2021 January 03

We attended church online today. That is the only way we are currently meeting. We took communion at home with pita bread and V8 fusion pomegranate blueberry juice. I don’t think Jesus was upset because it wasn’t grape.

Later, we went to church to assist with the collection of donations for Operation Liberty Hill, the local food pantry and thrift store. Also we took collections of empty ink cartridges, pop tops, and aluminum cans. These support various ministries within the church. Ella and I will transport everything to where it needs to go.

Does my truck look full to you? It looks full to me. Ella and I will have to removed everything and sort it. Most of this will go to Operation Liberty Hill. However, we needed to separate foods stuffs from everything else Because the food  goes to a separate building.
There are a few aluminum cans in there also that needed to be be detabbed and crushed. Those plus the ones in the photo below.

All of these trash bags are full of aluminum cans. Most still need to have the tabs removed and then the cans crushed. The cans do not need to be crushed for the salvage yard. The only reason we crush them is so they take up less room in the truck.

Adventures in Eating

Many folks begin New Years by eating Hoppin’ John. Hoppin’ John is a classic Southern dish to celebrate New Year’s. The black-eyed peas are for good fortune in the coming year. My family has a similar tradition of lentils and kielbasa on New Years. This year it slipped my mind and wasn’t prepared. So, today we are having lentils and kielbasa with a kick. I hadn’t realized that the kielbasa had jalapeno in it. It’s quite good – may have to become part of the tradition.

In trying to find information on New Years Lentils I found many cultures eat foods that symbolically sets their fortune for the year ahead.

The following is quoted from NPR.com. “Lentils are served on New Year’s Eve after midnight. The lentils, with their coinlike shape, represent luck and prosperity. The dish is often served with cotechino, a spicy pork sausage, and zampone, a deboned pig trotter stuffed with sausage meat. Pork signifies the fat or bounty of the land. And Italians, among others, eat this “other white meat” to evoke the future because pigs root forward, whereas other animals, such as chickens or cows, move backward or stand still.” Now my question is, “How did this Italian tradition end up in my mother’s family of Germans?”

I think I will begin a new tradition, eating Oreo vanilla sandwich cookies. Why? Well because they look like large gold coins! Gonna wish? Wish big!

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