Tuesday, December 2, 2008

How many ways can you fix turkey.....

I had to work Wednesday, much to my dismay, but when I got home my daughter and family were here and we soon were well on our way to prepping and baking for the big day. It had been snowing most of the day....a wet, heavy snow...which is just perfect to make a snowman or snowoman. I guess you could call this a picture book Thanksgiving in just about every way, including the weather.

My family did not leave until Sunday and by then I was beginning to get a bit cranky. I'm so used to being alone that a house hopping with noise, laughter, a 6 yr. old running from room to room, games and TV going was a little much for me....not to mention my dog. She hid under the bed frequently but the fragrance of food kept luring her out so she had that "deer caught in the headlights" look on her face a lot. The kids did go outside and make a snowoman, complete with an old hat of my mom's on her head. They gave her blue bottle cap eyes and a red bottle cap smile. A piece of celery made a perfect nose. Its interesting to note that the birds would come down and "steal" the bottle caps, only to be disappointed. I suspect they were hoping for berries. They never touched the celery nose. Note the svelte figure of our snowoman....she apparently stayed away from the Thanksgiving table.

My granddaughter lost her front tooth while here and we had to put it under armed guard to make sure it didn't get lost before she could get home to leave it under HER pillow for the tooth fairy assigned to HER house to come get it and leave her a reward. Do you know that the going rate seems to be $5 a tooth now? She had gotten the official word from the kids at school who had already been through this. Heaven forbid HER fairy leave her something less!! We assured her that her fairy was a union member and up on the latest trends and not to worry. She must have checked on that tooth, securely wrapped in a plastic sandwich bag, 200 times while she was here.

By today our official snowfall topped off at somewhere between 8 and 9 inches. I don't remember getting so much snow this early in the winter season. It should make the ski resorts happy. Monday morning the roads were nearly impassable. I traded my working days so I wouldn't have to drive in it. I was so grateful to crawl back into bed early Monday morning and snuggle down under the comforter. Monday evening rush hour wasn't much better and I was, again, grateful to be home....warm and comfy with PLENTY of leftovers to eat. I'm just about fed up with turkey for a while at this point. I think I'm growing tail feathers.

I don't know how many of you ventured out for Black Friday to do some shopping. I know of several of my co-workers who look forward to this event every year. I am NOT one of those brave souls. This year I was informed of CYBER MONDAY, which is online shopping with wonderful deals at a lot of stores. I took advantage of that while sipping coffee in my jammies and I can tell you that my Christmas shopping is done except for the secret Santa gift that I will have to buy for work. Everything I bought was at a reduced price with free shipping. Some of the items were more than 50% off. I am, indeed, a happy shopper. We are not buying for the adults, only the kids....so my shopping list is not too long...but its nice to know that its done. I will have to work a lot of days this month so it works out nicely. Well, its getting late and I'm rambling. I simply MUST get around to all of your blogs so I'm leaving now. I hope your evening is wonderful and if you live in snow country....be careful out there!


Bear Naked said...

$5.00 per tooth from the tooth fairy!!
I am astounded.
Talk about inflation.

Bear((( )))

Brad said...

That is one happy looking snow-person. Sounds like you all had a good time and it lasted 'just' long enough. I know I'm no at my best when there are a bunch of nephews and neices tearing around my house. when did I turn into a grouch? - love you!

happyone said...

Wow $5 a tooth! I am from the days when they were worth only 25 cents!

I stayed home on black Friday raking leaves!

No snow here yet for us except for some showers. Some years we hardly get any and other years we get a lot.

The adults in our family have decided this year to just give the kids presents too. Sure makes things a lot easier.

Mary said...

No Black Friday for me. Cyber Monday was my friend, though. I, too, did most of my shopping while sipping my morning coffee.

Our Thanksgiving was full of action. I have to admit that I love it. Nothing here for the kids to destroy and nothing to hurt them. I just sit back and watch the fun happening all around me. Now it's time to pick up the remenants and move on.

Maria said...

My daughter didn't get any money for her teeth because she was freakin' terrified of the mere thought of a tooth fairy. ("What do you MEAN when you say that a little old lady comes into people's homes in the middle of the night and takes children's teeth?")

That is a LOT of snow...

Joy Des Jardins said...

$5.00 a tooth? YIKES, I wonder if word has gotten to New Jersey where my granddaughter Bella is. Does the TOOTH FAIRY know we're in a recession?

You really got walloped with a lot of snow Val. We were supposed to get our fair share too, but it never really happened.....(knock wood). Just had a little so far. Glad you were able to hibernate for a few days and that your Thanksgiving was so yummy. I will say that your snowoman is one of the more classier I've seen....love the hat! And....she has a lovely smile.

Try to stay warm Val....and be careful out there in all that snow. ~Joy

Aunty Belle said...

Them elementary young'uns has a racket goin'! 5 Bucks fer a tooth? Ain't they heered it is a recession year?

I doan go fer gettin' mauled at malls, an I shore wish ya had sent out that cyber monday alert--sigh.

I'se shoppin at art fairs, the moosem and science moosem gift shops--off the beaten tracks--or givin' homemade. Jes' worn too thin wif' all the commercialization, ya know?

Yore happy houseful at Thanksgivin' is what it is all about! Hope you an' your dawg has recovered.

Happy to catch up wif' ya.

mama llama said...

$5 a tooth? The tooth fairy at My house shops at the dollar rack at Target and gives a little gift instead of money. That has made Princesita's tooth fairy the envy of the first grade...

Thanksgiving was lovely, even if I did cook the bird beast in a bag. It was delicious, moist and a great time was had by all.

Stay warm up there, Val! Be well.

Romany Angel said...

I'm glad you had such a lovely Thanksgiving Val. It is nice to have family round but it's also nice when they all go home, especially if you are used to living alone. My dogs hate all the noise and ruckus too and usually hide somewhere until it's safe to come out.

The Real Mother Hen said...

Hey nice snowman picture you have there :)

I was so drawn into your story, as if I was there, watching you got busy in the kitchen, people laughing and food, plenty of food served and eaten. It's lovely.

Btw, your spybotsdestroyer works!!! Thank you so much! :)

Cheryl said...

We got silver dollars for our teeth when I was little. I still have a few. Dollars, that is.

We had about 1/2" of snow today. Very pretty. It must have been beautiful out your way. I'm glad you got to stay in on Monday and have a day of rest.