a friday that feels like a saturday

It was so nice to have another day off and no schedule other than catching a movie this morning. We saw Creed, and after that you really just want to go run up some steps. Instead, we stuffed ourselves with pizza (hello, we are not boxers) and then headed to the mall and Best Buy. I haven’t been out and about in Black Friday craziness for as long as I can remember, and while it was a madhouse at the mall, I was pretty relaxed because there was nothing I *had* to find. Now we’re at home and hanging out. It’s a beautiful day here in North Florida:

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I hope you’re enjoying your Friday,
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p.s. Don’t forget about my 1,000th post giveaway. Click on over and leave a comment to enter.

1,000 post! ***a giveaway and gratitude ***

Good morning & Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m starting today in my favorite way — coffee and reading in bed. Gratitude comes quite easily in these circumstances!

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It’s also my 1,000 post here at georgianne! I didn’t realize that until I hit post on my last entry, so I’ve held off writing more until I could celebrate by giving something away to you faithful folks who have stuck around. Some of you have followed me from blog to blog and have offered me encouragement and prayed for me through some dark times. I’m thankful for you! I’m also thankful for you lurkers and hope that you’ll pipe up and enter this giveaway.  Feel free to share it with others, too, because I’d love to get this blog thing going again, and new readers would be fun.

***Here’s the deal:  I’m giving away a 30 Days of Hymns Perpetual Desk Calendar by littlethingsstudio. I have one on my desk at work, and I love it. Hymns have always been a source of comfort and rich meditation for me, and I’m grateful that I grew up in a church where I learned so many. This little calendar is a good daily reminder of truths that are always timely. It’s pretty, too! 🙂

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To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post. If you’re reading this on Facebook, you’ll need to click through to the actual blog post for your comment to be counted. (If you’ve never commented here before, your post may be held for moderation. So don’t panic if it doesn’t show up right away.) If you share this on Facebook or Twitter or one of the many other social media sites that I haven’t figured out yet and probably never will, let me know and you’ll receive an extra entry for each share. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. I’ll close the comments on December 1st at 8 pm ET. ***

So that’s the giveaway; now for the gratitude. I’m deeply thankful for so much. God has blessed me with blessings too numerous to count. Thank you, Father, for saving my soul and giving me eyes to see. Thank you for my sweet husband who encourages me daily to see all of those blessings. Thank you for my children, for my family, for health, and a good job, friends, freedom, clean water, plentiful food, all of my material blessings, that I live in this time and place in history, books to read, yarn to knit, and on and on and on.

I think of this quote from historian and author David McCullough often, but especially on Thanksgiving and when politics and current events bring me down:

And so many of the blessings and advantages we have, so many of the reasons why our civilization, our culture, has flourished aren’t understood; they’re not appreciated. And if you don’t have any appreciation of what people went through to get, to achieve, to build what you are benefiting from, then these things don’t mean very much to you. You just think, well, that’s the way it is. That’s our birthright. That just happened. [But] it didn’t just happen. And at what price? What grief? What disappointment? What suffering went on? I mean this. I think that to be ignorant or indifferent to history isn’t just to be uneducated or stupid. It’s to be rude, ungrateful. And ingratitude is an ugly failing in human beings.

Let’s overflow with gratitude today and beyond.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all,
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saturday afternoon

It’s another gray, gloomy Saturday, but at least we have a little taste of cooler fall temperatures. I’m happily at home, with a huge pot of Brunswick stew (recipe below) on the stove, a sweet dog nearby, and football on the big screen. We’re dog-sitting for my parents this weekend, so I’ve had a little sidekick:

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I haven’t made Brunswick stew in years, but Paul and Stephen both expressed an interest. (I really like cooking when folks appreciate it.) People can get a little crazy over Brunswick stew preferences, but here’s the tried and true recipe I use. I love that it makes a huge pot because leftovers are always a blessing.

