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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Little Thanksgiving Prep


Today I had Harry home with a sinus infection.
We went to the doctor for an antibiotic.
Doesn't look to terribly sick with that smile,
but he does feel crummy.

The other day I collected leaves outside and
pressed them in an old dictionary to dry.
Doing this always reminds me of my grandma. 
She died when I was only 8 years old, but
she was sweet, creative and I don't have anything
but good memories about her, her home, and holidays there.


Today I pulled out the leaves and wrote names on them
so I could use them as place cards on the Thanksgiving table.


Little bunny is still looking festive at the kitchen sink.
The wood pedestal bowl with dogwood blossoms painted on it is
a recent thrift store find!
I also pulled out the crystal and washed it up so it would be ready to go!


And I polished the silver. 
 Remember the stinky paste, the scrubbing, rinsing and buffing?  Not anymore! 
 Just lay a piece of aluminum foil in the sink,  add 2 T of baking soda and hot water. 
 Soak your silver for 5 minutes and it's done. 
 No tarnish!  Couldn't be easier!



I dried it all to make sure there weren't any water spots and put it back in the case.  Had to smile at my silver set.  
My uncle found it at a thrift store 9 years ago and sent it to me! 
 I guess thrift store browsing runs in the family!


I had planned on running errands today, but with Harry home I had to change plans!  At least I got some of my other little chores done in
anticipation of Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow I go to the cute little Amish turkey farm, my favorite part of Thanksgiving prep! 
 Thankfully, Taylor's schedule is free to stay with Harry while I shop. :)

How was your Monday?


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  1. looks wonderful, love the leaves!!!Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, I hope the sinus infection is gone soon,thats no fun at all!

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    1. Your thanksgiving has already come and gone! Thanks for the good wishes...I think it will be fun...relaxing and quiet, just how we like it. :)

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  2. Days spent at home can be productive too. I went out for the morning and still managed to wash my windows.

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    1. Yes, they can! It worked out just fine. Tomorrow I'll be dashing about, but it's all good. ha.
      Washing windows? Nice...I've done the ones I look out of the most. I think that will be it for this year. lol....

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  3. oh what a cool idea for the placecards....
    there might still be leaves in my bible back home from growing up...
    ha

    hope harry feels better

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    1. how sweet...your grand kids will find them some day! :)

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  4. I always find something interesting here, but the silverware tarnish removal hint? I can't wait to try that!
    I hope Harry feels better soon! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Betsy! I am thankful for you. (o:

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    1. This was my first time to try it! They said if your silver is very tarnished, add more soda and even some salt and soak it longer. But mine was done in 3-5 minutes. I'm thankful for you, too, Anita! :)

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  5. Harry has such a winning smile. I found myself smiling back at him.

    Love all your little treasures. They add such a festive touch. What a great way to clean silver...I don't have any, but if I did... I sure use your solution.

    What did I do today...Early trip to Costco for the last minute Thanksgiving items. Took the beautiful big grapes back to Costo..thoutht they were seedless...not so...family won't eat them with seeds. Took some Sour Cream Coffee cake to Elizabeth, and had a nice visit, and we posed for a picture. (on the blog). Picked up my car that just had bodywork and new windshield and paint job. (12 years old and decided to do cosmetic and make it look like new cause she still runs great. Came home and made dinner and now watching the football game! Quite a busy Monday.

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    1. Oh, you did have a busy day...all good things, though! Can't wait to come over and see you and Elizabeth! And a look-like-new car? Can't beat that! You deserve to put your feet up tonight! :)

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    2. Did put my feet up, Betsy...and I will post a picuture of my little Nissan.. 12 years old, and looks like new.

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  6. Busy time of the year. When you throw in a sick kid, you could possibly a panic moment.
    But then, it's you! Wonder woman, who has the best silver polish idea ever!
    Getting my foil, tartar, and hot water ready.

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    1. I have learned....don't wait until the very last day. It's a magnet for a sick kid. haha... I've learned that lesson a few times before I caught on! lol!

      baking soda, not tarter....don't know what tarter would do. ...probably nothing and that wouldn't be good, either! :)

      And I was thinking today...I sure am going to miss Taylor when he gets married and moves out! He's so good about watching his brothers for me....it's so convenient, too.

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  7. My Monday was good and I always enjoy your photos.
    Harry may be sick but it looks like he enjoys missing school as much as I did.

