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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Random Thoughts


  1. Fern Fronds.  These little Curly Q's just make me smile.
  2. The boys had the day off today, so we hung out at home...slept late, stayed in our jammies all morning, the guys had a movie marathon and Alex took a nap.  I puttered....gave the house plants showers in the kitchen sink and made a pot of soup.
  3. During the summer and beginning of fall, it would take a week for the birds to empty the feeder.  Now it only take one day!  They must be bulking up for the winter.  And I must be the only one in the neighborhood putting out seed! 
  4. It's Veteran's Day.  I hope you thanked someone in the military!
  5. When I went to the grocery yesterday, I realized that I hadn't left the house since last week when I went to the grocery!  Seven days inside...what a hermit I am, especially when I didn't even notice! It was a nice, empty week on the calendar and I got a lot of stuff done around here!
  6. Well, it's official!  I bought the Cornish Game Hens for Thanksgiving and they are awaiting their debut in the freezer!  I also found a few fun new ideas on Pinterest to do, too, like baking the stuffing in a whole pumpkin.  Gorgeous!
  7. And speaking of pumpkins, I hadn't bought one yet this season, so I did that yesterday, too.  The perfect shape and size for it's purpose.  I remember waiting until the week of Thanksgiving one year and there wasn't a pumpkin to be found!  I guess after Halloween they go straight to the cranberries and poinsettias!
  8. Anybody else watch the debate last night?  Politics are fascinating...well, at least I think so! lol...
  9. A few of you are doing the 30 Days of Thankfulness on Facebook or on your blog's sidebar.  I've enjoyed reading all the big and little things that mean something to you.  Very inspiring!



49 comments:

  1. That's a great photo....you are doing very well with your macro lens. I love how much detail it shows. I'm making soup for dinner. Ha! And, yes, I did thank our veterans. I'm so proud of them. The men in my family have served in every war and conflict as far back as the Revolutionary War.

    I'm seriously considering doing the Cornish Hens for Thanksgiving this year too, thanks to you. I used to bake them a lot, but over the years just kinda forgot about them. They really are tasty. I have not bought a pumpkin yet, either. I wish I could find some white ones. I'm liking them a lot, this year. I guess I could paint them. But, somehow I don't think they would have the same look. Have a great evening, Betsy!

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    1. It's just a good soup night! :) And of course, great minds, right?

      I laughed out loud in the grocery when I found the Cornish Hens. They are just so darn cute! haha...I bought enough that we could have some for leftovers, too. I'm pretty excited about it! I hope you find a pumpkin. I was fortunate enough to find a large squatty one that could serve as a baking dish. I saw some little white ones, too so maybe you can find them...but I'd look this week....the pickings were very slim!

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    2. Will do....tomorrow. Baking the stuffing in the pumpkin is a great idea.

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  2. I'm planning Thanksgiving and really making a good dent in my list of things to do...also working on Christmas gift buying. I love reading the "I am thankful" lists also. Have a blessed day.

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    1. I have just a few gifts bought....I love shopping online and usually get that knocked out the weekend before Thanksgiving and then Cyber Monday. Now, wrapping is a completely different issue for me...haha....I'm going to try to get that done earlier this year!

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  3. I like your random thoughts, and I might do a post of my own random thoughts. You did not leave your home for a week, wow. We feed the birds too and they sure eat a lot. My favorites at the moment are mourning doves. That is a great idea to bake the stuffing in a pumpkin, and also the Cornish game hens.

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    1. Well, the week inside was rare...I don't think that has ever happened before! I mean, we usually go to church or I have an auction..something! haha...

      I love mourning doves, too, and haven't seen many in my yard this year! We seem to have more jays and cardinals that usual, though!

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  4. That little curl makes me smile too.
    I am very much a hermit and sometimes have to really push myself to get out. Love being at home.
    I don't think I've ever had Cornish game hens. I keep thinking there's not a lot of meat on them, but I could be confusing it with quail. Two bites and you're done!
    Interesting about doing the stuffing in the pumpkin. I bet that will be a brilliant smell cooking. Mmmmm.

