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Fruit Cake

I make a delightful fruit cake like what is not out there in the stores. It is a special recipe from someone long ago, and when I first tasted this one, I loved it, where I hated regular, fruitcake. Well it is that time of the year, and I usually make two, or three of these smaller, fruit cakes.

Ed brought me the ingredients, but I find that some have been left out, and I will need those ingredients as well. So I will make the first, one tomorrow. It takes two, hours for this one to totally bake, and it needs to be set in a, pan of water so it will steam for the cooking time.

I leave some ingredients out, and I go sparingly on the candied, fruit. It is a, much, smaller, cake, but it has a, wonderful, taste, and most people, like me, don’t like fruitcake. This one is sweet, enough. I am glad to be ready to make it for this weekend if my family doesn’t eat it long, before Sunday comes.

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A Favorite Place

When Ed and I want to eat a meal, and celebrate an event, or something that has been finished, we go to the little restaurant. Ed says that I call it little, but really it is bigger than I think. I looked again at it the other day when we were there. It is cozy, and everything has been mapped out in this restaurant. I don’t think any space was wasted.

We go there because they serve good food. If we ask for Salmon, it is hot, and cooked just right for our tastes. The staff is friendly, and they aren’t friendly just because we came through the door. We have been coming to this restaurant for years, on special occasions, because they care about their presentation, and their customers.

Everything is clean at this place. I walk into the restroom, and most of the time it is not messy. Maybe I come right after someone has cleaned it. To me, clean floors, and servers who are friendly is wonderful. They aren’t so friendly that they are flirty, but the men know how to cook, and the ladies are serving us speedily. I haven’t heard any arguments going on with the staff. I believe everyone works in unity for one purpose: to serve good food, in a quiet, refreshing way.

I won’t tell the name of the restaurant. My mom used to say, “If the bathrooms are messy, and dirty, the kitchen should be also. “

I guess she wanted to emphasize that it isn’t always just about serving food. The conduct of the waitresses is important, as well as the cooks. I won’t say where this is, but I live in the South, and it is in a, larger, city that seems to be growing.

I believe atmosphere is so, important. You can have one, noisy, customer and the place is hard to sit through until you eat.

You can ask for the vegetable to be steamed twice, and if it is tough, you know they didn’t steam it twice. Broccoli often needs to be steamed two, times. There are some of us with eye problems, and I often go to this restaurant with Ed after I have had a, painful, eye treatment. The medication they put in the eye to keep away the pain wares off soon, and I begin to hurt

Ice cream helps any pain, and they serve it speedily. I believe when the staff is happy, the customers will be. I believe when people are paid right for their work, they are not concerned about paying bills, as much as enjoying the company that comes to see them.

I am writing this, because when I say, “Let’s go to the little, restaurant, ” Ed takes me there in minutes. It is out of the way, but it is a, favorite, because we have come to know certain people who have been waiting on us for over a, year.

We came too, early last time, and the waitress who knows us wasn’t there. She came when we were leaving. The next waitress was young, and didn’t have the same caring that the first, waitress has. I guess she will learn. People go by first, impressions. I believe when you are warmly greeted, seated in a, reasonable amount of time, and served a delicious meal, it is work on everyone’s part. The team should be thanked.

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Pot Pies

Ed is home, and we are waiting to have our supper with Isaac. It will be nice to taste the pot pie, and see how it is this time. It baked for the required time. I love to serve this for a meal. They come frozen, and then we bake them. We get plenty. Isaac, and Ed like two, instead of one.

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Christmas Cookies

I dream of eating a Christmas Cookie in the big chair, or at the table. I can see it in my hand. Isaac just finished making something for us that was tedious. I will stir up a batch of cookies. I can’t go through the holidays without the Christmas Cookies. I decorate them a little, with icing. They are home-made, and if they aren’t eaten, we will have some for our special day.

Merry Christmas everyone. Try to stay positive, and take each task a little at a time. I usually make a list of what needs to be done, and I check it off. That works usually.

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I Write Daily

Yes, I write daily, I sit for about a half hour, writing, and then I come back to the blog to write more, and see how the first posts are doing. It takes time to write, and today I am getting the rest of Christmas started. The tree isn’t up, and I have more to do than I have had in a while. I always start washing clothes, and company will be coming middle of the afternoon. You know Christmas is wonderful. I hope to see our tree up by this afternoon. That is a, good, goal. It is late, but we put it away late.

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Oh, My!

I was typing a minute, and suddenly my finger slipped from the keys and hit another key. I lost what I started to write. I will persist. I am washing more towels, and clothes today. Our dog is home with us now, and he uses up more towels. We have a set in the dryer right now. I use the older towels with him, and they are still good enough to give him support on his bed.

Oh, My! Isn’t Christmas a wonderful, time of the year. We are trying to hear the music when we go places. I haven’t heard my favorite songs yet. I am waiting to hear the Grandma song again. I love Carols, and other pieces of Christmas music. I believe the Christmas Carols are wonderful. I love the different desserts for Christmas. I haven’t made my special, fruit cake. I will, but I haven’t yet.

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One Thing

One thing I would change about myself is my goal setting. I would do more of it. I set goals at times, in order to accomplish more, but I would like to make this even tighter.

I figure I should set a day to do this and that. I waited today to put in washes. I have been tired. Well, when I was ready to wash a few clothes, my son was ready to clean up from being up all night with our dog. He slept later after we got up. I guess I should put a wash in first thing in the mornings. I could change my schedule easily.

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Rainy Day

We have been having rainy day, and cold weather. I looked recently, and the thermometer was on 40 degrees. It is a cold rain, and cold but not freezing cold. I imagine if the rain continues tonight, that the temperature will go down. It always goes down at night.

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Lunch

We ate lunch at home. I fixed grill cheese sandwiches, with Chicken and Rice Soup. It was a simple meal, and it took minutes to make the sandwiches. I don’t eat bread, so I ate some of Isaac’s little crackers he made yesterday. They were called cheese straws, but really they are cheese squares. They are very tasty.

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Our Dog 3

Well, we went from thinking he was going to die, to going to get him, and bringing our dog home. What a difference. Ed and Isaac spent time digging in the dirt to make a deep enough grave sight. We won’t need it yet. We have dug graves ahead before, and the pets usually did die. I guess it isn’t time for our dog to die, but he is still hurting in his hips, with some pain. He is noisy at times when he wants something. Our time away from him was two days, and he was given a treatment. I believe he is better, and he was sent back home. We will see how this goes. Thank you for your concern, and prayers.