51 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-23-16

  1. Good morning at 44 degrees in Atlanta, Daily Thread Wanderers. It’s gotta be a busy day because I have only wrapped one present so far. I don’t have too many to wrap so I should not get stiff muscles from the chore, LOL. I do sometimes feel a twinge of arthritis in my hand from using scissors to cut wrapping paper.

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  2. Peter, he may use a phone camera to take a photo of his computer screen Facebook page? Or maybe he somehow copied the link. If that is the case, then only those who have Facebook can see it.

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  3. Well, we have gone from our expected gathering of six or seven to thirteen or fifteen with five more expected from different directions in the days immediately following. Good thing the pantry is kept stocked.

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  4. It’s Friday at last. And late yesterday the Christmas feature came together so that’s settled, I just have a followup interview to do today when we take the photos.

    I picked up a small gift for a co-worker at Home Depot last night (decorative battery candles; I wanted to get something at Barnes & Noble at the mall but didn’t even want to think of trying to park or get inside or stand in line there after a long day at work).

    The lamp in the spare room isn’t working, I replaced the bulb but still no go.

    And the TV wasn’t working last night, so I had to do a live chat with AT&T, plugging and unplugging everything, doing it all a couple times, something finally got reconnected and it came back on.

    Then Annie vanished, I could not find her anywhere at bedtime — looked all over the backyard with the flashlight, in the house, crinkled the treat package (which almost always gets her to come out). Nothing. I left the doggie door open all night in case she was outside and would decide to come in at some point. She was here when I got up early to take the trash out this morning, so who knows where she was hiding all night.

    Anyway, yesterday was overall a frustrating day and night, hoping today is better. I have a casserole to make for the church either tonight or tomorrow (will have to brave the supermarket to get some of the ingredients at some point today) and then will be picking Carol up Saturday afternoon for an early dinner out and Christmas Eve service at Hollywood Presbyterian later in the evening.

    Meanwhile, on the house front, I heard from real estate pal who got an estimate for the bathroom work from the guy who came by last weekend but he thinks it’s too high — so he’s going to try to find someone else.

    We’re expecting another cold front with rain tonight. So far, the rainfall totals are looking pretty good for us this year for a change.

    Pretty photo.

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  5. I love the header photo today. Very pretty. If I don’t have it for Christmas yet, it ain’t hap’n.
    I am a little amused at myself.
    I was speaking with Nana yesterday and she was going to try to get in touch with a friend of mine to see if she could make bread pudding. It seems that Nephew wants bread pudding for Christmas Eve dinner. Nana said that she can’t cook anymore. Everything she tries to cook turns out wrong. I make bread pudding and Mr. P loves it. I was going to make it anyway for our Christmas dinner. I told her I would make it for her. Turns out that Nephew doesn’t want just ANY bread pudding. He wants Ruth’s Chris bread pudding. I looked at the recipe and jotted down what I would need. When I got to raisins Nana told me not to buy them she had plenty that she had picked out of her Raisin Bran. “Old people don’t need to eat a lot of raisins. They have iron in them and that causes constipation”, says she. I guess waste not, want not.
    Attached is the link to what I have gotten myself into. Paula Deen’s recipe is much simpler. 😉

    http://www.recipesecrets.net/blog/recipes/ruths-chris-steak-house-bread-pudding/

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  6. Nine year old’s favorite cereal is raisin bran. Though it may be oatmeal as she always requests that when it is an option and always takes raisin bran when it is an option.

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  7. I too, am somewhat amused at Kim. I love bread pudding but haven’t had any in years.
    Buy the raisins. I eat my raisins in Raison Bran. It provides iron to keep your blood strong.

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  8. Advent – Day 23: This Nativity hymn of the Armenian church dates back to the 500s:
    Great and wonderful mystery
    Which on this day was revealed
    The shepherds sing with the angels
    They give good news (gospel) to the world
    Christ is born, and revealed.

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  9. Seems to be a southern thing. From Wikipedia:

    Bourbon whiskey /bɜːrbən/ is a type of American whiskey: a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name is ultimately derived from the French Bourbon dynasty, although it is disputed whether Bourbon County in Kentucky or Bourbon Street in New Orleans inspired the whiskey’s name.[1] Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century.[2] The use of the term “bourbon” for the whiskey has been traced to the 1820s, and the term began to be used consistently in Kentucky in the 1870s.[1] While bourbon may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South, and with Kentucky in particular. As of 2014, the distillers’ wholesale market revenue for bourbon sold within the U.S. is about $2.7 billion, and bourbon makes up about two-thirds of the $1.6 billion of U.S. exports of distilled spirits.[3][4]

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  10. The photo was taken last year. I’ve had no time to wander about my parent’s land taking photos yet this winter. I got the nasty bug that was going around the city, and the horde of youthful relatives descended on the house the day after I arrived. I greatly enjoy seeing everyone, but yesterday, I had to retreat to my room because I was feeling so sick. Eldest niece and second nephew kept coming up to see how I was. Doing somewhat better today, but worried about the little folk getting the bug. It seems to be causing croup among other children that we know.

