We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Teresa

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Hodgepodge

1. If you had known what they knew then, would you have boarded the Mayflower?
Hmmmm.  This is a tough question to answer.  No.  Maybe.  Yes.  Wishywashy much?  I probably would have boarded the Mayflower.  My contrary little personality usually causes me to take risks.  Sometimes it works to my benefit--like when I was told by an evil person that I would never graduate from college and I did it just to prove him wrong.  And sometimes my contrariness is detrimental to my mental health.  
2. How far have you traveled on a boat and how do you feel about boats in general?
I have traveled across the lake.  And yes, I am generally nauseous and crabby when I get off the boat.  I don't remember feeling that way when I was younger but certainly as I have aged gracefully the feeling has increased.  
3. What traditions have you kept, acquired thru marriage, and/or tossed? If you're single what are some of your family's favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

I don't know if I have kept any traditions, acquired any or tossed any traditions.  I do what my mom did...get up and cook dinner.  My husband and kids help out.  I plan the menu to include  something that is everyone's favorite dish and I try to have it done by noon.  We eat whether everybody is there or not--they'll catch up--and we just hang out.  No pressure.  Sometimes we have taken a walk or gone a leisurely car ride.  Sometimes we play a game.  My uncle sleeps in the chair.  I suppose those are all traditions, but they seem like stuff we just do. 
4. What time is dinner and how many will be round your table? And what is the one side dish you cannot do without on Thanksgiving day?
Noon.  We will have 8 of us.  We cannot have dinner without these:
 Homemade noodles.  A tradition in my family.  In fact, that is the pot my great grandmother used for noodles.  One of these days I am going to get the potato pot that goes with it. 
5. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Do tell....
Do towels and potholders count as fire extinguishers?  Then why, yes, I have used a fire extinguisher.  Many times.  I actually could be considered an expert in this category.
6. Tell about a situation that caused you dreadful trepidation and feet dragging, only to realize later it was a true blessing.
Taking my child to college caused me dreadful trepidation and feet dragging.  And yet, I knew that it was what I hoped I would get to do someday when I gave birth to that beautiful brown eyed girl.  Nothing prepares a parent for that day....as hard as it was, I count my blessings each day because there are people out there wishing they could take a child to college.  It's hard to be whiny about it when I have  friends who used their child's college fund for a tombstone.  I used to think about how sad it was that my children were growing up until I realized the alternative is for them to not grow up.  Besides, my husband and I are counting the days until we are home alone because you know what that means....yep.  Cereal for dinner.  Nice try, several of you were thinking of something else.  This is a family blog.

 7. Baked, sweet, mashed, hash browned or french fried...which one's your favorite?
Have you seen the size of my butt?  I never turn down warm starch.  And if it comes with melted dairy, all the better. 
8. Random thought 101.......Is it wrong to get out of bed counting the hours before I can get back in bed?  

Have a blessed Thanksgiving....Just sayin'.


Expats Again said...

We make home made noodles for Thanksgiving as well. The boys love them. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Ann said...

You crack me up!!! Number 6 & 7!!! Too funny!!! I won't let my husband read number 7...he might have a comment for that one!!! LOL!! See ya Friday.....

Mary said...

Laughing my butt of at your #7 answer!

Joyce said...

An uncle sleeping in the chair is definitely a tradition... I think that pot going from generation to generation also qualifies... Happy Thanksgiving!

Kim said...

Thanks for the laugh. Happy Thanksgiving! Here's hoping for not many fire extinguisher moments today!

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel. -Proverbs 11: 17