Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wednesday Medley for Thanksgiving

Barn near Colfax, WI

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Thank you, Terri, for the questions for Wednesday Medley!

 I was sure that I had a photo of a Thanksgiving turkey in my archives, but the only one I could find was this dead turkey I found along the road one fall. Look how beautiful that bird is. Look at the color!

A Thanksgiving (our Early Thanksgiving) past, October 2016.
Grandkids trying to coax the stray cat out from under the bench.
Unbeknownst to us at the time, that stray cat had already given birth to kittens, two of whom are
Tommy & Smokey
That amazing cat story can be found HERE

1.    What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Without hesitation, the answer to that would be 'stuffing.' But it needs to be stuffing that's been roasted inside the turkey, so that it's got that delicious turkey flavor mixed in. Perfect! 

 Barn near Bloomer
August, not November

2.   What’s the happiest Thanksgiving memory of your childhood?

I'm sure we celebrated Thanksgiving when I was a kid, but I honestly don't have any Thanksgiving memories that stand out. But it's possible that my happiest Thanksgiving would have been the one just after my dad got Shammar for me. Shammar was an Arabian/Welsh horse/pony colt (little and fuzzy with his thick winter coat) and I remember going to his stall in the calf barn and feeding him apples and carrots whenever there was a celebration in the house. Maybe that was only a couple times, but it is a childhood memory and can be adjusted as necessary. LOL

 August - not November
3.   Who is the most consistently grateful person you know? 

That would be my dad. He just had an attitude of joy and gratitude. And I'm really grateful that he was in my life. I thank God for him and the tremendous influence he had on my life.

 My favorite photo of my mom and dad.

4.   If you could thank one person today—near or far, living or dead—for their influence on your life, who would that person be?

I can't limit this to one person, so it would be my dad (stated above), N.T. Wright, G.K. Chesterton, and Bishop Robert Barron.  If you want more gratitude in your life, read these three authors/theologians.

 “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”  - G.K. Chesterton.  (Who cannot love this man!)

5.   Who’s one person you’ve never thanked for their contribution to your life, but would like to?

That would most likely be my mom, for I was always closer to my dad and probably never made a special effort to make her aware of how important she was/is to me. But my mom not only gave birth to me after driving herself to the hospital because the men were busy in the fields, but she went on to be the world's greatest grandma ever. I definitely didn't inherit the wonderful grandma gene, but more the reader of theology gene from my dad. I miss my mom and so often wish that she and my dad could stop in or come over for dinner.

Why I love August.

6.   Tell us something random about your Thanksgiving week.

To start with, this Thanksgiving week is COLD. We were at minus 5 degrees F. yesterday morning and are looking forward (according to the weather forecasters) to a mini Ice Age. For someone who is already missing my walk along Fifth Avenue because of ice and snow (already!) on the roads, I'm hoping they're wrong.

We'll be at our daughter's on Thanksgiving Day and after the weekend will be quickly packing our carry-ons (I know, it's become a pride issue - but it's not exactly about pride, it's about not being able to tolerate standing in long lines waiting for luggage) for 18 days in England. It will be cold there this time of year too, but dealing with 30s and 40s, rather than temps below zero will be like a heat wave to us. Also, England will be decorated for Christmas, and we've a number of cathedral visits, morning and evensong services on our itinerary, so I can't wait. And of course, tons of little quaint villages. There will be a lot of England photos coming to my blog ere long, so be forewarned. Also, I will most likely be posting photos on Instagram (@cranberrymorning) while we're on vacation.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone, and I'll see you back here, Lord willing, on December 19.

 Tommy & Smokey

Don't worry about Tommy & Smokey. Wonderful friends are going to living in our house and taking care of the birds, cats, and plants while we're away. And our son will be plowing the driveway whenever there's a plow-worthy snowfall.

 Tommy, napping beside the fire



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Lynne said...

Your thoughts about your dad . . .
and your mom . . .
I could have written.
I would love, love, love to be with them . . .
I am blessed they were my parents.
And the Chesterton comment on Grace . . .YES!
Enjoy a glorious time in England . . .
I will miss you, Tommy and Smokey too!
I am thankful for you . . .

