Mish Mosh November

Well out of 30 days I managed to blog for 28.  Not bad considering this month started with our removing the tree in the front yard.  Starting a new Ikebana class on the weekends and my friend Katherine in town for a weekend.  A trip out to Palm Springs to see friends.  Going to the Vox Womens Courus concert.  Shopping, planning and cooking for Thanksgiving.  The sudden illness, decline and death of my dad.  Let us not forget about the outside kitty.  Needless to say, the month was packed.  December is shaping up about the same way, perhaps less blogging.

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Outside kitty is still there and still outside.  Until we can get her to a vet and be sure she doesn’t have feline leukemia, outside is where she is staying.  She seems to have gotten over her trauma of us trying to cage her a few weeks ago.  She now runs up when I go outside and wants to be petted.  Today she was playing through the bars of the kitty condo and our skittish cat dashed out of the frame when I went to take a picture.

Besides outside kitty still happening so is Thanksgiving, sorta.  I made a Turkey breast today before leaving for work.  On our way out on Thanksgiving night we had very near zero leftovers.  I have been wanting a turkey sandwich all week so I made us a turkey breast for the weekend.  It may actually be better than the one I made on thanksgiving.  The sandwich I made before even taking a photograph was great!

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Christmas Kitty

I have missed a couple days of the posting every day in November task.  It has just been too hard this last week to come up with things to blog about.  My mind has been quite preoccupied.    So here is a holiday picture of Cee Cee our kitty.  She was actually quite okay with this hilarity.

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Decorated Up

Yesterday we decorated for the holidays.  Yep a wreath on the door that is not alive so the current 80 degree weather wont hurt it and some sparkly items and pine cones in the planter.

Done.  There really isn’t room in the house for a tree.  We sent our boxed fake tree out to the girls so they could use it this year.  It is relatively small and hopefully they can keep it out of the 18mo olds reach.

Silent Key W7GTO

I became a ham radio operator because my darling friend Diane was into them at the time.  I also had the knowledge and familiarity of my uncle Tom, and my dad Pat being life long handheld amateur radio enthusiasts.

But I used my ham radio more with my dad than anywhere else.  It gave us a connection and a purpose.  He got me to volunteer and become part of the medical services team in Seattle.  We went to meetings once a month for years together, which always meant lunch out with him.

He was always working the parades, all of the neighborhood parades and the big torchlight parades.  He enlisted my help into being a ham for the parades as well.  My first one was a local (small) parade up in Greenwood.  The next few Summers he got me to do the torchlight parade.  Such a huge parade and although I was there with him several years in a row there was always so much to do I didn’t really see him except before and after the parade.

However it was always wonderful to call from my station “KC7OXM to net Control” and my dad answering “Net Control, W7GTO go ahead”

I sadly don’t have many pictures of our ham adventures, the one attached is a comm academy event in 2009 that he brought me along to sell raffle tickets at for him.

Sadly he passed away yesterday.  I am glad I got to tell him last Monday that I love him, but it is just not enough.

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Black Friday

Today is Black Friday, however the closest I got to the shopping ridiculousness was the traffic through City of Commerce near the outlet mall on my way to work.  I was glad I left early, I wouldn’t want to be late to sit and do nothing for eight hours.

The blackness of today for me comes with every text my phone is getting and there have been a lot this week.  Yesterday Della and I were both trying to keep a low profile, when an update on my Dad’s progress would come through on the group “update” thread we would make sure the other had seen it, all the while trying to stay low-key about it and stay focused on the day at hand.

Today he seems to be in worse shape and the “quality of life” conversations were happening this afternoon.

For now, he needs dialysis but the doctors don’t think he heart can take it.  One side of his heart is working much harder than the other so there may be a blockage.  Also his liver is failing.  He had a massive amount of fecal bacteria enter into his system so the high blood count and infection are understood.  But his current system may not be able to fight that off.

I am not in the “decision” role.  I have given my opinion as have all my siblings.  His brother is there as the executor and they have to choose which route to take or to continue to stay the course.

I am just on phone alert with every text I pick up the phone for continued updates or false alarms and just waiting for news or something good or bad to happen.  Yesterday on thanksgiving, it was good to get improvement news in the morning, it kind of rallied the day, even though it was subdued again my evening.

Thanksgiving, postdated

You read that right.  This is my post for yesterday.  Usually I wouldn’t care but its November and trying to stay on track with the NoBloPoMo and all.  Completely self-inflicted deadlines and stress.

As expected we were up early and cooking.  Lori helped me prep the Brussel Sprouts, the salad stuff and she pretty much made the mushroom/veggie gravy with instructions all by herself.

We then showered and loaded everything I had been stacking for days into my car and off we went to the Vicki and Emily in Irvine.

It was great to get there early and hear about a recent trip they went on at the spur of the moment to Nicaragua.   Amazing and hilarious telling of the story.  I got the turkey going in the roaster and we had quite a while to sit and visit before the rest of the family started to arrive.

There were plenty of appetizers going around and Della was busy putting the finishing touches on her yams, stuffing and casserole.

We were probably eating by 4:30 which means we beat the dark as the table was set up on the patio and we had dinner outside.  It had cooled off from the 90 during the day so it was very nice out.

Once dinner was finished I stayed outside chatting while others cleaned up the entire thing.  Then we broke out the pictionary and played two teams of four people and two full rounds.  It was hilarious on so many levels.  Mostly the pouting going on from the losing team that turned to gloating when that team was winning.  There was a lot of laughter on very full bellies.  It all added up to a very great day.

We got home about 10:30 and the temptation to just unload and leave it all for morning was there but we tag teamed the cleaning and got the crockpots and roaster and everything else cleaned and dried before calling it a day, a very full and very thankful day.

 

Thanksgiving Prep

Traffic home last night was horrific.  I took the 405 without any thought to all the cars and Ubers heading toward the airport.  However I still needed to be up early today to work on Thanksgiving prep.

My goals for today were to:
Make the Wild Rice and Mushroom stuffing
Prep the Turkey for roasting
Cook and prep eggs for deviled egg appetizer
Prep Brussels Sprouts for cooking tomorrow
Prep Salad for assembly tomorrow and
Make the vegetarian mushroom gravy

Well I started by pulling out the ingredients for the stuffing as that would take the longest.  The Wild Rice has to cook twice, once on its own and once with the brown rice later.  I took this picture to start…….but there was never another picture taken, for a time in fact I couldn’t even find my phone.

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I did get the stuffing done!  I found a  really good organic veggie stock called NON-Chicken stock and it added some great flavor to the stuffing.  These Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms Lori and I were on the hunt for last week and all of them went into this stuffing.

I also got the eggs cooked and the turkey prepped.  But none of the rest.  I worked for four solid hours before needing to get ready for work.

The rest I should be able to knock out in an hour tomorrow morning with Lori’s help.  Then we are loading up the electric roaster and food and heading to Irvine where the family is gathering at Vicki and Emily’s place.  We all have our food assignments and I should be able to plug-in the turkey when I get there and not have much to do until right before dinner when I cook up the brussels sprouts.  Well except visit, and eat, and enjoy the day.