Nights are in the freeze zone now in northern Indiana. With November more than half gone, it's time to face reality...yep, Winter is coming. Poets say that April is the cruelest month, but for me, it's always been November. The wind whips around, blasting cold air, making whirling dervishes out of the fallen leaves. If you have any achy area on your body, it magnifies, in November. Numerous houses(in town) have those blow up Christmas thingies in their yards now...just wish they had discarded those Halloween pumpkins still on the porch steps first. Sigh...Thanksgiving is cool, but knowing that Winter is out there...lurking....waiting to freeze fingers and feet, and raise havoc with the roads...well, it's just, dare I say it... "poopy!"
Jim and I joined the town's Pool/Fitness center today. We did the hydro-aerobics class and stayed for the lap swim afterwards. We've been married over 10 years and have never seen each other in a swimsuit, or gone swimming together! We enjoyed the class a lot, and the "playtime" afterwards. We'll go three times a week. I wouldn't call it aerobics necessarily, maybe water resistance training is a more accurate term. Jim is a terrific swimmer, and hopes to utilize the fitness center in the basement there, down the road.
November also makes one think of things to be thankful for. Today, we met a lady, probably in her 60's, who never had the opportunity to receive an education. Her father was a coal miner, and her mother died when she was 11 months old. Her older sister raised her, and no one, ever, thought to take her to school. In the last year, she has lost 160 pounds and began taking classes at the Learn More Center in town. Kudos to such a brave lady! She is as nice as can be; just wasn't blessed with the advantages that most of us take for granted. We met her husband, and her dogs, and thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. Education...being able to read...to spell....these are the areas she has the most trouble with, she said. Next time I see a bumper sticker that says, "If you can read this, thank a teacher!" I will think of the lady we met today, and feel humbled somewhat.
Now~for the turkey meatballs. On the WW site, I found a recipe for those appetizer-like meatballs people like to eat at holiday gatherings. Here's the recipe....we had them for supper tonight, and they were a hit!
1bag of (Fit & Active) frozen turkey meatballs, from Aldi's
1 can of jellied cranberry sauce
1 bottle of Heinz Chili sauce.
I mixed up the sauces and poured them over the meatballs in a crockpot. You can heat them for 4 hrs. on high, or 6-8 hrs. on low.
(I've never had these before and the flavor is unique. If you are a WW point counter, each meatball = 1 pt.)