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Zoo gave us a wonderful lesson in history about Armistice day...Veterans day... which is observed today in the US
Let's continue to remember all those who protect and have protected this country by serving in our armed forces.
Thank you for keeping our country safe...
There's coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the decanters on the counter. There's a variety of freshly baked jelly and cream filled doughnuts apple fritters and maple bars on the counter. Ice cold milk is in the fridge beneath.
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A parade of ghouls, rock stars, and princesses marched from door to web covered door, ignoring the one unlit house on a block filled with headstones and jack-o-lanterns. Jake clutched a picture to his breast as the children passed by. Halloween was bad, but the coming holidays would be much worse. Thanksgiving was next and then Christmas. Jake loathed the holiday season. He got up to refill his octagonal glass with scotch and set the picture face down on the mantle. He'd need a lot of booze to get any sleep tonight. The phone rang.
"Hello. Jake, are you all right?"
Jake's throat tightened around a lump he couldn't swallow. It was his ex-wife. She'd moved on, remarried this June to a widower with lot of children, but Jake couldn't get past his grief.
"I know you're listening Jake. Look, I just want to know if you're all right."
A tear escaped his burning eyes as he squeezed the off button and set the phone back in its charger. This year would be worse than the last. He was all alone now. Whiskey burned the back of his throat as he gulped the contents of his glass and refilled it. He wouldn't sleep at all tonight.
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Dawning light glowed on the eastern horizon, bringing subtle warmth to the forest below. Thick tears rolled down Picea's face like sap from a pine, as she stared at the snow draped clearing, edged by a dense growth of fir, redwood, and spruce. In the open area, a heavy set old man knelt in the snow beside a dying blue spruce, decorated with gold tipped pine cones and silver icicles. Beams of sunlight lifted above the forest, dancing ever closer to the clearing. The old man, Picea's father, wrapped his arms around the stout trunk, knotting his beard with needles. Sunlight touched his jolly round face which caused the tree, Picea's mother, and himself to dissolve into a shower of golden sparkles that lifted beyond sight into a pale blue sky that was smudged with clouds, puffy and white. All that was left was her mother's scepter which glowed with power.
Heart- heavy Picea picked up the scepter and turned away, trudging across the snow to the open door of the home she had shared until this day. She entered, closing the solid oak door behind her. Grief slowed her steps as she crossed the dark hardwood floor. She stopped at a small table and lifted her gaze to the two empty high backed chairs in front of a stone-cold hearth. Atop the table was an ancient chess set of ivory and onyx, depicting a war that time had forgotten between the elves and trolls. Picea pulled out her mother's chair and dropped heavily into the seat, the empty chair across from her mirroring the emptiness of her heart. It was the loneliest Christmas she'd ever known, but she had little time to mourn. The world depended on her now. She had less than a year to find the perfect mate, or the Troll armies would be free to ravage an unsuspecting world.
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5 lbs potatoes peeled and sliced ¼ in
Enough water to cover the potatoes in a six quart pan
½ dried minced onions
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1-12 oz can canned milk
½ cup butter
½ cup cubed ham
10 slices American cheese
Boil potatoes with onions, salt, and pepper until tender...about 10 min after they start to boil...mash potatoes lightly, leaving a few chunks for texture...reduce heat to medium and add, milk and butter until butter melts add cheese and melt as well add the ham last and let simmer about 2 minutes. Serve with crackers.......or bread and butter...