Turkey Day

Thanksgiving turned out to be very nice. Despite the cat crying at the door at 3 a.m. (we think she's getting so old she's getting cat dementia – she wants in, then she wants back out again, so we're trying to keep her out.) I usually try and put her in the office at night now so she doesn't do this, because, trust me, it is like clockwork. What is it about animals and their internal time? 

Then, just as I'm going back to sleep, Hub's phone goes off with a text message. His brother is in the field ripping ground and a shank broke. 3:45 a.m. Now I'm awake answering him and telling him I'll pass on the message. Of course, Hubs never hears the phone.

5:30. The puppies are awake now and wanting to go outside. In the cold.

Now, I'm up for good. A last bit of cleaning to do, shower, put on my face, and ready myself for the anticipated family crush. They are supposed to dribble in at 9 a.m. on… when I've been told the parade starts. Okay, the parade ends up starting at 10 a.m. – the "pre"parade starts at 9.

Coffee cake (mine) and mimosas (daughter provides). Nice.

I'm cooking and talking to family and listening to the parade.

Before dinner is ready and when I am at a stopping point, eldest son tells us he has something to show us downstairs on the big-screen TV. We all trapse down and settle and here comes a video he has made of the family from photos he's taken from my stash as well as other family members'. It was soooo neat!! What a nice job he did. He put so much thought into it, from the photos, the music… it was quite touching. He went clear back and put up baby and childhood pics of Hubs and I, all the kids, it was really special. Now he has orders to make copies for everyone.

Dinner went off without a hitch. Sleepy people draped the sofas, and everyone cleared out before it got too late. (Youngest son even had to go to another thanksgiving dinner!) All in all, a very nice day with the family. Mother-in-law and brother -in-law even came and weren't overly annoying!

Hope you and yours had a great day and not too many of you had to brave the crowds yesterday… or, like myself, work.

Now I'm going to try and get the Christmas decorations up this weekend and switch gears to get ready for all the birthdays coming and Christmas which isn't too far away… hardly seems possible. Guess it is just like they say, the older you get the faster time flies! 

Thankful

Hi to all five of you who are still coming around…  

I just wanted to mention a thing or two then you can get on to what you were doing.

Another friend has died. He was 54 years old and had been battling a cancerous tumor for awhile. I guess they thought he was doing better when he got up the other morning, coughed a couple of times and evidently ruptured the tumor or some part of it that was on an artery, causing him to bleed to death.

Then, i was home today making coffee cake, pies, and the turkey for tomorrow and as ususal had the holiday music going. Dan Fogelburg's "Auld Lang Syne" (sp?) came on. I realized once more that he was no longer with us either. He was taken by pancreatic cancer way too young. Such a talent, snuffed out early.

I didn't blog today to bum you out, I'm sorry if I have. I just want you all to remember how short life really can be and to take a few minutes on this Thanksgiving day to truly give thanks for what you have in your life. Not the 'stuff', but the people… the relationships all around you, be it a mere acquaintance or your children or your life partner. It can all be gone in a flash.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone… ! 

Boooorrriiinngg

Yes, my posting as of late has been terribly boring. Ho-hum. This post isn't gonna be much better.

  • Dad. No news yet. He's still depressed as well and he and mom refuse to come for thanksgiving, even if my son brings them. Now I hear they don't even want me to send food down for them. Argh.
  • Me. Shoulders. Doc was entirely too impressed with my progress. Tells me no more physical therapy, just continue exercises at home. For the rest of my life. Yup. I'm not kidding. That's exactly what he said. I've got three strikes against me – I'm female, I'm diabetic, and I've had back surgery. That, in his words, is the trifecta of reasons why I will have to continue to fight this forever. Yay me. Supposedly the pain will go away. Some day. I'm not holding my breath.
  • Work. Well, because of all the rain we got I actually managed a weekend off. I barely knew how to contain myself. I did do a few things I should do… and I did do a few things I shouldn't. A nice balance.
  • Harvest. Is getting there. Should get done with all our grain today, then have some harvesting left to do for landlords. Hopefully will finish before Thanksgiving. Probably won't finish field work by then, but one thing at a time.
  • Turkeys. It's turkey time at work. Time to deliver to the customers who've spent the most money. It is a customer appreciation thing, but it is a pain to have to do this time of year. Oh, well…at least *I* don't have all that many to take.
  • Internet. My youngest son found out we could use wireless broadband service. Anywhere. Even at our house in the country. This has turned out to be miraculous. We have broadband speed and it is HALF the price! I'm so tickled pink I can barely stand it. I can finally play WoW without lag! Whoo hoo! I mean… I can get my work done in half the time…. um…. yeah….   The neat thing is, hubs can use it at the shop or on the road (he got a laptop finally) where he only used to have dial up! He's almost as excited as I am! Kudos to the son!
  • FNG. The new guy at work has about 27 strikes against him so far. There is an office pool going as to how long he's here. More on that later.
  • It's cold. My car said it was 17 degrees today on the way to work. Seventeen. Brrr. Thank goodness for heated seats!

