“Thanksgiving” by Norman Rockwell
I don’t know what it is about this painting, but I’ve been back to visit this work three times since it went on display in the American Art Galleries early this year. It is a very special work, and I encourage you to visit it. And admission to the Museum is FREE TO ALL every day.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, DAY 332 OF 2013: Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or The Last Thursday of November … or whatever you’re celebrating today. I actually celebrated Thanksgiving with my brother and his three generation family yesterday evening. It was a rather large gathering with 13 adults and three little ones. I was there as Uncle Bob, the first son of the first son of the first son and the oldest living member of our branch of the family tree and name. And that will get you absolutely nothing. As a single gentleman, I get a lot of invitations to family gathering. And for that, I’m very thankful.
That was not our Thanksgiving Table. That was the toy modern update of the first Thanksgiving my great-niece was playing with on the floor before dinner. This was the setup for our dinner. And we only had to join four tables to do it.And this was the turkey my brother and sister-in-law prepared.
All the sides and extras were prepared by the other members of the family at the dinner. I made the dinner rolls and my mother’s heirloom Thanksgiving dish … Carrot and Pineapple Orange Gelatin Salad. It was featured at all the family Thanksgiving dinners of the past.
And it was a great family gathering and a really blessed Thanksgiving.
Pretend that it is opening and closing. Thank you.
TODAY’S MENSA PUZZLE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY …
HAPPY THANKSGIVING / HAPPY HANUKKAH
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR MONDAY, DAY 329 OF 2013: I just realized, Christmas is only a month away! Where has 2013 gone? Is it just me, or do the pages of the calendar turn faster the older you get? Mlle Renee comments: “Relax, take multiple naps every day … and life will all slow down.” Also, I’ve only have two days to complete my cooking assignments for two Thanksgiving dinners. (Two batches of my classic assorted dinner rolls, Grandma’s Carrot and Pineapple Gelatin Salad, and Pumpkin Bars.) Hopefully I won’t sample too much while preparing it. Ditto for two dinners.
TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – A SIX POINTED STAR:Amazing! Finally a practical origami challenge! And it actually works. And since Thursday’s holiday is shared by Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the six-pointed Star Of David fits in too! I used a specially printed piece paper for making my star, and it worked perfectly.
We know who is the star around here, don’t we? NOTE: I did make a couple of minor adjustments in to make final result work with the pre-printed paper. I also used a slightly thicker presentation paper for a sturdier star.
A PRE-HOLIDAY SNEAK PEAK AT THE SMILING BAGEL CREATIVE CENTER:This a photo of the work center in my office. Notice today’s origami star has been affixed to the computer. Also the Renee screen saver is the same as what I printed on today’s folding paper. Pay no attention to the kitten climbing the lamp shade. That belonged to my mother.
NOT FOR SHOPPING!
If retailers have their way, next year the Black Friday sales will probably start on Wednesday afternoon. Sorry, it’s just a bit of excess commercialism that has piqued my holiday ire this year. Actually I have never gone shopping on Black Friday, just like I never go shopping on the day after Christmas.
Which is rather strange, since I always celebrate Thanksgiving with my brother and his family on the day before Thanksgiving. He does this so my nephews and nieces can celebrate Thanksgiving with their in-laws.
So yesterday afternoon I headed west and spent the afternoon on the other side of the Missouri River. I was a fun afternoon since I had the chance to meet the new great-nephew and reacquaint my self with the almost new great-niece who can now crawl around the floor faster than a cockroach. She has no vocalization skills yet, but she’s actually learning sign language.
That quickly left plates looking like this …What that all their was … ?That’s apple pie, chocolate cheese cake, pumpkin pie, chocolate cream pie, pumpkin tarts, decorated brownies, and acorn cookies. I had a sliver of pumpkin pie.
As I was leaving my sister-in-law handed me a package for Mlle. Renee … gizzard, liver, heart and neck of the day’s bird of honor!
So, today I made turkey soup for Renee. After slicing the giblets, I cooked the meat off of the neck, removed the bones and added rice, carrots and green beans and served up a bowl to the lady of the house.After she licked the bowl clean, she gave me that Oliver Twist twist … “Please, Sir, may I have some more?”
The angry turkey police will be picketing stores and watching out for eat and run offending shoppers.