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Sharing the wealth on Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What better time to feed the hungry?

Before you begin to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner, while you're still shopping for everything you'll need to do that. . .

Take a little time. . .
Spend a little money. . .
Give some food to your local shelter, soup kitchen, Women In Crisis center, church that delivers meals to the sick, Salvation Army, etc. etc.

Do a little research now, this week, so you'll know where to give next week, before Thanksgiving arrives.

My local grocery store has a food drive every year. So do fire departments, police deparments... Almost anywhere you ask you'll find a program where just a few cans of food will make a difference.

Your own Thanksgiving dinner will taste so much better!


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SERENITYSEL 11/11/2009 9:22PM

    Thank you for this blog. This is truly an important message. I can tell you first hand, that anyone giving ANYTHING to the Salvation Army can rest assured it will go to where it should. I worked for 4 years with The Salvation Army and being the accountant, I can assure you if you donate food, it will go in their food bank. If you donate money, EVERY single penny will go to buying food for their food bank. NOT one cent is used for administrative costs.

I didn't know any of this until I worked for them. They also have 4 audits a year to insure their donations go where they are designated. The Salvation Army I worked for was in Florida, Tampa Bay area and we had a shelter for the homeless, a kitchen where 3 meals a day were provided for anyone who needed a good meal. We also housed ex-cons (which I thought was scary at times) but they were in transition. We had so many charitable programs, from the elderly food banks, and Christmas gifts to all the children and families.

If you are considering donating anything at any time, think of the Salvation Army. You will receive a letter of thanks which includes a receipt for your taxes.

Thank you Karen for this blog. It is one of the most important blogs I've read. God bless you all. Sharon emoticon emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 11/11/2009 5:29PM

    There are food drives in every store we go to. I always put a can or two in. It makes me feel better.

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BIRDLEGS29 11/11/2009 1:08PM

    Our groceries have bins for non-perishable food for the local food bank. It doesn't hurt much to pick up a litle extra on each shopping trip for the bin. They will keep them out till after the holidays.


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LADYIRISH317 11/11/2009 9:15AM

    Most houses of worship collect food for the hungry. And my grocery store has collection bins for the local food bank. The need is greater than ever -- our response should be, too.

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IDMARYMARY 11/11/2009 7:12AM

  It's also easy to participate with the Boy Scouts' food drive and the local mail carrier food drives. They pick up!

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Thankful Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a HUGE event.

My mother was one of ten children and many of them lived nearby and all of them had kids. I had a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Thanksgiving meant everyone gathered at my grandparent's house (so called, even long after they died) and brought their favorite hot dish and dessert.

FOOD! My goodness, there was food. PEOPLE! Always LOTS of them.

Once I married and had my own kids, we lived far away and made our own Thanksgiving celebration. Since there weren't many relatives nearby, I always extended our "family" by inviting someone (usually more than one) who for whatever reason was alone on Thanksgiving.

We were part of a large law enforcement community and there was always someone who was working the holidays and couldn't travel home for Thanksgiving. They came to our house.

I continue that to this day, usually some of my sons' friends who can't get to their family for some reason.

Thanksgiving is the most sharing holiday to me. Thankful for friends, family, loved ones, and fellowship with a few more who are just passing through.

The gathering of people is what makes Thanksgiving for me. And for this I'm extremely thankful!


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FISHINGLADY66 11/10/2009 6:00PM

    Wonderful memories of Thanksgiving. We always had a lot of people and FOOD at Thanksgiving when I was growing up too. After my daughter got married she invited us to her house. This year she is going to her hubbies family for Thanksgiving. It will just be me and my hubby. I don't know what we will be doing yet. But I will be Thankful for my life and my family.
I once heard someone say: "The best thing in the house is the people."
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

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EMMABE1 11/10/2009 5:38PM

    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving but it sounds great fun.

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PJSTIME 11/10/2009 1:56PM

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. No one is pressured to buy anything and it is just a day to be thankful with family and friends.PJ

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SERENITYSEL 11/10/2009 1:10PM

    Well, give me directions, and I'll be there too!!! Have a great time. I do not plan on counting calories that day (shame on me). I don't eat that much anyway. Everyone's plates are full and overflowing, and mine is barely full, with lots of room to see the plate. I cannot eat a lot at one sitting, that is my PROBLEM. If I could eat more, I think it would be better for me.

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving. Sharon

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TRABOLD8567 11/10/2009 7:24AM

  Your tradition brings as much warmth to you as to the people you share it with. Bravo!!

