Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Talkin' Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving Eve (if I get this posted tonight).  I really should not be sitting here writing a post.  There’s floors to mop, people!  However, my partner who OFFERED to scrub them is asleep on the couch.  Hmp.  Did I mention it’s not even 8:30?  I thought for sure the noise from the vacuum cleaner would stir him, but not so much.  Also on tap, a delicious Cocoa Apple Cake to be made.  Ooh, I should totally write a post about that on my cooking blog!

Thanksgiving plans include a Granger get-together on Thursday at Jan and Keith’s house.  So excited that Libby was able to come home for a few weeks from Afghanistan!  I think she’s here for a few more days, and then once she goes back, will only be there a couple of more months.  Will feel much better when she’s home for good.  And I swear if she volunteers to go to some other war zone again, I’m gonna wring her neck!  Did I mention how proud I am of her?  So anyway, back to the plans… depending on the Black Friday ads, Erin and I are heading to Topeka some time mid to late Thursday afternoon to get started shopping.  Hoping to be home by 10:00 AM Friday or earlier (please please please) since I’m hosting the Bryson Thanksgiving here at noon on Saturday.  Especially since I haven’t started cooking anything for that dinner.  Well that’s not entirely true.  I baked a loaf of bread today to use in my dressing.  But sometime Friday when I’m not catching up on my sleep, I’ve got to bake a turkey and a ham.  And cook my potatoes and make my gravy.  And dressing.  That way on Saturday, it’s really just a matter of warming everything up without drying it out, and enjoying the day and the family.  And the wine.  And the Apple Pie.  Moonshine.  Yeehaw!  I made that yesterday, and I simmered the cider, juice and sugar for about an hour to concentrate the flavors.  Well Mr. Bryson, who considers himself a bit of a liquor connoisseur (and rightly so I guess) deemed it too sweet.  After adding another jug of apple juice and a jug of EverClear it’s pretty darn tasty.  But I have to remind myself it’s for SIPPING, not chugging. 

Since Erin and I are going shopping, and Brent is working Thursday and Friday, Carter will be spending Thursday night here with Papa.  Miss Chloe gets to go to Lyndon and stay with Grandma Gibby.  For some reason, no one wants to watch both of them alone.  I can’t imagine why!!!  I have to admit, sometimes it is a little easier with just one.  Like when I’m trying to get Chloe to take a nap or go to bed.  That’s pretty much a lost cause when big brother is around since 1) he doesn’t want her to sleep, and 2) she only wants to do whatever Carter is doing.  But If I’m trying to get something done (like today… cleaning house…) Carter does a pretty good job of entertaining Chloe.  Most of the time.  Except when he’s helping her find trouble.  Today, he happily showed her the door to the laundry chute.  Up until now, I’ve managed to keep it covered with stuff so she had no idea.  Stupid clean house.  I guess now if I’m missing anything, I’ll be in the basement checking the laundry pile.  I took the two strands of Halloween Lights down today (hey – I didn’t put them up till like Oct 28 or something, so I had to get my money’s worth) and Carter threw an absolute fit.  I told him I had to take them down so we could put up Christmas lights, to which he replied “I don’t want you to put up Christmas lights!”  When I whole heartedly agreed to NOT decorate for Christmas, he back tracked pretty darn fast.  Dang it. 

Ok – I really have to get something done so I’m not up all night.  Since I didn’t participate in the Daily Thankful FB posts, I’ll share with my readers what I’m most thankful for. 
I'm thankful I can still call my momma and visit, take her to the store, or just hang out at her house, listening to her stories, (sometimes more than once).  And believe me, I do not take any of that for granted.

I’m thankful that my daughter and her wonderful family live less than 7 miles from our house.  Watching my grandchildren grow up and being such a big part of their lives is more than I could ask for. 

I’m thankful to go to work every day to a job that I love.  After 30 years, it’s about time! 

I’m thankful to be married to a man who puts up with me, takes care of me, makes me laugh, and above all loves me more than I probably deserve. 

And it wouldn't be right not to mention how thankful I am for all of my friends who read this little blog, and still want to be my friend!!!  Sometimes I worry that I'm oversharing, but getting my thoughts out is my therapy, and you all know how much I love the attention it brings me!  haha!! 
And with that, I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of love, family, and good food. 




  1. Happy Thanksgiving from beautiful Tonganoxie Kansas.

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