Tuesday, November 25, 2014


A Tribute To My Mom 
Elizabeth "Betty" Kaemerer

Elizabeth "Betty" Kaemerer
Mom sat down at the antique piano 
 in the parlor of the Schminck Memorial Museum 
and began playing Bach, Beethoven, Chopin. 
The same music I heard many nights when I was young as she played after the kids were in bed 
and waiting for my Dad to come home from his midnight job.
Afterwards, Sherrain, the curator, dressed us in period clothing... worn long ago
by mothers and daughters from a time long gone by.

The same songs are playing on my Kindle as I consider what to prepare for 
Thanksgiving 2014 feast in a couple of days.
Mmmmmm ... nice warm memory of one day in our lives.

Thanksgiving memories:
Mom preparing for Thanksgiving days in advance:  chopping, dicing, baking,
stuffing and a little "tiddly" close at hand and ever present cigarette dangling from her lips. 
Thanksgiving feast almost ready .... only waiting for one last tradition.
With cigarette always at hand while stirring and basting
the ash grew
and grew
and at just the right moment
the ash fell
into the gravy.
"Dinner's ready!"  
with Mom's long awaited 
Ash Gravy stirred to perfection.

"More gravy Howard?" I seem to remember her saying.
Whenever we were with her for Thanksgiving she gave the honors
to Eldon to add the final touch of the ash from his cigarette to her Ash Gravy.
Colorful leaves are just about done falling .... 
drifting off to nurture the earth for next spring.
Another Fall celebration is at hand.
Thanksgiving 2014

And I'm going to have company for Thanksgiving 2014.
Jill and Gary will be my guests!

They had an early Thanksgiving with their family
last weekend
with a gigantic turkey and all the trimmings.

Hmmmmm ....
what can I fix that will be equally feasty and scrumptous? And just the right amount for only three people?
First thing that comes to mind is
 you might ask.
Yeah! Made with fresh apples from my friend Lorrie's tree.

"Did you hear that Ducky and Pheasant  .....
she's not fixing a Turkey for Thanksgiving this year!
I wonder how Turkey feels about that!"

"Well ....." Turkey said in a wee voice,
"I'm curious to hear about that!"
"But what will she cook instead?
Perhaps a 
or goose
or swan
or quail ......
or a bucket of small birds ....."

"Definitely not a CHICKEN .... we taste like turkey......
pardon me, Turkey, for saying so ... chicken is more tender. But much smaller!"
"I agree," peeped Long Neck Chicken. "And our 
necks are too skinny."

"Did you hear the news Ducky? 
Monica isn't fixing a turkey for 
Thanksgiving this year," Swan echoed the rumor.
"Smart of her not to fix Duck .... we're very dry and not much meat on our bones," agreed Ducky.

"Get the giblets out of your beaks ....
speak UP .... I barely can hear you
off here in the bathroom," hollered
Sally Swan.
mumble.... grumble.... gripe gripe gripe
"I always hear the news last .... so far away from the kitchen!"

"Peep ... peep ... chirp .... chirp....Did you hear that Mother Bird?"
Father Bird asked. "Monica isn't fixing a turkey this year ..."
"Yes dear ... I heard. Surely she won't fix a bucket of tiny birds instead!"

"Let's not panic ...... but watch what she's about to do," 
 Turkey said calmly from her perch above the sink.
And they did.

"Looks like apples to me," said Big Red Hen. "Maybe
she's going to stuff the apples into the dressing ....
but what will she stuff the apple dressing into?"
CUT .... CUT ... PEEL ....PEEL ... CORE ....CORE  



And that is home made applesauce at its best!
To be served with
homemade cranberry sauce
baked beans
scalloped potatoes
vegetables and rolls
(Jill and Gary are bringing the dessert)
Oh .... I almost forgot!
Served with a baked 
tenderloin pork roast!

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Memories
Thank you God for our blessings!
(no Ash Gravy this year .... nobody in our family smokes anymore!) 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

 November 15, 2014
And my readers weren't even aware there was a problem
downloading photos to my blog!

I don't share EVERYTHING with you!
But I have three 
go-to helpers 
who are always here to
help and encourage me because  
I am a 
Technically Challenged Blogger
and need all the help I can get when something doesn't work as it should.

Me .....

  Myself .....

and     I

And Google helps out when 
Me, Myself, and I
are at a loss to solve the problem when there is a glitch in my blogpost site.

I switched from
Internet Explorer to Google as my browser 
and that fixed the photo download problem.
I'll have to ask Me, Myself or I if they know the answer to that question.

And it snowed last night which gave me a reason to stay indoors and add a new post to my blog.
But for the life of me ..
I don't have anything to write about. 
So I'll just let my fingers do the walking and we'll all be surprised at what I write about.

I know!!!!  I'll post snow photos ....
I love winter.
I love snow.
It covers all the fall weather outdoor chores I neglected to do.
Winter 2007

The first Thanksgiving we were in our new house
we spent it with our children in Seattle area ... 
we hadn't had snow yet ...
just cold cold weather.
Eldon said he was looking forward to seeing the 
first snow and view of the mountains ...
but warm and cozy inside our cute little red house at the top of the hill. 
But it had snowed while we were gone.
We were so disappointed.
and we missed it.

It was cold
and stayed cold and we shoveled snow ....
it soon became not so much fun!

So he bought an old, old Ford tractor - he called it Old Red - and practiced driving it
with any helper who wanted a ride..... Conner.

And he built a barn...... Missy helped.
She assured him that she knew how to build stuff
because she took woodshop in school.

And he added a workshop and stalls on either side ...
with Dean and Neal offering advice and
driving nails,
and sawing wood
and drinking beer!

And when it was finished
he drove Old Red into the barn.

When it got very cold ......
very, very cold,
he built a fire in the sturdy
woodstove a friend built for the shop.

Eldon and Perro stayed warm and cozy
no matter how much it stormed and snowed.
He was a happy man ...
a very happy man.

But changes were just over the horizon ......

 Old Red was
old .... and kind of cranky .... difficult to steer and stop,
 load and unload, shovel and dump.

So he bought a new tractor.
Big Blue.
Power steering .... and lots of bells and whistles, he used to say.

Let it snow
let it snow
let it snow!

He was a happy man .....
yes, a very happy man.

And he tried to teach me how to operate Big Blue. 
Hm mmm! 
One time I almost lost control and was sliding down the icy driveway! He yelled and ran after me and Big Blue 
shouting something about the brake .... hit the brake! 
"If I knew how I wouldn't be sliding!" I yelled.
Happy ending to THAT adventure. 

He loved us...... 
loved the three of us .....
For this I am most thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!