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    Happy New Year From Cleveland, Ohio

    Let me once again get the details out of the way. Happy O-six to you all. I’m writing to you from my Mom’s house in Cleveland. Herman and I drove out here the day before Thanksgiving and we made record time.

    First, we got up in Caroga Lake at 5 a.m. We then had breakfast and then took our Dalmatian, Moxie, over to my friend Sherry’s house so she could be watched while we were gone. Sherry was who we originally got Moxie from, so it was like old home week for her.

    She gets to lay on the furniture and has only what I can imagine as the worst food to eat, even though we brought a bag of her own food to eat. She’s on Iamb’s weight control as are the cats. Speaking of Sam and Sally, don’t worry about them, because Terry’s father Jim has agreed to look in daily over the Thanksgiving holiday to make sure they have food, water, litter changes and play time with him. They will also be totally spoiled by the time we get back.

    So, back to my being in Cleveland. It’ll be a small celebration this year; just myself Herman and Mom. As I’m looking out the window here, it is a true winter wonderland, even though the calendar still says fall. It’s great to see my Mom and we’ve been eating all sorts of bad food the past couple of days. So much for our diets.

    We’ve had, as of last night, my Mom’s home-made chicken soup complete with Matzo balls and noodles. It was preceded by Brie cheese and hummus on crackers. Two of my favorite items. (Herman just commented he didn’t know I liked Brie cheese. But he knew about the hummus.) For those of you who don’t know what this is, hummus is a mid-eastern spread made of chick peas and tahini.

    We followed this up with my Mom’s homemade brisket of beef and a Jewish noodle product called farfel, which I never get at home. This is a true vestige of my Mom’s cooking.

    Speaking of which, for just us three she bought a 14 pound Butterball turkey and you should see the dishpan of homemade stuffing she made. Then there’s the noodle kugel, Caesar salad, broccoli and cauliflower and assorted pies for desert.

    Herman and I made a pact this morning, after our eating our own brought-from-home oatmeal and 7-grain mix hot cereal, that we are just going to have Thanksgiving dinner as our final meal of the day.

    Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and O-six will be grand!

     

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com