Gratitude Sunday – November 30, 2014

Well… I didn’t totally succeed at my NaBloPoMo… I missed the last three days!  Oh well… I did way better than I ever have at anything that lasts a whole month.  I am pretty pleased with the reasons, though!  I was busy with food business, which was a grand thing.  I can’t complain on that one, that’s for sure.

The week was filled with cooking, cooking and more cooking plus entertaining and drinking vast quantities of wine… Not a bad week at all!  I even managed to squeeze in a good walk or two with Zeke – not always easy when there are deadlines…

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Gratitude List

  1. First time I had two orders (besides cakes) for the same day and did all right time-wise!
  2. Make my very first Yorkshire Puddings and they turned out quite lovely and were well-received by all.
  3. I was able to make my Friday delivery with the help of my three guys… made everything so much easier.
  4. Kitchen Stadium was kept spic and span throughout the evening – Hubs did more than his share.
  5. Though I did not do thirty posts in thirty days for NaBloPoMo, I did do quite a few of them and am pretty pleased with myself.

My November Mantel

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Just four days left before December is upon us so I better share my November Mantel before it gets all gussied up for Christmas!

As mentioned in previous posts, I took a wonderful on-line photography class with Joy Sussman and one of the assignments was to create still lifes.  I got many compliments on my pomegranate and pinecones one and was told it would make a great centrepiece so… I’ve put it on the mantelpiece!  That way I get to enjoy it for a bit longer (until my son starts stealing the pomegranates and eating them…)

I’ve noticed there is a LOT of red this month!  Doesn’t help with the red walls either… will have to rethink my colour combos… not next month as it is Christmas and most of our village is red… sigh…

My teapot of the month is this winter scene that I can’t for the life of me remember where I got.  It came with a nice sugar bowl (in constant use) and creamer.  I want to say it was a gift but then I could not give the credit where it was due.  Will have to ask around (my bad…)

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Why on earth do I have all these Christmas books on the mantel?  Well, it is quite simple really.  It is time for me to create my baskets of goodies and I am inspired by various recipes found in one or the other.  As I am constantly going through them, better to have them all in one area, don’t you think?  Now that I look at the stack, I realize that I am missing my very important Victoria’s Magazines that I get my gingerbread and fruit cake from… Hmmm… Bet they are already on the counter in the kitchen!  Again, lots of red!!!

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I like to include one of my candle collection and this month is the very simple Costco purchase from, oh, 10-12 years ago I’m thinking.  Funny thing is, one of the glass containers broke and I use it even more now.  They do say that an even number of candle sticks or holders is bad luck so, just as well that one did break.. I now have nine holders instead of ten!

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I always purchase a poinsettia in November (or two or three) and this one was just purchased today!

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And, finally, because there was a need for a pop of colour!  (I am so funny, I kill me… ;p), here is my “Pomegranate Pinecone” centrepiece

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Next month is definitely all about Christmas so, we’ll enjoy this one for a little bit…

My Own Show

So yesterday’s prompt…

Monday, November 24

What’s your favorite headline/blog post title you’ve ever written? What was the hardest post to title?

…did nothing for me and I so had no idea what to write that I ended up writing nothing!

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Today’s prompt is:

Tuesday, November 25

You are given unlimited funds and a fabulous team of programmers and told to create your own social networking platform. Tell us all about your ideal, fictional social media site.

While not quite answering the question, I will share with you my dream… I joke about it when I talk about it but, if I’m to be totally honest here (and you all know I am no faker), deep down, I really do dream about its possibility!

Now, my unlimited funds and fabulous team – of technicians – not programmers, necessarily, would not necessarily help me build a social networking platform for a fictional social media site per se.

No, no, MY team would help me create my very own Cooking Show!  Which they can distribute via whatever social networking platform! Considering how many are already out there on PBS, Food Network (both US & Canada), Gusto… it’s kind of a silly dream, really.  You can find already pretty much anything or any style of host you could possibly want.  What could I truly add to this mix?  Most of my ideas were suddenly on existing shows! (Rachael Ray’s “Week in a Day” appeared not one month after I thought that would be a great premise for a show!  Dang!)

I have watched “The Next Food Network Star” and frankly, could not imagine putting myself through those hoops (though, congrats to Lenny, I really liked him!)

I look at Nadia G.’s “Bitchin Kitchen” (though not everyone likes her style, I like that she’s Canadian, put herself out there, rocked it and certainly doesn’t apologise for it!) that started on the Internet and ended up on Food Network as a fabulous story.

So… what will MY story be?  Will I come up with a fabulous idea, share it and become a sensation?

Am I dreaming in Technicolor?

Or have I completely lost my mind?

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I’ve heard tell I may not be so crazy…

I Could Never Live Without My…

Friday, November 21

What is the one appliance you can’t live without?

