Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I like Thursday #6 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is the perfect day for an "I like" post, isn't it?!  So many things to be thankful for!

Last week, I went and read to a classroom of first graders at a school where I volunteer.  It was Read-Aloud Day here in the town where I live, and all the schools were full of volunteer readers.  This is the second year I've done this, and it is something that I really like to do, since reading aloud is one of the things I truly miss from my teaching career.

Yesterday, I received a packet of thank you notes from the first graders, and they just warmed my heart! Can you see the smiley face down by the little guy's name?  So fun!

Along with the new refrigerator, we also got a new dishwasher. (with a new stove also on order!)  Lucky me!  The dishwasher started off all of the new purchases because it started to leak, and we decided it was old enough that it should really be replaced.

Boy, is it nice!  The part I like the most - it is so quiet!  We can now run the dishwasher and be watching TV at the same time.  That wasn't possible with the old one.

I roasted my Thanksgiving turkey this past Sunday.  I have done that for several years now because our tradition is to package up the leftovers and take a road trip to see our sons who live in neighboring states. They are both single and work for the newspapers in their towns, and newspaper publishing doesn't stop for the holidays. My husband and I are retired, with plenty of time for a road trip, so off we go, packages of turkey in the cooler!

I always like to roast my turkey in an oven bag.  For me, it took all of the guesswork out of cooking a turkey, and turns out moist and delicious.  Along with turkey leftovers to share with our kids, we have already made turkey soup and sandwiches.  Yum!

This morning I had a chance to have coffee with two of my retired-teacher friends.  We had so much fun, and wonderful conversation.  I'm very thankful for the women in my life (both local and all of you out there who might read this post), that's for sure!

I've told you before that I love birds.  It is especially fun for a bird-lover to get to see a new bird, or one you haven't seen often.  Last Sunday, it was a beautiful, warm, and sunny day here, and we noticed there were tons of birds flitting in and out of a tree in our yard and one close by in a neighbor's yard.  They were eating the seeds and berries that are still on the trees.  My husband worked and worked on getting a photo of some Cedar Waxwings that we saw.  They live around here, but we sure don't see them often.  What a treat!

Well, Happy Thanksgiving from Nebraska, which is where we are today!  Hope you have a lovely day, however you spend it!


deb said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

LA Paylor said...

thankful for our friendship
love the post... cooking ahead to relax on the day

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend! Safe travels :)

Magpie Sue said...

Oh, I know how hard it can be to get a decent picture of any bird, much less someone as quick and shy as the waxwings can be! I've seen one or two in the shrubs outside my studio window. Enjoy your time with your sons and be safe on the road.

claudia said...

Happy Thanksgiving! (I guess it is over and done with by now, it's 10 PM where I am...West Coast)We had a nice Thanksgiving, just three of us. My youngest daughter joined us for late dessert, and now they are off to Walmart, because she has never experienced a Black Friday sale. I hate to pop her balloon, but where we live, the Black Friday sales are like walking into a library! She's used to the ones you hear about on TV!
I love to watch the birds here. I spend a big part of my day outside, today while sitting on my porch listening to the soft rain the littlest birds were flitting in and out of my dog yard, picking through the grass for bugs and seed. I could watch them all day!
I hope you have a wonderful time with your sons! Safe travels!

Michele McLaughlin said...

I love bird watching too--great photo! Sounds like a wonderful weekend if you get to see your sons! Have a happy holiday!

Kate said...

Cedar Waxwings are such pretty birds. My Guy has gotten a few good photos of them, but he has to hike off into some remote areas to get them. Hope your thanksgiving was fun and filled with family time.