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Not Just Another Thanksgiving Thankfulness Post

Not Just Another Thanksgiving Thankfulness Post

These stories  usually start out as “I’m thankful for…” Well, I am thankful for…but let’s do this a bit differently.

Last year we decided to start a new, but not-so-new, tradition for Thanksgiving and have the whole family together again for the holiday  – kids, parents, pets, cousins, significant others – yep they were all invited. Thankfully,  no extra pets showed up, but we did have an uninvited guest of a nasty stomach bug that made the rounds.  Pets would probably have been better received.


When children grow up, get married, and have families of their own, they tend to go off in every imaginable direction. I decided it was time to make a change of celebrating together every other year to accommodate extended families, and knowing my house was evidently too small to hold the crew, Jessie and Davey were elected to host the event. It was perfect since Kerri also lived right down the street giving us two places to house everyone.

This year being the ‘other’ year, I realized it would be only H, Andrew, and myself to sit down to that turkey dinner. Let’s face it – we just aren’t that lively a crew when we are a threesome.

H and Andrew usually hunt in the morning – while I cook.

Or…H watches TV and Andrew sleeps – while I cook.

I’m not real fond of being the chief cook and bottle washer, though H always gives me a hand cleaning up afterwards. You know how it is when you cook a big meal with all the trimmings – your appetite leaves as you sit down at the table. All that fuss for so little reward!

snoopy thanksgiving

So I am so exited and ‘thankful’ to have my sister, Tish and her family coming to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. Help with cooking. Help with cleaning. A much livelier crew, I’m sure! And Andrew will have a cousin to share his Turkey Day with, though I’m sure they’re both over that by now.

I’m also hoping Herbie can fix my cuckoo clock to play music again because we really need another clock going off in this house!




I know you’ve heard it before – the 3-day rule. This rule is most often applied to fish and company, assuming both begin to stink after 3 days,  but I’ve found it should be applied to most everyday experiences too. This could mean valued time earned to spend on other interests because laundry and bank accounts do not head up my list of favorite things to do. 


  • It has taken me more than 3 days and a jammed-up inbox to realize those blogging emails I saved, intending to go back to read later is most likely not going to happen. 
  • 3 days of not reconciling your bank statement after traveling will not make money magically appear in your account – unless you have a fairy godmother or sugar daddy. 
  • 3 days of watching the dirty laundry pile up will also not place clean knickers in your drawers. 
  • 3 days of worrying about when you will find the time to write does not produce any chapters.

My new rule of thumb is, after 3 days, those forgotten emails will be history. I always breath easier with a clean inbox. 

With no fairy godmother or sugar-daddy to my credit, I have to take care of that bank statement ASAP because worrying about it takes up more time than we all care to admit. Also, with the way debit and credit cards are being hijacked so easily these days I’m afraid to miss more than 24 hours looking at my accounts online! 

Laundry isn’t so hard to do when you don’t let it pile up for days on end. After all, it’s only H and I to wash for. How much can there really be? 3 days is now my limit. 

And with that all taken care of  there is plenty of time left to write those chapters with a clear mind.  



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