken. So Mote It Be!

ETA: Count me in the I love turkey group. I can eat it anytime. YUM!

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OK, serious question: those of you who have turkey on Thanksgiving and then again on Christmas, do you get sick of turkey?
Many Jews go to Chinese restaurants on Christmas.
They've been a going concern for 6,000 years, so they must know something.

A Jewish guy and a Chinese guy play checkers in the park. One day, the Chinese guy mentions what a long history China has. The Jewish guy mentions the above 6,000 years. The Chinese guy responds, "Oh yeah? What did you eat?"
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I accidentally left a piece of mail in daughter's SUV this weekend. After work today, she popped by to return it. It was a flying trip - throw the mail and run. By the time I got out to nab the envelope, she had turned around in the yard, and her headlights were pointing to the neighbors' pups in their back yard.

Daughter: "(squeeee!) Doggies!"
Me: "Oh I forgot you haven't met. The fat lab is Vegas, and the slimmer lab/shepherd is Flex."
Daughter: "OMG, I love them! Who are the neighbors?"

Um... Bob? Maybe? And Mrs Bob? Vegas' and Flex' parents. They seem nice.

Daughter: "So I'm definitely your kid."
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Evening all. The rain has finally started, but looks like most of it is west and north of here. Hopefully dry out for the 400-mile drive tomorrow. Need to pack, but that can be done before bedtime and will take me about 5 minutes (lots and lots of practice over the years).

If I don't have a chance before, all y'all have a great holiday, be safe, and eat turkey (or whatever you choose to eat).
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We are going to eat with neighbors and I assume turkey is on the menu- that and a shitload of sweet taters. Since I like to have
leftovers, on Firday I am cooking a small butterball turkey roast and making dressing to get us through the weekend.

Also on Firday I am going to start the process of putting up my new Christmas tree and unloading the china cabinet and reload it with all the nifty Christmas dishes I got on major markdown last year. I may even leave the Christmas dishes in there a while. Plus I have Christmas towels, tablecloths and I don’t even know what all I have. It will be like Christmas just seeing what I have for Christmas.

I don’t think I mentioned but me and hubs are going to Jawja the 12th through the 17th. I do NOT want to go but hubs asked me to go. We are flying straight to ATL and renting a car. I chose midday flights so we can take Buddy to his vet for boarding and is in the opposite direction from the airport. Barring any accidents we should have time to drop him off/pick him up each way and same days. I took an extra day off when we get back just to decompress and thaw out. The day we leave is hubs BD. I need to ask his son or daughter to pick up a BD cake.

I do not want to go and we have discussed if the weather is too cold or icy we shan’t go, money be damned. Off to catch up the new season of Poldark.
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My house is full of kids and grandkids. I snuck off after dinner and KP duty. I'm in my bedroom hiding ()
The Siamese cats are so mad. They ran up and got under my bed. Meeko has decided she can come out. She gave me a walk by hug and is in the window seat. Bear isn't so forgiving. Mid-daughters Chihuahuas are yappy as ever.

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If I don't have a chance before, all y'all have a great holiday, be safe, and eat turkey (or whatever you choose to eat).
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heh, my shopping trip was interesting .......ok my aunt and I refuse to pay anything over 2 bucks for a 10-pound bag of spuds... And this Hispanic chain thats normally expensive for anything but, meat fruits and veggies had them for 1.50 a bag and had coke 3 for 9 and Shasta 2 for 6 (which to me is expensive for Shasta but its the going rate these days im told) which i only buy cause they've got flavored varieties

So I take uber there which is also geting more expensive over time and my god what a mess.... let's just say this isn't even a middle-class grocery store but it took an hour for maybe 20 minutes of shopping because they moved things around and it was crowded and name brand things were expensive ... I mean 8 bucks for a claim jumper pumpkin pie? i could get one ta the restaurant its self for cheaper than that
and this lady was trying to use an ebt card that probably wasn't hers and it wasn't working and she didn't even know the most basic information about the card and was shouting unkind things about Latinos/

And people behind her and me were responding with unkinder things in Spanish about "los negros" in a lower voice so she was told to come bacl later when things are fixed ...... I was using aunts phone and it didnt shut off properly and the uber app kills her battery ... so i barley made it home


only thing that was ok was the cashier was adorably cute and had just turned 18 so she was all smiles even to the loudmouth..... I forgot i had aunts card so when the pie went over i had to get the cheaper one .. and used self serve for the first time ....it was pretty good but it was slow and i thought I lost the cash I put into it ......luckily they had someone who knew how to reset it ... and didn't mind i stole a bag (15 cents a bag !) for some of the soda

Came home aunt wasn't happy it took so long and ever more unhappy when her phone was dead ..... I just can't win ever ....
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Rainy and windy here. Some parts of town have power outages, but those are being worked on. My power is fine for now. I had a difficult time convincing the Princess that no, she does not really want to go outside.
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yeah we have one of those "bomb cyclones"going the west coast through made it windy as hell for here yesterday and since we possibly live in the windiest place in so cal that's something ..uber driver on the way to the store says it was up to 90 mph and took out trees in some areas of our valley and the mountains were getting snow the channel he listened to news sayd they closed the surfing spots until further notice .... which i said they can keep the snow .....