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Thanksgiving FOOD for Thought!

Monday, November 09, 2009

A few years ago I put together my family's traditional Thanksgiving menu and calculated the calories in each serving!!

3 ounces of Turkey (white meat): 144 calories
Green Bean Casserole (1/2 cup): 116 calories
Mashed Potatoes (1/2 cup): 120 calories
1/4 cup Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce (jellied): 110 calories
Brown & Serve Roll: 87 calories
1 pat Butter : 36 calories
1 cup cornbread stuffing: 250 calories
1/2 cup Gravy: 56 calories
1/6 Chocolate Pie: 300 calories
1/8 of a Pumpkin Pie: 316 calories (not incl. Cool Whip)
1/2 cup Sweet Potato Casserole: 160 calories

Total: 1701 calories


And that's if you ONLY eat 3 oz of turkey and 1/2 cup of potatoes, 1 roll, etc..

Most people eat Thanksgiving dinner all day long.

I think we need to plan ahead for before and after T-day.

So save a few calories earlier in the week to spend on Thanksgiving Day.

And send as many leftovers as possible home with your guests!


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SHASTA11 11/9/2009 6:06PM

    Well, I was going to order dinner from Marie Callender's, maybe not. Thanks for the info.

Watched any good movies lately? I watched Hitman with Timothy Olhpant. Maybe I told you. Bloody, but good.

Hugs, Joan

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PJSTIME 11/9/2009 12:20PM

    WOW I think I will leave some of that food alone.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/9/2009 10:41AM

    Great Advice. I found out several years ago to use the strategies of banking calories and having the healthy food first to fill you up. Great Blog.

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JULJOH701 11/9/2009 6:33AM

    I combat this by staying to the meat and salad...I fill up on that and keep my calories low and my carbs low! It worked for me. (Canadian thanksgiving passed already!!)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/9/2009 6:30AM

    kren! that is about how mine adds up too! good thing it is once a year!!!!! I eat it!

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Pray for Ft. Hood soldiers & familes

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I live near Ft. Hood. Over 50,000 people there.

Reports of multiple shootings there, in at least 3 different locations, multiple shooters, 20 injured, 7 dead. 1 suspect in custody, at least 2 that have evaded arrest.

No idea of any info about the shooters.

Ft. Hood is locked down.

So reminds me of the Luby shooting in Killeen, years ago, when I was working in Killeen.

So tragic for so many.

My son called me about it. He was due to teach a law enforcement class there and an FBI friend called him about it.

Currently on Fox news and CNN..

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SHASTA11 11/7/2009 8:26PM

    What a horrible thing to happen. We need peace at home as well as around the world. We need to respect the lives of people and all things on the earth. We are unique and should reflect it.

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ROSILEIGH 11/7/2009 9:36AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected,and also for the families of all the soldiers killed in Afghanistan, it seems that every time you turn on the news there are bodies being brought home.

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SERENITYSEL 11/5/2009 11:26PM

    We were just getting ready to leave Ft. Jackson, Columbia SC when the news broke. The soldiers were called to attention and skirted away. The families were asked to go back to the ceremony site and wait. We didn't know what was going on. Then it was announced and we were told they were waiting for a decision whether they would also go to lockdown. Ten minutes later the graduating soldiers came in and told they were dismissed and could leave according to their orders.

I felt bad for other families who were there for family day prior to their soldier's Basic training graduation Friday.

All the way home from SC we prayed for the soldiers and civilians at Ft. Hood. This was horrible and I've read so much about this senseless act and how the soldiers are saying, they knew they would not be safe on their deployment, but they thought they would be safe on their own soil. God bless each and everyone of them, and their families.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/5/2009 11:19PM

    My prayers are going up for all the families affected in this tragedy. I heard about this on the news yesterday. So Sad.

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BELTONWALKER67 11/5/2009 11:18PM

    Have been watching all evening. So many different reports. I'm praying for everyone involved.


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LOWNOTEDIVA 11/5/2009 6:30PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone related to the Ft. Hood incident.

Kathilyn emoticon

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Knit vs Crochet - Help!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Recently, I've had the urge to learn to knit or crochet. I don't know why, really, I just know that when I get these urges they stay with me until I do something about them. Can't ignore them.

Trouble is, I can't decide which to learn. I have some old, imprinted ideas about what each one involves, but I do realize I'm probably wrong about them both, lol.

I tend to think of knitted items as bulkier, thicker, warmer.

Crochet products seem to be, in my brain, anyway, lighter, airier and more delicate.

