When Bob and I were driving down the street in Charleston at Christmas I saw a guy on the side of the road with huge bunches of greens, I would say two feet long. I asked our host what they were and he said collard greens. I’ve eaten them a couple times in restaurants but this will be my first time cooking them myself. Couldn’t decide if I should cook them with hog jowls or pigs feet. I picked pigs feet.
Also am cooking up my first batch ever of black eyed peas, a New Years tradition in the south for good luck. Bob’s a good sport to try them with me. I’m not sure my pallet has adjusted yet to all the southern foods but I am trying. Will have both collards and beans for dinner tonight with a rack of ribs on the grill seasoned with SC dry rub (a gift from a northern friend) and smoked with Jack Daniels wood pellets. It’s 55 and cloudy here today. At Jack Daniels whiskey plant, which we just visited near Nashville, they filter the beverage through oak charcoal. When they are done with the charcoal filtering, which has now been thoroughly soaked in whiskey, they send it to a plant that makes the charcoal into pellets and then sells it to people to use on their grill and smoke the meat. Should be an interesting meal. No other special plans for New Years Eve but we are going to an evening dress up party on New Years Day.
Happy New Year to all of you. May the new year bring good health, happiness, peace and prosperity to you and all your loved ones.
Our AAA magazine just had an interesting bit of information. A left turn is the riskiest thing you can do without getting a ticket. Did you know that almost half of all intersection accidents happen when someone makes a left turn? Only 4% happen with a right turn and UPS trains its drivers to only make right turns. Who knew? It’s a short article. The list is below.
Enter in area code 29690.
Travelers Rest and Greenville and many other places IN SC and other states did get snow on Christmas night. Looks like 2-3 inches at our house. The newspapers tell of people very excited that they and their children have their first ever white Christmas. Obviously I took white Christmas for granted when I lived in MN. Who knew it was such a rare experience?
Once again we spent a wonderful Christmas with friends Lynn and Bob in Charleston, 4 hours from our house. For Christmas Eve I brought Swedish meatballs and Swedish fruit soup and they added sweet and sour red cabbage and herring. Then off to Christmas Eve service and heard them sing in the choir. My favorite part is when we all go outside in the dark with our candle and sing Silent Night.
On Christmas morning they made a delicious breakfast for us and we opened presents. Bob and I helped set the table and do other tasks to prepare for a delicious dinner for 10. Bob Brennan planned the menu and did most of the cooking. We had beef tenderloin, salad, potatoes, carrots, green beans, rolls, a cheese course before the dessert and then a delicious red velvet chocolate souffle. Add in a generous supply of wine and you can be sure a good time was had by all.
Coming back from Charleston this morning it rained for the first hour, snowed for two hours (there was a ground cover of snow for about 100 miles) and then the last hour was sunny. It is snowing in Charleston as I write this. Roads were good but we were a little concerned because the temperature was 32-33 and the precipitation could be rain, ice or snow on the road. Seems like it just melted right away. Glad we are home safe. Kitties seem happy to see us.
I do have to add I picked up a nasty head cold that showed up on Christmas Eve day so I look a little like Rudolph. Hope it doesn’t last too long or get any worse.
Hope your holiday was as good as mine.
Although this isn’t a picture of Smoky and Sabrina when they were kittens I think it sure looks like them. We didn’t have the pleasure of their company when they were little so this photo will have to do.
Are we too grownup to feel a thrill
As we light the Christmas tree?
Are we immune to cookies,
Christmas cards and Christmas glee?
Are we too adult to “Ooh” and “Aah”
At the Christmas candle’s glow?
Are we blasé about our gifts;
Do we shun the mistletoe?
Are we too mature for carols,
For merry or for jolly?
Do the decorations leave us cold,
The ornaments and holly?
We’ll never grow too old
To love the Christmas magic.
A year without a Christmas
Would be boring, even tragic.
So bring it on!
The candy canes,
The feasting and good cheer;
O Christmas, lovely Christmas,
You’re the highlight of the year!