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Are the folks at NaBloPoMo for real?  Just one?  I dunno that I could live without quite a few of my appliances!!!  Now, should I limit myself to the big ones (fridge, stove, washing machine) or keep with the smaller ones (toaster, blender, food processor)?  I’d think I’d be taking the easy way out with the little ones, eh?

OK, OK… lemme think. Lemme think!!! Washing dishes by hand?  Pffftt… easy-peasy and one that I do often enough.  Dryer?  Nah.. I’ve got a clothesline – mind you, using the clothesline at -20°C may not be ideal…  Refrigerator?  Oh dear.  That one is a tough one.  I think I’m ill-equipped to live like the folk driving across the plains in covered wagons but I supposed I could somehow survive. Somehow.  Washing machine?  Ugh.  I live with two teenagers and a husband.  That can be quite a lot of laundry… Mind you, they could be trained to wear their clothes more than once – especially if I had to do the whole scrubbing with a washing board!

No, for me, I could NOT do without my oven/stove!  I’m a caterer for goodness’ sake!  And let’s just say I wasn’t trying to make a living cooking, I am still an avid cook.  I would simply go nuts not being able to fry an egg or bake a cake!

I could be convinced to change my gas stove for the beauty just above, mind you…

 

Is There a Book in Me Dying to Get Out?

Thursday, November 20

Do you have a book in you? Fact or fiction? Related to your blog or totally different?

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I so absolutely do!  I’ve been thinking about it and re-thinking and wondering if I should and deciding I will and then worried I have no idea of what I’m doing and then telling myself to stop being such an ass and just do it…  But I am convinced there is one in me for sure!

The type of book however, now THAT is where I’m stuck!  See, I don’t have that much of an imagination and would have more of a tendency to want to write about what I know, have experienced and am willing to share.  I think they (the stories) would even be funny (see yesterday’s post!) because, well, that’s just who I am.  I’ve been telling some of them over and over for a time that I’d barely even have to think about what to write.  I’ve even been told that maybe I should write them down.

So, why haven’t I started yet, you may ask?  Well, in a sense, I have started.  That’s one of the reasons I write this blog.  I know I’ve mentioned it before but it’s still relevant to this particular post so I feel it necessary to repeat myself; I just wanted to see if I would be able to put words to paper (so to speak) and have anyone interested in reading them.  I think I can safely say that there would be an audience.

So look out world!  There will be a book by Dale Rogerson (me, not the computer guy that already has one out there…)

 

 

The Funny One… Yeah, That Would Be Me

Wednesday, November 19

Are you the funny one in most groups? What kinds of things do you find funniest?

You know how it is considered somewhat egotistical to admit that you are gorgeous?  Well, somehow that does not apply when it comes to humour.  Or does it?  No, I won’t play the false modesty card on this one.  I am funny.  I am.  It’s in my genes.  My sisters are funny.  My Dad was funny.  Some of our kids are pretty funny (so far, anyway).  Even Mom has her moments – being the more reserved one, she hides it more.  Me?  Not so much.

How do I know I’m funny?  Well, I do know I’ve made at least one person snort and spew their coffee onto their screen and keyboard, desk and bathrobe… and that was on our first “meeting”! (Me, leaving a comment on her blog.)

I am often told “Your (sic) so funny” by my not-as-grammatically anal as I am friends.  Must be true then.  I mean, how often does one have to be told to believe it?  No worries.  I’m there.

To tell you the truth, I don’t go out there and try to be funny.  I could never have the cojones to do like a friend and take a stand-up class and then go up on stage and perform. Oh no!  I like my audiences small and intimate.  Though I may have been obliged, as part of my “initiation” in a former company I used to work for, to dress up as Cher to another’s Sonny and sing “I Got You Babe”… Well that’s what we were supposed to sing (as I am quite a bit taller than he) but they (the buggers in charge of said “initiation”) could not find a recording so we ended up being two members of the Mamas and the Papas singing “California Dreaming”. In. Front. Of. Everyone.  I can tell you this now because no one who witnessed it actually reads this little blog so, just take my word for it.

And just so we’re clear:  the whole going up on stage and making a fool of myself is not my M.O.  A Jim Carrey  I am not!  No physical contortions will be coming from me!  I am more of the witty, sarcastic, in-the-moment say-something kind of funny.

Oh, and don’t play jokes on me.  That does NOT get my funny bone.  Ask my husband.  He’ll never play a trick on me again like he did waaaaay back in the beginning before he knew better.  Oh no.  That is when I lose all sense of humour.

Kindness of Strangers

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Tell us about one time that you benefitted from the kindness of strangers.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to experience little kindnesses of strangers on more than one occasion – and I always try to pay it forward whether it is giving the missing change, holding open a door, paying a compliment…

I have a most fabulous story to tell but it is already past midnight and I’ve a big day tomorrow.  I’ll need my readers to remind me to tell them of the story of the Three Daves….