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  11. I don’t like bread pudding, but never had any other than what my mom made. I do like tapioca a lot, but rarely have a chance to have it. I’m not inclined to make it, as my husband doesn’t like it and I don’t like it enough to eat lots and lots of it all by myself.

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  12. My daughter is making the cookie dough for tonight (using the Kitchenaide) and my husband is watching Inception. A curious mixture of activity.

    I found some more presents to wrap, then I’ll iron and then, finally, I’ll clean my office and be ready for the cooking marathon that starts about 3 and lasts for several days!

    Merry Christmas if I don’t get back here, but I imagine I will. 🙂

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  13. In light of the recent discussions about ‘cute’ Nativity scenes, this article I just read is rather interesting: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/dec/23/nativity-paintings-apocalypse-christmas-leonardo-da-vinci-botticelli-caravaggio?CMP=fb_gu

    Look a bit harder and the great paintings of the nativity story that we sentimentalise at Christmas are full of death and decay. Some are literally apocalyptic. Far from soppy, painted equivalents of a modern school nativity play, these paintings are premonitory visions of suffering that invite the most serious of meditations.

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  14. The admiral and I hung the mirror today. It ended up in the breakfast room and the woman at the frame shop convinced him with two hangers on each side rated for 50 pounds each didn’t have to hang in a stud. Oh bit the measuring we did. 😉
    Next we hung a print of the Fairhope Pier circa early 1900’s in the living room. I set the dining room table for dinner Sunday. He is having Stouffers lasagna for dinner and I am havin tomato and macaroni soup (comfort food from childhood) Tomorrow I will brush off all my skills to figure out the bread pudding.
    I am surprised DJ had to look up bourbon. I didn’t realize it was only a Southern thing. Hmmm.

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  15. Dislike bread pudding, but each to his own. Not sure why anyone would think old people are full of iron. I think someone just doesn’t like raisins in things. I don’t myself, but I did eat them when I was pregnant and needed more iron.

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  16. I kind of knew bourbon was a whiskey of some kind, but no other details 🙂

    Finished the kittens story and a Christmas feature so hoping I might get an early release from work by an hour or maybe even 2, but we’ll see.

    Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, has been rushed to a hospital from LAX, possible heart attack 😦

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  17. I don’t think of bourbon as a strictly southern thing. Didn’t even know if was considered southern.

    I like bread pudding.

    Who likes Indian Pudding? I haven’t had that for years, but I like it.

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  18. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/20/460488236/oh-bring-us-some-wait-what-is-figgy-pudding

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    … Figgy pudding — also known as plum pudding or Christmas pudding — is a staple of the British Christmas table, she says.

    “It resembles something like a cannonball, and it maybe feels a bit like a cannonball when it hits your stomach, but it’s tradition and we love it,” Waugh tells NPR’s Michel Martin.

    And despite its moniker, the dessert features neither figs nor plums.

    “The ‘plum’ was a pre-Victorian generic term for any type of dried fruit, but most specifically, raisins,” Waugh explains. ” ‘Figgy’ — certainly at some time figs would have been incorporated into Christmas pudding recipes, but today, not traditionally.”

    It’s also a pudding in the British sense, meaning dessert — not the creamy, custardy dish most Americans associate with the word. It’s a steamed cake full of raisins, currants and brandy. ..
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  19. Hmm. Well, Indian Pudding sounds very good

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/indian_pudding/

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    … Why indian pudding isn’t more widely known I have no idea; it’s one of my favorite desserts of all time, and a traditional New England Thanksgiving classic. Indian pudding is a baked custard with milk, butter, molasses, eggs, spices, and cornmeal.

    The name is likely derived from the cornmeal, which was known as indian meal way back when. Here is a tried-and-true recipe for indian pudding adapted from An Olde Concord Christmas, a long out-of-print book from the Concord Museum. …
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  20. It’s raining! Yay.

    We didn’t get to leave work *too* early — maybe by 45 minutes — but everything counts.

    I had to hit the grocery store on the way home which was very crowded.

    Now, I’m home & just enjoying the sounds of the rain beating against the windows and the new roof. 🙂

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  21. Twelve hours from now we’ll be starting the first of our Christmas festivities, and as of now I have had no sleep. About 2:30 I finally gave up trying to sleep. 😦 But my husband seems to be sleeping, and he needs it more than I. (He has been sick.) I don’t think our daughter is sleeping, either, but she has been quite sick all week and probably has her days and night mixed up a bit, and she often works overnights and doesn’t always have a typical sleep cycle anyway.

    So I have been sort of snowed in (only visually–we can get out) with two sick people all week, and I hope Christmas is a little more fun than they are. 🙂

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  22. I awakened at 4:45 with another migraine–I think I caught it in time for the triptan to be effective, though, as it’s already receding.

    I still need to wrap about five presents. Stuff was delivered yesterday–pretty sure I’ll just put it in gift bags. Did I mention how much I loathe wrapping?!?

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