Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thanksgiving Day 2015

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I hope everyone had a loverly Thanksgiving, we had a very nice day!

The Boy and The Dane finally arrived on Wednesday, after spending the night in Michigan City, Indiana with their car and its 2 flat tires and 2 destroyed rims. They ran over something big, bad, and most likely metal.

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Guess who got 4 new tires and rims? Merry Christmas to them 😦

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We were most thankful for their safety. The fact that The Boy did not lose control of his vehicle traveling  70 miles an hour is a kiss on the cheek from God.

We also had the newlyweds Elyk and Alisse staying with us for the holiday. I have no picture of Elyk but I caught his bride, The Pug Mama, heading out for her morning run.

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Y’All, she had on TURKEY SOCKS! So stinkin’ cute!

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The Grandpa and our good friends The Hostler’s joined us for dinner and games. And second dinner at about 8 p.m. Is that a thing at your house too?

I am sad to say that I have no pictures of Grandpa. He left with his second dinner before the games began and I had not taken any pictures before that!

The Hostler’s always have a new game or three. The Boy gave it a whirl.

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This one reminded me of Taboo but you had to put descriptive tiles up on the board in categories of like, sort of and not. I liked it!

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I like their faces.

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Jon was game too.

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Honey can’t speak without using his hands. It’s a daygo thing.

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Lots of yummy food, much good conversation and many laughs. We were missing our Uncle Bob, Aunt Phyllis, Lindsay, Rob B, Mike and Nora, who were celebrating down in Florida this year.

I sent my Uncle Bob a picture of one of his favorites, Mrs. Davis’ coconut pound cake. We have observed that he can schnibble away at a cake like it’s his J.O.B. with the excuse that he is just “evening it up”. I told him that we needed his help and he replied that he would love a piece with a cup of coffee! They were missed.

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That cake is gone, gone, gone already.

The day was long and full for Sy. While we played games he snuggled with his favorite Mouse under a cozy blanket.

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They both share fondness for the blankie.

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He finally just had to flat out crash.

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We are thankful for family and friends to celebrate with!

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Potent Quotable

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Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. ~Robert Brault

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Happy Thanksgiving Y’All, thanks for stopping by! If you would like to join the Hodgepodger’s, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s and link up. Thanks for having us all over Joyce!l

1.What’s something you wish you knew how to do, but feel like it’s too late to learn?

When I first read this question I thought of many, many answers! But then, as I thought about them, I realized that there really was no reason that I could not learn them now if my desire was great enough and my will was strong. And therein lies the problem. Sure, I would like to have learned to be a better cook, seamstress, jewelry maker, photographer, gardener, adventurer, but I guess I lacked the will (or time) to apply myself. I always seem to want to do the things I have no natural talent for.

BUT, there is still time, it may not be too late!!!

2. Your least favorite thing to shop for? Why?

Bathing suits and automotive paraphernalia.

Bathing suits because no one wants to look at all of their imperfections in several mirrors with unkind lighting. Plus, there is no other thing that makes me feel like my body is is a one of a kind, and I don’t mean that in a good way. Seriously? No one else needs an underwire AND a little skirt thingy to cover….stuff???

Automotive stuff because car stuff makes my eyes glaze over. Plus it smells weird in those stores.
3. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were growing up?

For the most part not much has changed. It’s still a time to gather and be thankful with loved ones. And eat yummy food!!!!

The biggest change is that my Mother and Grandmother are no longer with us. In her honor we will use my Mom’s china tomorrow and I will make the cornbread dressing recipe that we finally got nailed down the Christmas before she passed away. I am going to make the cornbread for our dressing right now and I will use my Grandma’s pink pyrex, as I always do 🙂

Oh, and I don’t recall shopping on Thanksgiving evening. Do we really need that to be a thing?
4. What’s something that when other people see it, reminds them of you? Explain.

I had to ask my people about that. The Ab-Cat said lilacs. Honey said cake. Mousey did not answer her text.

Honey did send me this, he said it reminded him of me. Sad but true.

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So I ask you, Readers who know me in the real world, what reminds you of me when you see it? Don’t leave me hanging, that would be embarrassing!

5. If you could guest star in a TV show, what would it be and why?

How about Tricia’s Southern Kitchen? Tricia Yearwood seems like a fun gal, we could be pals, and we could eat too!
6. Have you ever farmed or spent any time on a farm? Are there farm stands in your little corner of the world and do you make it a point to shop there? If so, what item do you particularly like to buy from a roadside stand or farm shop?

Our people on both sides were farmers but I have not spent much time on a farm. I did spend a little time at my Aunt Lottie’s in Tennessee one summer when I was about 6. I have 2 very clear memories, the best was there were kittens in the barn!!!! But they were wild and not very snuggly and I have probably never had so many scratches in my life. The second memory was I rode my first horse, until it went under a clothes line and i got knocked to the ground. I guess I am not Farmer Kel.

We don’t really have roadside stands in our town, the two I am thinking of may have started out as that but they are basically stores now. Honey stops at a couple on his way home from work sometimes. He usually goes for the tomatoes.
7. What’s something you’ve experienced recently that made you feel a sense of awe or wonder?

Our study at BSF this week was Revelation chapter 5. In verse 9 there was a line that said Jesus was worthy because He was slain, and with His blood He purchased men for God, men from every tribe, language, people and nation.

