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Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 2:41 AM


I'm thankful for a full mailbox, and I'm going to try my best to answer them all through the weekend.

I'm thankful that the neighbor's huge oak tree that crushed the back of our garage, the patio roof and furniture and two sides of the fence fortunatelymissed the house, and neither of the dogs has yet bitten any of the contractors and tree people and insurance reps who have been shuffling up and down the driveway for the past few days.

Grateful that when my computer stopped communicating with my monitor (or any other monitor) John went out and rented me a laptop to tide me over until/if the PC can be fixed. I have an attitude of gratitude toward my other-side neighbor who is a computer tech for the police department and has agreed to take a look. Double grateful that just a couple months ago I finally got a backup thingy and all my pictures and trivia files are safe no matter what. If any of you are running now without a backup. do it now, thank me later.

I'm especially appreciative that the fall of the tree and the attendant ruckus relieved us of the dreaded burden of traveling to Lake Wales to the in-laws for an undercooked bland starchy dinner choked down under a steady barrage of bigotry pretending to be conversation. For this I I am truly thankful. John is taking me out to dinner. Love me some John.

I'm positively thrilled that my vision has improved to a tolerable state, I can read again without being distracted to madness by the flotsam, and I'll be able to get new driving glasses soon.

May you all have many things to be grateful for and good people to share them with.

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 9:00 AM

And I am thankful that you won't be inspired to write a WP on Lake Welsh castles.

But seriously, happy Thanksgiving to all! We too will be having a low-key holiday devoid of family tsuris. Bagel breakfast, watch some videos with a friend, and then over to a bar for chili, trivia and maybe some football. Life is good.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 9:09 AM

Happy Thanksgiving back atcha! I'm thankful I had a second box of cornbread that I baked at 11 p.m. last night, when one of my dogs ate batch #2. On a similar note, I also discovered that the motherboard on a laptop has gone belly-up...fortunately, during the warranty period.

Hope by the end of this evening, everyone cay say "This was a good day." You really can't ask for more than that.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 9:18 AM

"This was a good day"-I love that thought, so simple but it hits the nail on the head.

I'm always grateful to have family gathered in one place, anyone else who joins is family for the day. Happy Thanksgiving all!

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 9:31 AM

I am up early (for me!) made my cornbread yesterday. I bought a new turkey roaster cooking for my daughters and families we are very close. Lots of good food, turkey, dressing, mashed taters, broccoli casserole and pies. Hopefully everyone will get the tryptophan buzz later and I am going shopping on black friday. Peace and Love Donna, to you and yours and everyone on sploofus.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 10:03 AM

I am thankful that my pop takes such wonderful care of my mother. I am thankful that I get to spend this day with the whole family, though will be missing my mom and pop. I am thankful that my son is having a good day. I am thankful for all my sploofus pals that send me such nice PM's.

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 10:47 AM

Just a simple wish for all today- HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Lucimoore  (Level: 181.1 - Posts: 1679)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 10:48 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone too! The sun's shining and most everything with the meal is under control so that's a relief. I agree with Ken, Life is Good! So good to see your big old turkey again Donna. Love to John.

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.9 - Posts: 6036)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 12:13 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to you and John, Donna! Hope it's a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends on Sploofus Island!!!


Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 1:23 PM

I hope you all have lots to be thankful for, and that you are. Thankful, that is.

And to quote that great American from Memphis,

"Thank you. Thank you very much."

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 3:33 PM

Although Thanksgiving is not celebrated here in Australia, I remember Thanksgivings celebrated with families in America and Alaska.
I wish all my American family and friends a wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving, you are very special to many that are VERY dear to my heart!

I have a mental Treasure Box that I open in my mind whenever I feel a bit sad, or tired......that box contains all loved ones, and happy memories, and many blessings. When I lift the lid, a glow emits that is warming and dazzling: it dispels all gloom and weariness....I see the treasures that represent all that I truly value.

I am very rich indeed..........thank you, God, for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me!


Ladyvol  (Level: 202.9 - Posts: 5435)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 11:14 PM

I know this is late and I apologize for it...anyway, HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY SECOND FAMILY HERE...
Love ya all,

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 26th Nov '09 11:56 PM

This was a good day.

