1. Shelly asked me what kind of space heater we bought for the house and, unfortunately, I don't remember. The guy at the hardware store told us it was well made and effecient. Hopefully, it will also last for a good while.
2. We are currently in Baywood Park, on California's Central Coast, spending Thanksgiving with my family. My mom and dad got the turkey stuffed and in the oven yesterday morning. My sister and I arrived around noon (it's a 5 1/2 hour drive for us; a bit shorter for my sister, Marie) and we got to work on the side dishes. She brought seafoam salad (jello salad with pears and whipped cream) and I brought pies. She cooked the green bean casserole and the yams, I made mashed potatoes and gravy. We warmed rolls and set out cranberry sauce. Then we feasted.
3. Later this afternoon, my brother and his family will arrive. There is a pork roast in the oven. Brett is at the market buying apples for applesauce and potatoes to roast. Marie and the kids (Camille is the youngest at 19 so not technically kids) are at the dunes. It's a Thanksgiving tradition going back to when they really were kids. They scramble and climb to the top, then turn and race down to the bottom, tripping, falling, and rolling into laughing sandy bundles at the bottom.
4. Our kitchen remodel is coming along. Monday the kitchen was gutted. The cooktop, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink are out on the porch. We don't feel too bad about the eyesore factor since it is an improvement over the toilet that was perched out there when we first moved in. The existing granite countertops were successfully removed without breaking. The new cabinets have been set around the kitchen, ready to be installed. We have a butcher-block counter top on order for my work area. It won't arrive until January. The rest should be finished in time for Christmas.
5. Sedona is doing well. We've been able to reduce her pain medication to twice a day from three. We bought some raw dog food to see if she would like it... when I opened the bag, a chunk flew out and landed on the barn aisle. She grabbed it, chomped twice, swallowed and came looking for more. Kersey kept her nose on the ground, going in circles, unable to believe that Sedona got to food faster that she could.
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