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December 5, 2013

Holiday preparations are piling up

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Cooperstown Crier

---- — We must admit that we are now rushing head first through the holiday season even though we have no idea exactly how we got to this point in the year. We would like to blame the makers of calendars for not including all the months of the year in their products, but alas that is not the case. So we fear we shall simply have to deal.

However, we hasten to point out that our activities leading up to Thanksgiving included a most interesting encounter with a gentleman as we were rushing with the Lavender Landrover into Otsego Manor to help make Thanksgiving decorations for the residents there. For various holidays throughout the year, the Meadowlarks, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, meet at the Manor to make the appointed decorations. And as seems to be the case more and more now, we were running late.

And that must have been obvious to the gentleman we encountered as he practically leapt off the sidewalk into the snow so we could get by. Since he was walking with two canes, not to mention two shopping bags, we were somewhat dismayed that he evidently felt he needed to make way for us. Naturally we thanked him, telling him he had not needed to move as there was room for both of us on the sidewalk.

To this he responded, “It was my pleasure.”

Now that was something we had not heard in years. It quite made our day. And it was most certainly a refreshing change from the usual “No problem,” we hear so often these days.

We also had the opportunity this year to partake of a wonderful Thanksgiving Day dinner at the home of Linda Crampton who assembled for the occasion not only family but friends as well. Both the food and the company were delightful. And with great restraint we did manage to remember the sage advice given us in a Thanksgiving prayer that we received in our e-mail inbox shortly before the holiday. It read:

“May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump,

May your potatoes ‘n gravy have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize.

May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!”

For whatever reason we managed to forego seconds on everything except the stuffing. And for desert we had sugar cookie expertly decorated for us by Linda’s three year old granddaughter, Emilia. It was just the right finish for a wonderful meal that, we note, came with leftovers which we were very happy to bring home with us. Doing so meant that we could also enjoy a Thanksgiving poem which also arrived in our inbox. It read:

‘Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep.

I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned, the dark meat and white

But I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with great anticipation

The thought of a snack, became infatuation.

I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door

And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,

Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,

‘Till all of a sudden I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky

With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.

But I managed to yell, as I soared past the trees,

Happy eating to all---pass the cranberries please.

Fortunately, we managed to leave the leftovers alone until noontime on Friday when we joyously gobbled them down. And, now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we can turn our thoughts to Christmas.

And on that front, we are making some headway. We have collected various gifts throughout the year for our Christmas giving. Plus, of course, as part of our “from our house to your house” campaign, we have chosen a number items in the house we have deemed suitable for Christmas gifts. Plus we have all of the envelopes addressed that will ferry our Christmas greetings to family and friends. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have anything in the way of greetings to put in the envelopes.

But we are working on it, just as we are working getting the Christmas wreaths hung on the front and back of the house as well as dragging the Christmas tree downstairs and dragging the Christmas ornaments upstairs where we plan for them to meet in the family room. Then, after we purchase a few more little gifts locally, we will wrap the presents, shipping the ones to family who will not be joining us this year for the holidays. We will then plan to mail the aforementioned envelopes, hopefully with a Christmas greeting in each. And, of course, we must take time to bid farewell to our turncoat friends who will be heading for warmer climes this winter.

After that, we fully intend to drag yet more Christmas decorations, including our lighted houses, up from the basement to place tastefully, although probably in the way, around the house. Of course, doing that will no doubt require moving furniture as well as bric-a-brac around. And once that is all done, we can move on to worrying about food. We suppose, since we are anticipating Christmas visitors, we should have some in the house.

Plus we have to make our usual two cheesecakes, one for Christmas Eve dinner and one for Christmas Day dinner. We have already made plans for someone else to make the actual dinners. And finally, we have to make the beds, put the towels out and turn up the heat. But, on the upside, we now have a list of what we need to do. And after reviewing we are quite confident that we will have no trouble whatsoever having everything ready by the middle of January.

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