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    1. They are tiny....an individual serving, for sure. Probably the same amount of meat you would get from two pieces of chicken, I'm guessing. They sure won't take all day to roast. haha...

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    2. And do you roast them all together, or do you have to do them in shifts? I must try one.

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    3. Oh, you could do them all together...they would all fit in a big roasting pan easily.

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  5. What is a Cornish Green Hen? I bet they never heard of them in Cornwall.
    Fern fronds are just so elegant aren't they? So beautiful.
    My brother who lived in Scotland died some time last week. We had to get the police to break in to his house. The law is different there - it is another country - and we are still waiting for the Fiscal to release the body some can repatriate his body and arrange a funeral. Unbelievably stressful. Telling all his friends is horrible but I must say that sometimes FaceTime really does help. Except when someone calls you back and the pasta has JUST cooked.

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    1. They are a tiny little breed of chickens...the whole thing is one individual serving. They are supposed to be very tender and tasty. I only had them once about 25 years ago!

      Oh, you poor thing...I'm so very sorry. I can't imagine the stress...I'm sure you were frantic trying to reach him without success. Glad the police finally helped. Hugs and prayers....keep me posted, ok?

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    2. Little birds do taste good but they're such a pain to get the flesh off. I never really like picking up my food in my fingers and sometimes it's the only way. I expect we just call them something else. Quail is very good - but so tiny.
      Thank you so much. And yes I will.

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    3. yes, you have a point...we might be eating with our fingers! haha...
      I have never had quail! It isn't something you see eaten here very often.
      I think I've seen in on a restaurant menu but I've never seen one at the
      grocery to buy and prepare.

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    4. In season we have quail ( v small), partridge (quite small), duck, pheasant, grouse, Capons (gelded chickens that grow fatter than your average cockerel) ordinary chickens, goose and turkey. Then of course there are guinea fowl and pigeons.
      And I just found that the little individual chicken usually killed at 28 days and called a poussin is an alternative name for a "rock Cornish game hen"! I always find you need to cook them longer than you think but they are good.

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    5. How very interesting! You all eat a larger variety of poultry than we do! Poussin....I'll remember that!...and to cook them long enough....raw on the dinner plate would not be a good thing!

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  6. Politics fascinating you say?
    You mean how far they can lie and still get away? lol
    Wow, you've beat me.
    A week at your sea.
    Been only three days here
    You're a better hermit I fear haha

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    1. Many liars there are
      but more on the opposing party by far. lol...
      Can't believe I went a week
      and didn't even give it a wink.
      Wasn't even aware
      or give the calendar a stare. haha.

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    2. lol got all you need
      No need to leave your feed

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  7. Your little fern frond us is making us all smile.
    This year the girls won't let me do any of the main cooking. And it's time for them to take the baton. I will do some baking. I couldn't stand it if I couldn't make a pie or two.
    I've made "Pumpkin Stew" which is a meatloaf mixture cooked in small pumpkins and served individually. I love the idea of the dressing in the pumpkin...that's got to look and taste great.
    Thanks for your sweet comment on Freddie. I sure have to find a place for that empty fish bowl cause looking at it makes me sad. No more fish for a while. Hugs.

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    1. Was it last year you were to bring a marble cake? haha....there wasn't a box of marble cake mix in the entire state
      of California, remember? lol...

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  8. I did thank a few veterans today. One of my best friends in the neighborhood served time as a Marine, and another gentleman here was in the Korean War and discharged with a purple heart.

    I know what you mean about being a hermit. I've become even more of an introvert in the last year of my life.

    Thank you for the idea of 30 days of thankfulness. I enjoy reading yours and coming up with one of my own each day.

    Marla

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    1. Well we must be a lot alike Marla! I do love to be home and don't ever feel the need to be out! haha....

      A purple heart in the Korean War...that is amazing....

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    2. Most of my friends & family think now that I have a drivers license again after 13 years I would want to be out and about more than I am. It's a definite freedom to be able to drive, but I don't mind being home at all. This must come with age. ha ha.

