Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Five

I trust that all of you had a wonderful, fun-filled holiday yesterday. Many of us got to spend it with some family, many may have been alone. But, however you spent Thanksgiving I hope you had a good meal, some reflection on what's important in life and just how blessed we truly are. 

Now, with that said, I will proceed with my Willy Nilly Friday and Five on Friday.

1. I was going to do a meme My Town Shoot Out today but with all the preparation for Thanksgiving going on, I never got a chance to drive downtown to get a picture of the 'tallest building'. I need to stay ahead of the game if I am going to play!! I did find out that the tallest building here is 8 stories high. We are so big-time!!

2. Yesterday was my third Thanksgiving meal!! I was about turkeyed out and didn't even eat any turkey but I really enjoyed the sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, mac and cheese etc, etc. 
Gee, that's a lot of carbs. 

3. What fun it was to watch the younger set playing in the yard yesterday. 

The temp was nearly 70, sunny, perfect for all sorts of games. The great-grands that I spent Thanksgiving with are from the age of 2  to 5. My oldest great-grandson is in Arizona. He's 14.

                                             Even the grown grandchildren were 

                                                                     climbing trees,


I sat in the safety of my lawn chair and watched. But, even then, I got hit in the head with a football... a Nerf football. But, it hurt just the same. I'm getting to be such a woose. 

4. It's time to take down my Thanksgiving decorations and begin dragging out some Christmas. I'm ready. 

5. I am finally seeing some bird activity on the pond. FINALLY. The geese come and go. The Hooded Merganser ducks are keeping me entertained. They will dive underwater and don't come up, don't come up, don't come up and then suddenly they reappear. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Turkey

Willie grabbed his cap, plopped in onto his head and buttoned his jacket. He picked up his gun and headed out the door. Tomorrow was Thanksgiving and he wanted it to be a special day for his little family. Surely he would find a turkey wandering about in the woods. 

He entered the copse of trees just south of the house and walked easy-footed across the pine laden carpet beneath his feet. He carried his gun under the crook of his arm, ready to fire if he spied his prey. He must have walked a long way into the woods before he heard the familiar gobble-gobble of a turkey on the prowl. 

He tiptoed silently, careful not to make a sound. There it was...the turkey's head peeking just over the little rise in the ground. He stopped. The turkey, sensing danger, halted, craned it's neck and peered across the landscape. Willie already had his gun in place. With one bullet he brought the turkey down. 

As he approached the house, his wife, Dovie, hearing his footsteps, swung open the door. 

"Look what I have for our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow," Willie called out, a big grin on his face. 
"And, that's a fine one, too," she answered. 

Their meal the following day was a grand feast. Family and friends gathered around the kitchen table. Willie bowed his head and thanked the good Lord for all his blessings, his dear wife, his little daughter and especially for this fine turkey that sat in the center of 
their table. 

The picture was taken of my Dad. I am not sure of the year but it was sometime in the late 1920s. He died in 1933, just a short time before I was born. So, this post is to my Dad, whom I never knew but who has influenced my life always.

I am linking to Linda Kay's Wit and Wisdom, a place to share photos and stories that relate to them. Thanks, Linda Kay.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Growing Old Gracefully, in the Wintertime

Thanksgiving is just days away. Then November will be gone and December will come. Christmas will be to think about, plan for. Where did this year go? As we age, time just seems to be moving so fast toward ..... what? Toward what we make of it, that's for sure. And, what we make of it determines our mind-set as we edge closer and closer to the fulfillment of our life's journey. That's a lot to think about.

Winter time is not my best time. I dread the long days, the early nightfall, the hours with nothing to do but watch a little television. Or perhaps I'll read a book while propped up on my pillows in bed. There's no one to talk with, no roaring fire to warm my bones. It's a lonely time when things are so quiet and the activity of the world seems so far away.

How must I prepare for the winter? Maybe I need to make a list of ideas, post it on my bulletin board, go to it often to spur me on and get me through until next Spring.

How do you deal with Winter?
                                       Do you have good ideas to share with me?
                                                                                                  I'd love that.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Comfort Food in My Home Town

It's time to link up with Mersad's My Town Shoot OutTanya's Willy Nilly Friday and Five On Friday
Come along with me and let's have some fun. 

1. My town is Suffolk, Virginia. 

2. My comfort food is found at Panera Bread!! 

3. I love the broccoli cheese soup there!

4. and I love the smell of freshly baked bread, shelf after shelf of all kinds. I love that Panera Bread donates left over bread to local food banks. 

5. The bear claws are 'to die for' but I am a good girl and pass them by.

                                                                        But, wouldn't just one be so yummy?