27 Nov

The Girl Next Door Grows Up
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It’s official. I validated my wordcount and I completed Nanowrimo for the 5th time.

It’s a great impetus to get a first draft done. For me, I get to discover a story inside me. Now I will cut about 3/4 of it and get to work revising it or one of my other drafts, AFTER Christmas.


We had two of our neighbors over for Thanksgiving dinner. It was lovely as usual.


When I was 15 my mother had my youngest brother and was coming home from the hospital on Thanksgiving. I said I would cook Thanksgiving dinner for 11 of us. How hard could it be? I knew how to cook.


Thank goodness my father helped me. And I was never unrealistic about hosting a dinner party again. I do what I can to keep things simple.


When my grandchildren come to visit at Christmas, I want as much done ahead of time as possible so I can put all my energy into enjoying them.

So when I cooked this turkey, I stuffed it and cooked some additional stuffing in a pan. I blended the two batches of stuffing together and froze half of it. At Christmas I will roast an unstuffed bird which is so much easier. I also made 4 cups of gravy and will freeze half of that for Christmas too. And I made 4 pie crusts and froze 2 of them.


I stayed in a cotton yukata, (robe) yesterday on black Friday, all day. It was great. I guess on Sunday I will venture into traffic. I hope it will be less by than.


Have your best holidays ever.


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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Abundance, Uncategorized, writing


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5 responses to “FEEL GOOD FRIDAY

  1. Petty Witter

    November 29, 2010 at 3:33 am

    15 and cooking dinner for 11? I’m (uhumm) a little older and still can’t manage it for 2 – you impress me.

  2. Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds

    November 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Congratulations on NaNoWiMo! I can’t believe you’d undertake all of that at age 15. I could hardly butter toast at that age.

  3. Pepper Smith

    November 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Congratulations on reaching your NaNo goal. It’s quite an accomplishment–and you’ve done it five times now? I’m impressed.

  4. Angelia Sims Hardy

    November 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Congratulations on NaNo! Woo!!! That is tough to do. I am so impressed. 🙂

    I am also impressed by your thinking ahead for Christmas and freezing some of the meal. Great idea! I have never cooked or hosted Thanksgiving, but I’m the youngest of four married to the youngest of three. I guess we let the older siblings handle it. 🙂

  5. purplume

    December 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Thank you all for your comments.
    After that thanksgiving I was never naive about dinner parties.
    I love Nanowrimo. The pressure of a deadline gives me a new crappy first draft every year, and plenty of revising to do. XD


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