Di at Pensitivity101 gives us three words. “The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.”
Today’s three words are:
For years and years, when my kids were little ones, I would wake super early on the Friday after Thanksgiving to go shopping. It was an automatic response to the after feast day of cooking and cleaning. Shopping was a wonderful retail therapy. I was so pumped to get a head start on my holiday shopping. There was no such a thing as the internet or shopping online. It was every woman for herself. We were on a very limited budget so any gift found on sale, within reason, was a welcome addition to my stockpile.
I was a pro at finding great deals. I was also gifted at hiding presents so my girls didn’t find things too early. The older they got, the harder it was to surprise them. One year I stored my friends presents at my house and she had mine at hers. The kids were so confused. (Score one for mom.)
Many years later I started hunting for presents even earlier. I was often finished with most of my shopping before school started in September. I only needed to buy a few last minute items in December.
Even more years later came the movement to do no shopping on what is now called Black Friday. I appreciated the idea of focusing on your family and not shopping with crazy people on Friday. Everyone has to do their own thing that is right for them. I am very happy I have purchased nothing today. Even though I am not with family (because of Covid) I still feel the need to avoid shopping. The fact that I have very few ideas for this holiday, means I will probably be frantically shopping soon.
Frank from PC Guy brings us today’s Thanksgiving/holiday themed questions. The goal is to tell big fat juicy fibs to the questions presented.
- Why is it traditional to eat turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? (In the US, at least.) Turkeys were the only birds who couldn’t fly away when the expert archers came hunting.
- What is “Festivus”? The holiday for atheists who like to party without religion being involved.
- Why does Hanukkah (or Chanukah, if you prefer) last for eight days? Hanukkah lasts for eight nights because the Rabbi’s could not reach a consensus on the exact number of days. The wisest Rabbi threw some dice and landed a hard eight. The decision was made.
- Why does Kwanzaa last seven days? There are seven colors in the prism spectrum and in order to include everyone, it just made sense.
- According to the song, there are twelve days of Christmas, so why do most people only observe Christmas for one day? The song was written by the CEO at Toys R Us to make you think you need to buy more, more, more.
- Why does Canada have Thanksgiving in October? Everyone knows the Pilgrims landed in Canada first.
- What is Childermas? This is the secret holiday where kids get together to swap presents when their parents are busy shopping for clearance items.
- In the US, why is the Friday after Thanksgiving known as “Black Friday”? Many men have met their demise when they tried to fry a whole turkey. Their widows spent Friday looking for the perfect black dress.
- What is “Boxing Day”? Boxing day is the day when you re-box the presents you don’t like. You add a post it to identify who gave it to you. Then you put it in the regifting closet and send it off to someone else ASAP.
- What is “Saturnalia”? Saturnalia is the well known holiday when you give a dozen or so rings to your loved one to show how you are willing to revolve your life around them.
Sheryl has given us the word levitate for the word prompt today.
Yesterday, I searched for the blades that are required to use the electric knife. The knife is only used once or twice a year. So where did they disappear to? Did Martians need them and take them while I was not looking? Did a blade elf come in and hide them at the end of turkey leg? It was a mystery.
My spouse opened the kitchen drawer where the blades belong but alas, they were not there. Then he opened the flatware drawer, but still they were nowhere to be found. I offered to have my spouse empty the drawers on the counter to better assess what might be there.
After way too long a period of time, we decided to go old school and just use a knife and fork. I decided to check one more place. I brought in a chair and looked in the cabinet above the fridge. Low and behold there were the blades. We were both confidant that we had not stored the blades in such an unusual place. The only explanation had to be that the blades levitated to the cabinet to avoid being used. What other rational explanation could it be?
This morning, after working on my turkey soup I decided to attack the pile. I cleaned the drawers, recleaned all the items, and made a pile of items to not return to the drawers.
Do I really need six spatulas? Do I need a cork screw when neither of us drink? Do I need four ice cream scoops? The list goes on. I kept adding to this pile until I had a full bag to be exiled to the garage.
Now, if the utensils do not again decide to levitate to the cabinet above the fridge, I will be happy.
Di at Pensitivity101 brings us the three things challenge. Today’s words are:
I have forever felt my most annoying feature is the “extra” baggage I carry around my middle post having children. Exercise and diet make no change whatsoever. So I have decided the best plan of action is to hire a burglar to steal a few pounds while I am sleeping.
Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. It’s late and I am exhausted. Making a simple dinner for 2 is as tiring as making a dinner for 12 or 15.
All day long I kept thinking about the things I am grateful for. The list is long and in many ways privileged. The lyrics, You’ve coma a long way baby,” kept running through my mind today.
I had an epiphany yesterday. When I realized I was spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning EVERYTHING I could see, I knew I was feeling anxiety. Cleaning and eating chocolate have been my go to for anxiety for most of my life. Yesterday, I took an old toothbrush, and spent hours cleaning the grout on the tile on my kitchen backsplash. I then took a can of paint and a brush and went all over the house and painted all the stray marks on the molding in every room. I also took a long knife and cleaned under the refrigerator. Of course I also had to remake the cushion covers on my outdoor swing because they were in bad shape. The list goes on and on for all the things I have been doing this week. All the while, I was telling myself they needed to be done and there was no hidden reason.
Once I realized I was not dealing with my anxiety I sat down to a good release of energy. Then I questioned if there was anything more I could/should do help the situations I was anxious about. My reality is that I can just be there for support. Some very important family and friends are going through difficult physical and emotional issues right now. I am feeling their grief and pain with them. I want to help, but realize my ability to do so is practically nil.
I tried to focus on my gratitude. It is so much easier now for me at this stage of my life. But that does not take away the love and concern I have for those I care so deeply about. I am not quite sure how to walk the line of loving the good in my life and caring about the strife of those I love.
I try hard to sit with my true feelings and acknowledge them. I often have a sense of things that are going to happen in the future. I wonder how others deal with their empathic abilities. I don’t want to ride the rollercoaster. I don’t know if I need a good cry or to punch a pillow.
I am doing my best to not bury my feelings in chocolate. I did not make my traditional dark chocolate brownies. I knew I would eat the entire pan by myself.
Now that the meal has been consumed, the house is all clean, and I am aware of what I am feeling, I need to get back to my normal life. Hanukkah is just a couple of weeks away and I am not finished getting/making things. I don’t want to stress out about the holiday either. I need to accept the fact that nothing is normal and just go with the flow more.
I hope all those who celebrate Thanksgiving had a lovely day today.