Archive for November, 2018

Holiday Weekend Continues

I awoke to another winter wonderland this morning and pretty cold temperatures. I think it is rather early for this, but November is not a very consistent month!

So much has been going on that it is a challenge to keep it all straight. Blogging helps! Our Thanksgiving at Alice’s was such a JOY. It was a lot of fun having nineteen of us congenial family and friends together and the food was delicious, too. Probably too plentiful, but I think we were all a bit afraid of running short and I haven’t cooked for so many for a good twenty years if not longer! So there were very many leftovers. Not a problem!

The next day’s event was at my sil Aniko’s home. We call it the J.V. Cousins party. The real cousins party is at Alice’s. She had the good idea of hosting it because so many cousins would be in town to celebrate Thanksgiving with their parents. This year we had all the local cousins plus Miki’s family from New Jersey, Bob from Juneau, AK, Poppy from Olympia, WA, and Emily’s friend Diana and her family from Washington, D.C. So that these older cousins can have fun together, their children all come to Aniko’s. I help a bit and the older cousins of that generation help a lot as well. My nieces (great-nieces) Alena and Ariana are in college and high school and did a lot. But we did have one little guy who was a year and a half old and not all that happy! He missed his Mom and his parents did come to pick him up early. We do our best, but it doesn’t always make everyone content! I think there were eighteen kids playing, eating pizza, and watching movies.

Saturday was a day of rest for me, and then on Sunday I invited Alice and her family and Maria to join Andy and me our for dinner at a middle-eastern restaurant. We have some nice Thai places around here and Chinese, but Maria is from San Francisco and I think they would not be that much of a treat for her! Oh, Saturday, I had a flu shot and did some grocery shopping.  Tonight I should have been having an overnight sleep study but it’s been rescheduled for a week. You see what an exciting life I lead. (Well, actually, it has been, lately.) Alice and I are meeting my cousin Heather for lunch on Thursday and Maria flies home on Friday. And meanwhile, we need to be getting some Christmas decorating underway. I do much less than I used to, but I enjoy it all very much.  Andy and I watched the old movie of Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was his favorite when he was growing up. Our first Advent singing will be this coming weekend at Emily’s house.

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Poem for Thanksgiving

A friend (once a writing teacher of mine) from Facebook posted this today and it is so true and real and filled with meaning that I must share it.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2018

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Looking forward to tomorrow’s feast with the “usual suspects” and seven others I rarely see, five adults (sil Maria from San Francisco by way of Budapest, niece Poppy from Olympia, WA., nephew Bob from Juneau, AK, friends Diana and her husband whose name I cannot spell and their two children Aroon and Amelia.  I made my vegetarian stuffing and green bean casserole this evening, each in two separate serving dishes since there will be a separate children’s table. Tomorrow morning my grandson Nathan will be over early to help Andy make special mashed potatoes. Andy will also roast his Field Roast Celebration Roast which is vegetarian and very delicious. Alice is roasting a 23 pound turkey. I always used to do about a 21 or 22 pound bird and am glad those days are past! She will do stuffing which is not vegetarian, but will be made outside the turkey.  Sister in law Alice is doing winter squash dishes, I think, and her son Bob is pickling salmon he caught in Alaska and froze to bring here. Emily is doing a cranberry dish and at least two kinds of pie which may be pumpkin and apple. I think there will be other surprises, too. By the time we all sit down I hope we will each have had time to think of some of the main things for which we are grateful! One year Sofia and Clara made a poster with a tree and handed out leaves which we used to write down some of our things for which to be thankful. I’ll try to write a report afterwards. I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten some things on the menu.

Whether or not you personally celebrate this, one of my favorite holidays, I hope you have a good day, doing some of the things you truly enjoy, being aware of each happy moment.

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News on a Cold Dark Day

Some bright news, first. Today is the 126th birthday of my favorite author, D.E. Stevenson, aka Mrs. James R. Peploe. She wrote more than 40 books which have delighted and interested her fans since the 1930s. She has brought together a group of friends in an online discussion group (or DEScussion group) still going strong since 1997. We’ve met in Boston, Mass., where her papers are held at Boston University, in Edinburgh, Scotland where she was born and raised, and in Toronto as well as many smaller meetings, several at my cottage in Chautauqua, NY. And now many of her books have been republished in both hard copy and Kindle format. What joy!