By Joanna Fuchs
Fay, Bob, Smoky and Sabrina hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends and that Santa was good to you. Merry Christmas.
Fay and Bob had a lot of fun buying presents for us. Some we like better than others. They took lots of pictures of us. We hope you like our little photo album. Merry Christmas to all of you and your furry friends.
Sabrina got a new little bed to sleep in. Fay put it in the office by her desk because Sabrina likes to sleep by Fay.
Smoky is enjoying the new nice soft blanket we got. We both really like this gift. We both will knead the blanket for a long time before curling up on it. Fay puts it on her lap and we like that too.
Smoky is checking out the new grass and Sabrina is trying the new scratching box. We aren’t so sure about the grass. It kind of tickles our nose.
Smoky really liked this door hanging scratch thing with feathers on it.
Sabrina likes this squeaky mouse toy. When she hits it it squeaks just like a mouse. Aren’t I cute?
This isn’t a Christmas picture but Fay thought Smoky was pretty adorable. Fay’s mom made all the dolls.
Smoky has two new tricks he started this week and Fay and Bob can’t figure out why he is doing this stuff. After he eats his food or water he scratches the floor like he is trying to cover up the bowls. Of course he knocks them over and food and water spill everywhere. Fay read that his paws have scent glands in them and he might be marking the territory around his food. He does it to both sets of dishes. Sabrina doesn’t seem to mind and still eats out of both dishes just like Smoky does. The other thing he is doing again is putting his favorite play balls in the food dish and the water dish. Fay read that in the wild they would try to hide a toy (mouse) in a safe place and he might consider his food and water dishes a safe place. Never a dull moment. At least he is healthy and back to his playful self.
Sabrina now sleeps by Fay’s knees until between 7 and 7:30 a.m. This is an improvement over the 3 a.m. wake up Sabrina did when she first came to live here. Fay has figured out that when Sabrina paws her chin and licks her nose she is not begging for food because she hasn’t been out of bed to check her food bowl. She just wants Fay to pet her, pay attention to her and get up. Fay says “Sabrina, you are so cute, hard to resist you.”
Folks here are VERY excited that we might have a “historic” white Christmas. Since they have kept records, around 1880, there have been only three white Christmas days, the last one 47 years ago. It snowed in the 1962 but that didn’t count because it melted when it hit the ground.
Guess I better go out and get my bread and milk before the store runs out.
Merry Christmas to all of you.
One of my friends in Newcomers is very involved with her sorority in planning their annual Cotillion. It was held Sat. night. I think of it as a very southern event. Almost 100 young women were presented to society. They have been planning this since this summer. Take a look at the lovely young women. I hope to get more photos to show you.
And now 160 years later there are many events planned throughout the south over the next 5 years to mark the sesquicentennial of that war in which between 600,000 to 700,000 people died. More on casualties at this link. http://www.civilwarhome.com/casualties.htm
Learn more about SC and the war at this website http://www.journalwatchdog.com/city/953-history-here
Ft. Sumter in Charleston where the war started April 12,1861.
I suspect this will be the first of several posts over the next few years about the Civil War.
Susan Boyle singing Hallelujah
I don’t think it is as good as kd lang but it is entertaining.
And then there is Leonard Coehn singing it. Over 8 million hits on youtube.com
A little reflection on writing in my blog.
I can’t believe it has been more than four years since I first started writing in a blog. The first blog movingadventure.wordpress.com started in September 2006 when we were first exploring moving. So much has happened since then and pretty much all of it good. It is so nice to read the old posts and remember all the things we have done.
I have to say I am very surprised how long I have kept it up. I never thought I was that interested in writing but I guess I am and I find I miss writing if I don’t do it for awhile. Quite a few of you, my readers, have told me they enjoy my adventures and especially like the photos. The posts by Sabrina and Smoky are a favorite with many of you. It’s a fun and easy way for me to stay connected with you.
The blog has brought about two very unexpected things – my TV interview and the recent winter garden article in the paper. What fun that was.
This picture has nothing to do with this post. I just thought it was really, really cute. This kitty looks like Smoky must have looked when he was a little kitty.