tgif | 12.31.2021

T- Turns out it’s been a lovely afternoon. I took a quick trip to the grocery store and while the parking lot was busy, busy, busy, checkout lines were moving with considerable speed. Home and once I’d “washed” the groceries, I decided, since the day was sunny, not too cold and the absolutely last day of this incredibly horrible year, I’d take a photo walk. I started out on my usual path to and through the park but decided to take a different route out. A half block later, I came across this incredible display of inflatable Christmas decor. Amazing!

G – My next photo was of a barren tree against the blue and white clouded sky – reminiscent of the needlepoint I’m stitching and a reminder of a similar painting I made when I was 16. I don’t have the painting but I often think of it, especially when I see a barren tree against the sky. I think I should just reproduce the painting. Yes! It belongs on my “22 for 22” List, created by Gretchen Rubin, available here as a free download …

I – absolutely love this photo of Chris (7 years) and Elias ( 4 years) playing with a new Christmas gift from their grandfather. I think Chris is explaining to Elias how it works. (This wasn’t a part of my walk … the photo was just sitting on my desk.)

F – Friday, is, I think a great day to end a year, especially the one we’ve had. Friday has all sorts of meanings but a change of pace is perhaps the most widely recognized in this country. Whatever Friday’s significance, for certain one is a change of pace. There is definitely a different rhythm to life and yep, I’m glad today is Friday, the end of the month of December and the end of this year, 2021!

Happy New Year. May 2022 be your/our best year ever! Stay safe and well!

Cheers~

this tree|11.25.21…

this tree, Thanksgiving 2021

Nearly 36 years ago I moved into my house; several years thereafter, I fell in love with the Japanese Maple tree and promptly had one planted. Over the years, I have watched the tree grow and change colors as the seasons evolved: winter, spring, summer and autumn.

I have delighted in watching the leaves change on the trees – but none more so than this year.

This year, this autumn, as best I can recollect, the Japanese Maple – this tree – shines and glows in all its glory! Its color is absolutely stunning! A feast for the eyes, even on a grey day.

It has been chilly all week: mornings, I sit with a woven shawl thrown around my shoulders and on my walks, accompanied by hats, gloves. My glasses are easily fogged by my mask – I always wear when out in the world, despite being fully vaccinated. The mask reassures me and I trust, others too.

In the wee small hours of this very chilly – 38 degrees – Thanksgiving morn, I am especially grateful for this tree and this day. May your days, especially this Thanksgiving, be filled with good health, good food, the companionship of loved ones, both near and far … and a this tree.

Cheers~

what’s for dinner?

 

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Happy Thanksgiving! It’s been very quiet around here. Naps appear to be front and center… This morning, Dolly (my niece) accidentally FaceTimed  me…so, I had a chance to chat with great grand-nephew Chris, now almost 6.5 years old! He told me he was going to make “corn pudding” this morning – he was excited. And he did. Dolly (or Chris, not sure who for he often sends us txt messages ) shared the proof of the pudding just fresh out of the oven.

I too am making corn pudding- it’s been a Thanksgiving/Christmas staple since the late 70s…and so I thought I’d share the recipe* – very simple and easy to make:

  • 2 – 12 oz cans: 1 – cream corn and 1 – whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 cup sour cream (I use fat free )
  • 1/2 c. margerine – melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box Jiffy mix

Dump all the ingredients into a bowl, mix thoroughly and bake at 350 degrees, 40 -50 min or a tester comes clean .

Guaranteed to please and it’s even tastier the next couple days… Enjoy!

Chris likes to cook; I think I’ll get him a chef’s hat + matching apron for Christmas and a cookbook; trust I can find such.

Cheers~

*I’ve shared the recipe before when the blog was on typepad …