Give Thanks

November 23, 2006

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This was the result of my hunting trip last weekend to find a suitable Thanksgiving image: a display inside a retail gift shop.

Most Americans will be spending this day with family, eating turkey and having pumpkin pie for dessert. My parents passed away over a decade ago and my brother is in California, so no family get together for me. Instead, I will be enjoying my holiday with friends, having a nontraditional vegetarian meal with fruit pie — but not pumpkin — for dessert.

I’m always thankful when I spend time with friends, even more thankful when it’s someone else doing the cooking. Much safer to have me washing dishes afterwards. That’s something I can’t screw up. It’s always a thankful get together that doesn’t include family quarrels. No chance of that today. I’m in good health, so are my cats, I’m able to pay my bills and I have an invitation to spend time with friends where I don’t have to cook. I have plenty to be thankful for.

Whoever you’re with today, and whatever it is you’re eating, give thanks for what you have and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We Call It Maize

November 22, 2006

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Ready for pumpkin pie tomorrow? That’s what most Americans are gearing up for. A long holiday weekend, an orgy of eating and spending time with loved ones.

It’s Still Fall, Dammit!

November 21, 2006

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And it will still be fall for several more weeks. So let’s stay in the moment.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Xmas, But It’s Still Too Early For Me

November 20, 2006

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Went to Old Town over the weekend thinking I’d find at least one shop window display for Thanksgiving. Silly me! I learned in college business classes that most retailers make most of their money in the last quarter of the year. Thanksgiving is not when people spend their money. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest Christmas shopping day of the year.

So I didn’t find any Thanksgiving shop window displays. Christmas windows are already up. Regardless of the reality, I will not post any of the seriously Christmasy windows until December 1 at the earliest. This one indicates winter but I’m holding back the ones with Xmas tree or Santa. We now return to our regularly scheduled fall programming.

Crafts at the Market

November 19, 2006


There are always handcrafts for sale at the weekend Old Town farmer’s market. Yesterday there were so many beautiful wreaths and other items that I had a lot of photo ops, so I have set aside a whole page for them here.

Fall Market

November 18, 2006


Tank tops at the Old Town farmer’s market are but a distant dream. Everyone had jackets on today, but there they were. The number of sellers has dwindled as the chilly weather has come in. I’ve never gone to the market in the coldest months, January through March. Now that I’m doing the daily photo thing, it will be my duty to come, take a look and record what I see. At least once.

In the Distance

November 17, 2006


The branches of the tree in my condo parking lot form a little window to view the fall colors in the misty distance.