Sunday, November 15, 2009

Daybook November 15th


                       My Father’s Tangerine Tree

November 15, 2009 
Outside my window... I can see the little house.  Someday soon, I need to do a post about the little house- or ‘my house’ as my oldest grandson says.

I am thinking... about the amazing bounty on my father’s tangerine tree.

I am thankful for... my brother.  He is a wonderful friend to me and a wonderful father to his son.  He has a great sense of humor which is a necessary trait in our family.

From the learning rooms...I am sharing some ideas for studying the novel with one of my interns- who teaches high school English. Most of these ideas came from Daughter #3 who is also a high school English teacher.

From the kitchen... I unloaded Round II of my Thanksgiving groceries including: a spiral sliced ham, cranberry sauce, mandarin oranges, corn bread mix and Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix (that I mix together for cornbread dressing), chicken broth, Sister Schubert yeast rolls, Cool Whip, cherry pie filling for Daughter #3’s  Sparkle Salad (my friend Mary Jo’s recipe), and crushed pineapple.  I still need pie ingredients, butter, sweetened condensed milk, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, celery, and plastic containers for leftovers for my father and my brother. Round I included the turkey and pumpkin.

I am wearing... my yard clothes.

I am creating... a holiday spirit in my home .

I am going... to watch Baylor play Tennessee this afternoon in Women’s College Basketball.  Woo hoo! The season is starting.

I am reading... cookbooks.

I am hoping...for continued willingness.

I am hearing... NFL football in the background.

Around the house... I have boxes and crates of holiday decorations piled high.

One of my favorite things... is my banana smoothie: 8 ounces low-fat milk, 1 small banana, ice, and Splenda.  Blend and enjoy.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Box up my Franciscan Madeira pottery- all 5 million pieces of it- so I can use the space; write Thanksgiving letters to my Aunts Mary and Jody in Arizona; work on household paperwork.

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Debra@CommonGround said...

Your grocery unpacking sounds wonderful! Sparkle that like "cherry dump"? And your banana smoothie sounds delish.
Have a wonderful, restful day, Laura!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds kind of my day today. I have spent a lot of time today just thinking - that can be dangerous for me. :-) Worked on my grocery list for Thanksgiving dinner, etc.
Have a great week.

Karen said...

Yes... what is that sparkle salad all about? Sounds yummy! Recipe?

Janean said...

i've never seen a tangerine tree, but i certainly enjoy eating them. are they even sweeter than the store-bought?

Blondie's Journal said...

I loved reading your Daybook and getting the scoop on your day. It reminds me to add some holiday items to my grocery list for tomorrow.

Since I didn't start blogging until after Thanksgiving last year, I didn't realize how soon everyone decorates for Christmas. I can't say I will start anytime soon, but definitely earlier than usual as it seems to be a good way to take one's time with it.

Love the idea of a tangerine tree!! And things that are blooming!!

Have a great week, Laura!


Theresa said...

Sounds like a perfect day! Hope you are all better. Have a blessed evening!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Sounds like all the Thanksgiving fixings are coming together at your house! I also got some Thanksgiving groceries this weekend -- two turkey breasts, bread cubes for dressing, all sorts of olives, pickles and artichoke hearts for relish tray, cranberry sauce, canned fruit to be mixed with fresh fruit, green beans and soups for green bean casserole -- we're "gathering" and it's getting there!

Theresa said...

Sorry, I got you mixed up with another blogger friend! It wasn't you that was sick... but you already knew that:) I realized it as soon as I hit post comment!

June said...

Hi Laura,
Sounds like a lovely day all around. It also reminds me that Thanksgiving is around the corner and I need to do a little trip to the market as well. Beautiful photo!

donna baker said...

I've been cleaning out kitchen cabinets and shopping to get ready. What kinds of recipes are you looking for. I have tons.

trash talk said...

Sister Schubert rolls...aren't they just the best? I've bought walnuts and pecans...does that count?
I love the whole thought process of writing Thanksgiving letters. How wonderful and sweetly old fashion (but in a good way!). That's a lovely tradition and definetly a lost art...letter writing.

Marguerite said...

You are so organized! I like to start early for Thanksgiving, too. One year I waited until the last minute and it was total chaos. That tangerine tree sounds great!

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