Baking A Pie

My church is having its Thanksgiving service tonight followed by pie and coffee in the fellowship hall. I was asked to bake a pie. I agreed to bake a pumpkin pie (thought that would be the easiest) and I’m now waiting for it to finish.

It has turned out the pie wasn’t as easy as I though it would be. For openers, I wanted a disposable pan to take it in so I didn’t have to worry about getting a “good” pan back. The supermarket didn’t seem to have any of the deep dish ones that I had my mind set on. So I settled on the next best thing.

While mixing the pie filling, I discovered I was out of ground cloves. I had nothing I could substitute since I had already dumped in the cinnamon and ginger. If I hadn’t, I could have used pumpkin pie spice. So who knows what my pie is going to taste like.

It’s in the oven now and I’m hoping it will cook. It’s not looking too promising at the moment. I’m definitely glad I agreed to buy a bakery pie to take to my niece’s on Thanksgiving.

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Deck the Halls

Some people get the holiday decorating fever early. I guess I can’t blame them since the stores do it. There’s one house a couple of streets over which is all decorated with outside lights as is one down the street from me. That just feels like they’re rushing the season to me.

To be honest, I’m having problems with getting ready for Christmas. My nephew’s health issues has cast a pall over the holidays for me. He’s still in the hospital and we don’t know if he’ll even be able to come home in time for Thanksgiving.

I’m seriously thinking of avoiding sending Christmas cards this year if I don’t have an email address for the recipient. Postage has gotten so expensive. A lot of my cards go overseas and I just can’t justify the expense this year. That’s partly because I’m in the “donut hole” on my medical expenses. So if I have an email address, I’ll look up an electronic card I can send this year. (If you want a holiday card from me, send me your email address.)

I still need to do gift shopping. Again my nephew’s illness is partly to blame. We draw names at his birthday dinner normally. We didn’t have that this year because he’s in the hospital. We also exchange our “gift lists” at Thanksgiving and since I don’t know who I’m shopping for … other than the children … I can’t get enthused to go shopping. To be honest, I don’t even have ideas for the children.

I think I’m turning into a Scrooge.

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Winter Is Here

Winter has arrived. The low temps are in the teens and the highs haven’t been much above 25. Last Thursday there were a few slow flurries. The student I tutor on Thursday told me it’s not supposed to snow in November. Guess November didn’t get the memo.

It snowed all day Sunday. We got about two inches. It was a polite snow and stayed mostly on the grass and shrubs. The streets remained clear so driving wasn’t a problem,

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How Not To Celebrate

Thursday was my oldest nephew’s birthday. He did not celebrate in grand style. He hadn’t been feeling well for a few days. Wednesday found him at Urgent Care where he was told to go to the hospital. Wednesday night found him in the ICU at the hospital.

When I talked to him Thursday, he was grumpy. He was doing a bit better since he was in a regular room but wasn’t happy to be in the hospital. One part of the diagnosis was that he’s now diabetic and he isn’t at all happy with what he’s been given to eat. That’s understandable. He’s a very picky eater.

But, thank God, the pneumonia diagnosis was either in error or else God answered that part of our prayers already. The staph infection in his arm is the major focus.

This is definitely not the way you want to celebrate your birthday.

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Veterans’ Day

It seems only fitting that I should write something about Veterans’ Day today. I don’t know many veterans personally. My dad was in the Navy in World War II and my brother-in-law was in the Army during the Korean war.

It doesn’t matter that I don’t know individual veterans. What matters is that they went to war and fought for the U.S. Because of them, I can enjoy the many freedoms afforded U.S. citizens.

So, thank you, Veterans for your services to your country … and to me.

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Being Lazy

I have really been lazy this week. I woke up at 4 a.m. on Tuesday feeling sick and feverish so I called my supervisory election judge and reported I would not be in to work the election. Instead I went back to bed and slept the day away. I voted absentee when I went to the training session so I didn’t feel guilty about missing the election.

Wednesday I was scheduled to be one of the speakers at the quarterly reading tutors’ meeting so I managed to go to that. But I arrived 30 minutes late which wasn’t good. I briefly talked about how I handle my sessions with a student. I’m not sure anyone got anything out of it other than a case of envy that I’m given an hour with my student. Most of the ones there only get 30 minutes.

One of the new=to=me tutors had prepared a lesson on clouds using The Cloud Book. She offered the handout materials so I took some plus the book home with me. She nearly went into panic because the book was a library book. No amount of reassurance on my part that I would return the book to the library seemed to satisfy her. Several emails later, I think she’s calmed down. Unfortunately I had to tell her my student wasn’t excited by the book or the project.

So, other than going to the school to tutor and library to return the Cloud book on Thursday, I’ve accomplished very little other than reading. I’ve written out a to-do list but haven’t managed to cross off many things on it. I did manage to re-activate my TracPhone yesterday. What an ordeal that was! I’m sure the person I was speaking to was overseas somewhere because I had to keep repeating things or him. Then he’d go quiet for long stretches of time and I’d wonder if we were still connected. I think it took almost 30 minutes to get my phone working again.

What have you accomplished this week?

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Reading

The Ten on Tuesday topic today was what ten series of books you have read. As you are aware, I don’t participate in the Ten on Tuesday posts but I do like to read them. Today’s topic was educational … for me. I didn’t realize I read so many series.

As I read the lists other bloggers wrote, I realize I read or have read more series than I first thought. Of course, the Agatha Christie books were on several lists. The Harry Potter books were pretty much universally listed. But some of my favorite books such as Diane Mott Davidson’s books also made the list. The beauty of those, in my opinion, is that they can be read as stand-alone books.

Other books I’ve read who made at least one other person’s list were the Lady Detective Agency books (author is Alexander McCall I think) and Jan Karon’s books about Father Tim. I’m so glad she has a new book about him coming out soon. I was a little disappointed that Laura Child’s teashop mysteries didn’t make the list. She’s one of my favorite authors.

A lot of the series were mysteries. I guess that’s to be expected. I’m going to have to re-read those blog posts before my next visit to the library. I think I may find some new “favorites” in those lists.

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