Headylamar  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 740)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 12:42 AM

It was a good day indeed.. Happy Thanksgiving All!!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 1:13 AM

Hope everyone had a great day...


Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 1:21 AM

I know this is late, but I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm grateful for many things, including all of my great Sploofus pals. Whenever I come here, I learn something.

-- Geri

Headylamar  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 740)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 1:22 AM

Chick - Always a good day when we see a post from you!

Oh, uh, sorry....HRH Chick.

Jeannette  (Level: 109.5 - Posts: 1736)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 1:23 AM

hope all my sploofus friends had a great thanks giving xx

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 27th Nov '09 10:31 AM

We ended up having an even quieter day than expected. The tree guy who insisted he would be here bright and early (thus saving us from the trip downstate) never showed or called. End result - new tree guy coming tomorrow. I fought off my annual Thanksgiving migraine with mixed success most of the day, but didn't feel up to going out after all, so John went to the market and got steaks, potatoes and salad, and we spent the afternoon baking cookies together. Dinner was delicious eaten in front of the TV and followed up with warm oatmeal raisin walnut cookies and fresh cold milk. We even have that Thanksgiving staple - leftovers - enough steak to have fajitas for lunch, and he took a batch of cookies to work to share.

Some things I forgot to mention being thankful for...

John takes the most unbelievable care of me, tries so hard to anticipate and provide my needs with humor, patience, and the steady warmth of his affection. Many, many days he works hard for long hours, and then comes home to help with laundry and cooking, cares for the dogs with love and play and food, gives backrubs and brushes my hair, fetches pills, plumps pillows, and anything else he can think of to be good to me. All I do with laundry is sort it into loads and put it away clean. In between, he humps it to the garage, from washer to dryer, and back in the house, folded. So what if once in a while he bleaches my favorite black t-shirt? Small price. He honestly thinks I'm beautiful - and says so - out loud, pretty often. Whenever I meet someone who got to know him first, they always say they'd looked forward to meeting me because he speaks of me so well. More than one of his women friends have told me how obvious it is that he's crazy about me. That is amazingly wonderful to hear; it was the first time, and even more so after 22 years. I am so thankful for my husband. I cannot even imagine what my life would be without him. I'm going to treat him better.

I'm thankful my kids have jobs and health care, and all of the grandsons are employed. I love that my daughters are my best girlfriends and the boys all think Nana is cool almost all the time.

I'm thankful that both my doggies are thriving, with Angus in great shape for his age, and Buster an unfolding daily joy gleaming with health and positively bouncing with happiness. I am fortunate in my dogs.

Looking forward to a party at the pub tonight, celebrating three very successful years since they opened. I feel a small part of it because trivia night is booming, 11 teams played last week, packed to the walls, biggest night of the week, and I built it out of nothing, brought two players with me from the previous venue, came up with the tournament concept and slowly built a loyal following. I got a $20 raise I didn't even ask for, and the owner is using his connections to try and help me get another gig. I'm making a chili taco casserole, ramen salad and a cherry walnut eggnog bread pudding for the party. There's gonna be a bonfire. Woohoo, life is good.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Sat, 28th Nov '09 11:54 AM

I remember your bread pudding! I want that recipe pleeeeaaasseee.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 28th Nov '09 2:55 PM

I don't actually have a recipe, I just throw what sounds good into the basic bread, eggs, milk and sugar. It's never the same twice, take me awhile to write out instructions, but it's very forgiving and adaptable.

Meawhile try these cookies, they're dead easy and quick and YUMMY! Make sure you have somebody in the house with you when you bake them, I ate half of the first dozen before the second batch got done. Awesome with coffee, tea or eggnog.

Preheat oven to 350. Dump a package of 2-layer spice cake mix in a big bowl and add one egg, half a cup of oil and half a cup of applesauce and whiz it up smooth. Fold in a generous half cup of raisins and half a cup chopped walnuts. Drop globs with a teaspoon on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 12-15 minutes. About 3 dozen.

Rinse the bowl and cookie sheet and bask in the glory.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 28th Nov '09 3:42 PM

I will definitely try that one with my daughters Donna. We bake xmas cookies every year. Hey I wanna come to your pub trivia nite I feel left out

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