Sunday, November 30, 2008

Turkey Leftovers...........

are put away............

kClare is safely back at ISU after her 8 hour drive.........yikes. It was so fun having her here for the week even though she worked on school projects.

we are right now, "tracking" jJoy's flight from London.....she arrives here around midnight.........(I wonder what time her BODY will think it is?) We haven't seen her since March 17th!

we're just about finished with the holiday decorating......

and, once again, we have so much to be thankful for.

Back in February, I found this video on YouTube and posted it just because it was fun.....now it's very seasonal. It's a group called "Straight, No Chaser", a male a capella group out of Indiana University....they're delightful and fun......enjoy.



Today, is the first Sunday in Advent and tomorrow is December 1st, so, let the merriment commence.

Friday, November 28, 2008

It Was a Thankful, Thanksgiving, Thursday.......

On Wednesday, we spent most of the day cleaning and preparing food for the Turkey Feast on Thursday. We tried a few new recipes: Wild Mushroom Soup (which was a keeper); Mushroom Stuffing (not Mom's traditional and definitely NOT a keeper); and a Weight Watcher roasted brussel sprouts recipe (which was good, but not worth all the prep hassle). We had many helpers at our feast and we're very thankful for the help and the chance to gather once again as a family. Some helpers: I especially enjoy seeing the cousins; it's exciting for them and they always seem to have a great time together. Some of the cousins:
Later in the day, we "i-chatted" with J aboard her ship. I think she said she had nachos for dinner......that is so not right on Thanksgiving. But it was fun and she got to see Papa who she misses. She's SO ready to come home....she showed us her packed suitcases on the bed. Everyone gathered around the computer to "chat" with jJoy:


While we were waiting for more family to arrive, L brought out really old slides (ancient, according to my nephew Owen....just wait, Owen, you'll see!).
We enjoyed desserts and coffee before everyone headed home.
It was a relatively early night and we did the last of the clean up quickly and then kClare and I sat down and started going through the "Black Friday" ads and on the computer when all of a sudden, the power went out. Not to the whole house, but just to the zone where the kitchen, the loft and the master bathroom are. Very odd. So, down they went to reset circuit breakers without luck. We finally ended up calling our electric buddie, Joe and he gave us a few options and if those failed we should call the electric company. I guess there are two lines coming into the house and one could be damaged.
We appreciated that the electric company was at the house within an hour and after some serious banging around, the electric was back on.
Although we were able to run a long extension cord from the refrigerator to another outlet, it was worrisome that there might be something more serious wrong.

We got out and did some shopping this morning and now we're all supposed to be taking a nap before we begin the task of putting the tree up. I'll be happy if the tree is "standing" by nightfall.
We are enjoying having kClare home and although she has a paper to write, she's enjoying being home and being taken care of.
Here's kClare perusing the ads and getting up a plan for Friday:
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hey There Girlfriend.............

Let us know when you get the old "thumbs up" for traveling.

Have a wonderfully, warm Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for your friendship and wish you good health and happiness. Give John a squeeze for us, too!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Today.............

is WORLD HELLO DAY.

So, HELLO, to you and yours

Check it out at http://www.worldhelloday.org/

Monday, November 17, 2008

This is a very exciting time of year....we are approaching Thanksgiving and the thought of cooking all the traditional foods is exciting. And around the corner will come Christmas. I'm so ready for Christmas this year, I feel a little embarrassed to be a part of all the retail hoopla! But, as soon as the leftover turkey is wrapped and in the refrigerator, that monster of a tree is going up! I've never felt the urge to move forward on Christmas quite so early as this year.

In less than a week, our K will be home from school for a week. Neither of my kids has had such an extended Thanksgiving break from school before - so it's great. She's feeling that "end of the semester" pressure and crunch. So the week home will do her good. She hasn't been home since August and she hasn't seen her sister since July.

And, in less than two weeks, our J will be home from her tour of duty on the Jade. We haven't seen J since St Patrick's Day! and it will be great to see her. She's going to stay with us for about two and a half months until she takes her next ship assignment on the Norwegian Dawn.

The girls will be like "ships passing" on Sunday however....K will leave to go back to school in the morning and J arrives around eleven PM that night. But, never fear.....K will return in two weeks for a month-long stay at home.....let the sibling bickering commence!

How can I help but be excited?

It's hard to believe that I've been at my new job for over a month now. The library is so fabulous and the staff is very dynamic. The branch manager is very professional and my supervisor is incredibly wonderful. I told L yesterday that I have YET to see her not smiling. And, not just smiling, but with one of those fabulous grins that just makes your day! You can tell just by looking at her that she is happy just being. She's been with the library for 25 years and to celebrate, we went out to eat and imbibe last Friday. It was nice to get together with the staff in such a social setting.....

My new boss, C.....doesn't she have a great smile?
And, A, works in my department also.

Some of the girls in the department............

I went to high school with one of the girls who works at my new branch, J on the left. And my good buddie, K...she used to work with me at my old branch so it's very fun having her at the new place.




J has been sailing this week with her cousin Kara. They left Istanbul, Turkey on November 6th and have been to Izmir (also in Turkey), Piraeus near Athens, Greece, Dubrovnik in Croatia, Venice, Italy for two days!, Naples in Italy and Civitavecchia in Italy. Civitavecchia is the "Rome" port. They spent today all day at sea and I guess it was rough - J emailed me that she just might get sea sick for the first time, the waves are that rough. So, we'll see how they make out. They end up in Barcelona tomorrow......what a trip, eh?




OH, and guess who said J's mass on Sunday????

That's right.......the POPE.
Man, she's living right!

YEP, that's the Papal Papa in the window.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's Turkey Month..........

Turkey and Thankfulness......

Thankful for my wonderful L.....Lanky, Leggy, Liberal, Loving, Lawfully wedded L....

Thankful that my brother M's surgery went well and that he'll soon be home and recovering with his family all around him.....

Thankful that I will see my J & K this month

Thankful for the over 50 years my Mom & Dad had together this month, even though she is no longer here

Thankful that family will be with us for our Turkey Feast

Thankful that I am enjoying my new post so well - they make it so EASY to love

Thankful that I have so much to be thankful for


This past weekend, we had dinner at the hands of Chef Martin. He's off to Florida this week to open a new Moxie restaurant in South Beach with the owners and a couple more chefs. He and fellow chef, Katie, treated us to lucious crab cakes, pork & pasta and lots of fabulous desserts.

Chefs Martin & Katie

Family......a bit blurry, but family all the same (I'm blaming it on the Guinness rather than the fact that I turned the flash off)

Younger generation of Diva Cousins.....

So, let the Thankful, Turkey month continue.........................