Friday, November 26, 2021


Good Morning!

I don't know about the rest of you, but I sort of waddled downstairs today to put the coffee on.  I still feel rather full from dinner, yet strangely I don't feel like I overate!  Bonnie, Mailing's Mom, had made some delicious spring rolls as appetisers - filled with cabbage and dried mushrooms.  And there was the olive tapenade that I had made.  Anna brought an apple pie and also wine.

The animals were all present (well, thankfully, not Mabel).  Here is Otto with Fletch in the background.

 Usually he stays in the sunroom, but he was being a good boy.  Talbot had disappeared - he doesn't really like crowds, but Marcel was trying to keep watch over his cousin Otto, but he (Marcel) kept falling asleep!

He is perched on the shelf that holds the TV and it was so funny watching him trying to stay awake.  He just could not.

Fletch had suggested we all go for a walk, so we all headed out to White's Park which is just a short walk away from the house.  There is a nice walking trail that is a loop.  There were a few people out, but not too many.  We did see this poor guy though.

Now, you all know I am not fond of snakes, but I don't like to see any creature suffer and this guy was going to.  The sun was starting to go down and it was getting chilly out.  He had apparently been warming himself on the pavement in the sun, but now he was unable to move very quickly.  Zhongren picked him up with a stick and put him in some leaf mulch - hopefully he was able to burrow in.

Dinner was delicious:  turkey, stuffing (challah bread and sweet potatoes and choirzo), roasted Brussels sprouts (with a pomegranate glaze), green beans, sauteed mixed mushrooms, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry chutney and cranberry/orange relish.  Dessert was pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple pie.  Oh!  And, whipped cream of course.  

All-in-all, it was a lovely gathering and was so nice to see Mailing's family again.  Hard to believe Christmas is just a month away now.

This morning when I went into the bathroom I heard some water running...Mabel the devil had jumped into the tub, knocked a towel into the but and then, somehow, jumped up to the faucet and managed to turn the hot water on.  These antics need to STOP!!

Well, time to sip a bit and get dressed.  Shortly I will be off to meet up with Dee for some chatting and knitting.  Can't wait.  Hope everyone is doing well!


  1. Glad you had such a great day.

    It is so funny watching cats TRY to stay awake. LOL

    Oh that Mabel ---- she's a wily one. (Giroux used to knock on the sink faucets. Thankfully, the new ones aren't quite so easy for him.

  2. Tell Mabel she is going to have to start to contribute to paying the water bill!

  3. I'll say this for Mabel -- she does a good job of making sure you have funny things to post on the blog! Your dinner sounds delicious, and I'm glad you were able to enjoy it in good company.

  4. What a great gathering you had, with people and animals! I'm so glad to read that Zhongren rescued the snake. And that Mabel! Have fun with Dee!

  5. Looks like a perfect day! Marcel is a beauty!

  6. Marcel looks quite handsome with his ruff. Your holiday meal sounds delicious- love the family photo.

  7. What a lovely day, Vera! And . . . I thought Marcel was a statue there on the shelf. What a beautiful cat -- a perfect part of the decor. ;-)
    (And That Mabel! She is going to keep you on your toes. . . )

  8. What a wonderful family photo! Your dinner sounds amazing. I haven't had tapenade in ages. Now I really want some.

  9. Sounds like a great day! That picture of Marcel is hilarious!
    Mabel definitely is a little trouble maker.
    Burton brought me a bird this morning! A little junco! I was sad for the bird, but also kind of proud of Burton - it's the very first thing he's ever caught!!!! I really wish it had have been the mice we had in the house when we first moved in but hey... I guess he has to hone his skills a little

  10. You had a terrific Thanksgiving, despite Marcel's harsh review.

    Mabel needs to make a trip to Northeast Ohio and get my cats on a program. Maybe they can rub off on each other: she can get a little more sedate and mine can get a little/lot more active.

  11. That Mabel is quite the little trickster. Your Thanksgiving sounds lovely. I had to smile as I also waddled out to the kitchen to put on the coffee. I did take a walk on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the weather is rather nice and the sun was out.

  12. That stuffing sounds delicious! I am a fixings kinda girl - I love all the sides and not super eager about turkey. And I love me a sleepy little furry critter as well!

  13. That Mabel... she is such a rascal!

    It sounds like your Thanksgiving was full... of so many good things! :) Happy Monday!

  14. Happy thanksgiving to you and to Miss Mabel the adventurer!!