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Oh, gravy... The year my mother brined the bird, she used those dripping to make the gravy. OMG, nothing has ever been so salty in the history of salt! It was inedible! That was the year I decided I'd never ever EVER brine a turkey. ick.

Back from erranding. The computer fixers were locked up, so the laptop came home with me. But I took care of the banking, and I made a stop at Food Lion and McKay's. I'm about to go out and fire up the leaf blower - good times!
We brine ours. It yields a Lot of drippings, which make the easiest gravy in the world. Roubail atx with a bit of the fat, or hell sometimes I just stir in some flour as I boil it. I think the sheer volume of drippings means they're not too salty.

Our worst were the ones where we didn't host. We were in the process of moving from NC to the DC area. I was on a project in the midwest, and my husband was still in NC. So I flew to NC instead of DC that weekend. We arranged to meet a friend for a dinner at a nice hotel in town but she had to bail at the last minute. So we had a dinner in a hotel, alone, with no friends or family. Not awful, just depressing. The other one wasn't as bad; I was commuting to NY every week for work, and had been sick a bit that fall, so we invited ourselves to join relatives an hour or so away.

The funniest was our first Thanksgiving. That year - and almost every year since - we've had an open Thanksgiving where we invite everyone who has no better place to go. Mid-afternoon, we heard shouting from the neighbors across the hall. They popped by to say hi a bit later, and said that a burner on their stove - an electric stove, with ceramic coils - had basically blown up and was now missing a chunk of the ceramic. We all commiserated. Then an hour later, the identical thing happened to us - loud BANG, sparks, and everyone jumping out of their skins. Luckily the rest of the stove worked fine.

2 turkeys this year. We're looking at a crowd of 14, which is about as big as we've ever hosted, and I was afraid with only one turkey, we wouldn't have enough leftovers . I wanted to get a turkey breast but when I looked for the organic ones at Whole Foods, a whole turkey was cheaper than the breast. That's OK; they're both in the brine now and tomorrow evening I'll roast one. That way I can make gravy from that one earlier in the day, so I don't have to scramble to make the gravy while we're trying to get everything else done last minute.

Gotta set up a long folding table in the living room as our dining table only seats 8-10. The stuffing is made (the veggie / fruit / bacon part; we'll assemble the bread and broth Thursday). We'll need at least 2 folding tables, one for desserts and one for beverages, maybe a third for additional dinner serving space. It's going to be busy and crowded and fun.
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Sounds fun, Mama Zappa, wish I could come.

As for me, I'm heading the other direction...in about 90 seconds. Have fun, all, & remember to use coasters cold alcohol (don't need to dilute it with ice that way).
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Good Mornin' Y'all! Up and caffeinatin'. *YAWN* 'Tis 60 Amurrkin out and mostly cloudy with a predicted high of 79 with rain/tstorms/apocalypse predicted for this afternoon, maybe. Today is get stuff ready for the big feast day. I do not need to go over to the church house to deal with stuff like trash cans. Two members host a community like Turkey Day feast every year. They provide the main stuff and others bring sides and desserts. Anywho, since they are doin' this tomorrow, they shall deal with gettin' the biiiiiiiiiiiiig trash cans down to where they go for pickup on Firday, since tomorrow, the usual pickup day, is a holiday. So I do not need to leave da cave today. YAY! Sup shall be sammiches or forage.

Now I need more caffeine and rumbly tummy wants to be fed. Then, onward into the day! Rah.

Happy Hump Day Y'all!
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shady - how do you get potatoes so cheap? A good deal around here is $2.50 for 5# of red-skinned or Yukon gold, and occasionally a 10# bag of russets might go for $3.00, but rarely. And, frankly, I don't think 50¢/lb is out of line.

It's a drizzly morning, but the rain is supposed to blow out early and stay away till maybe late Saturday. Eggs are boiled and peeled, and when I get home, I'll make the 2 kinds of fillings. I'll also build a couple of sweet potato souffles, and I'm thinking it'll be a pizza night. We shall see...

Happy Wednesday!!
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Morning all. Thanks for all the good wishes on travel, it's 98% Interstate, only choke point is going through Nashville (I'll try to hit it after 9am rush hour). Packed, house is clean (or at least as clean as it ever gets), last bills for the month paid and all is well.

Everyone have a great Holiday and if I can get near a computer this week, I'm take the Dope's password with me and will let you know how things are going.

All y'all take care.

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