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!
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
NOW THAT'S REALLY FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!
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!
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..
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!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Back in the 80's, when I was. . . younger, I had a vivid dream in which I was watching cows grazing in a field. As I watched, one of the cows transformed into a line drawing.
I woke up with a very strong urge to DRAW like that. Now I was always the one in art class that had holes in my paper from all the erasing, lol. Could NOT draw. No talent, aptitude or desire for it, whatsoever.
Suddenly, I really wanted to draw. I bought an art tablet and started with simple shapes. Filled pages with them. Then I began to try to copy pictures in my children's books. I came across a book called "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" and there I learned to draw upside down. Felt the shift to another part of my brain I hadn't been using. Drawing became a passion with me and I began to do pretty well at copying other drawings. I did one of Norman Rockwell's and was happy with it.
Years later, I decided I wanted to add color to my drawings but didn't know what to use, what to do. I found a woman who was giving oil painting lessons in her home and signed up. I found out then that oil painting didn't have much to do with the detail drawing I had been doing, but I liked it anyway. So I began painting with oils. Once I learned the techniques I got pretty good at it. Good enough that when my boss let me hang my paintings in the office people offered me money for them.
Life happens. Life gets in the way. I stopped painting and drawing for a long time. Over a decade. Then I found a watercolor class at my local community center and signed up for it.
NOW I have something that I can do to add color to my drawing. Watercolor and drawing go well together. I'm stil rusty from the long hiatus, but I'm definitely back "into it".
So that's how I started my hobby and developed a passion for it. Even when I can't actually DO IT, I think of it, dream of it, and look at the type of art I love, every single day, on the internet. I've lately developed a passion just for color and am experimenting in ways to add or change the color in paintings.
If I could just develop a passion for digital cameras, lol, I could post my more recent work online. Have to work on that.
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