Tuesday, November 23, 2010

So busy.

It's very busy here in our house preparing for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  I've been asked to make a "squash casserole" as part of my contribution to our family meal on Thursday.  I've never made one before and I have been scouring the internet trying to find the right recipe.  A friend has agreed to share her family recipe with me as long as I swear on the life of my first born child that I won't share it!  That's a tall order....and I do love my first born very much....so I guess I'll have to comply with her wishes.

In other news, I had some more dental work done last week.  Yuk!  I hate the dentist.  I hate everything about the dentist.  In this case, I had two very old (like...over 20 years) crowns that decided to crumble at just about the same time.  Unfortunately, there wasn't enough of either the crown or the post left to save.  The only option was to pull the teeth.  Unfortunately, I had two teeth pulled on Wednesday.  It didn't take long and I wasn't in too much discomfort at the time.  Since then, the one on the left is giving me some trouble....much, much, much too sore.  The one on the right seems to be healing fine.  To top it all off...one of the them was right in front...which means I either look like Granny from Beverly Hillbillies....or I have to wear something that they call a "flipper".  It reminds me of the "retainer" I wore after my braces were removed when I was in the 5th grade.  Anyway, the left side is causing a lot of paid in the surrounding gum, the sinuses, and the side of my face.  This, in turn, has created a headache that just doesn't want to go away.  I've been slugging prescription grade ibuprofen every six to eight hours just to be able to function!  I wonder what my liver looks like right now?  No...never mind, I don't want to know!

The Christmas Trees have arrived at our parish! Our Men's Club sells Christmas Trees as a fundraiser every year.  These are very special trees as Father blesses every single on of them personally! They were supposed to come yesterday afternoon but the truck bringing them from North Carolina was delayed and they didn't get here until almost 1:00am.  Dan was on the list for helping to unload them...consequently, he will be sleeping in this morning!  Helping out at the tree lot is a very enjoyable tradition in our family.  The kids play, the adults talk, we roast marshmallows and pray the Rosary!  I love this time of year!

School is on hold for the rest of this week.  To be honest, we haven't gotten much done over the last two weeks.  My new schedule of Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues is not really working.  We're going to have to try something else.   I'm changing the schedule up a bit and I'll keep you posted on the progress.  Incidentally, Amelia got 100% on her very first spelling test!  I'm very proud of how well she is doing in school.  This is so cool for me to see!  I see her learning and growing right before my eyes and I'm in awe.  She's very bright and I'm a proud Mama!

I have a special prayer request of you, my friends.  A close friend of ours was recently diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma.  I don't know all the specifics, but I do know that surgery to remove the tumor is not an option.  I am not sure if the decision was made for traditional/conventional treatment or not (there was some talk of going the more natural way), but whatever decision he and his wife make....I want them to be covered in prayer!  Please add PR & DR to your prayer list!  Thank you so much.

Well, that's it for now.  In my next post I will share our plans for Advent!!

Happy Tuesday, everybody!!


Sarah Oldham said...

Good lord. Your poor gob! I'm sorry. :(

Yesterday I just told Christian, "take the week off" . . . my high school kids will have Thursday and Friday off and I don't feel like doubling up this week to get it all done . . . yuck. I'm focusing on this time as taking a mini holiday!

aspiring... said...

Just tell me this, Nancy. What kind of squash are you using :) ? Really! I love squash and I'd love to know. And what will you sweeten it with (if you sweeten it)? I can take it from there.

Happiest of Thanksgivings to you, and God bless you now and always.

Nancy said...

Hi Aspiring...

I'm actually using zucchini and yellow squash. Here is the recipe ....nothing really that sweet in it. The only change I'm making is that I'm not going to use the "cornbread" stuffing...just regular.

Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

Nancy said...

Incidentally, I decided not to use my friends recipe (although it is VERY similar to this one!) because I liked the idea of grating the squash and cooking it with the onions....hers called for steaming the squash first...and I thought it would be better not to have BIG chunks of squash!

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

YAY for the blessings of the Widener Home School! YAY for YOU not stressing about having to change the routine a few times!!!!
And God's grace and blessings upon your friend...(Lymphoma is what my Dad has)
Your family tradition at your parish sounds SO FUN!