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    3. It's nice to be able to get out when you want and if you want..and if you don't, then don't! I totally understand!

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  9. Glad you had a happy hermit puttering day with the boys . . . and lots of interesting random thoughts . . . :)
    Cornish Game Hens . . . . have you a Cornwall in the States? . . . :)

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    1. No Cornwall.........those hens must come from your country originally. :)

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  10. I am convinced that when I quit teaching I may never leave my house....at least not for a while! Glad to hear someone else enjoys their time at home!

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    1. Yep...no place like home, right? And since I have my own little business here, it lends itself very well to my hermit-ness. lol....

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  11. I really enjoy stay at home days when I can just putter.
    Homemade soup sounds so good. Once the sun went down today the house got chilly. Makes me think about soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Guess I talked myself into that for supper tonight.

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    1. That's exactly what we had for supper...very yummy and easy!
      Puttering is the best....it does me a whole lot of good...

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  12. I love those little fern fronds. :)
    A day of sleeping in and puttering sounds perfect. I think I need a day like that!
    I love the new (I think it's new anyway) pic of you in the sidebar. I think you are aging in reverse. Each picture looks younger!

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    1. I love them, too....not just because they are cute, but it means my fern is still alive. haha.
      The pic is new...last month, anyway. :)

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  13. Hi Betsy - love your random thoughts ... and a day wandering around at home does us no harm ... or even a week occasionally - glad you didn't notice and obviously got lots done ... after my Cornish Hens description in the A-Z this year .. I now know what they are! Cheers Hilary

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    1. So now I'm curious...have you ever had them?

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  14. Sometimes it is nice to have a day of pottering around with the family.

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  15. My Maiden Hair Fern has shrivelled....:o(
    She was doing really well....and then....gone...
    Oh well...will try again sometime!
    Glad you are puttering...it is THE best...
    Windy there?
    We are expecting horrendous winds!
    Right along North shore of Lake Erie....poor little cottage :o(♥️
    Enjoy your day...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Oh darn! And she was a beauty, too!
      Mine is growing but it had brown edges to all the leaves.
      Can't figure out if it's the variety and it's supposed to look like that
      or if something isn't right. They aren't brittle ...and it gets plenty of
      water, so I'm stumped.

      Yes, VERY windy! Sounds like the house is going to come off its
      foundation! Geesh! Would be a very bad hair day if I had to go out. lol...

      Hey...where should I put my begonia inside...morning sun or afternoon?

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    2. Morning sun....they don't like too much sun....but bright!
      Yes..my fern met a very untimely demise...I think you were right about being near the vent :o(
      Oh well....she was beautiful....for a while....hahaha!

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    3. ok...good to know. Don't want her to feel yucky all winter! haha.
      You'll have to try again with the fern....mine seems to like it on the counter
      by the kitchen sink...window light and not drafts. But it isn't growing very fast...
      maybe that's typical.

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  16. Such a sweet little curl. Yes, you inspired me to write down my thanks each day, though I usually review the day and find some even if I didn't write them down. It's a good practice and I love reading other people's too.

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    1. I like your idea of reviewing the day and finding thankfulness....a good habit to do all year round!

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  17. Sounds like everyone had a great day! I love staying in pj's all day if I can!

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    1. it was a very nice break in the routine....and I didn't have to pack lunches the night before...
      which was probably my favorite part! haha.

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  18. I'm having trouble with commenting when I use Google Chrome...ugh. Do you read smoke signals? Love the fern frond, but will pass on the Cornish hens... since we moved to the country, I am trying to combine errands and really think twice about driving places. Maybe it's less about driving and more about being content at home. I make lists about things I need and save them up for when I go out...rarely do I need something immediately. It's relaxing. Your last post with your dinners almost made me drool on the keyboard. Hmmm, maybe it's not google chrome that's the problem! I can't get over how you can cook!

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    1. That's exactly how we live...out just far enough that you make a list and go once a week! But that suits me just fine, not to mention it's so much more efficient!

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    2. ...have you cleared your cache and cookies lately? That might be the problem!

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