NaNoWriMo Day 28

Honestly, today I felt sick of writing every day. If I hadn’t been a speed demon and finished the chapter last week, the writing this week might have felt more purposeful.

Of course, if I had written at even half of this month’s pace the whole time I have been working on this book, I would have finished several years ago. Not writing is part of the writing process and I need to remember that. Also woulda, coulda, shoulda, is not a very productive use of anyone’s energy. As my father used to say, “If my mother had wheels, she would have been a car.”

I probably would have started on the epilogue after I finished the chapter, but I have felt a pressure to write that has interfered somewhat with reading over what I have already done. Today I wrote 686 words, bring my NaNoWriMo total to 20,242 words. Only two days left. Happy Hanukkah to those who observe the holiday.

NaNoWriMo Day 25

Happy Thanksgiving! I am really surprised but I wrote 564 words today. If five weeks ago, you would have told me that I would work on my book on Thanksgiving, I would have thought you were crazy.

So far, the day has gone really well. I watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I enjoyed it. Don’t judge me. Then, Aaron and I went for a long, almost four-mile walk. It was so nice to get outside, and it wasn’t cold.

When we got home, I set down to work. After I post this, I am going to start cooking. As those of you who read this blog regularly know, I cancelled Thanksgiving. I told my family not to come. They will all be here next week, after both November and NaNoWriMo are done.

Because it is just my husband and I for dinner, I don’t have that much to do. I want to acknowledge that for native people, today is not a day of celebration but a day of mourning, of unbelievable pain and loss.

Although I can’t’ single handedly repair what was done to Native Americans, I did decide to cook a meal that pays some homage to native people. We are having succotash, planked salmon, and corn bread. Dessert is a fruit salad.

I hope everyone has a great day.



Happy International Beer Day

Today is International Beer Day. To celebrate, here is a roundup of articles about the holiday. The first describes the day and provides a brief history of beer. In 2018 there were 7,450 breweries in the United States. I wonder if that number has decreased due to the pandemic. If you know the answer, please let me know.

The second link profiles seven cities across the world, looking at their top beers, beer festivals and the best places to drink beer. If you are traveling to any of the cities mentioned and like beer, this is a handy list to have.

The third article looks at Singapore beer. The Asian beer imported to America is usually a pale, nondescript lager so I would be excited to try some of the beers mentioned. I would love to go to Singapore and other places in Asia but  it is a very long flight and the time difference is brutal.

Finally, here is a link to a post I wrote in 2016 when we were traveling in Paris and London. On that trip we drank a lot of Leffe blond beer. Once we were home it was hard to get. Apparently, a liquor store near me now sells it. I am going to get a six-pack and drink one tonight to celebrate International Beer Day.


Black Friday

This Facebook post by Robert Reich about all the stores that will be open on Thanksgiving made me reflect on how I have spent Thanksgiving and the day after over the years.

Before I  was a nurse, I briefly had a job as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.  People didn’t call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” then but it was a huge  shopping day and  the kickoff for the holiday season.  Now the holiday season starts before Halloween which is one sign that our economy is not doing great.  It felt funny to me, as a Jew, to be ringing the bell for this Christian organization but people didn’t realize that I was being paid and thanked me for my service.

Once I became a nurse I often worked on Thanksgiving. If I was working a 7-3 shift when I got home we would go out to eat. One year my husband and one of my sons cooked dinner which was a real treat. When I worked 7-7 my family met me at the hospital and ate in the cafeteria with me.

This year my Thanksgiving  and Hanukkah will be spent with family and not shopping. Thanksgiving is a nice holiday because it is non-denominational and a time to relax. In our 24/7 society we need days of rest and no commercial activity.


Happy Halloween

I love Halloween. It is one of my favorite holidays. I like it because it is secular, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy it, the candy is great,and people are outside on the street at night.

I have always liked it. When I was six, my brother’s bar mitzvah was on Halloween. I thought this was sacrilegious and pleaded with my mother to change his event so I could go trick or treating. Of course, she ignored me.

One of my favorite movie scenes is the Halloween one in E.T. It really captures what the night is like in a suburban neighborhood.In the past  we have had 100 people come to our door. Since today is a Sunday we might get a lot of  people.


Two weeks ago we went to Keene to the Pumpkin festival. There were so many pumpkins and at the end, there were fireworks. It is a nice festival. Here  is a  picture.


This is a picture of part of the decorations I did two years ago. I love to decorate for Halloween.  I put tape player behind the bushes and play scary music. Sometimes the very little ones get a little scared. If they do, I show them the tape. I think Halloween should be fun and not terrifying.


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