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Archive for November, 2004

Tuesday November 30, 2004

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

A colleague was telling me that she had decided years ago not to be like the old people who let technology get so far beyond them that they gave up. And that it had already happened to her. I feel the same way. #2 daughter did not get to the entire list of technical things I […]

Monday November 29, 2004

Monday, November 29th, 2004

Following yesterday’s five-hour drive (and grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.) I sat down with the DNA scarf and worked another repeat — with the chart upside down! At that point I realized my error, and tore it all out. So the DNA scarf is only three repeats long. Will I finish in time? Suspense mounts, […]

Sunday November 28, 2004

Sunday, November 28th, 2004

Advent begins today. It is the beginning of the liturgical year, and has all the typical new-beginning themes of examining your life and considering what changes you need to make. But it is mostly about preparing for Christmas. This is spiritual preparation we are talking about here. We need to be ready to celebrate Christmas […]

Saturday November 27, 2004

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

Here it is: the dangerous rice pot. If you read Chathaboune’s site and mine, you might have noticed the occasional mention of the rice pot. And now the Water Jar has weighed in with the suggestion of the automatic rice pot. (Go out and get one of those right away, by the way). The Emo […]

Saturday November 27, 2004

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

In spite of my feelings about shopping on Black Friday and about the mall, I went shopping with #2 daughter yesterday. I deserve all kinds of Good Mother points for this. We were able to succeed at some high-tech holiday shopping that I could not have done by myself, and came up with some ideas […]

Friday November 26, 2004

Friday, November 26th, 2004

Thanksgiving day was quite fun.We had turkey and all the trimmings, talked a lot, sang (#2 daughter played the piano, something which she does much better nowadays than she used to, in spite of my inept page-turning), went for a walk on the square and narrowly missed the turning on of the Christmas lights, looked […]

Thursday November 25, 2004

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

I woke at 3:00 am from a dream that Ghengis Khan and the Golden Horde were encamped nearby and heading our way — not to overrun us, but to join us for Thanksgiving dinner, in which case there would definitely not be enough side dishes. I nearly got up right then to do the vegetables, but […]

Wednesday November 24, 2004

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

Today’s song is “People Look East.” Here are both the words and a midi file: ( )This is a good song for today because it tells us to “make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table.” And since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, that is what we will have to […]

Tuesday November 23, 2004

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

I mentioned defrosting the turkey, but I forgot to share with you the best pre-feast preparation tip. Put into each dish a slip of paper with the name of the food that belongs in it. Into this dish “cranberry sauce,” onto that platter “turkey,” and so on. This way, you will not forget to polish an […]

Why people complain about Christmas music

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Last night we had a rehearsal of the Vivaldi Gloria, some Britten carols, and assorted other lovely music. At work, we have just begun to play a little Christmas music, in deference to our Christmas shoppers. And the day after Thanksgiving, I will begin playing Christmas music here at home. Many people complain about Christmas […]

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