I survived the Week, give me a Cookie

Thank you for all the well wishes this week. I know I didn’t respond to comments, but they were much appreciated. I’m mostly well, I have a lingering earache. That may be my TMJ and not from a cold. Hard to tell. The kids are out for the week, Thanksgiving break, and I am looking forward to my first day after Thanksgiving shopping in four years. I always had to work. My girls think they want to go aw well. The oldest would enjoy it, the youngest doesn’t do well waiting in line.

Most people hate shopping after Thanksgiving, but I have fond memories of it. I would go shopping with my mother to Dillard’s and McRae’s. Shopping was different then, I must be getting old. The stores would set up tables filled with doughnuts and juice to encourage you to shop longer. The sugar rush also made you feel better. Dillard’s had a small cafe called, The Copper Kettle. We would usually stop and have lunch there. They had a counter and it was a treat for me to sit there. I thought I was an adult because I could eat next to a total stranger! It was the only restaurant I had been to that had a counter. Those stores no longer exist, but I’m sure I can cultivate new memories for my girls.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but Thanksgiving has my favorite food. This year I’m in charge of the turkey. Yikes! I’m not a turkey person, I view it more as a receptacle for gravy and cranberry sauce. My mother loves turkey and only gets it at Thanksgiving, so I’m making turkey. Every family has traditions for holiday’s they vary from family to family. The food also varies. But those traditions are firm. Heaven help the person who tries to change them.

We spend Thanksgiving with my parents, Christmas day with the in-laws. Everyone helps by bringing a dish. The meal is traditional- turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, etc…We eat a late lunch, we call it dinner, and spent the rest of the day helping my parents get ready for Christmas. My hubby thought we should change the menu. My mom’s oven isn’t working right and she can’t make the turkey. He suggested Gumbo. Gumbo! I love Gumbo, but that is not Thanksgiving. Needless to say his suggestion went down in flames.

So if I don’t hear from you before Thanksgiving, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

What traditions do you have?



1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve completed one read through. It needs lots of work. Goal is to revise/edit the first 100 pages- I think it’s safe to say this ain’t happening until later….
3. Plan one new short story- It’s a novel, still counts.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  Done.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words-  37,529 I’m a little behind on my word count, I took a day off but made up for it on other days. I’m good with the progress. My novel has taken a turn I didn’t expect. I don’t know if it will work or if I’ll have to change it during revisions. I didn’t exactly write myself into a corner, but it’s pretty darn close! I plan on writing today thru Tuesday. I’m taking Thursday and Friday off. Wednesday i have to cook a turkey, so I don’t know what will happen with that.

7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.    Done! I finished book 8 Wednesday and started two more, neither of which are on my TBR.
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Barely. NaNo comes before socializing.
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night group– Yeah, I’m think this may not happen
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroom The ceiling fan has been moved to the “new” center of the room so now we can actually put the paneling up.  A little electrical wrok still remains. The room had ugly white paneling up, so we have to put the same up on the new wall. Either that or strip it off all of the walls. NOPE! Eventually all of the paneling will be painted a pretty seafoam green.

How are your goals going this week?


7 thoughts on “I survived the Week, give me a Cookie

  1. About eight years ago, hubby and I took on Thanksgiving for the family. As a child, the whole family wouldn’t fit in one room, so the kids were relegated to the sewing room to eat at the card table. My dream was always to have family dinners in one room around one table. My dining room isn’t big enough, but my living room is. So we rearrange all the furniture and put two tables together down the middle of the living room and have seating for up to twenty. I think that 18 is the most I’ve had though. Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving.


    • Thanksgiving at my grandparents house had us spread out all over the house. Most of the adults were in the dining room and the kids were in the kitchen. As the grandkids grew and married we spread into the living room as well. Now, we celebrate at my mom’s house. She had a huge table. That with a card table usually has enough seating for all of us. Even though I have to make the turkey, I’m taking it to her house!


  2. My tradition is that, instead of shopping on Black Friday, I decorate the tree. It keeps me away from the crowds and means that my home is ready for the holidays before December rolls around, leaving me time to bake cookies and wrap presents, mail them, etc. It works for me.

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy your turkey followed by a day of shopping!


    • As a kid we would decorate some Thanksgiving day and then finish after shopping or on the weekend. Now I put the tree up as soon as Halloween in over! I was a bit slow this year. We just put it up last week. My girls are already begging to make cookies. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


  3. Hey C.K.- I like #9, about “being a good Baptist and…” Looks like your getting lots done in other areas (way to go!). Now, it IS time to make space for much needed fellowship, also. We need the Body. Go for it!


  4. Looks like you’ve crossed a good bit off your list. Great job!

    For Thanksgiving, we usually go to my mom’s or husband’s stepmom’s. And we may stop at his aunt’s on our way back home if it’s not too late. This yeast, his stepmom is going to his brother’s in Ohio, so we’re going to my mom’s.


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