Getting closer to Thanksgiving

Another week closer to Thanksgiving, and I am not ready. I have no idea where the time is going. WAJPL Golden Agers held its Chinese Auction this past weekend, and we’ve been working hard to get that organized. Then Judy had doctor visits, a nd I had to Rose-sit for those days. The weather has been really lousy, Maplecrest and East Windham had snow showers, but we just had rain. It’s hard to get things in and out of the garage when you’re ducking the raindrops — or in most cases, the buckets of rain that have been coming down. Personally, I prefer snow at this time of year.

The Chinese Auction was very successful. Thank you all for your support and help. It’s true that many hands make light work. We appreciate our volunteers. We use the money for activities to keep the Senior Citizens off the streets such as trips and many social activities. On Dec. 7, we will be getting together to make wreaths and table decorations for the holidays. You are welcome to join in.

The VFW Veterans breakfast was a success as usual. Thanks for your service and support.

There will be a Basket Raffle Auction and Bake Sale to benefit the Zadock Pratt Museum 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 at the Prattsville Firehouse, 47 Firehouse Drive, Prattsville. There are already more than 50 gift baskets to bid on. Come on down and see.

Kaaterskill UMC Main Street Tannersville will be holding its annual Holiday Sale from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Nov. 27. Many Holiday decorations and gifts for all ages. All items new or nearly new Bargain prices, Christmas Village pieces.

WAJPTA’s Holiday Craft Fair will be held 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the VFW on Route 23 just west of Windham Village. The PTA is looking for vendors, fee $30, tables provided. Contact Samantha Eilenberger at wajpta@wajcs.org or 518-530-2186.

WAJPL Golden Age Club will be holding its annual Holiday Luncheon Dec. 16 at the XENIA in Jewett Center. Call Opal 518 750-8380 for reservations.

Happy Birthday wishes to Peg Robinson (80 years young) and Pat Pelham. My friend Doris Lowrey passed away, sympathy to friends and family. Sympathy to the family of Kay Miner Spaulding. Stay well Betty Young, Kip Rickard and Tom Bristol.

AS I REMEMBER IT

The holidays are creeping up on us. The weather is cool, very light snow in some places. After Election, Thanksgiving is always right around the corner. It maybe a little different this year, as we are experiencing shortages due to transportation issues. There aren’t enough truck drivers to get the food to market, nor enough factory workers to produce needed packaging. The prices will be higher, and it will be a challenge for cooks everywhere. You might not get what you have always had at your table. Planning ahead is definitely a MUST this year. Maybe there won’t be many leftovers.

The dinner menu has changed since I was young. We did not always have a turkey, so chicken was often a substitute. No problem with stuffing since we always had stale bread around. Most families served creamed onions because they, too, were plentiful. You had to eat the small onions immediately, because they did not keep. Cranberry sauce was home made, grind the berries and put in the spices and orange. Not too many olives, but pickles were abundant, as we had made so many not too long before. Many kinds of jellies and jams.

Salad mold was made, some with cottage cheese, home made. The menu never stayed the same, as it depended on the harvest. Some years there was apple pie, apple crisp, apple bread, etc. Some years it was pumpkin everything. We ate what we grew. Eggs were always plentiful, so we had custards and deviled eggs.

The smells around the holidays are great. My aunt made the best cinnamon buns. We ate, and ate, but there was always room for homemade ice cream.

Now is the time to start making fruit cake for Christmas. Some people rush the Christmas season and start putting up their decorations before Thanksgiving. After pie, coffee and homemade eggnog, we would get many hands together to start putting up our handmade decorations.

Thanksgiving in the past was a time to give thanks for our bountiful harvest, and our meal always reflected that. We sampled all of the preserves we worked so hard on during the late summer and early fall. We used potatoes, carrots, beets and turnips from the root cellar. I have my memories from my youth. Are you making memories that can be shared through the generations? Are you doing things that are important to your family?

Let us give thanks that we are here to celebrate another year with you.

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