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Brunswick Stew

1 whole fryer (about 3 pounds)

2 stalks celery – cut into 1-inch pieces

1 small onion – quartered

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2 (10-oz) packages frozen lima beans

2 (10-oz) packages frozen kernel corn

1 cup chopped onion

2 (28-oz) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped

1 (8-oz) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped

3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon salt

1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

1/2 teaspoon red pepper, or to taste

Combine chicken, celery, onion, and enough water to almost cover the chicken in a large stock pot; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 1 hour. Remove chicken, celery, and onion from broth, reserving broth in pot; discard celery and onion. Cool chicken; skin, bone, and coarsely chop meat. Add chicken, lima beans, and remaining ingredients to broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer uncovered about 4 1/2 hours or until desired consistency, stirring often. Add water if/as needed.
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The Auburn game is starting in a few minutes, so I’ll be flipping back and forth between that and the UGA/Bama game while knitting. Go Dawgs! 🙂

Oh, and another tidbit about the Brunswick stew: My dad says it’s good to eat when you’re sick because it looks the same coming up as it does going down. You’re welcome.

Happy Saturday y’all and War Eagle!

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As you already know if you follow me on instagram, I’m once again obsessed with knitting. That has cut into my reading time — and into my blogging. So here’s a brief attempt at catching up a little.

~ I mentioned that when my son was visiting recently, he interviewed me for his podcast. That episode is now up, so you can listen in to our late night conversation if you’re so inclined. We chatted about photography, blogging, knitting, football, and my need for speed. It’s a pretty mellow episode, so grab some caffeine first.

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~ I’m working on an easy drop stitch scarf with a skein of yarn I bought earlier this year in California. It’s turning out really cool, and it’s an easy pattern.

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~ September is coming to a dreary, wet close. It looks gray and cool outside, but it’s really muggy and warm. I’m pretending otherwise, however, and am putting myself in a fall frame of mind with flowers, a scented candle, and lots of coffee.

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~ I’m still working on the 1 Peter Memory Moleskine, but I’m not on schedule. I’m not giving up, though.

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So that’s a quick round-up of what’s going on around here.

Happy fall y’all,
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random thoughts

~ I don’t know what’s worse: walking out of a dressing room when nothing fits or walking out when everything fits.

~ We recently rented a condo on the Gulf coast, and it was crammed full of useless “decorative” items (a large frog with artificial greenery coming out of the top, odd fish-shaped vases, etc.). It was a small studio condo, which was all we needed, but it felt even smaller because of all the clutter. Less really is more, you know.

~ Fall is in the air. I’m so happy. But what’s with the pumpkin-spiced everything? We recently went to a Mexican restaurant, and at their hostess desk, a heavily fall-scented candle was burning. Um, pumpkin-spiced Mexican food does not smell good, y’all.

~ I went back on Whole30 for a whole five days. It made a difference, though, and I do feel better. It was a good detox from vacation.

~ Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Trader Joe’s and get some dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Or don’t. So there will be more for me.

~ I’m back on a knitting binge. I’ve got so many projects in progress and in the queue, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve got my Auburn football scarf all ready to resume during tonight’s game, a spur-of-the-moment easy drop stitch scarf on my needles, a complicated shawl waiting patiently at the bottom of my awesome knitting tote, a wrap I’m itching to start, a class to take in a couple of weeks, and countless patterns pinned and saved in Ravelry.

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~ Today is a Saturday with nothing on the calendar except a football game tonight. I’ll be making a Costco run, cooking, and cleaning, with college football as my soundtrack. Yep, I love fall.

~ Late start this morning. Yay!

~ Hey, if you’re in a drive-thru line, would you please consider pulling up close to the car in front of you? When you leave a car length or more, you leave folks hanging out in the road. Thanks ever so much.

~ I’ve got a bad case of TrumpFatigue. Seriously. I don’t want to hear any more about him.

~ Speaking of politics, so glad Boehner is out and I wish he’d grab a few others as he heads off into the sunset.

Signing off now to get started on my Saturday. What’s on your agenda?

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