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November 28th, 2002

TV inspired Nostalgia

Late last night we were channel surfing at the in-laws. They have *loads* of channels.

We watched part of an Elvis 1968 comeback. I just love Elvis' voice. Especially the gospel stuff. Up until the late years, that is, when it was just kinda pathetic.

Then we flipped past Top Cat, inspiring another wave of nostalgia. The first Halloween we were in this country, my sister had a Top Cat costume. I had a nurse costume, complet with mask. We have photos somewhere. The other day when Eldred and I were unpacking some boxes, he pulled out a black plastic bag and held it up, looking puzzled. I made the "aah" sound and told him he would have to endure a reminiscence. It was the bag from the Halloween costume 39 years ago! It still contains the nurse's outfit and the little plastic medical stuff - stopwatch, reflex hammer, syringe, stethoscope, etc. I remember playing with that for the many years. I used to set up hospital wards for my dolls and give them shots and such.

Next we watched the last part of a Biography episode on Jonathan Harris. Wow, I used to love Lost in Space. Of course, Eldred really loves it too.

This morning we watched a part of an episode of Underdog. Another blast from the past!

Trains and Penguins

We were watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning. Towards the end there was a float with a replica of an old steam train and people in penguin costumes. Eldred said "Choo-choo ... and penguins". What could be better for him. Trains and penguins together!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner was very nice. We ate in the formal dining room using the good china (which is new, so this may be its first outing), silver, and crystal. We had loads of food. Turkey, of course, with bread dressing and cornbread dressing. Cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries with orange rind in it. Green bean casserole with crunchy onions on top. Sweet potato casserole with miniature marshmallows on top. Green peas with pearl onions. Garlic mashed potatoes and gravy. Yeast rolls with seeds on top - some with poppy, some with sesame. And ambrosia - with mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, coconut, pecans, and miniature marshmallows. Eldred's Mom knows I really like ambrosia, so she makes a *lot* of it. We had water in crystal goblets and sparkling cider in crystal flutes. For dessert we had pecan pie and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. I skipped the green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, but had at least one serving of everything else! So much for my diet! And I go back to the nutritionist on Monday. How's that for bad timing!

After dinner, I hung 16 wreaths on the outside of the windows of the house while Eldred napped with the cat. Eldred gets to hang the other 3 wreaths. I couldn't get one window up and the ones in the garage are too high for me to get without a ladder. I love how Eldred's parents decorate for Christmas. Greenery and red bows on the bannisters. Greenery around the front door and on the stair rails and a wreath on the door. Plus all the aforementioned wreaths on the windows with electric candles on the sills. We did the bows on the sconces in the dining room and living room last weekend. And did the Christmas Carol carolers last weekend too. So tonight or tomorrow we finish up the greenery and decorate the tree.


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