Have a good week!

Monday? Really?

The days are blurring together and another week has passed. Hard to believe I've not posted. Wait. This is me. This is fall. Nope. Not hard to believe at all. Sorry. Thought about making it an official "hiatus", but just can't bring myself to do that either. I never know when the need will arise to vent or whine or snivel, so guess I'll just stagger along posting sporadically.

I've been working 10-12 hour days, 7 days a week and they're running together in a big ball of goo. Progress? Um… doesn't seem like it.

Yesterday I took some time off in the afternoon to spend with the family. Another daughter-in-law is having a birthday next weekend but had previous plans, so we decided to celebrate this weekend. Hubs and youngest son are still harvesting, so they had to come to dinner late but it worked out okay. The eldest daughter and her husband made yummy chicken wild rice soup and rolls and I baked a cake before I went to work in the morning. Youngest daughter has been my right arm lately, being "suzy homemaker" for me and keeping the house from falling in a heap of dirt. She came early and spruced up and frosted the cake for me. All I had to do was show up. This is getting to be a bad habit. Wonder if I could get away with that for Thanksgiving dinner? ….   Probably not.

We've had some pretty weird weather lately. Record highs, then record lows, then rain and a bit of snow. Tonight they're talking ice storms coming then possible heavy rain. Not good. Harvest is still not done and there is a lot of crop work to be done as well. It really needs to hold off a bit longer, but Ma Nature doesn't always do things the way we want her to, so we just brace for the worst and hope for the best.

Physical Therapy is about to end. Tomorrow, as a matter of fact. My therapist and his wife are moving away. That's not why it is ending, but it sure doesn't make me happy. Next week I get to go back to the orthopedic doc and see what phase 2 is, if I continue PT with another person or we go for the big move. I'm not even going to try and guess what he's going to say.

Last, my father is going in for an MRI tomorrow to see if they can tell if he's got Parkinsons'. It would explain a lot. Guess we'll have to wait and see what they find. I'll let you know.

All for now. I'll try and get back before next Monday, but no promises!

Campaign Promises

Did your candidate win? Congratulations. Now comes the "fresh start"… the "new administration"… the "change". Or does it?

I don't care who you voted for or how good a campaign they put on I will guarentee you one thing. Promises will be broken. I don't think candidates do it on purpose. I think they really mean *most* of what they say. I think they each and every one thinks they have an answer. They think they have a plan for how this is all going to work.

Personally? I don't think they have a clue.

I think there are so many secrets kept in Washington that even the highest members of congress, of legistlature… none of them have privy to. I think the day the new president takes office and the passing of the baton from one administration to another begins, then and only then will they truly see the monumental task they've taken on. When the top-secret advisors to the president start laying it out on the line what things are going on in the "background"… or, if you will, so deeply "underground"… that only the primary leader of our land can know it all.

Then they will understand, perhaps, what the hell they have just gotten themselves into.

Did your candidate win? It doesn't matter now. Good luck, Barack. Here's hoping you can keep at least some of your promises…

4:40 a.m.

My body doesn't know the clocks changed. My puppies don't know the clocks changed. The sun, obviously doesn't know the clocks changed.

Why can't they leave the fucking clocks alone.

yeah. thanks.