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I just want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. If you are not celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful day anyway.

Yes, I am still here, even though I haven't posted in a while. I tend to withdraw when I am depressed. Between Mark's death in July and the recent election, there has been plenty to be depressed about. So anyway here is a quick look at my past week:

On Saturday I volunteered to be part of the "underground dog railroad". But, instead of bringing slaves to Canada, I helped bring a Canadian dog to Glen Highland Farm here in the US. My friend, George, has a Border Collie that he adopted from a rescue shelter: .
George had volunteered to help transport another Border Collie to the farm on Saturday, but he had to work that day and asked me to do it instead. Other volunteers had brought the dog, named Lucy, from Toronto to Buffalo, and then from Buffalo to my house in Syracuse. She arrived at my house just before 3PM. I asked one of my crew, Josh, if he would like to take a little road trip and help me deliver Lucy to Morris, NY.
He agreed and we set off on a myriad of mostly blue highways to get to the tiny town of Morris. We made a wrong turn which cost us about 40 minutes, but eventually found our way there about 6 PM. We left Lucy at her new temporary home, and headed on back in the dark by a simpler route. By now it was raining, and blustery, but soon it would turn to wet snow. We stopped to have pizza in West Winfield, and finally made it home just after 8PM.

Lucy was fine with the whole trip, just sitting or laying peacefully in the back seat the whole time. She is a very sweet dog, and I am sure she will find a new permanent home quickly.

This is Lucy and Josh on my front porch just before we left.

On Sunday the temperature dropped and the blustery rain turned to heavy wet snow. By Monday morning there was about 13 inches of it here. I had to drive to the bank and run a few errands. The roads were terrible! The snow had a "greasy" consistency. There was a beer truck stuck at one end of my street for 45 minutes blocking it off. Even with 4-wheel drive, I was sliding all over the place and slid completely through an intersection at a red light in Eastwood on level road. Fortunately there were very few cars out and I didn't hit anyone.

My house on Monday morning. By 11 PM the snow was 27 inches deep here in the city.

The snow has melted down a little now, so that it is only about a foot deep. I put my recycling bin out to the curb on Sunday night for pick up Monday morning. By Monday it was buried so deeply in the snow that the recycling collectors couldn't see it, and it is still invisible this morning, buried in the snow mounds somewhere in front of my house.

I spent last night making pies: one Apple pie and 2 Pumpkin pies. This afternoon I am going over to George's house for Thanksgiving dinner and bringing the pies.

Hope you all enjoy the day!

Date: 2016-11-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I hope you have a lovely day. Happy Thanksgiving!

It seems too early for snow - though we haven't had any that's settled for a few winters now.

You did a good thing. I hope she finds a loving forever home soon.

Date: 2016-11-26 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, Mark! :-)

I agree, it is too early for snow. Unfortunately my opinion has no impact on what weather we get.

Thanks! This was the first time that I have been a dog rescue transporter. I really liked Lucy and considered adopting her myself, but Lily is already a handful alone. When the 2 of them met (with my fence between them) Lily was acting aggressive toward Lucy, so I thought it best not to pursue it.


Date: 2016-11-24 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The pie sure looks good. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I've popped on here to see what's new, and also to mention that I've still been updating the blog. I don't know if you've had a look at it in a while, but the new project is a rather extensive restoration of a very old Victorian farmhouse, which started in early 2016.


Re: Mmmm.

Date: 2016-11-28 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, JC! :-)

I went looking for your blog to see the farmhouse restoration project but could not find it. I would love to see what you have been doing there. Could you provide a link to it?

Re: Mmmm.

Date: 2016-11-28 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You mean you don't have it bookmarked!? *mocked expression of shock and disbelief* Haha.

The Victorian Farmhouse starts in March 2016, so you might want to start there, but there's a LOT to go through, and I'm sure you'll approve of 95% of what's been done. I tried to steer my friends in certain directions, but I was there to help, in the end it's their decision what they want to do.

