This & That ; End of November

Whether you partied,  found time to relax and have a nap, or played a bit,  I hope that your Thanksgiving holiday ( for those in the USA) has been going well.

My son took the funny one of their cat, and Brent was captured by my DIL at a friends’ house. 

A bit of this & that around here… it is hard to believe that it is the end of November already! I think that some of this is due to the seasons not being so predictable anymore in the way of the weather.

Our Thanksgiving was held on Friday, so that Brent and Kate could be there. It works nicely that way for other reasons as well. My oldest son who came home from St. Louis could have dinner with his dads’ family one day and with us the next. The same for many people. The gathering seems to grow each year, with a rather large core group for dinner, and then many friends coming later on, early evening. So we progress from the regular dinner to friends coming later with wine or beer and snacks such as spinich dips, cheese balls and so on.

At one point, during the transition time, I was at the sink doing some dishes, having worked on putting some food away for leftovers, and one of my sons’ friends dragged me away and into the dining room where about 40 people were singing “Happy Birthday” and bringing out a cake for Kate and I.  Her birthday is the 22nd and mine is the 29th.

Every year, one of us lines up the family kids on the porch and gets a photo. My DILs’ twin sister had the best one this year. Last year little Gracie, held by her ‘pap-pap’ was the baby. Now there’s a new one, in Kates’ arms. The DIL has a big family and it continues to grow :)

When the young friends show up, with all of THEIR children in tow, it gets to be a bit of a madhouse, but a happy one at that.

Saturday morning was one where I’d have loved to sleep in, but my oldest wanted to leave early for his trip back to St. Louis.

He came down here for a hearty breakfast around 7:30. We did enjoy the most glorious sunrise, though. Deep vivid reds and oranges permeated the skies. No photos ( or I’d have burned the breakfast :) but later on I took a few shots of the encroaching sunset.

There’s been quite a bit of ‘babysitting’ / days off / early dismissals / son takes wife on a date…so not much sewing going on. I did complete a bit of applique on a block but it is not done, and no photo.  I made a bit more progress in regards to quilting on the Botanical, and hope to finish this block soon.

Finally, on Saturday, after some Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch, I made some zucchini boats for dinner.  I just wanted something different, and I’d not had these since summer. Yes they are cheaper to make in the summer with free zucchini :)

I am sure that most of you have made these before but if not :

  • Cut the zucchini in halves, lengthwise.   Hollow out the middle with a spoon. Dice up what you have hollowed out.
  • Then, this is your preference :  Use ground beef, turkey, Italian sausage ( I used the sausage) and cook that up in a skillet with the diced zucchini, peppers ( I used sweet peppers ) and onion. From there you can add whatever you want, in regards to seasoning. Or go vegetarian and meatless…
  • If this was summer, I’d add chopped up fresh tomatoes from the garden. In this season, after I’d cooked all of this up, I added some tomato sauce.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375, and put your plain boats that you have hollowed out into a baking dish with a bit of water in the bottom. Bake for 20 minutes or so. Remove from the oven, take the boats out, and drain the water.
  • Add some sauce to bottom of that dish, put the boats back, fill them with your mixture that you cooked in the skillet, and bake for 20 more minutes. At the end, add some mozzarella, and put the dish back into the oven for a few minutes until it is melted. I served these with a side of rice.

I do have the beginnings of a turkey-carcass based soup but wanted a break from turkey and this hit the spot :)

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I’ll get some quilting in on Sunday and join up with other Slow Stitchers at Kathys Quilts

Update on Javis / A little break/ Happy Thanksgiving :)

Last week the kids had a day off of school and I was babysitting them. Javis was playing rough with the dog/ jumping on his bed, eating well for the first time in days since the injury.  ( If you missed that post it is HERE )

So when I let the DIL know this, she contacted the doctor in regards to his neck injury and they moved up the checkup from two weeks to one. The good news there and in regards to his Xray was that he could remove his neck brace.

But when I was down there the other day after school, he’d had an F on a paper!  He’s never had something like that.  Javis has always been an A student.

My DIL posted this on FB after the follow-up with the concussion specialist :

“He is still currently showing signs of a significant concussion. But also signs of PTSD. Dr also gave him an eye test that she wasn’t pleased with (slow, jumpy eye movements) Good news is we have a game plan (routine visits every 2-3 weeks, rehab/therapy, exercises, routine schedule and academic accommodations) and she seemed pretty confident that he will heal within a few weeks. Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers and messages! “

( He’s having nightmares ( the PTSD) and troubles with schoolwork. The school will accomodate…less workload, retests as necessary until he overcomes this. )

Another issue is the bills. My son has a huge deductible and will probably have to pay all of these bills himself. They signed a waiver so the football association is not responsible at all ( even though the other team played “dirty” and the boy who did this was a good 3x larger than Javis :(

It’s dreary, rainy and muddy here and I’ve not been in the mood to blog or be online very much lately.  I guess that we are settling in for winter here :)

My oldest son will come home from St. Louis for Thanksgiving. If you spend a certain amount at the local grocery store over time, you get a free turkey. My 14 lb. free one is in my middle son’s freezer down the street.  I’ll get it out and cook it traditionally so that we can have traditional tasting gravy. HE will cook a 22+ lb. bacon-wrapped turkey that tastes great but does not bode well for gravy as he learned a few years ago :)

I will also make the stuffing and a corn souffle. From the list that my DIL sent to me the other day, other people have signed up for green bean casserole, cookies, pies, desserts, beer, Greek grape leaves, seven layer salad, a dip / snacks, spinach dip, juice boxes for the kids, pumpkin roll, mashed potates, mac & cheese, more desserts….I am sure that more will be added on.

For MOST of my life, I hosted Thanksgiving & Christmas. Fancy tablecloths, china, the whole bit…I am so enjoying THIS part of my life where I do not host :)

Whatever YOU do, I am wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, here in the U.S.A. and I am going to take a little break in regards to blogging and not worry about getting the next post up for awhile :)

I’ve been mostly in a reading / research mode this week, so just a wee bit of quilting…still working on this block, and the light is lousy since it gets dark so early now :(

Last for this post, my youngest son’s pit bull has started a new habit. If I am on the computer in the early evening, and he is feeling cuddly, he’s started to jump in to the computer chair behind me! :)

He was on the floor with Jugsy in the above shot, then decided to hop up to cuddle me )

Have a happy Thanksgiving :)  I am going to take a blogging break until I feel in the mood to do another post after the holiday :)

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