thanksgiving and toe doctors

I didn’t manage to post yesterday, which I think is a testament to the fun-filled day we had. My friend Linda hosted us and did a wonderful job, as usual. She even made adorable little place settings with a place for us to note what we were thankful for. What I wrote will probably not surprise anyone.

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Today I took my son to the foot doctor. He was highly entertained that there is a doctor just for feet. He is still wearing the “boot” the urgent care doctor gave him and now I have learned the proper way to buddy tape his toes.

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his boot, my boot

The doctor opted not to reset his toe, which sounds less painful all around. We still have to tape it for about 6 weeks. I suspect that will get old fast! Wish me luck.


NaBloPoMo Day 28: giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I didn’t get a picture of our gorgeous turkey but here’s a view of Mt. Diablo from our family walk this morning.

Mt Diablo

Things I am grateful for:

  • My family, both immediate and extended.
  • My friends, near and far and their support.
  • The above gorgeous view, just a short (though steep) walk from my parents’ front door.
  • And pumpkin pie. I made a good one this year.

I hope your Thanksgiving was also full of friends, family, and good food.

NaBloPoMo Day 27: candles and pie

It’s the first night of Hannukah, so we lit our menorah.

happy hannukah

It’s also the day before Thanksgiving, so we made pies.


There’s a pumpkin and an apple. The kids helped quite a bit with the apple pie this year. It was nice to be in the kitchen with three generations making pie. Now I must sleep so I can help with the rest of the cooking tomorrow!

NaBloPoMo Day 22: Thanksgiving

You’ll never guess what I did all day.


Pie. Turkey, stuffing, and gravy too (those are the parts I helped most with) but we didn’t get any pictures of the meal other than the pie! Whoops.

Things I am thankful for in no particular order:

  • I took my hat off of the needles in preparation to rip the whole thing out and put it on to show my mom how small it was… and it fits on my head! That yarn is stretchier than I expected.
  • My husband quit smoking a little over a year ago and has been totally smoke free!
  • My children didn’t drive me completely insane today, they only tried. Also, they both tasted new things at dinner and enjoyed them.
  • My parents hosted us yet again and my mom and I put together a delicious spread (if I must say myself) and my mom saved my pie crust when I thought it was hopeless! It turned out to be delicious.
  • On a grander scale: I am grateful for my family and their continued good health and for my own baby steps towards real employment again in the past year.

I hope everyone had an equally delicious Thanksgiving!

NaBloPoMo Day 24: giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to those of my readers who celebrate this most delicious holiday!

What I am thankful for (in no particular order):

  1. Not cutting more of my thumb while chopping onions for stuffing.
  2. America’s Test Kitchen’s foolproof pie crust recipe.
  3. Stefan being able (and willing!) to walk 2.5 miles with my mom and me.
  4. Niels’ love of various games that I also enjoy.
  5. The fact that Erik hasn’t smoked for two weeks!
  6. Cooking with my mom.
  7. That my Dad is the world’s most appreciative audience for said cooking.
  8. My friends everywhere.

I hope you all had a wonderful day!

NaBloPoMo Day 25: pie!

I worked on my seam a bit today but I'm having trouble getting it to look like the other side where I picked up stitches. I have an idea for what to try next but I need to get the kids to bed before I can try it.


Instead I made pie.


The pumpkin on the left got a little dark as you can see, but the maple walnut pie on the right is gorgeous. I hope it tastes as good as it looks. We'll find out tomorrow!

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