“You say grace before meals. All right.
But I say grace before the concert and the opera,
and grace before the play and pantomime,
and grace before I open a book,
and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing,
walking, playing, dancing
and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”
- G.K. Chesterton.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Thank you for the Chesterton quote. Oh to live like that must be my goal. And thank you for sharing the background story on my favorite kitties. They are truly your little miracle babies. Our dads must have had so much in common. I still miss his company and his wisdom so much. I am so excited for you about your upcoming trip. My granddaughter will be flying into London tomorrow for a few days, then to Prague for the Winter Festival before going to Barcelona for a couple days. Oh the wonderlust of this generation. You will be missed but I look forward to following your trip on Instagram. Happy Thanksgiving!

eileeninmd said...


Love the photos, cute shot of the kiddies and your cats. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. The Grace quote is lovely, they are words to live by. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Enjoy your trip to England, sounds awesome!

Jean | said...

Aaw, #5. I often wish I could have my parents over for dinner. Our nephew is in London right now. Have a wonnnnderful trip!

ellen b. said...

Love that quote by Chesterton. Thanks for sharing it. Oh joy, can you pack me in your carry-on and take me along to the cathedrals and villages? I look forward to your photos here and on Instagram. I'm thinking I'd love to see England in all it's Christmas splendor before I die. Your dad's whole face radiates joy! I enjoyed reading your Medley of memories. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Nonnie said...

Well, gee whiz! You just packed a whole lot of stuff into this Wednesday Medley. I love all your memories, especially about your parents and the memory of your horse. Horses and I never quite connected, but I had two friends who loved horses and read all the books and drew pictures of horses always. I envy your trip to England. We went at the end of May one year and it was very chilly, brrrrr, then. A friend of mine is leaving for England at the end of the month. Have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful trip. Loved your quotes, too and G. K. Chesterton!

MadSnapper said...

all the way through your comments about your trip to England I was screaming in my head, what about Tommy and Smokey, so thank you for letting us know. England at Chrismtas will be so beautiful and a warmer climate for you... have fun.. love the kids looking for the cat and that barn is sooooooo beautiful....

MadSnapper said...

I have no memories of TG except we always had turkey, Christmas and TG were the only times we ever had turkey... that and the men watchibng infernal football on TV sticks out in my mind

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Terri D said...

Thank you for joining in today!! I loved your answers and the photos you always choose to illustrate with! I know you will have a wonderful time in England and wish you good health and safe travels!! I will try to remember to check in on Instagram. I rarely go there.

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” - G.K. Chesterton

Wow to that quote. Amen!!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful (2nd) Thanksgiving celebration!! Love & hugs!

Marcia said...

Safe travels. Sounds like a wonderful trip.

Lori said...

What a beautiful picture of your mom and dad! I love it. I was also closer to my dad and my mom was also my answer for me not letting her know what an influence she was for me. I enjoyed your answers! Happy Thanksgiving

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I wish I could have my parents stop by is my sentiment exactly! What a sweet photo of your parents, Judy. Have a wonderful trip to England! I know you will have a grand time and feel free to post all you want about it! I still have a couple weeks of our visit last year to post--Happy Thanksgiving! ♥

Elizabethd said...

I'm interested that you are coming to England, and hope you won't hit the very cold weather that is forecast. I hope you have a really enjoyable Christmas here and see plenty of lovely places.

krishna said...

The picture of your grandkids is very lovely.

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Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

TThank you for sharing your anwers with us.Love your kitties. i hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving with family and friends.

Vee said...

(While I have soap on my mind, I’d just like to say how much I am enjoying my something, I have washed my hands so much in the past two days and my hands don’t feel rough and tired. Whatever you put in there is soothing.)

Your parents both look like salt of the earth folks. I was far more my mother’s girl and so sometimes feel a pang that my dad and I just didn’t always communicate. Heaven will fix that. My grandsons vastly preferred John to me. Sometimes, I’d feel a pang, but mostly I’d think that God had chosen well. Now my sister is experiencing the same thing with her little grandson...he far prefers his step-grandfather.

Have a beautiful Thanksgiving today and a wonderful trip to England. I am glad that you are tucking us all in your pocket. That will be great fun!

Chatty Crone said...

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” - G.K. Chesterton.

I LOVE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And it goes 'wit' saying I still love all your photos.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I love stuffing too. I could tell in your answer you were more of a daddy's girl - but I still bet you did your best with your mom and you are a great grandma.

Have fun with the kids.

Love, sandie
PS It is too cold there.

This N That said...

I found this in my spam folder. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and fun with your family.

Lady Fi said...

That first shot of the barn is amazing!

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