Is this true?

I have some coasters that were made for me by a friend about 12 years ago. She crocheted them. They are each a different color and are really not flat coasters but more like socks for glasses. Here in Texas where it is so hot so much of the time, glasses sweat a lot and drip water constantly. I slip one of these socks on my glass and I'm good to go! In fact, I buy glasses now, based on if the socks will fit them, lol. I have only one size.

They stretch. They are washable. I love them.

I'm wondering if the type of yarn available for knitting or crocheting is different. Is there the same variety available in both?

I guess the first question I should be asking is "Which is easier to learn?" and "Does one move along faster than the other?"

Seems like a crochet needle is easier to carry around than two long knitting needles.

I can go on and on. So I thought I would just ask all the people here who love one or the other of these crafts.

By the way, my Uncle Al was a logger in Oregon and sometimes would also hire on as crew member on a fishing boat. A very large, bearded, strong, tough guy.

His favorite way to relax was - KNITTING! Any men out there who knit??

If you have any advice or input you'd care to share about this dilema, I'd love to hear it!


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PKHUNTZ 11/5/2009 1:35PM

  For me, crocheting is easier because it's one-handed. I can knit but it always feels awkward to me. My daughter is the exact opposite. So try them both and see which one speaks to you better.

One nice thing about both of them is it's a lot harder to snack when your hands are full of needles and yarn!!

The socks you are talking about are called cozies. Here are two links to patterns, one crochet, one knit:



Have fun!!

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FISHINGLADY66 11/5/2009 11:04AM

    I learned to crochet a long time ago. I love to crochet in the winter, it gives me something to do with my time. I am not a professional. I only do afghans and little pot scrubbers. I never learned to knit but I always wanted to . Good luck on your decision. Have fun.

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LADYIRISH317 11/5/2009 9:44AM

    I'm a dedicated knitter, though I do know how to crochet (not nearly as well). Both are great therapy, and both keep your hands too busy to eat!

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PEDAL-PUSHER 11/5/2009 7:29AM

    I am a knitter who also crochets. The yarn is pretty basic for both, and the bulk of the item depends on the weight of the yarn and size of the hook or needles. Crocheting does go faster, but I prefer knitting. There are basically 6 steps to knitting-----knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease. Once you know them you can do anything.
There are excellent videos online to learn knitting, and I imagine there are ones for crocheting as well. Whatever you decide to do, start simple. Dishrags are a good beginning project (use cotton yarn) and you can find many free patterns on the web.
I carry my knitting everywhere. I have knitted in the doctors office, standing in line, even getting a pedicure and visiting with friends.
Happy sticks.........or hooks, whichever you choose. It's just a matter of personal taste.

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ANNROBERTS54 11/5/2009 7:22AM

    I an an avid knitter. I have never been able to master crochet. In knitting there is really only 1 stitch, done frontwards it is called a knit stitch, backwards, purl. Sure, later on you can make them cross to do cables, but at first you can just knit forever and get nice end products.

1 needle vs 2....get a circular needle for knitting. It has the 2 end cut in between it has a cable for the stitches to rest on. Much easier to tote around.

IE-the bulk of the finished item depends on the weight of yarn and the general pattern it is worked in, not wether it is knit or crochet. Both can go all the way from cobweb weight to very bulky.

Most people who want to make garments eventually will go with knitting. It is a bit easier to find patterns and definitely easier to get the garment to come out the size you expect. Someone who only wants to make afghans, coasters, hats, purses can go with either but many go to crochet.

The yarn available out there is immense and you can do either craft with what ever you like. I love wool. It is a workhorse product that will last a life time if treated right, ie kept from wool moths, gently washed, ect.

As far as speed goes, that is another thing that depends on yarn weight and needle size. Afghan makers tend to go a bit faster using crochet but again if you are knitting with large diameter needles and bulkier yarn you can get a fast afghan knitting.

That is all I can think of. Obviously I am biased toward knitting. But then again, I have done it all my life. Good luck with your decision. It can really help your weight loss to have something to pick up and distract you when you are bored.

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LORDLOVER 11/5/2009 6:52AM

    I am an avid crocheter. It is my therapy, my bliss and a very comforting thing to do. About this time of the year, I am sitting by a mountain of yarn making afghans for Christmas, scarfs for everyone. I love color and variety. I tried to knit once and I nearly lost my mind. Crocheting is relatively easy to learn and with a few stitches you can make a variety of projects...a granny square changed my life...lol

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