At http://www.destevenson.org/ you can read all about my favorite author.

Last night I was unhappy to see that I had no internet, and still had none this morning. But Spectrum, who took over Time Warner Cable, has amazingly excellent service. We had a technician out and then when he found that there was  not only a tree on a cable in our yard and but also a problem pole to pole, he arranged for a truck in front of our house in no time at all. On a Sunday afternoon! The problem is now fixed, but in a week or so they are returning to bury the cable. I was very impressed by how helpful the technical support people were.

Last Friday I went with my daughter Emily, my two granddaughters, and great nephew and niece to see the Revere High School production of A Christmas Carol. It was wonderful, even if a tiny bit scary for my granddaughters at one point. But a joy to watch. So overall, I think my news is more weighted on the good side than the bad, even though it’s been a rather dark and dreary day, and I personally accomplished little.

Art Sometimes it takes me all day to get nothing done

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Winter Wonderland?

As part of the large storm coming toward us from the southeast yesterday, some branches fell on power lines last night and we had no power from about 8:10pm until nearly 1:00am…How nice it is to have electricity! We do have a lot of flashlights and candles, but we are so dependent on electricity for so much of what we do these days.

This morning we had a winter wonderland, though I didn’t get photos quite early enough. But it was still fairly “wonderful”.

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Today Em and my granddaughters are coming to dinner early because we are all going to our local high school to watch a performance of A Christmas Carol this evening. A great niece and great nephew are coming, too. Our local high school has a great theater department!

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Local News

Today Clara ran in the 5k race that Sofia was in a few years ago. https://thickethouse.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/sofia-on-the-run/

Afterwards they went out for a celebratory brunch at First Watch. But not before struggling a lot to get Ingmar’s van out of the mud in which it was stuck! They ended up having to go home to clean up and change clothes before brunch.

Last night Alice and Emily had their dance performance. I was able to watch it streamed on the Bocskai Radio station’s Facebook page, from John Carroll University. It was rather magical and brought back many wonderful memories of the years my children were involved in this every Tuesday night and then slept overnight at my Mother’s so they didn’t have to drive the 30-40 minutes home and could get to school in time the next day.

I now have a working IPAD which I am trying to get used to using. I bought this in May. It was a Woot special deal suggested by Alice but we had all manner of problems with getting it to work. And when all the missing pieces had been found it was discovered that the person who sold it still controlled it. Woot was very helpful about sending us a new one. We think we were not the only people who had this problem. But I have it working now. So many possibilities! I’m taking photos, listening to podcasts downstairs, using my new, wonderful and very inexpensive speaker. Getting audible ebooks from the library and listening to them. Here are a few of the random photos I took, getting used to this new-to-me technology.

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Nana’s (my grandmother’s) Thanksgiving plates are again up on my hutch cupboard. I think she bought them in the late ’30s.

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St, Francis statue on my deck, showing the loss of the apple tree which was always behind him…When the snow melts I will be clearing off the deck for winter.

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Sofia made this flower arrangement with guidance from Al! She proudly gave it to me last Saturday when we had “movie night” and all watched Incredibles 2 together at Al’s.  Didn’t she do a great job!

I really should learn to edit these photos and eliminate wrinkly table cloth and kindle, notebook, allergy pills, eye drops, and random paper from the scene!

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Not our coat of arms which is a little different, but one from a distant relative and friend from Budapest. Theirs is  older than ours which is from 1795.

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This one is meant to show the far less than usual autumn color in our back yard.

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Last, and probably least as well, a wrapping paper I found on amazon which has pleased all my grandchildren who have had it on their birthday presents. They all love animals.

And that’s pretty much all, folks!




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Current Events

Alice and Emily have been going up to Cleveland a lot lately, going for rehearsals for the upcoming performance of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble. This will be the 45th anniversary gala performance.

Alice dance poster 2018

When they were in high school they were both very enthusiastic dancers. Emily was even a choreographer for a time. Now they are performing with the alumni group! http://www.clevelandregos.org/ And they both still really love dancing!

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Here are my two daughters practicing together at the Cserkesz Haz (Scout House). Tomorrow is the dress rehearsal and the performance is on Saturday evening at the Lakewoood Civic Auditorium.



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