And Into the Holiday Season We Go!

Happy Monday after Thanksgiving, friends! Hope all of you who celebrate and/or acknowledge this wonderful holiday got to do so in the way you enjoy most. Between family and friends, we hosted about 20 folks total. We lacked for space and maybe some order, but not for food, and we always have a wonderful time. I am truly blessed with a wonderful crew.

Keeping life simple today and making sure to check in. Last week got away from me. Between the finale of Dancing with the Stars and preparing for the big meal–well, you know.

The weekend wasn’t any less busy–two birthdays too, Younger Son’s among them. (My “baby” turned 16! Another one looking to get behind the driver’s wheel soon. Help…). He asked to have a few friends over, so his ma made pizzas and aย cake. Throw in a couple of reports–no Black Friday or Thanksgiving weekend shopping for this writer-girl. No. Way.

So, how did you and yours spend the holiday? Did you host or cook? Are you a Black Friday shopper? Are you a Cyber Monday-er instead? Have you started your gift-shopping?

Have a wonderful day and week, friends,

Joanna

 

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21 thoughts on “And Into the Holiday Season We Go!

  1. Happy to hear you had a rollicking and wonderful Thanksgiving.
    No Black Friday shopping and no cyber stuff either. What do I need at this point? I’m trying to re-cycle and de-clutter, except for books… ๐Ÿ˜€
    In Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving the second Monday in October. Have to get the turkeys before they run out (at the store). ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I hear you about not needing anything, Tess. Of course there are always things one would like, but nothing I feel the need to risk my life for to get a few $$ cheaper.

      Our market had a ton of leftover turkeys. Told Hubby they’ll just put the frozen ones out for Christmas dinner. Interesting too, to know other countries celebrate a similar holiday. Far as I’d learned, Thanksgiving was an ‘American’ holiday. Then again, Canadians are Americans–yes? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. Oh, my broken heart, ye of Canada. And we true fans of tennis have so embraced your Eugenie Bouchard, Vlasik Pospicil and Milos Raonic.

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  2. First off, I love the snow effect! Fun! Happy Birthday to Younger Son. We hosted the big turkey day and have for many years. I’ve had as many as 25 and as few as just the four of us. I’m not sure which way I like it better because I still have to touch the turkey either way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I handled the turkey with long rubber gloves and surgical gloves over those. Bleh. ๐Ÿ˜› Luckily, the dang sink where I left the bird submerged a while drained (slowly) on its own. Translation: I didn’t have to plunge my hands into that nasty water–so that it overflows into the gloves–to open up the drain. We take every blessing we can, lol.

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      1. Am I following? You leave the turkey to soak in the sink? Yeah, I wouldn’t want to do that either. I run the water over and in the turkey until it runs clear. Then I toss it in the pot he gets cooked in. I try not to scream while doing this. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. Yep. That’s how my Italian momma always did it–what do I know? After it soaks (with salt added to the water–that’s brining, right?) I also rinse it until the water runs clear.

          IDK. I also read some article online that talked about the turkey turning out bland and water-logged if it’s soaked. Can’t say I’ve ever found that to be true.

          No matter what, it’s a dirty, yucky job.

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    2. The snow effect is courtesy of WordPress. I do nothing, though I could turn it off in the settings, lol. Have to get me a holiday theme. Time for a change ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. We visited my brother and his family in Washington. We had a great trip, and other than a few minor airport delays, travel was smooth. Well, except for the disappearance of my son’s toiletry kit that had his retainer in it. Ugh. We think airport screeners took the case out of the suitcase and forgot to put it back in, because when we called the hotel, it wasn’t there. So now he gets to go for another orthodontic molding, and I get to buy another retainer. Good times. But still, that’s a tiny thing in the grand scheme of life, so it’s all good!

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    1. Sounds nice, and hopefully weather didn’t mess with your travel.

      Older Son recently fell up the stairs–maybe I blogged about it?–and broke his front teeth. He needed a new retainer too. Complained about the quality of it as soon as he got it. (Thinner plastic and it’s already worn through in a few places. Now we get to deal with retainer issues too.)

      It doesn’t end, but as you said, it’s all good. Glad you had a nice time with your family. I’m thinking Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday. Thanx!

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        1. He’s always been the more coordinated one, too. Said he was taking the stairs at school two at a time and felt the misstep. He actually THOUGHT himself out of protective extension and grabbed the rails instead. He went onto his chin and hit his teeth. Got four sutures to his chin before going to the dentist.

          Hubby told me about it once they were in the ER. I’m glad I didn’t see those broken teeth live.

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  4. We cocooned. Just the four of us. Our daughter is headed to the Peace Corps next month, so our last family Thanksgiving until 2017. Hope your son had a happy birthday, and that your winter holidays are warm and wonderful.

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    1. Thanks so much for all your kind wishes, J.B. Can’t remember the last time we had an immediate-family-only Thanksgiving. (We tend to keep New Year’s really low key.) All the best to your daughter, and to you and yours during the holiday season too.

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