Friday, November 22, 2013

A Gloomy Friday Post

 I took these pictures the other day when the sun was obviously streaming in, Good thing, because today has been about as gloomy as they come. The weather forecast was for rain, so I should have been prepared. This weekend it is going to turn cold and probably stay that way at least though Thanksgiving. Joy.
 Sorry if I sound a little grumpy. I don't usually like to share my bad moods with you, but sometimes I just can't help it. I was going to do a little reading until I realized that my Kindle battery is dead. It's charging right now so it should be good to go in a little bit. Definitely user error. I knew last night that it was getting low.
 I'm also waiting for the plumber to call me back. Our kitchen sink is stopped up again. I've tried everything I know to fix it and nothing has worked. I guess we will just have to go out for dinner tonight. Darn...
It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week. It just sneaks up on me every year. My dad was here for a couple of days on his way to visit family in Tennessee. He will be back Sunday and then all of us will be at his house for Thanksgiving. It will be good to see David and hear all about how his psych rotation is going. From the way he talks on the phone I get the feeling that he's enjoying it. Grace has 10 days of college left. That's really hard to believe. She has decided not to participate in the graduation ceremony. It's so close to Christmas and she doesn't know anyone else graduating. I guess we will just have to celebrate her achievement on our own. Another dinner out perhaps...

Hope you all have a great weekend. I really hope that the sun is out where ever you are and that it shines here tomorrow.
PS As you can see, George is still with us. He actually seems to be better than ever, crazy cat.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Gobble Gobble

It was my turn to play "hostess" for my monthly stamp club get together. All that really means is that I got to cook dinner and collect the hostess credits at the end of the evening. I decided to go with a Thanksgiving like menu: turkey and stuffing casserole, green beans and sweet potatoes. I made a pecan pie for dessert, but I think everyone enjoyed the Fresh Market rolls and turkey shaped butter best.
As a little party favor goody bag I decided to dip pretzels in  white Ghiradelli melting chocolate and  sprinkle them with cute candy coated sunflower seeds. Very fall like don't you think?

 I packaged them up in little orange bags with these cute little turkey cards that I got for a dollar at Target. I think they were meant to be place cards, but instead of writing names on them I stamped the Gobble Gobble.
 The house smelled so good while I was cooking on Friday. Now I can't wait for the "real" Thanksgiving feast. Ours will be courtesy of The Fresh Market once again and I am perfectly happy to let those nice people do all the work.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall In The Forest

. With everything going on over the past 6 weeks or so, not to mention some pretty yucky weekend weather we have not been able to do much hiking this fall. Sunday was a beautiful day here in Louisville, so we decided to take advantage of it and hit the trails. We planned to hike the Tioga Falls National Recreation Trail near Fort Knox but it was apparently closed by order of the commandant due to blasting or some such thing. Needless to say we were a bit bummed, but not deterred so we headed to the Jefferson  County Memorial Forest and after a quick potty break set out on the Purple Heart Trail. It was 2 miles of what I'd call rugged uphill and downhill climbs. Very little flat ground of which I am quite fond of. I huffed and puffed trying to keep up with Alan. At one point I thought I might just sit down on a fallen log and refuse to go any further, but then some other hikers showed up and I didn't want to look like a looser. I will tell you the main reason for all of the photos is that I took a lot of breaks. Since I'm not a quitter, we eventually made it back to the beginning, all downhill at that point thank goodness. We enjoyed a little picnic and tried to take some selfies, but obviously don't quite have the hang of that yet. The leaves were gorgeous, probably a little past peak, since so many of them were on the ground. All and all it was a nice adventure. Hope you had a fun weekend and are looking forward to a great week.