For now, allow me to tell you a nice short and sweet one that happened to my mother.  This was years and years ago when we three girls were surely under 10 years of age. It was pouring rain; car full of us kids (and probably an extra one!) and I think we were driving home from my grand-mother’s place up north (a two hour drive).  Not the ideal time to get a flat tire, needless to say.

Before Mom could consider what to do – this was WAY before the age of cellphones and we were probably stuck in the middle of nowhere with no lamp posts to light our way (and, if this is not the case, then pretend it is for the sake of adding drama to my story!) – a gentleman with his wife stopped their car and the man took care of my mother’s tire.  Would not even let my mom out of the car as he told her she would get too wet!  Got the necessary tools out of the trunk, jacked the car up and did the old switcheroo.

I tell you, two shakes of a lamb’s tail and it was done.  Guy got soaked to the skin and would accept nothing from my mother besides a “Thank You”.  And barely that at that.

Would you imagine?  He said he was in a rush to get to wherever he was going!!!  Yet he stopped to help out a woman with a carful of kids.

There are definitely beautiful people in the world, don’t you think?

 

 

Controversial… I Don’t Think So!

Monday, November 17

What is the most controversial thing you’ve ever written on your blog? What compelled you to write it?

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Well this will be a short post!  I don’t think I’ve ever written anything controversial!  How dull is that?  It’s not that I am afraid to, it’s just not in my nature.  In times of argument, I usually clam up and walk away.  I’m just not into the whole “my idea/feelings/opinions/etc. are better than yours so I will argue until I win”.  I have my beliefs, I share them but if I see that I’m not in a like-minded group then I don’t push.  I come from a loud opinionated family and have had my share of participation in “discussions”.  I just don’t participate anymore.  I choose to sit back and be a silent observer.  It can be quite interesting sometimes!

So, just for the sake of NaBloPoMo, I’ll use my post “Really???”  as my most controversial one.  The original title was “Some People Are So Obtuse” and after I thought about it, I figured maybe I had been too harsh.  So I changed it.  Talk about not wanting to ruffle any feathers!   Which is silly really because the situation described and my reaction to it was exactly that. MY reaction.

What compelled me to write this “controversial” post?  I was just so flabbergasted by the stubbornness I had witness that, as soon as I could, I ran upstairs and shared.  I just couldn’t help myself.  I just put it out there with nary another thought.

Maybe I did it to see if I was alone in my thinking.  OR maybe I was searching for validation?

I dunno!

Sunday Gratitude – November 16, 2014

Gah!  I fell behind on my NaBloPoMo!  I was supposed to post on Friday, yesterday and today!  You’re getting two for the price of one today…  I’ll just have to suck up that I missed the deadlines…. dang.

This week was a wonderful week.  My sister went to pick up our mother on Sunday night to bring her back on Monday to spend the week with us.  We just love passing her around from sister to sister!  We got to take her to the movies, for lunch, made her dinner, went to see our niece’s art at Expozine…

I got a chance to go down memory lane, thinking of my Dad when I brought my youngest to the famous Wilensky’s for a Wilensky Special (one cannot have anything else! Especially when one hasn’t been in, oh, twenty years!

Gratitude List

  1. Being able to have Mom over for a week, tossing her from one sister to the other!

  2. Spending quality time one-on-one with my boy.

  3. Having a Wilensky’s Special (fried baloney sandwich!), thinking of Dad, being able to share this with my son.

  4. Eating a fresh, hot bagel, right out of the bag from Fairmont Bagels.

  5. Having a friend – Lucy – get you a contract for a lunch at her firm.

  6. Through word-of-mouth, getting yet another “family meal” contract.

  7. Not getting the office job – who wants it if they don’t even respect potential candidates enough to call them and let them know they didn’t get it?

The Age-Old Question on Ageing…

Friday, November 14

Do you enjoy growing old or do you fight against it?

 

Ahhh yes… it just had to come up in the prompts, didn’t it?

Bloody hell.

They do say the alternative to growing old is, well, death, so let’s just say I have no problem with ageing!  Let’s just say it!  And mean it!

I cannot tell a lie… there are those days where I look in the mirror and sigh and remember “when”.  Those B.K. (Before Kids) days when I could eat whatever I wanted, had not a pound that didn’t belong, everything was nice and perky, skin was tight, not a cellulite pock to be found, no dark spots that just decided to show up; those days when I was more Betty Boop instead of Cathy…  Would I go to extremes to preserve my lost youth?  Nah.  I prefer to age gracefully.

Like most women “of a certain age” that is not always easy; I have my moments!  Some days they are good; some are sigh-inducing…

Looking at the picture of my mother and grandmother with me at my wedding… I figure I’ve got pretty good genes.