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NOVEMBER 20, 2010

Good morning!  It’s a foggy one here.  Or maybe just plain overcast with lots of rain in the future.  And cold.  We are supposed to get really cold weather this weekend, and maybe even snow at sea level come Monday.  Snow for Thanksgiving….wouldn’t be the first time.

Our church is having it’s big Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, and I will be preparing candied yams and fresh cranberry sauce this afternoon before we run up to Olympia for the family November  Birthday Bash and Soup Party.  That’s always a fun time.  We have 5 family members with November birthdays ( and you know who you are!), ranging from 4 years to 54.  There will be 4 different pots of soup to choose from, and almost always include a taco soup, a chicken noodle soup, and a vegetable beef soup.  My nephew will bring something more exotic…like butternut with green curry paste, hazelnut butter, and coconut milk.  I’m bringing a cheesecake (thank you, Costco), and making a mixed berry compote to serve with.  Compote….it’s such an old-fashioned word, isn’t it?

To work off the cheesecake, a friend has given me her grandmother’s stationary bicycle.  Well, I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s mine for the taking.  She says it is a really nice one, with  resistance bars you pull for arm toning.  My research says that a bike like this is good exercise for my arthritic knees, and much better for them than using a treadmill…which they don’t encourage at all….and always causes swelling in my left knee. 

Are you ready for the holidays?  Because they’re here!!  We’ve done a bit of shopping.  Gift cards, and presents for the little ones.  I’ve GOT to get started on the fruitcake for my FIL.  Remind me to go pick up the rum. 

I think I will get hubby a GPS this year.  Maybe he’ll take me on a road trip if I do.

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FEELING BOOKISH

Do you understand the feeling of having a new book to read, and resenting anything or anyone that prevents you from sitting down and reading?  That is the way I am feeling today.  We are having friends over for dinner, and I would so much rather be curled up with a book and read until my eyes fell out (homage to E). 

On my bookshelf:  Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen.  Kingdom Come, by Tim LaHaye.  The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva.  In the Company of Others by Jan Karon.  Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.  As you can tell, my titles are diverse.

Which one should I read first……when I have the time?

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