Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Thanksgiving Eve Hodgepodge

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Y'all! How nice to have the Hodgepodge to break with in the midst of prepping for tomorrow's gobble til you wobble feast. Are you hosting? Visiting? Will everyone be home? Are you eating out? I almost wish I was doing the last thing. But not really. 

Ok, here we go!

1. tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

How tightly do I cling to tradition when it comes to the holidays? Ha! To take from Dicken's simile game in, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, tight as a drum. But really, even tighter. Though the place changes the menu and people never do with the exception of when it's not my year. Mostly, this happens because my children can't stand change. I wonder where they get that? Ok, ok. They get it from me. We do put the parade on even though none of us really watch it, we always put football on because we're a football family, we never change the menu except when I add something because I know the SIL likes it... I have spent Christmas away from family. Hated. It. All of my girls have spent Christmas away at least once. They hated it so now we may miss one or two for Thanksgiving but they are all here for Christmas. Christmas is their favorite and they do not like spending Christmas away from home. 

2. it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? Heck no it's not easy for me to ask for help. I'd live on the street starving and die before I'd ask for help. But I'll give help willingly and without expectation of return! How is that a good/bad thing? Well, you know, the whole living on the street starving and die thing is not really good.

3. Abundance...what is there an abundance of in your kitchen? All things baby and toddler. Since the arrival of  Bug (formerly known as Baby M) I've acquired quite a collection of baby/toddler paraphernalia and snacks. 

4. Name...the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?



Old picture but here they are minus 2. 

5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life? Stop fretting over what is or what we don't have/want and appreciate what we do have. Things can always be worse than we think they are. 

6. State your own random thought here. Today is food prep day and I am about to get in the kitchen and get busy with some potatoes, broccoli, dressing, etc. If you are traveling, I wish you safe travels. To everyone, I wish a very happy Thanksgiving filled with all the good things the holidays bring! 

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  1. I love tradition! I'm in a position now that I could use help but don't like to ask. I want to be the same old me. Love your smallest to biggest! It will be just Mark and I this year but the meal will be the same as always only the turkey is smaller.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family....

    1. I never like to ask. As a matter of fact, if I do ask for help people look at me like I've lost my mind. LOL Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. Love your random thought! How easy it is to focus on what we are lacking when, in reality, we really have so much. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Pam! Hope you have awesome time having your family there. Reading your answer to nr. 2, reminded me of your mom, and how bad she wanted to get back to her own place. Maybe you inherited some of that gene? haha

    1. Thank you, Betty! It will be nice but I always miss the one who isn't here. She'll be here for Christmas, though! Absolutely! She does not like to ask for help but she's learning to do it. Sometimes we just need it but I'm still stubborn in that area. And about a thousand others. LOL

  4. I hope your Thanksgiving was everything you wanted it to be, being an Aussie I don't do Thanksgiving

    1. We shall find out tomorrow. I'm sure we'll have a great time because with grandchildren in the picture, how could we not? LOL Thank you!

  5. I like the new baby name : ) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! We were all together last week and for that I'm grateful. My younger daughter went to her boyfriend's family in Ohio this year. So glad my sister is nearby so I will have family to share the day with.

    1. Thank you. Now I need one for Baby R. Suggestions? It's so much easier with girls. Or that's just what I'm used to. :) I'm glad you had time together last week. Is your daughter and her BF serious? As in another wedding in the future? I'm glad your sister is close. I'm not sure how I'd handle the holidays without family around. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Love your answer to #2 especially as that used to be me - it's still me for certain things but I'm learning that asking for help can be a really good thing.
    Hope you've had a really blessed thanksgiving.

    1. I know there will be a day when I'll need to ask for help and I sure hope I will at that point. I've got a bit of a stubborn streak. LOL Thanksgiving was great, thank you!

  7. I am late catching up, but here I am. I enjoyed your HP answers and your photos. Little 'Bug' is growing up much too fast!!


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