Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Good GRIEF! Here it is Wednesday! AGAIN! Too quickly! AGAIN! 

I hope to have pictures and a post up soon about the fiasco room redecorating! We're on the home stretch which is good since today is the day before Thanksgiving. Sheesh. I am having to wait for Hubs to complete his part (the remaining baseboard replacement) before I can clean in there and it's driving me NUTS! But, I am trying to have a positive attitude about the whole thing. I know he's only seeing what he has to do and not what I can't do until he's out of there. Plus the prep and cooking of Thanksgiving dinner for 14 people and the fact that they will be here tonight. Am I stressed? Nah, not at all (biting nails and fuming)...

We have a wedding to attend on Saturday! Congrats to Creighton and Danielle!

I'm still behind on reading your wonderful blogs BUT I WILL CATCH UP!!!
If you're here for Chats on the Farmhouse Porch or Get Wired Wednesday only, then scroll down.

First up this week is WEDNESDAY HODGE PODGE from Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  This meme is fun and sometimes even poses a challenge (read: she makes us use our noggins!).   

1. Let's start with something controversial...dressing or stuffing? What's it called at your house and what's included in your recipe...cornbread? oysters? sausage? chestnuts? It's called dressing at our house and I have to make THREE different kinds---all three include cornbread (we ARE southern), one will have oysters (Ew) and one will have sausage, the third will be plain. I will also be making homemade gluten free bread to put into the dressing because I couldn't find any Pepperidge farm type stuff that is gluten free.

2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to? I never compare myself to anyone. My dad's mother always told me never to compare myself to anyone but to be who I am at all times. She also told me not to compare the lovelies with one another and I never did.

3. When were you last inside an airport? When Deanie came home last month. AND I get to be in it again next month when Deanie and Birdie both come home for Christmas. I miss them so much!!! I haven't seen Birdie since JUfreakingLY!

4. What is one side dish that absolutely must be included in a turkey dinner? The dressing of course!

5. What Christmas song do you dread hearing?You're kidding, right? There's one to dread? Not for me!!! I love them all!

6. If someone approaches you and asks for money do you give it to them? Do you drop money 'in a tin cup' that belongs to a person on the street? Do you have a specific charity you support during the holiday season and/or year round? I do not give them money. BUT, I will buy them food or whatever they need. I've never seen a person on the street with a tin cup so I don't really know what I'd do. I support a local children's charity and Save Darfur.

7. Share a favorite Thanksgiving memory. If you live in a country that doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving share a favorite memory associated with food. We almost always go to my Dad and stepmother's house for Thanksgiving and we have such a great time! My favorite year was the one we all went with my dad to serve at the homeless shelter. It was truly an eye opening experience. The lovelies went too and they really got in there and talked with the people. We learned that a lot of people are not on the street due to an addiction issue or mental problems but are just regular folks who lost their jobs and homes. We learned that one thing they do not like is to be pittied-they deserve to maintain as much dignity as they can. We learned that it is a harder life than we thought- and we thought it was really hard. We learned so much about people that Thanksgiving. So very much. AND we learned a few things about ourselves.

8. Insert your own random thought here. I hope everyone has a safe and fun family filled Thanksgiving!

Next up is a HUMP DAY HOP from Patrice at Everyday Ruralty called Chats on the farmhouse porch!

  1. What are you thankful for? Gosh, what am I NOT thankful for?! So very, very much: the lovelies, the wonderful husband, Tucker, friends, family, safe flights, love notes, gardens, family gatherings, paid bills, good moods, good health, memories, blogging, music, winning....oh man, this list could go on and on and on and on....
  2. Jellied cranberry or whole berry cranberry? YUCK to both. But I will be making whole berry cranberry sauce for those who love it!
  3. How many will sit at your dinner table Thursday? At this count, 14. That number could go up depending on how many college students didn't get to make the trip home.
  4. Would anyone who visits the porch be interested in some  type of Christmas card or small gift exchange? ME! I would! (waving hands wildly about in the air)!
  5. Do you venture out on Black Friday? That is a HUGE hell to the NO!

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  1. Most people who know me say "Well, tell us what you really think." It's a joke because I seldom hold back. We are so much alike, my friend. I love your list of things to be thankful for! I laughed at the last answer. No malls for me either!!!

  2. I think I could handle three kinds of stuffing...definitely my favorite part of the meal. Enjoy the day with your family!

  3. Hi Pam. Your writing always brings a smile to my face!! I can so relate to you about that decorating, especially with Thanksgiving TOMORROW, and 14 sitting down to eat. You're going to be pretty busy my friend. I wish you and all your lovely family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. I'm just starting to hear about this Black Friday. I don't think I would venture out either!!!

  4. Patrice- I know. I've always been that way and I gave up long ago trying to change! LOL I'm pretty sure the malls will be fine without us. And our opinions! LOL

    Joyce-Thanks! Yes, mine too! Can't wait to read about your Thanksgiving and see pix!

    Diane- Venturing out on Black Friday is not for the weak of heart. Or the expressor of opinions. Or for short tempered folks. Like me! LOL Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I'll be busy for sure, but will be thinking of all of you!

  5. Oh, I do so love your wonderful attitude to life, Pam! You are such a happy person and I can really feel your excitement all the way over here (as well as the nail-biting and hyperventilating in regard to getting that colossal meal cooked on time and being able to scoot into that bedroom to give it a thorough cleaning!) What an amazing person you are. I think I'd be trying to find ways to bail out. I'm not good with large-scale entertaining...heck, I'm not even good with small-scale! I'm looking forward to hearing all the details once you've caught your breath again. For now, best of luck with everything!

  6. Bless you for making three kinds of dressing. I always do Pepperidge Farm, we love it. My father does compare me to my mom but I didn't put that down. I see most of our homeless on the freeway exits, I will give them a dollar or maybe a bottled water. I've never served at a shelter, I should try that. I do donate to one. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy all the dressing!

  7. We call it stuffing...not sure why, since it isn't actually cooked in the turkey any more. My favorite memory of Thanksgiving is my Mom's stuffing which was made with rice and sausage. Mmmm...I can still smell it.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Desiree- Bailing out did cross my mind! But that wouldn't be a good message to send the lovelies so, perseverance prevails (oh how I hate perseverance)! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! You always know just the right things to say to uplift the spirit.

    Debby- I have special dressing requests this year, thus the three. Otherwise, they'd get the old stand by! LOL Thanks so much and y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

    Stephanie- Do you recreate your mom's stuffing? I make the one my grandmother and mother made/make but it's not as good as theirs! Thanks so much! Y'all have a happy Thanksgiving too!

  9. I enjoy reading your answers to the hops. I am too busy today at work to participate and sneak in a post. But I had to take a little blog reading break before I kill someone here. Somedays you just dream about retiring! Lol

  10. Kim-thanks! Let me assure you that I know just what you mean! LOL

  11. That must've been an eye-opening experience, going to the homeless shelter.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Mary-It really was! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


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