Nov 27

Happy Thanksgiving

4:00AM

As a part of my normal Thanksgiving tradition, I always try to get out in the morning for a walk. This helps to boost the appetite before I begin cooking the holiday feast. Today, however, we are digging out from a hefty bit of snow that came down all day yesterday. It is early and I am not sure if I can find the motivation to slog across the snow covered field for a walk.

A view of the snow covered garden on Thanksgiving 2014.

A view of the snow covered garden on Thanksgiving 2014.

 

In previous posts I have shared recipes for my almost world famous Sour Cream and Sage Stuffing for the turkey. I have also written about visiting guests for this holiday. This year’s T-day was a very quiet time for Mother and I. I chose to not bother with cooking the traditional turkey and fixins. It is too much work to spend my day off cooking for two people. I have settled on cooking a couple of chicken breasts I had in the freezer along with an array of veggies.

 

The very last stalk of Brussels sprouts stands heroically in the snow covered garden.

The very last stalk of Brussels sprouts stands heroically in the snow covered garden.

 

 

Brussels sprouts are a great choice as well as butternut squash and potatoes. All of which are from my garden. In addition, I bought some sweet potatoes and I have green beans in the freezer that I harvested in July.

The picture to the left shows the last of the Brussels sprouts still standing in my garden. I protected the plant by surrounding it with large bags of oak leaves as a form of insulation. Brussels sprouts are actually a little sweeter after they freeze.

 

I have much for which to be thankful as do we all if we take a moment to think about it. This year, I am especially grateful to all my students. You have made it possible for me to go forward with my teaching endeavor independently. I am grateful for the friends I have made and the knowledge they have shared with me. I am looking forward to meeting many of you in my upcoming trip to China.

To all of my readers, students and friends who visit the blog, Thank you and HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

1:30 PM — A casual stroll around the lake provided me an opportunity to take some lovely pictures.

Looking across the lake at the foot-bridge.

The sky was overcast and gray when I set out. With little wind I was able to capture some nice reflection shots.

As the clouds broke up, highlights of blue interspersed with shades of white and gray for a nice winter scene with wonderful contrast.

As the clouds broke up, highlights of blue interspersed with shades of white and gray for a nice winter scene with wonderful contrast.

 

 

 

 

 

As I walked around the far side of the lake I startled a large Blue Heron and tried to use quick camera work to catch him in flight.

 

 

Blue Heron in flight

Blue Heron in flight

 

He made a big swing over to the far side of the lake and landed on the beach. As I walked all the way around he made his way back to the nest and left behind some fairly good tracks in the snow.

Time to start cooking now.

This long legged bird has an interesting single-file pattern of one foot in front of the other.

This long legged bird has an interesting single-file pattern of one foot in front of the other.

 

 

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    • YangYang on November 28, 2014 at 8:05 am
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    The snow!!!! Amazing!
    I remember last year before the Chinese Spring Festival it snowed but the snow couldn’t piled up.
    I am so excited to see the snow and the beautiful pics.

    1. Yesterday was very beautiful after the snow stopped. The air was fresh and everything was covered in the white blanket.
      The lake looks very different now, than when your Auntie June was here!

    • Penny on November 28, 2014 at 8:05 am
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    I’m pleasure i’m the first one to comment this post. Instead of snow , we got a rainy day on the Thanksgiving Day.
    The temperature is getting colder, but our friendship is getting warmer. I’m very grateful for you, Echo, and also other kinderful person who is always helping me. Be happy and healthy, everybody !!!

    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Penny!
      Keep up the good work!

    • Summer on November 28, 2014 at 9:12 am
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    Usually,when it snows,i want to get our for a walk.I enjoy snow.
    Reading your blog,seeing the pictures,i think yourTHANKSGIVING DAY is very romantic.
    You say you are grateful to your students,and as one of your students,i am grateful to you.
    Sometimes i feel speaking English well is really a big challenge to me.But,not matter how hard it is,i will keep studying.
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures,thanks for teaching.

    1. If I don’t get out for a walk I will just sit and get fat!
      Thank you,Summer.
      I appreciate your kind comment.

    • May on November 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm
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    The pictures you shared are amazing! I really love snow,since it looks like an angel,making the world more clear and enjoyable. Though it’s a little bit inconvinient when snows,it’s totally no issue for me. You know what,i envy you and all the time i expect a heavy snow in Jinan. Hope it will come soon.
    Thanksgiving teaches us a lot,most importantly,to be grateful. “In our daily lives, it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” Thank you,Kevin,a responsible,knowledgeable,funny and wonderful teacher. Best wishes to you and your family,Amen.

    1. Thanks for your lovely, comment and high praise, May.
      I hope you can come to see the snow one day!

    • Julia on December 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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    Hi, Kevin, seeing your pictures, I miss you and your cooking now! Perhaps it is time to plan another visit~~~

    1. Hi Julia,
      We had a quiet time here this Thanksgiving. Your company would have been enjoyable and the weather was not so bad…after the snow storm ended.
      Please feel free to let me when you would like to visit. I do have a good friend coming to visit just after Christmas and through the New Year Holiday. So, unfortunately that would not be a good week to choose, but any other time should work.
      Say Hi to Vicky. I hope she is not still mad at me for calling her “Ice Cream girl”. hehe.

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