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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Giving Thanks to Bloggers and Books

Tomorrow we will have a very quiet Thanksgiving. For the first time in many years, we will be on our own and we will not have a turkey. We will have filet mignon, potatoes au gratin in a cream sauce, butternut squash, cranberry apple chutney, a diverse salad, and a French Apple Cake,  a recipe that I first tried last year at Thanksgiving. We had planned to have a Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant with a friend an hour to the south of us, but due to Sandy's condition--we unexpectedly  cannot leave her alone at this point because she is still in "a cone" and our friends are too busy to drive all the way up to see us and eat a dinner I might have served here.

But, I think, what an opportunity. Maybe we can dig into a long movie we haven't had time to see! Maybe we can binge watch one of the many shows we've been dying to see. So I don't feel as sad as I might have.

When we give thanks this Thanksgiving, Ken and I agree we give thanks for Sandy, and how happy we are to have such a remarkable dog with us.
And I give thanks to all of my blogging friends. May you have a peaceful holiday, and if you don't celebrate it, may you enjoy reading loads of books this weekend--or enjoy shopping for them! Do tell!

12 comments:

  1. Sometimes a quite Thanksgiving is a really nice Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for. I agree that books and the book blogging community is one of those things.

    I hope that Sandy gets out of her cone soon.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, Brian, I do hope that today or this weekend you have the chance to hop up onto your bed and read for a few hours. Best wishes!
      Oh, yes, and as of today, do we EVER HOPE that Sandy gets out of her cone! She's becoming much more active--and needs her loads of exercise again. We just have to wait until Monday. Can't wait!

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  2. Hope your day was special Judith; all our guests are now gone and I'm beat but, it was a lovely day.

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    1. Indeed it was, Diane. And I managed to write for a couple of hours. I woke early Thanksgiving morning and in the quiet dawn I did research for my novel on the couch with Sandy by my side. Very nice indeed! So glad you had a lovely day!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ken, Judith. The day you have planned sounds absolutely delightful. I love the sound of French Apple cake! YOu won't know yourself when Sandy gets rid of her cone.

    I didn't shop for books today but I did go to the library. One of the books I have on reserve came in, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Not sure what I'll actually be reading this weekend apart from Moby-Dick (which I can only read in small doses). I was reading four but have finished two and the third is my bedtime read. So we'll see. I might start The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell, that would give me my 10th. book for the European challenge. And choose another fiction book too but I have no idea what. Hopeless...

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    1. Hi Cath, We did have a nice Thanksgiving, and watched more of The Crown Season 3 on Netflix. So different from Season 2, but just as interesting.
      I think I've read something by Erin Morgenstern. Hmmmm… Does sound so familiar. And good for you, for hanging on with Moby Dick.
      I must say that I have the Cornwall mystery in the house now--I ordered it, and can't wait to get to it. But I'm writing a lot now and it's difficult to find the extra hours for reading.

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  4. Judith, I hope that you and Ken have a lovely Thanksgiving celebration with Sandy the wonderdog!
    Are you and I supposed to be reading Orhan Pamuk's Snow sometime soonish?

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    1. Hi Katrina,
      We did have a great evening with our steak and etceteras. Sandy loved sharing our meal, of course. And she is a wonderdog!!! For sure, she is that.
      I know we're reading Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale in early January. I'm planning to start reading it no later than January 1st? How about you?
      And Pamuk's Snow is still a novel I dearly want to tackle. Should we do that in January as well, or February? Let's think about it.

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  5. I truly thought I had commented here already, but I think I had just seen the title. Thanksgiving was hectic because we had a fire above us in the mountains two days earlier, and it was much better by Thursday but not yet out, and then we had company right after Thanksgiving and were cleaning up, etc. We had ham and a wonderful loaded baked potato casserole that my son made and cornbread cooked by my husband. It is so wonderful that Sandy has brought you and Ken so much joy.

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  6. Hi Tracy,
    You posted in a previous entry, and I responded expressing grave concern for what you're going through with the wildfires.
    I love the idea of ham--and better yet, a loaded baked potato casserole--oh, yes! And cornbread TOO! Sounds delicious. I'd love to know what that casserole is all about. Just our kind of thing!

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    1. I will send you the recipe, Judith, but I will warn you that it is probably high fat, etc. And delicious. When I am retired I am going to find a Southern cornbread recipe like my mother's (actually my grandmother's), less sweet and no wheat flour. But I like any kind of cornbread, from scratch, from a mix, any kind. Life has settled down a bit now and I only have 11 working days left until retirement.

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    2. Tracy, I am counting down the days with you. I had to smile when I read it's just 11 working days left. What treats are in store for you! If anything, how about a couple of hours each day to read to your heart's content!
      I haven't made a cornbread in many years, though I made it regularly in my 20s and 30s. (I loved it toasted with peanut butter--hate to say it). My mother used to bake it--not sweet at all, because my father loved it so. He called it "johnnycake," but technically speaking it really wasn't. But as his name was John, I suppose his love for it fit somehow. Please do send that loaded potato recipe when you have time--not now if you're too busy winding down. I don't mind fat in a special recipe!

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