I was struck that He purchased me with His lifeblood, for God. I was one of those people. He did that for me, and you. Awe AND wonder!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Well, The Boy and The Dane were on their way to The Mitten yesterday for Thanksgiving when they, and some others, ran over something in the road. Most had 1 but The Boy had 2 flat tires and had to be towed off the freeway. The car is currently at a Sears in Michigan City, Indiana, awaiting new tires, a rim and an alignment before they can get back on the road tomorrow. While it is not the best way to start a holiday, we are very thankful that he did not lose control of the car, and they were fairly close to a place where they could get some tires and find some food and a place to sleep. Thank you Lord!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, so glad you stopped by! If you would like to join us, click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s and follow the instructions.

1. What’s surprised you most about your life, or about life in general?

That time passes so quickly when you are a grown up!

When I was a kid time passed so slowly, summers seemed a sweet forever, but now every time I turn around it’s Christmas or end of school year or everything is starting back up in the fall. It seems like yesterday that our children were young and life was busy and full. Life is still busy and full but it feels different,

I am quite aware that I am a 53 year old woman (I feel it!), but sometimes I can still remember how it felt to be a 23 year old woman. How did 30 years fly so fast?!

2. Among others, these ten words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year…awesomesauce, beer o’clock, brain fart, buttdial, cat cafe (apparently this is a real thing), fatberg (gross-read the definition here), fat shame, hangry, Mx (gender neutral), and skippable.

Your thoughts? In looking over the list, which word do you find most ridiculous? Which word would you never in a million years say out loud? Which word would you be most likely to use in conversation?

I think Mx is the most ridiculous because I don’t understand the current preoccupation with trying to erase gender.

I don’t even know what cat cafe and fatberg are and the latter sounds disgusting.

I would probably never say beer o’clock and would only say awesomesauce mockingly.

I would be most likely to use butt dial(because I have!) and hangry (which I have BEEN) in conversation

.3. Do you like gravy? Is there a food you’d rather not eat unless it comes with gravy? Do you make your own or buy the canned or store-made variety? Turkey and gravy, sausage gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, country ham and red eye gravy, biscuits and chocolate gravy, pot roast and gravy…which one on the list is your favorite?

I am a fan of gravy! I don’t think I could eat turkey without gravy on it.

We make our own gravy, and by we I mean usually Honey. I do make a mean pot roast with gravy though. How about pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy? That’s my fave.
4. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you ever had a plan fall into a trillion pieces? Explain.

I am not opposed to a plan but I don’t always need a plan. I am pretty good at flying by the seat of my pants.

It has been my experience that life does not always turn out how you plan it and if I had been a highly structured, stick to the plan type person I would have had a miserable life. My life has been better served by a more flexible, bloom where you are planted, turn lemons into lemonade, ok I guess we are going this way attitude.

The Ab-Cat’s spinal cord injury and The Boy’s years with chronic ITP were never part of any plan we imagined.

I will say it is helpful to know that God has a plan, even if I don’t know it. And He has been faithful to come along side us as we were walking through all those trillion pieces of broken plan.

5. November 19 is National Play Monopoly Day. Do you own the original or some version of the game? Do you enjoy playing Monopoly? How likely is it you’ll play a game of Monopoly on November 19th? Ever been to Atlantic City? Ever taken a ride on a railroad? Is parking in your town free? Last thing you took a chance on?

We do own Monopoly, and I have enjoyed playing but have not played in a L.O.N.G time. It is highly unlikely that I will play on November 19.

I have not been to Atlantic City, have taken rides on a railroad, YAY we have free parking. I can’t think of the last thing I took a chance on. I try and be sure footed so it would not have been very risky.
6. A song you like that has the word (or some form of the word) thanks in the title, lyrics, or meaning?

This is a hymn we used to sing at the church I grew up in. So sweet, so meaningful, so true.

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free

7. In keeping with this month’s theme of gratitude….what is something you’re taking for granted that when you stop and think about it, you’re grateful for?

I think I take my car, Juanita, for granted. She has been so reliable that when her engine light came on the other night I was shocked! I take for granted that she will start each time I turn the key in the ignition, that her wheels will carry me where I need to go, in comfort I might add, and that she won’t act inappropriately while we travel.

I am not a car person so brand is not essential for me. My first car was an AMC Hornet that was pretty rusty and I always told Honey that I don’t care that much what I have but I don’t want to drive a Bondo buggy! He has honored my request.

Anyway, when Juanita’s engine light came on I was worried. What if it was serious? Honey tinkered on her a bit yesterday morning, tightening up a few hoses and I am happy to say the light is off! And I am GRATEFUL!!!!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Honey and I just returned from 2 weeks in Bonita Springs, Florida. While there Honey enjoys looking at the real estate books and he is always game to visit the model homes. I like to look at them as well, especially the kitchens! This was my very favorite kitchen and it’s ALL because of the island!!! Sincere, deep, persistent WANT! Our next house needs to have a giant island!

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I was also very impressed with this craft area/wrapping station located in the laundry room!!!!

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Here is the other end but WHO CARES ABOUT THAT END???!!!

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I have a great laundry room but I do NOT have an island in there!!

Filing away for future reference! 🙂

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