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Posted: Friday, December 1, 2017 9:07 am

Turkey time has come and gone and with that, so have the grandchildren.  We were fortunate this year to have all 9 grandchildren and their parents, Mr. Wonderful’ s side of the family and a few friends with us for Thanksgiving.  I think I stopped counting at 32 adults and 9 grands.

   To feed that army, we had three turkeys and a ham with homemade sides of filling (that’s what we call stuffing or dressing in Peeaye), mashed potatoes, buttered carrots, corn on the cob, yellow rice, cranberry salad and regular salad.  Now don’t pity me.  The good thing is, the family pitches in.

   To start with, our daughter-in-law had wonderful appetizers of baked brie with nuts and cranberries as well as another spread on crackers.

   Mr. Wonderful deep fried a turkey which is always very popular both in our home and tailgating for the UM games.  Our son then brined a turkey and cooked it and I warmed up a smoked turkey from my friend’s farm in Peeaye.  I love the smoked turkeys.  One sister-in-law made the rice and another the salad and I made the fresh cranberry salad and carrots.  Our daughter made the filling and corn so all in all, everyone helped.

   After feeding the army, you must supply them with sweets.  I made 13 loaves of pumpkin bread (no box mixes allowed in our home) and a pumpkin gingerbread trifle.  Our youngest daughter made pumpkin pies.

   Yes…all our bellies were full and when the company comes with containers for leftovers, one must be doing something right.

   One of our daughters lives out of the area so her family stayed with us until Sunday.  Did I mention she has 4 of our grands?  Ages 7, 5, 3 and 9 mos.  We had a busy house with swimming, football, golf cart rides, bird feeding and we never knew which grands would be crashing in our room to sleep with us!  I was hoping to feel a little better but the cold still had me down but I made the best of it.  Oh, I did entice the grands with a great scavenger hunt.  Find all the Fall and Thanksgiving decorations in Grammy’s house and bring them to the garage where I safely tucked them away in a bin…tee hee…they thought it was great and I had help undecorating the house!

   Usually I have my son-in-laws and son help retrieve the Christmas bins from the rear garage attic while they are here.  This year I just didn’t have the heart to do it.  Between my mother’s death a few weeks ago and not feeling well, I just didn’t want to do it so we didn’t.  Now I wish I had done it because I am waiting on Mr. Wonderful to get the bins down.

   I was thinking about how I go all out and decorate for just us and my daughter told me I had to make an adult decision.  Each year I put up about 7 trees in different sizes from 12 feet to 3 feet.  My daughter convinced me to make the decision this year to sell the 12-foot tree with all the decoration and downsize.  Well, I did it.  I sold it and purchased a 7.5-foot Balsam Hill tree on the internet.  I decided I’m just too old to put up the huge tree and decorate it and my children have their own things to do.   My heart ached but I’ll be ok with the decision once the new tree is up. 

   So now I sit here knowing that I must get those bins down and decorate the house.  Mr. Wonderful is going to be out of town for a few days so I should get him to retrieve the bins before he goes so I can get started.  I’ve started to drop hints.  Did I tell you that I think there are at least 16 bins full of decorations?  Um…I did downsize last year so don’t judge me!

   This weekend I will hopefully be decorating.  I also made the adult decision that I will not do as much this year and will again downsize by at least two bins (I used to have 23).  You see, decorating is my thing.  Mr. Wonderful is Scrooge when it comes to decorating.  I used to have Elves that helped but they moved away. 

   You know, I was thinking like an adult again.  The grands went home so I can’t do a scavenger hunt but maybe…just maybe…if I offer the neighbors wine…they will come?  Who works for wine?  Let’s act like adults and decorate!

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