Michele On November - 19 - 2012

Well it’s the Monday before Thanksgiving. For most people that means the next three days will be crazy busy.

If you’re not traveling then you have a ton to do:

First there’s always the cleaning of the house.

Of course in our case that begins by having to gather up all the dog fur that seems to cling tenaciously to everything but the dogs. Why they don’t all look like Mexican Hairlesses I have absolutely no idea.

Here’s a photo of me sporting one of the giant tumbleweeds of fur I’d swept up after my last house cleaning.

What can I say? I drink when I clean.

I’m happy to report that none of my relatives will be coming here for TG, so I’m spared the frenetic cleaning spree this year.

Of course after all the cleaning comes the preparation of mass quantities of food.

When I was growing up I was always in charge of making the cranberry salad. It had copious amounts of celery, grapes and pecans; and of course being late November there wasn’t a seedless grape to be found anywhere- at least back then. So I had to halve then pit grapes til I had a pile so high I couldn’t see over it. Then I had to chop celery til the Rapture; at least it felt that way. Never was a fan of raw celery; and I’m not now either.

Every year I lobbied my dad to let me make a celery-free cranberry salad.

Every year he said no.

After the preparation of all the goodies always comes the girding of loins in preparation for the inevitable onslaught of relatives.

Of course that wasn’t actually the case in our house. In my case it was girding our loins in preparation to deal with my mom, who had a long standing affair with Mr. Jim Beam.

When Mr. Beam was around, my mom, a normally sweet, funny woman and fantastic grandmother turned into this:

Sadly, this is not much of an exaggeration, as anyone who knew my mom well would gladly attest. (Until they were into double digits our kids grew up thinking all GMA’s smelled like bourbon.)

As the kids got older her drinking started earlier each day. The only way for me to escape her wrath was for us to keep moving Thanksgiving dinner earlier and earlier, so we might perhaps be able to eat and leave before the day devolved into a Lord of the Fliesesque scene.

When I was little we had TG dinner about 6pm. Over the years it got earlier and earlier. Eventually I was voting for turkey and gravy for breakfast on TG day.

Somehow that never caught on though.

Anyway, enough of my pre-turkey day hi-jinks.

Here’s what you came to see. Enjoy.

I had no idea a cat would do such a thing-

Cat people- is this normal behavior?

I think this next clip is really sweet, even if the goose is really confused about not only his gender but his species too:

And when you just can’t take any more, just lay down for a bit and snuggle with someone you love. This day too will pass.

That’s it for now kiddos. I must go paint and paint and paint.

Due to healthy sales our garden is quite depleted and I must do something about it.

See you on TG.


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24 Responses so far.

  1. Jenn says:

    We go to the In-Laws for TG so not stressing on my end. Last year my MIL looked at me and asked me if I lost weight. Nope I responded…I’m wearing my eatin’ pants. I will be wearing them again this year!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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  2. Loved this post! My husband and I have a TG tradition… Lock the doors, turn off the phone, hop on the couch in our fleece sweats, with Marie Callendar’s Turkey Pot Pie, and watch an entire season of something we’re into (This year, “Sons of Anarchy.”) It’s our last quiet, just-the-two-of-us day until after New Year’s. Then uncork the crazy! :)
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  3. Michele says:

    Your day has a certain allure to me young one. Thanks for popping by.

  4. fishducky says:

    If that’s your mom, I hope you take after your dad! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

  5. I’m only having one child this year. But it’s the child with the new baby so that’s ok by me. :)
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  6. Liz C. says:

    The videos were a hoot! My mother didn’t drink, she was just crazier than a loon. Still is, from what I hear…

    I always try to have some semblance of normalcy during the holidays but it never seems to work. I mean, this year Mr. Snoots bought “the pooter” to entertain the kids at TG. It’s inappropriate entertainment, at best…

    Here’s to oddly normal dysfunctional families!

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  7. Michele says:

    Cheers to you to Ms. Snoots! But I must know- What’s a pooter? Or are you feeding some poor unfortunate an inordinate amount of legumes and just waiting for the inevitable?

  8. Pearl says:


    Yes. That is normal kitty behavior in that it is oddly adorable.

    Happy Thanksgiving…

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  9. Michele says:

    Thanks for the insight Miss Pearl. I was hoping someone could explain it. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Stay bundled up!

  10. Humph, we don’t have thanksgiving here in the UK. I feel like I am missing out on stuff. What is thanksgiving about then? (If I understand where it comes from, I might be able to drum up support here!).

    It’s such a shame about your Mom, it causes such problems in families. Great vids by the way chick ;-)
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  11. Michele says:

    Basically Thanksgiving was started by the Pilgrims who were thrilled they’d made it thru another winter w/o freezing their ta-tas off. Everyone came together in great celebration for a dinner where everyone said what they’re grateful for.

    These days in the US, there’s a huge parade on TV in the am, followed by football games (too many to count). At some point during the day a huge meal is served, where most people overeat, followed by coma-like naps from said over-indulgence.

    At some point there is usually much visiting with relatives, some of which you like, some not so much.

    Sound like fun?

  12. I’m sorry your mom was so fond of Mr. Beam. My mom didn’t need a lover to help her make everyone miserable on holidays. She was pissed off because there was so much to do and extra people were in the house. I never understood why my dad didn’t throw a few steaks on the grill to be eaten with salad, but I think some people just plain enjoy being miserable and sharing it with everyone around them. That said, now let’s enjoy our motherfuckerless Thanksgiving.


    P.S. I would say “pardon my French,” but I don’t parlez vous.
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  13. Cheryl P. says:

    Normally, I host TG dinner but this year we are going to my daughter’s in-laws. No cooking or cleaning for me!

    I like the idea of Thanksgiving breakfast. The work would be over early and then we could lay around and graze the rest of the day. I am surprised this hasn’t caught on.

    We don’t have any long standing Thanksgiving traditions. We change the menus, the times, the participants and everything else on a regular basis. No one drinks much in our family but usually one of our siblings is on the outs with one another. As long as my kids are around I am ok with our brothers and sister-in-laws being cranky.
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    • Michele says:

      Congrats on not having to cook or clean. That is a day to be grateful for. come to think of it, I do really like the idea of TG breakfast. Then all the pressure would be off early in the day.

      The sports crazed could watch football, the nappers could nap and everyone could just do their thing.

  14. Janet NZ says:

    We don’t have Thanks Giving here – I have always been jealous because it sounds like a wonderful idea…
    Also, there is no such thing as ‘normal’ cat behavior. They are all a bit bonkers… which is why they fit right in. :-)
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    • Michele says:

      Hiya Janet. Perhaps you could start a movement to celebrate TG in NZ. Of course there it’d be spring instead of fall; but if you’re starting something new then you might as well change the season as well.:)

  15. I’m not a big fan of turkey, or cranberry, or pumpkin pie, or stuffing, or pretty much anything that is considered TG food. I’m going to some friends’ house and all we have to bring is the sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes…makes things easy! When I have to do it myself, we will probably have a nice beef or smoked ham :) Happy Thanksgiving!
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    • Michele says:

      Roast beef does sound nice. What I find amazing is that people wait a year to roast a turkey. Don’t people know they’re available year-round?

      Happy TG to you and Branden Princess!

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