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Hostess Gifts

It must be a New England thing. When you invite someone over for dinner, they always want to bring something.

“What can I bring?”

“Just bring yourself.”

“No, seriously, salad? Bread? Desert? What can I bring?”

“Seriously, just bring yourself.”

It seems like people around […]


I am the first worship assistant at my church for the month of November. Which means that tomorrow is my last Sunday to serve in this capacity until next May (the other month each year when I am worship assistant). As first worship assistant, I assist the pastor with the service. I read the first […]

Thanksgiving Day 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!!

In thinking about this national day of thankfulness:

Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, – a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise. ~George Herbert

And for […]

Thanksgiving Prep

Today is my annual early morning shopping trip to buy all the ingredients for turkey day. Actually, since I don’t have to go to work, I’m not going as early as usual. I’m going around 8:00 rather than 6:00. Mostly because I stayed up too late last night. Oops.

On the menu: Turkey (trying for […]

Car & Computer Woes

I am hoping this is not one of those “things happen in threes” events. During this past week both my car and computer needed repairs.

I was told by my mechanic that my car (aka van) needed two new tires and I had scheduled this to be done. I also scheduled an alignment because I […]

Chopping Onions

One of my favorite things to watch on TV is cooking shows. I watch Food Network, The Cooking Channel and the cooking shows on PBS. I watch them not only to learn what to do but also what not to do.

I find much of it highly informative. I love learning how to […]



This is the 500th posting I have made to Thoughts Like Grapes!!!

Let us have a moment of silence for this momentous occasion………..

Ok….enough of that.

When I opened the blog up tonight I was going to write about other things. My car troubles, my computer woes, chopping onions (seriously, this will be a […]

Joshua is 18

Today is a very special day. A very, VERY special day! Today is my nephew’s 18th birthday!

Baby Josh is now 18 years old, an adult. I suppose now that he is an adult, I should probably stop referring to him as Baby Josh.

We used to call […]


Supposedly today is a special day. I say “supposedly” because the reason it is supposed to be special is because of the date. It is November 11, 2011 or, in other words, 11/11/11.

Pretty neat. Six “ones” in a row. Cool!!

But, is that it? Yes, I will admit […]

Today’s Thoughts (11/9/11)

This isn’t so much my thoughts for today but my thoughts for the future as in, thoughts I will blog about later in time:

– Yesterday was a very good election day. Well, it was for me and all of those who wanted the referendums on the ballot to go the way they did. Maine […]