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    1. We got into our exam room immediately, but had to wait a whole hour before the doctor came in! Ugh! I had to sing to keep him entertained and that got him to smile. haha. Made for a good picture. :)

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  8. poor Harry I had sinus last year and Ditto too, hope feel well soon!
    the silver set look really nice!!
    and your bunny make me smile I remember his foam bath when he arrived home LOL

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    1. Sinus infections are yucky. I used to get them all the time!

      Yes, bunny had to have a bath before he went from muddy garden to kitchen counter. haha. I'm going to need to make him a christmas wreath, too!

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    2. Hope Harry feel well soon betsy!
      The bunny is nice anyway!
      I go to bed dear was a hard day today.
      Esperanza but her dress foe thr party graduation!;) sigh!

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    3. The shoes are amazing I have to take a picture and you see LOL

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    4. OK...good night! I know her dress isn't your favorite, but I want to see it!
      Talk to you tomororw!

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    5. Oh this this dress nice and perfect and she look beauty is other dress sigh!
      but the shoes are special! night dear!

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    6. Nice and perfect...oh good!

      night! :)

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  9. Love the way you arranged your photos...
    Does the baking soda trick work in a stainless steel sink??
    I did some ironing...laundry...cleaned my bathroom....giggled with Vivian...raked more leaves at the front...chatted with the neighbours...made baked halibut for dinner...started a new crochet project, and ripped it out 10 times...arrrgh...I am better now!!!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I don't know! I bet you could do a google search and find out. I read 2 different sites about it and didn't see any warnings like that.

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  10. The leaf place cards are a great idea! Looks like you are getting a lot done for the big day. We are having the kids and grandkids for Thanksgiving. Love the festivities! Hope you all have a blessed day : )

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    1. Oh, you'll have a fun day! Take pictures!

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  11. How was my Monday? No where near as creative as yours Betsy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family my fine, creative friend.

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    1. why thank you, Alan...my favorite Brit. :)

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  12. Hi Betsy .. you do put us all to shame - but I love seeing all your endeavours. Looks like you will have one wonderful Thanksgiving ... enjoy - cheers Hilary

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    1. Oh, I'm sure most are doing the same things I'm doing! It takes a few days for prep and 15 minutes to gobble down the feast! haha. Oh dear!

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  13. Hope Harry is feeling much better today! Betsy, I love the idea of the foil and salt, but I have been chicken to do it! I'm so afraid it might ruin my old silver. Sure looks wonderful!!! Oh, I may try to work up the courage. ;) If for some reason I don't get back before Thanksgiving, I'm wishing you and yours a day filled with love and joyfulness. I am thankful that I stumbled onto your blog years ago. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. it won't ruin it...it's more gentle than the chemicals!

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  14. Harry has such a sweet smile for a fellow that doesn't feel well.
    Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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  15. Thank you for the silver cleaning tip! I have several serving pieces from my grandmother and can't wait to use this easy cleaning method. Hope Harry is feeling better soon!

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    1. I didn't try any big pieces, but don't know why it wouldn't work! Good luck!

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  16. Hope those germs go away
    Hate them oh so much at my bay
    Wow very creative with the leaves too
    And hahaha had to laugh at the kitty in view
    Could be watching you
    And thinking "what the hell is she uo to?" haha

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    1. They all think that I'm sure
      as I buzz around in a blur.
      hahaha.

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  17. I've cleaned silver this way, but never thought about doing all of it at once in the sink. I'm off to boil some water...

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    1. Just hot tap water...no boiling! And yeah, do it all at once...there isn't any rubbing involved...just throw it all in..well, gently, of course. ha.

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  18. That's me today, busy getting prepared for Thursday, minus a sick one. Hope he feels better soon! Blessings to you today! :)

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    1. I ran errands all day today. Whew! Tomorrow is the baking! :)

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  19. Wonderful post Hope Harry feels better soon:)

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    1. thank you...I think he already feels better! he slept most of the last two days.

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  20. Betsy how is Harry today? he feel better?

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    1. He slept a lot but I think he's better. Probably tomorrow the antibiotic will really make a difference. He's so good when he's sick...he just puts himself to bed and sleeps all day! ha.

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    2. I think is so good he sleeps is better, you know when you are sick you need sleep, yes maybe tomorrow the antibiotic help more:)

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  21. Thanks for the fantastic silver polishing tip. I've got to write that down. I love your idea for place cards.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at your table this year!!!

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    1. thanks, stevie! I hope yours is wonderful, too!

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  22. Cool place cards! And it's nice to see that you know how to take good care of your silver. :)

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    1. I knew you will say that about Silver ha!

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  23. Betsy! The easy silver cleaning is amazing to me! I am SOOOOOOO trying that!

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