Thankful Hodgepodge

1. Turkey-love it or leave it?  White meat or dark?  What's your favorite thing to make using leftover turkey?
I love turkey!  Especially white meat.  My MIL makes a mean leftover turkey casserole.  I'm not sure what all she puts in it, but I think it has cream of mushroom soup, turkey (of course), and some kind of pasta.

2. Gotta burn off all those carbs the day after a holiday feast so which would you rather do-run a 10K or climb a mountain? 
How about get up every now and then to get a snack/beverage while watching football?

3.  Do you feel like social networking has made your relationships better or worse?  Explain.
I've reconnected with college friends through facebook.  After I graduated, I didn't keep in touch with friends very long:  they had their lives, and I had mine.  It's great to see what everybody is doing, and where everybody is living.

4. How do you find and express gratitude for the hard things in your life? 
I try to think about people who have it much harder than I.

5.  In the US, the day after Thanksgiving has been dubbed 'Black Friday'.  Is most of your holiday shopping done live and in person, or is it done more through the magic of the Internet? How do you feel about stores opening at midnight Thanksgiving night? Will you be out amongst the masses on Friday? 
Live, and in person.  I don't think I'll be out on Friday morning.  I usually wait until Friday afternoon to go out, if I even go then.  I hate that stores think they have to open Thanksgiving night.  But, as long as people will go, they'll open.  I foresee that sometime in the future Christmas sales will begin the day after Halloween.  

6.  Speaking of the color black-which black item in your wardrobe would you say is your favorite?
I'm sure people will say theirs is some little black dress in their closet, but mine is a black tank top that I can wear under jackets.  It's either that or a pair of black sweat pants!  

7.  What do you appreciate about your life today? 
I appreciate that CH & I, and all of our boys are healthy.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I have 2 random thoughts this week:
1)My goal this weekend is to get my SIL started on a blog.  I've talked to her about it, but every time we've been together we've had something else that we needed to do.  She is an amazing cook/baker and she has so many funny, wonderful stories, that I think she'll be a wonderful blogger.  I'll let you know if/when we get it up and running.
2)  OS sent me this picture yesterdayafternoon:
He's fortunate that he works for a company who gives their employees a whole week off for Thanksgiving, so they can get on the river and enjoy their product!  This will be the first Thanksgiving that we haven't spent together.  My boys young men are growing up and finding their own place in this world!


  1. I said a black dress but my yoga pants are right up there too! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Love the cartoon picture because I feel the same way. Let us enjoy Thanksgiving first, then Christmas.

  3. I love that cartoon! And your answer to #2! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Realising now how much I love my black leggings - I wear them under jeans to keep me warm in winter and under dresses to keep me from inappropriately flashing my pants when I attempt cartwheels on the sand in summer!

    Here the Christmas stuff starts the day after Hallowe'en (and it's on display from September). Never understood why you'd buy mince pies that go out of date before December!

  5. I'm with you on #2! We had the whole week off too but I haven't been doing anything as fun as OS! Awesome pictures! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Love the cartoon! So true. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! A whole week off?? Well, good for you and enjoy all of it. I'm glad for a long weekend.... :)

  7. I'm going to be missing some of my children on Thanksgiving, too :(

    I love your cartoon, I feel the same way!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Love the cartoon. Our Santa Claus arrived last weekend however our turkey days are in October.

  9. Thanks for stopping by and what great answers. Isn't it great when our children find their place in this world. Then we know we have done our jobs. Thanksgiving blessings!

  10. Hhaha love that cartoon - the radio stations around here need that cartoon for playing christmas music too early.

    Hope the blog creating goes well - sounds like it'd be cool one :)

  11. I hope you convince your SIL to start a blog, it sounds like she will have lots to share :) And that cartoon is perfect for me! I hate that people start decorating for christmas the day after halloween... Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Love your #2 answer--except that I'd be getting up for a snack while reading--not really a football fan! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  13. I like your idea of burning off the calories... that's as it should be on Thanksgiving :)

  14. i love the cartoon! haha :) Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving! We sometimes have pecan pie too, i dont care for nuts that much as crazy as that sounds! We also have cherry but this year we're having apple pie as well as pumpkin my niece is making.

  15. Beautiful pictures! Look forward to hearing if she starts a blog. I love good stories and recipes.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you

  16. The cartoon is just perfect! :) I agree, I can see pre-Christmas sales after Halloween just to top Black Friday now. :P

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. I love that cartoon! Those pics are beautiful, Mary. Yes! He's quite fortunate to have that vacation time! God bless!

  18. I love the cartoon! It's been a gripe of mine for a long time!

  19. I wish my company gave us a whole week off at Thanksgiving! What a nice perk! I'm off this week but it's definitely not vacation. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  20. Awww...I'm dreading the time when my babies won't be home during the holidays. I am so grateful that they still call this house home!!!

  21. 1. I can't remember the last time I had a week off for Thanksgiving. That must mean it's never happened. lol

    2. I love that turkey picture that floats around. It's oh-so-true! Please folks, one holiday at a time! lol

  22. Beautiful pictures. Enjoyed reading your answers. Always love Joyce's questions. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  23. Great answers! Thanks for stopping by the other day!

    Have a wonderful thanksgiving!


  24. Beautiful photos! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


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