adventures in dysthymia

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The Thanksgiving holiday and trip to Tennessee went well enough. I doubt I'll be going back up there very soon, however; perhaps when warmer weather returns I'll be thinking about another visit. Maybe even take time to get to Nashville. It's been a while since I spent time there.

This coming weekend is, once again, the annual Christmas Concert at Tuskegee University. Free to the public, Sunday evening, Dec 7, in the 'Chapel' (which is actually a rather large concert hall). For the first time in several years, I am not doing the recording so I'll be able to sit back and relax. And, I'll be able take my mother -- I'm sure she'll enjoy it and it's not that long a journey from here.

I haven't baked fruitcakes for quite some time. It used to be a regular thing before the Christmas holiday. Of course, they were real fruitcakes, not those hideous gooey things they sell at the grocers. I'm attempting it this year. Today, in fact. Pulled out my copy of 'The United States Regional Cookbook' (published in 1939) for the 'Golden Fruitcake' recipe. One of my favorite cookbooks and one of my favorite fruitcakes. Maybe next year I'll attempt one the traditional dark Southern cakes -- the sort that's good right out of the oven but even better when allowed to mellow a while after soaking to taste with Bourbon.

Naturally, I have not put up my tree yet. Steve is a traditionalist (and a bit of a contrarian) and will wait. It's still Advent and I intend to treat this time as such.

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