It has been a very busy month here on Long Island.
We had Sandy the mega Hurricane, then a nor easter storm shortly after that.
The winds from both of these storms created a big mess for all of us to clean up.
Weeks later, there are giant piles of debris from fallen trees and stacks of branches at the ends of almost every driveway in our neighborhoods.
The town is using every available open paved space to pile up the stumps and branches. Later they will be moved and be recycled into mulch.
This auto has been the subject of many photographs! It was outside the body shop near our thrift shop. Hard to miss it!
Believe it or not, there are still flowers blooming in the Jarvis garden, even after these awful storms. Chrysanthemums are resilient.
Herbs and a wonderful droopy plant remain.
Knock Outs, and
Marigolds are blooming as late as this.
Today I repaired an American flag for a friend, then
worked on the leftovers from Thanksgiving weekend, turkey, and Shepard's Pie.
Volunteering in a thrift shop has its advantages. I am able to purchase small oven proof dishes which I use to make smaller portion sized meals for reheating.
I start by covering the meals with waxed paper, then plastic wrap,
finally slipping the dishes into plastic bags for the freezer with notes containing the dates and the contents.
Leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and green beans look pretty.
Extra stuffing and potatoes can be used as sides for other meals.
Everything wrapped up, and
ready for the freezer. Careful when taking these out, the plastic bags make the dishes slippery and you wouldn't want to drop one on your foot or break any dishes.
Recycled plastic and glass remains from the parties.
Now we get to the entertainment. Bread crumbs are cast out on the beach for the Sea Gulls, as the starter.
Their special treat is the turkey carcase.
Gulls make a lot of racket and are pretty aggressive with each other.
The largest ones dominate the scene.
Finally these lovely annual Salvias were still putting on a show in their tree stump planter.