Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Menu

Stuffed Celery Sticks

Roast Squash
Mashed Turnip
Creamed Onions
Steamed Carrots
Garlic Green Beans
Creamy Jalapeno Corn
Mashed Potatoes
Sausage and Olive Stuffing
Roast Chicken
Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Ambrosia

Allie's Sweet Potato Pie
Pumpkin Roll
Cherry Pie

Stuffed Dates
Two Layer Fudge

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Thanksgiving week is a wonderful time to count my blessings. Then again, when isn't a good time?
My girls arrived for Thanksgiving from Boston. It was so wonderful to see them in person again. We slipped back into our old routines right away. I am so lucky to have them home.
I received a much needed pep talk from a close friend. It helped me tremendously and brought me out of a low.
I had two competitive tennis matches this week that were very, very rewarding and fun to play. I had fantastic partners and was thrilled to be able to be focused on the court.
I worked with some great people in order to organize a tennis social for our local club. The small group were pleasant and hard working. I made everyone matching lime green shirts and it brought a smile to their faces...plus, we looked professional and official, which was half the goal. It turned out wonderfully.
Joe and I chatting during the Social
Ashley helped me tremendously! She carved all 30 pounds of chickens. She moved tables, carried beer, and was warm and friendly to all the strangers that knew her as my daughter. She also became an emergency babysitter for the pro who was playing in the exhibition match. I was so proud of her. She has such a good heart and a quick mind. She's also hysterically funny. Three great qualities.

Happy Thanksgiving. May your blessings be plentiful.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Daily Sketches: Owls

 Sketch #13 was a quick owl. I tried to capture the shape of the head and the feathers.
 Sketch #14 was an attempt to practice simple shape and texture. I wanted the owl to look like fabric.
 Sketch #15 is a simple blue bird owl. I really like the simple lines and shapes.
 Sketch #16 is tiny winged little guy.
 Sketch #17 was a quick sketch focusing on fall's colors and simple shapes.
Sketch #18 was a way to practice shading while emphasizing a heart shaped face. The ears make the owl have a devilish appearance.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What The?

In Massachusetts, "Pastafarians" are now recognized for Driver's License Photos.
What is a Pastafarian, you might ask? I had to ask, as well.
Apparently, they are members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. In all seriousness, these are people who, in an claim that their belief in a Flying Saucer Monster to be just as probable as the belief in a Christian God. They want to be recognized and demand that their government issues photo ID's contain their picture with a spaghetti colander on their heads.
Under the guise of "freedom of religion", we have nutcases, like this, who exploit the Constitution, waste our tax dollars, and tie up the legal system over this nonsense.
And so now, we have proof that like a child, some adults will strive for attention at all costs. In other words, bad attention is better than no attention.