The Thanksgiving preparations have begun. The frozen turkey has been acquired and defrosting in the refrigerator. The shopping list for the turkey brine and fresh vegetables is in the planning.
I always like to stuff the turkey with a bread stuffing mix that has a mix of vegetables and fresh herbs. The stores are stocked with everything I need and there’s no shortages of supplies. I’m just deciding what kind of desserts we’ll have.
I like to give to charities all year around, this year is no different. Soon we’ll see the Salvation Army bell ringers and I keep a bundle of cash on hand to drop into the kettle. I’ll contribute to a variety of other charities from Wounded Warriors, Hawai’i Bread Basket, to Catholic charities. I’m selective about which charities I give to. Any charity that takes more than 10 cents from the dollar for administration costs, I stay away from. I want to make sure the money gets to those in need.
This is an exciting time of the year and my favorite holidays. What is special is how the Hawaiian community gets into the season. Not that we don’t find any reason to hold a celebration for any reason. At this time of the year, everybody gets into the spirit of the season. Everyone of all cultures say Merry Christmas. There is no political correctness to be terminally offended. Many of the people that live here are deeply religious and spiritual. That’s the kind of community that I live for. Now to dig through my recipe books.
The weather has been stormy over the last few day. Even though it was mostly sunny today, the weather is predicted to rain late tonight. That’s good we can always use the rain. Last night, the rain flooded out Hwy 11 near Kava Flats in the Ka’u district. That’s the area where the Ka’u desert is located between Pahala and Na’alehu. You don’t see flooding like that often in that area.