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    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2011
     
    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US, the day we give thanks to some diety or other for being greedy, fat slobs who eat to the point of being sick then eat even more during the football game. Somewhere in between, we set up the Christmas tree after the dishes are done.

    But not at my house. This year, we'll be having dinner with Mr. Thing's family, eating traditional Thanksgiving Day foods, and not setting up a Christmas tree. For goodness' sake, let one holiday end before starting another!

    Traditional T-day foods in New England include: turkey; stuffing made with bread crumbs, sage, thyme, garlic, salt, butter, onion, and sometimes celery and nuts; cranberry sauce; apple, pumpkin, and sometimes other kinds of pie; mashed potatoes; sweet potatoes; butternut squash; boiled turnip; green bean casserole made with green beans, Campbell's cream of mushroom soup, and French's fried onions in a can; salad, and I'm probably forgetting a few other things. We always have stuffed grape leaves from an Americanized recipe of Mr. Thing's yaya's (grandmother's) creation. I don't like them, but the rest of the family does. Mother-in-law Thing stuffs them with hamburger and cooks them in tomato sauce. I much prefer the traditional kind.

    Anyway, if you're celebrating, have a happy day.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2011
     
    My apple pies came out looking fantastic! I hope they taste at least half as good as they look. Thank goodness for Pillsbury pie crusts--I'm not up to making my own anymore.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2011
     
    They taste fine to me. Pumpkin and Pecan are my favorites during TG and Christmas. Oh, the smell, yuuummmnnn!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2011
     
    My pies were pretty good. I use as little sugar as possible, so they're always a tiny bit on the dry side, because I don't use enough sugar for the apples to give off much juice. But they were very tasty, and everyone loved them.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2011
     
    I haven't spoken to my brother on the phone since some time in 2004, I think, and he never emails me and rarely responds to my emails. But his wife had told me a couple of weeks ago that she had scads of old family pictures, and would be happy to drop by day after Thanksgiving and let me have them. I realized today I hadn't heard from her since then, and as it was late for email, I decided to call. I was hoping for some conversation from my brother when I called today to firm up the plans or make new ones. Here's how it went:

    Bro: Hello.
    Me: Hi, this is your sister Judy!
    B: I know.
    Me: Happy Thanksgiving!
    B: Same to you.
    Me: Is Jane around?
    B: Yup. JANE! PHONE!"

    At least his wife is fun to talk to!
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2011
     
    Sad. Maybe a new beginning!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
     
    Oh man...my sister-in-law dropped of FIVE boxes of old photos that had been sitting in my brother's garage for 7 or 8 years. Lots of mouse nest remains, mouse poo and pee; the boxes were musty and dusty and moldy, and I thought my allergies would kill me. But I found some wonderful things in those boxes! There was a picture of my great-grandmother (mother's mother's mother). I've never seen any pictures of her, we never talked much about her, and I can't find any records for her on Ancestry.com, so this is really big. Also found some pictures of my father's father and pictures of my father's mother as a teenager. All carefully preserved in photo albums nobody ever told me or my brother about. The photo of my ggmother isn't very good, but it's something.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2011
     
    Please wear a mask next time!

    Oh, God...Connery Sean on the tube...Sorry John, but you are still the best!! Just a little challenge, sugar.

    Who? Jen Wade? Never heard of her.:cool:
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      CommentAuthorchris14
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2011
     
    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2011
     
    I've done one major sort of the photos. Got rid of the ones that didn't come out good, because there were hundreds more of that person that did come out good. Got rid of most of the frames, as they were beyond restoration. Bought new cardboard boxes and threw the old ones away. Set aside a bunch to scan; scanned about half of them, uploaded them to iPhoto and Flickr so as not to lose them. I didn't want to, but I had to throw out my mother's scrapbook, as it seemed to be the mother lode of allergens for me. She had saved paper napkins and placemats as souvenirs; there was a paper hat from a St. Patrick's Day party she attended with my dad; she'd saved every ticket stub and the ribbons from every bouquet and corsage my father ever gave her, I think. But they were beyond saving. I did save a curious right-wing anti-war poster from about 1941, and one or two other things that weren't quite so bad. Everything is packed away in my dry basement, awaiting the time when I can sort through them again, label what I can, discard more poor photos and duplicates, and get to the library to scan what I want to keep online.