Good grief. So much has happened since we saw one another!

Part of the reason I haven’t been here is that adorable baby in my lap. Her name is Birdie, and she was Christened October 8. She didn’t make one peep during the entire service, plus, she smiled the entire time.

You have to agree that she is absolutely perfect.

As soon as I got home from California and my grandchildren, I had arthroscopic knee surgery to fix a torn meniscus that I shredded years ago and have been limping around on since. That went fine, except for the fact that I am old and arthritic, which complicated the recovery with a lot of pain. The good news is that I haven’t had to do laundry or scoop out cat boxes for weeks, and it will be many more before I can either stoop over for scooping or carry anything in front of me on a staircase. I say thanks for this daily.

Speaking of thanks, I am cooking dinner this Thanksgiving. I haven’t had to do a turkey in years, and so I am convinced that it will either be raw or dry. I hope those people who answer the turkey hotline will be in a good mood that day, because I may be calling them a lot. You know those people who make their own cranberry sauce from actual berries? Those people who start their stuffing out by drying slices of homemade wholemeal bread in the oven? You do? Go to their house–over here it’s Ocean Spray and Pepperidge Farm.  No pumpkin pie here–there will be a nice assortment of fruit flavored Tums for dessert.

In other news, I am excited about one thing. I hobbled into a furniture store to by two new sofas. I may just be the most decisive person on the planet, because I stunned the in-house designer/salesman by doing one slow lap around the store, sitting on three sofas, and purchasing the third one I sat on. Took me ten minutes. He got flustered and asked me “Are you sure this is the one you want? And you are getting two of them?” Yup, it was that easy. My philosophy: GO NEUTRAL AND TRADITIONAL. You can dress it up or down with pillows. So there’s that. If there is a reality show for decision makers, I want to be on it. I think I could win big.

Have a good week, friends! And look at this baby in her crown of flowers. She is nearly edible in her cuteness. Probably more edible than my turkey…



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