I can't believe it but this week's Hodgepodge has a bit of a Thanksgiving theme. Go figure!
1. If you had known what they knew then, would you have boarded the Mayflower?
I doubt it seriously. I don't think I could have survived the boat ride. I am not big on boats and strong storms at sea.
2. How far have you traveled on a boat and how do you feel about boats in general?
I've done most of the Caribbean. I have done Jamaica, Grand Cayman, the Bahamas, Cozumel and Cancun. I was terrified when I went to the Bahamas because of the Bermuda Triangle. I never have liked flying or sailing over the Atlantic waters off of Florida. I've also been on several dinner cruises which usually take a couple of hours. And I've been on the lake in friends' boats. Boats - I can take 'em or leave 'em.
3. What traditions have you kept, acquired thru marriage, and/or tossed? If you're single what are some of your family's favorite Thanksgiving traditions?
Momma always did the cooking...my job was to help clean the beaters. We always had turkey at Thanksgiving and Ham at Easter. My dad hated casseroles so we had green beans instead of green bean casserole, we always had stuffing, the only casserole my dad actually ate was a sweet potato one my mom made with brown sugar and nuts on top. I have pretty much kept those traditions....with the exception of stuffing...I live in the south....they eat dressing here. The Macy's Parade has always been a must...although in the past few years I have not been such a big fan....could it be because I was cooking? We usually have Thanksgiving with Amanda and family and then go to Amy's in Florida for Thursday night dinner...and Amy always has the best food assortment...but this year things are different and I am cooking for my cousin Linda and her family and have been having a ball...and we are having HAM! I have spent the morning in Rock Mills with my daughter Kat and her husband Brian making dressing and a Paula Dean gingerbread/pumpkin trifle. They are never with me on Thanksgiving...that is Brian's parents holiday...and I am ok with that....Brian's grandparents are still around and it is important to spend time with them. Kat just has my mom and she is in the nursing home. So I get a day or so before the holiday...or after....and you know...it is just a day...so when I get to spend time with my kids is fine with me.
4. What time is dinner and how many will be round your table? And what is the one side dish you cannot do without on Thanksgiving day?
Dinner will be between 12:30 - 1:00. Cranberry sauce (with the berries) is the one thing I cannot do without.
5. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Do tell....
No...but Frank is a volunteer fire fighter...so I have connections if I need them.
6. Tell about a situation that caused you dreadful trepidation and feet dragging, only to realize later it was a true blessing.
I have had several moments like that in my life and to draw on one...I can't. I have found though...that usually whatever I dread the most...blesses me the most.
7. Baked, sweet, mashed, hash browned or french fried...which one's your favorite? Yes to all but sweet. I loath them....but now a white potato....I will eat anyway.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Griefus....75 degrees on Thanksgiving Day....to 50 on Friday. What a difference. Happy Thanksgiving to all....be thankful you have family to share the day with...and love them deeply!
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.