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Posts Tagged ‘thanksgiving’

3/4/15 Halloween decorations, car, Black Friday, Christmas decorations…

written 11/30/13 – We took down our Halloween decorations the day before Thanksgiving. We are usually more organized than that. The front porch looks so bare. Halloween decorations

Our car now has 350,000 miles.  Outstanding!miles

We went out on Black Friday. We usually aim to leave the house at five or six in the morning. Then we leave at seven. We usually go to the mall or to the book store. There are not many people there. They must all be at the electronics stores. This is our third year to do this, I think. The kids are older and they can help pick out presents.

We were going to put up our Christmas tree this weekend. Christmas now seems so close. But we decided not to. Having two big holidays in one weekend was too much…and we also just took down the Halloween decorations.

Here are some pictures: boxes drive thrucats sky1building1



3/3/15 Thanksgiving, peeling potatoes, Halloween decorations…

written 11/28/13 – Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We took the Halloween decorations down yesterday.

We had a good Thanksgiving. Mom came over. We all finished making the meal together. It was fun, all five of us in the kitchen. The kids are old enough that they can make a lot of the meal with out instructions. We wrote what we are thankful for on the cloth before we ate. thankful

One of our traditions is that the night before Thanksgiving the kids and I peel the potatoes. We started doing this when they were really young, they were probably in early grade school. At that time they couldn’t peel a whole potato. The first year was a huge learning experience. They were able to see one piece of the meal and how it was made.  The second year they could peel the potatoes better. It is a time for all of us to sit down together and create memories. The first year we peeled potatoes for a long time. It seemed like forever. The kids kept saying ”this potato peeler doesn’t work” so I would give them a different peeler. They were little, so that one wouldn’t work either. After a while I said that they had helped me a lot and I would finish the job. They were too young to realize that they hadn’t peeled any potatoes. The second year it went better. Some of the kids peeled a potato or two. We spent a lot of time talking about how much they had grown up in the last year.  We didn’t need to switch any peelers that second year. We sat together for a while and peeled and talked. Then I finished the job. By the third year, the kids were pros. We did the whole bag together. It took a while, so we had time to talk about the last year and things happening today. Fast forward to a few years later. One year we set up everything and I went back to the kitchen to get an extra potato peeler. When I came back, the job was done. The kids were ready to clean up. We hadn’t gotten to talk. They didn’t know that part of the purpose was time together. They were ready to put everything away. The next year, I made sure that everything was in the room before we started. This year we completely forgot to peel the potatoes the night before. We should peel a batch of potatoes for Christmas.

Here are some pictures: blurr downtown1



2/24/15 Thanksgiving traditions…

written 11/21/13 – We went to the mall last week. It is not even Thanksgiving and they have Christmas music playing. I love Thanksgiving and don’t like to see it skipped. It is my favorite non-religious holiday. We all get together and cook part of the meal together. There is something about having the whole family in the kitchen at the same time trying to cook. Everyone likes to take a turn mashing the potatoes. We also have some material that we lay out each year. We take a Sharpie marker and everyone writes on it what they are thankful for. At first it was easy. Most of us wrote things like we are thankful for our families. Some of us write more creative things like they are thankful for Google Chrome , weekends and the cat. It is difficult to think of new things each year. We starting thinking farther ahead each year to have something to write. We also put our name and the date by what we wrote. I am not sure if the kids write what the cats are thankful for. I will need to look. If you do this, put some newspaper under the material. The Sharpie marker does bleed through the material and onto the table.

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Here are some pictures:book drop painted wall



11/13/14 Happy Thanksgiving…

written 11/22/12 – Happy Thanksgiving!!!
We will be having Thanksgiving soon. Before we eat, we have a newer tradition of writing what we are thankful for on a piece of fabric. It is musslin. I don’t think that the type of fabric matters, but ours is musslin. The material is about three yards long, so that we can use it for a long time. We put newspsper under it so that the permanent marker that we write with won’t bleed through to the table under the material. Each person writes what they are thankful for this year and puts their name and the date. This last year my brother passed away. We have his thankfullness from previous years…The table will seem emptier this year.
We do have so many things that we are thankful for. We have settled into a new church, my youngest child has turned sixteen years old, we have a new cat that has really taken her place in the family, everyone is healthy…the list could go on and on. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Gobble…Gobble…


4/11/14 moving boxes, sprouting centerpieces and puzzles…

written 1/8/12 – My goal…again…this next week is to move the boxes in the basement from in front of the shoe shelf. Maybe the boxes will get moved, or maybe I will just write about this every week.

At Thanksgiving we had a cutting from the blackberry bush and another bush as our centerpiece. We also had a glass container of pine cones. The blackberry bush cutting has sprouted a root!

Maggie has one of her puzzles partway together. It is a cartoon of a lot of office people in their cubicles.

I think that it is only about four more months until spring.

I didn’t do any of my weekend jobs this weekend. Tonight I need to match my clothes.

Do you ever have weekends where you don’t get anything done?


2014 April’s Bible verse: “These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all of these things I hate, says the Lord.” Zechariah 8:16,17




3/15/14 Beth’s birthday, Thanksgiving…

written 11/20/11 – We had Beth’s birthday after her birthday date. She couldn’t decide what she wanted for a present or even what store to look in. We tried to wait for her to decide, but we couldn’t wait too long because we wanted to have her birthday before Thanksgiving. Beth likes cake and ice cream. We didn’t measure the cat again.

Thanksgiving was fun. The day before we cleaned the house. One person vacuumed, one cleaned the bathrooms, one swept and mopped the floors and one did clean-up of all of the little things that needed to be put away. Two years ago on Thanksgiving, when grandma and my brother came over,the whole meal was done and on the table. We all sat down and ate. It seemed wrong not to have any time together getting the meal to the table. Last year we didn’t have anything done. The night before Thanksgiving we were still setting up the new chicken coop. When they arrived we had to finish up everything. Not good either. This year was better. I planned for the mashed potatoes and the deviled eggs to still need to be done after they arrived. We also had to put all of the other dishes onto serving plates and bake the biscuits. There was a lot for us to do, but it was fun. The kids took turns using the blender on the mashed potatoes, and we spent a lot of time saying to people “did you put a dish-up spoon in that?”

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March’s Bible verse: “Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.” Isaiah 60: 20


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