Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I wrote a novel this month :-)

I participated in National Novel Writing Month, and I did it! I wrote a 50971 page novel. It's probably not very good, but I did it!! I thank my husband, for encouraging this self indulgent behavior. I am also thankful to someone from the past, who popped out of oblivion and became the muse of my story. Now to go reacquaint myself with my kids. And the dishes....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Savoring Fall

I was able to get out to the thrifts last week, and had a really fun morning. Found quite a few cool bits and bobs. Am hoping to get my Etsy shop revamped in time for Cyber Monday, but first I have to make my goal for NaNoWriMo. So far I have just over 39,000 words. That means I have a mere 3700 words a day for the next three days, which is about ten pages a day, give or take. This is a total milestone for me, so that gets number 1 priority! However we will be trimming the tree tomorrow, which will take a chunk of time too. And in the midst, I find myself hoping to hang on and savor the last of fall before the Christmas chaos ensues.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The best Thanksgiving ever

I was thinking about one of my favorite Thanksgivings. Even though I was only 2 1/2, I vividly remember this event. It was held in someone's basement, and I was surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. At that time there were 21 of us cousins; my dad was one of eight kids, and we all lived in or near central Ohio. I can't imagine growing up without all my people around me! (Don't you just love my cousin Chad in his short pants and jacket???)

Classic example of my mom trying to take pictures of people without them knowing it. Sorry Uncle Marty!

I remember that I was still the baby girl of the family, a position I thoroughly enjoyed for ten years until my sister came. :-) I loved being the one who got to sit on everyone's laps. (That's me and my grandma, Thelma.)

It obviously wasn't fancy; you can see in the photo some people are sitting on a picnic table. I recall card tables being involved. Every family brought a side dish, and someone roasted the turkey. Not quite Norman Rockwell---here you can see my aunt Sharon entertaining the children of all ages by flipping her eyelids.

I am so grateful to have these photos to remember it. This is my sweet aunt Pam. She's still beautiful. I love all the 70's kitsch...whatever happened to punch bowls, anyway? Let's bring them back this year!

My great grandpa died in December of that year, and I think our coming together as a group had something to do with that, as this is the only Thanksgiving I remember such a big group. Regardless, my memories of this day are warm and fuzzy ones, of being surrounded by all these beautiful people I loved, and who loved me.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cold weather mealtime

A favorite meal that my dear husband grew up eating is something he calls "Lacho."

There is no firm recipe, but it includes any of the following ingredients:
Smoked sausage and/or polska kielbasa and/or Bahamama
Tomatoes from the garden or from a can
Green Peppers.
Any other peppers of your choice, including jalepenos.
Garlic and onions, preferably fresh.
Salt and Pepper

Saute the onions and garlic, and add the sliced sausage first. Then, in a big cook pot, add the peppers, then the tomatoes. Simmer to your hearts content. Salt and pepper, and vary with the seasonings of your choice. That's it. Easy good eats. We like it with rice, but I think it's good on its own too. Enjoy with good fall beer.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jumping for fall!

We took a trip to German Village today as part of our surprise visit from my sister in law and her husband. What a great day to catch some more fall foliage in this autumn like none we've ever had before! Now it's back to NaNoWriMo for me this week. My word count is up over 18,000 but I am a tiny bit behind. The great news is we are eating Thanksgiving dinner at my MIL's house, so for that I am truly grateful, because I can spend the remainder of Novermber typing to my heart's content.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Growing and changing (and out with the old)

Since my baby turned 5 last week, and received something of a mountain of new toys, it was really time for a big toy shift. For a long time I've been sorting toys, and about six months ago, I put everything they weren't currently playing with in the basement. No one missed any of it, so this week we said goodbye to these items. Not in so many words to the boys. It was more of a whisper, as we sneakily placed everything on the porch. One thing I am proud of: they took very good care of all this stuff, and I was able to find all the little pieces parts of the various playsets and bundle them together in bags for the thrift that we donated them to.

Another bonus: the unseasonably warm weather has lent itself to so much outdoor activity that only two or three of the new birthday toys has even been opened. By the time the cold snap comes, they will have plenty to keep them busy between then and Christmas.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Remnants of summer in the garden

As of a few short days ago, the garden was still chugging along.

We're still finding tomatoes on the two best producers! And this despite the cold snap (aka "normal weather for October") that we had last week.

And the lettuce---hurray for planting lettuce in August! This week, we'll have fresh salad every day! It should go well with the weather---they are calling for 60's all week, so we have reached Indian Summer. Seems a little silly, because this entire fall has been like Indian Summer.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A few fall pics from last month

I've been busily working on my story for NaNoWriMo, but I thought I'd pause and share a few pictures before the season gets away from me. (Current word count: 9,237)
I loved these little signs of the passage of the seasons, especially all the buckeyes! It happened to be a football Saturday, so we let the boys fill their pockets.
We have been blessed with the finest central Ohio autumn that I have ever seen, and now by week's end it might just snow a little. I can't complain.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A strange sight for fall...

Pansies, that grew themselves in a pot I was attempting to grow garlic in. Looks more like spring, which is reflective of the extremely mild weather we've had this year.