This is the first post:

Date: 2016-11-24 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
jesus, over two feet of snow?! too soon, winter; too soon!

Date: 2016-11-28 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree, Mike, it's too soon!

I am just not ready for snow yet!

Fortunately, a week later most of it has melted.

Date: 2016-11-25 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Stay warm and safe!

Date: 2016-11-28 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Troy.

*hugs in return*

Date: 2016-11-25 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You guys are really trying to overachieve on the snow contest this season. :-)

We had a couple inches one week ago, but that's all so far.

That sounds like a nice road trip, with a bonus of doing canine transport duty!

Date: 2016-11-28 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You guys are really trying to overachieve on the snow contest this season. :-)

We're in it to win it!

It was a fun road trip through pretty and sparsely populated countryside. I do that sort of thing for pleasure anyway. Transporting Lucey was just a convenient excuse for another road adventure. :-)

Date: 2016-11-25 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
WOW, that was great of you to help rescue to beautiful dog. :)

YIKES... I am so not ready for that white stuff. :o :o :o
Parts of Northern Minnesota got 2 feet a few days ago. EEP...

I feel guilty now, I bought pies. lol.......
Hugs, Jon

Date: 2016-11-28 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, Jon! Lucey was a delight to spend time with. If you click on "dogs for adoption" at the Glen Highland Farm website (link above), you can see more pictures of Lucey (scroll down till you find her).

Yup, it is just too soon for that white stuff!

No reason to feel guilty! Making pies from scratch is a lot of work and time.


Date: 2016-11-28 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Baker's Square is just too easy and too YUMMY. :)

Date: 2016-11-28 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is Baker's Square a bakery there?

Date: 2016-11-28 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's a Midwest chain restaurant/pie place. The restaurant part is kind of like a higher end Perkins or Dennys and then they sell pies. Originally they were called Poppin' Fresh Pie. Not sure if they had the restaurant part back in the day or if it was just the pies.

Date: 2016-11-28 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for the link! Their "Free Pie Wednesdays" caught my attention, so I looked through their list of pies. They look fabulous!

I will try a slice of each, please! LOL

Date: 2016-11-28 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Doesn't cover it. :)
The French Silk is heaven, and then they have a Christmas version. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The peanut butter cup one is really rich. :)

Date: 2016-11-25 11:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your pies are beautiful. The snow -- well, it's pretty from over here in sunny California.

The election is depressing all my friends. Also scaring. Be safe.

Date: 2016-11-28 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Lynn! ...They were very tasty too!

Yeah, the snow is pretty if you are only looking at it! If you have to drive in it or shovel it, the beauty fades very quickly!

None of my friends are happy with the election. As I see it, my best options now are to get a house in Canada, or stay here and buy a gun! ...and I hate guns!

Date: 2016-11-25 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
27 inches of snow! Wow. But then, you do live in Syracuse, NY!

Glad you had a good Thanksgiving.

The skidding around sounds scary, P.

The pies you made look yummy!

Date: 2016-11-28 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, Jerry, 27" would be a lot of snow for one storm even in February, but November is just too early.
On the brighter side, we have almost reached a quarter of our winter average for snow, so maybe the rest of the winter won't be so bad.

That skidding was awful! I stayed home for the rest of the day.

Thanks, the pies were delicious! ;-)

Date: 2016-11-28 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those pies look awesomely tasty!! YUM! Josh too! LOL!

Sorry to hear about your horrific day driving in the wonderful snow! LOL! Can't believe you've had so much.. we've had nothing.. yet! There's a new one coming... Blanche i think is the name of it! LOL!

Happy Holidays Glenn!!

Date: 2016-11-28 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Randy! The pies were delicious! :-)
Josh is very cute, sweet and sensitive. Mark was his best friend, so Josh took Mark's death very hard too.

After that skid through the red light, I stayed home for the rest of the day!

'Blanche' means 'white' in French, so that coming storm may dump a bunch of the white stuff on you! LOL

Hope you have very Happy Holidays to come too, Randy!
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