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Random Tidbits

Little updates are about all I can handle on this busy Monday!

I successfully completed National Blog Posting Month by posting each day in the month of November.

I attended my 10 year reunion over the weekend, and had a great time visiting with old friends.  I was also shocked that Ed had a good time.  At an event where he doesn’t know a lot of people, he typically sits at the table and bugs me about going home, but this time he actually mingled and enjoyed himself.  I got lots of good pregnancy and mommy advice from my experienced friends.  I’m 25 weeks pregnant, for those of you who are counting.

The boys decorated the farm market for Christmas over the weekend.  Doesn’t it look great? There are “chaser” lights on the waterwheel, so it looks like it’s turning.  I didn’t edit the photo at all, just took it at dusk without a flash.  I think it looks like a gingerbread house.

Also:

  • Ed put an archery range in our basement, and has been practicing every night.  I don’t allow guns in our house, but I think arrows are okay.
  • The cashier at the grocery store passed out today while waiting on me.  People rushed over to help her, but all I could do was wonder if she was sick/contageous.  Turned out she had low blood sugar.
  • I’m working on decorating the house for Christmas.  So far, I’ve put candles in the windows (LED), lights on the stair railing, decorated the mantle with silver ornaments, roping, lights and stockings, and set up my Christmas village.  We still need to get some outside decorations and a tree.
  • I cry during songs/TV shows/movies/commercials that are any of the following: sad, sentimental, happy, patriotic, holiday-themed.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to start driving without the radio on.
  • I did not participate in Black Friday or Cyber Monday, and I’m feeling way behind on Christmas shopping.
  • I’ve just recently started looking at the coupons they hand out with my receipt at the grocery store.  Why didn’t I use these before?
  • I just recently realized that I don’t have to make up snow days this year, since I’ll be out on maternity leave.  So I say COME ON SNOW!

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Baby Furniture

The grandmas-to-be and I went to pick out the baby’s furniture today.  The furniture is going to be the baby’s gift from his grandparents, and Ed and I are so thankful for our generous parents!  All the furniture will be painted white, and is from the Stanley company, which makes all of its furniture in the US and has a focus on sustainability.  We plan to use this furniture for future babies, too, which is why we chose a neutral white color.

The crib and mattress

The combination dresser/changing table

The rocking chair

I can’t wait for everything to arrive so I can see it in the baby’s room!

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Goodbye, Bill

3 horse hitch

Bill passed away overnight.  My dad and uncle buried him inside the horse pasture by the pond.  As I said before, Bill had many tumors, had begun to act unlike himself, and we expected him to go soon.  He’ll be missed, but we’re happy he’s not suffering anymore.

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Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap

cookie-swap

The Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap is back! To participate, post about your Christmas baking any time between now and Christmas, send me the link, and I’ll put your recipe up in the side bar so we can all try it.  If you don’t have a blog, just send me the recipe and I’ll post it here (don’t worry, I’ll give you credit!) You can include the button in your side bar or post to spread the word.

Last year, we had a lot of fun.  Here’s a link to all those great recipes to get you started!  Please feel free to include recipes other than cookies, too, if they’re traditional for your Christmas celebrations.  For example, my family’s Christmas is not complete without my mom’s cheesecake, and I know many families who make candies, fudge, or yule logs.  Whatever your traditions, please share!

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Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s what I’m thankful for this year:

  • A wonderful husband of 5 years and a baby on the way
  • A great big extended family and in-laws who love each other very much
  • My dream house
  • All of our wonderful animals
  • Nourishing food
  • My 12-year-old car that just keeps on going
  • Our good jobs and benefits
  • Our good health
  • That tomorrow I can start decorating for Christmas! Yay Christmas village!

What are you thankful for this year?

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24 Weeks

Wordless Wednesday

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Turkeys

I didn’t get to help out with the turkeys today, since I went to school and later to help out at the farm market with Thanksgiving pies.  Thanks to Ed’s mom Marie for these pictures!

 

The turkeys

After the turkeys are killed, using a cone, and bleed out, they’re dunked in boiling water to scald them and make the feathers come out easier.

The turkey then goes into a plucker, which removes most of the feathers.

Some feathers remain, and need to be taken out by hand.  The turkeys are also gutted.

It was chilly enough today to do this outside, which helps to cool the meat.

The finished product goes into the cooler.  Some will be cut apart and/or vacuum sealed and frozen.

Tucker had a hard day!

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