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Welcome to Thursday Coffee Hour. This is an open topic thread. Sit a spell and let us know how your Thanksgiving is going. Mine is quiet. My family is up in the mountains with his Mom for a few days. I’m making myself a small ham and sweet potatoes for supper. Mainly I’m working on Christmas gifts.

My calendar kits arrived so I can start getting those made. I’m mainly working on sock monkeys and yarn octopus for the next few days so I can get those wrapped and not have to worry about my kids coming over while I’m working on them.

I’m starting to destress after the last couple of months. I’ve been working on what will be a long term project of scanning photographs into the computer and getting them on discs. I have thousands of photos and slides to go through and want to get them on discs before they deteriorate too much. It is like going back in time. I’m seeing pictures from the late 1800s and early 1900s as I scan from my Dad's and Aunt's scrapbooks. A fascinating project but frustrating because they didn’t always identify the people in the photos or say where they were taken.

I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving.

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  •  Cookies (10+ / 0-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 11:50:02 AM PST

  •  happy thanksgiving. (5+ / 0-)

    one of my Boston cousins taught me how to make yarn
    octapus. :)

    Conservatism is killing this country. Jayden

    by swampyankee on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 12:05:19 PM PST

  •  We're going out this year. (4+ / 0-)

    Neither DH nor I have family in CO--well, I have a second cousin, but we only met a few years ago and don't know each other well at all--so we usually invite all our single and stray friends and their families to our Thanksgiving dinner. We had 19 (planned for 23, but had last-minute cancellations) last year, and 17 the year before. Every third year, we go out. This year, it's to the Palm.

    Laurel is upset--she says it's always so much fun when we have company. It is, but also a huge amount of work. We use our wedding china, crystal, and silver. DH always bitches because he has to wash everything by hand. Last year, we ran out of hot water, and I had to re-wash the dishes, flatware, and glasses in the morning. I didn't mind, because I'm happy we used them. Don't tell DH. Thanksgiving is practically they the ONLY time he does dishes.

    I love the sense of community, though. Everyone is always happy on Thanksgiving! We brine our turkeys in a spiced apple brine, and then smoke them. Oooh, delicious. The one argument we have every year is over the time. I grew up having Thanksgiving dinner at 8 pm. DINNER TIME. DH had it at 1 pm. LUNCH TIME. We tried compromising at 4:30, but that was just dumb. We settled on 6:30. Still early, but a huge leap forward for DH :)

    So, I'm doing laundry. Yes. Laundry, my nemesis. And feeling slightly guilty that some of the people who came to our house the last two years might be at loose ends this year.

  •  Lord of the Rings (4+ / 0-)

    Had the ham and sweet potatoes. The kitties are taking turns being held. I decided since I can't find some important things I need to do the craft work that I'm just going to take it easy and try and get over this flu. I'm re-watching the extended version of the entire Lord of the Rings getting ready for the Hobbit on December 14th. I just need a break and a chance to do something just for me for a couple days. Spending nine plus hours watching Viggo Mortensen sounded like a real good idea. ;-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 02:06:32 PM PST

  •  Just finished cleaning up (3+ / 0-)
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    BlueJessamine, michelewln, DJ Rix

    We kept it simple this year, but it was still a lot of work.

    We used to host huge Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for family and friends and go all out, but I grew tired of it after so many years.
    People loved coming over and drinking our wine and beer and eating our food, but no one ever helped cleanup and we heard very few thank-yous.
    It was a fun thing when we were younger, but it was tiresome.
    And cleaning the house the following day was even worse.

    There have been years that we've gone to my sister-in-law's place, but there are right-wingers involved, heavy drinking, lots of people, and chaos.

    My husband and I prefer to stay home for the holidays because it's easier and more relaxing and more enjoyable.
    I normally use my mother's good china, and serving bowls and platters, and a tablecloth with candles.
    This year, we still used the good china, but skipped all the serving pieces and the tablecloth and candles.
    And you know what?
    The food tasted just as good!

    The in-laws have begun drunken texting and we are laughing at their messages!
    This is the best way to celebrate with the family!


  •  great good fun (2+ / 0-)
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    michelewln, DJ Rix

    and so much work that all we want to do is sleep.

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