My family could not be with me today, and I dreaded getting out of bed. There was no church service of any kind near me, but the sun was gorgeous and my wonderful neighbor was out clearing my yard of leaves. I settled myself down with morning coffee and opened DavesGarden. I had written the Thanksgiving story some time ago, and decided to read it again.
And then I came to this thread. There are not many in my own family, most of them long gone, but I realized when I started reading your comments that somehow Dave's has provided a form of blessings in itself. You have made my Thanksgiving Day so very beautiful, and for that I am thankful. Along with all this glorious sunshine, you have given me smiles. Thank you.
And thank you for your comments.
Adina, your words are treasures. I hope your day is as lovely as mine.
Dutchlady, words from you are always uplifting, always encouraging.
Debilu, you are so very welcome. I hope you have a lovely day.
Jan, nice that you will remember the story, but I'll bet you have some good memories, too.
Pixie, if you were here we could find a grapevine, and all swing on it. I will always remember that picture!
LouC, maybe soon. Thank you.
I wish for you all the blessings of this day.
Thank you, memories are what living is about, I think, so I am all in favor of making new ones.
I wish for you many blessings, and many smiles even through the clouds that sometimes overtake us.
Sunshine to you during this holiday season.
Thanks for reading the article..
Good morning, dear friend! How nice to get back on DG and read your latest articles about Porky and Tommy. We've been in Asheville working on the house again over the holiday and had our Thanksgiving dinner at J&S Cafeteria, something I hope never to do again. I love cooking and having family together for the holidays, so it just seemed like another day. Was it the same way for you? I'm happy you have so many loyal friends and readers here.
Both articles were your usual fine fare and while I've never shared your soap-making memories, we did have a tom turkey one year that we fed and had for dinner and I've seen many a chicken's neck wrung by my grandfather. To this day, I can remember all the steps in dressing a chicken. If the economy doesn't improve, this may come in handy! My grandmother raised chickens and we lived with my grandparents until I was 15. She had broody hens and kept the biddies in a special little house just for them. I remember how soft the biddies were and the cheeping sounds of them. Ah, well.
We are a product of the 40s, you and I and others who share these memories, and while I thought then that we were poor, I know now how rich indeed we were and how lucky I am to have had such a childhood. Families today are so scattered and shattered. I thank God for all His most generous blessings on me and mine. I send hugs, love and good wishes to you.
Your eloquent words very much express my feelings.
I think you will agree that being a product of the 40's is not a bad thing. Aren't we fortunate to have lived during a time when we could learn so much about life, sustainable life? I do not want to ever sink into complacence. I don't want to ever take nature or life for granted.
I did have a nice Thanksgiving, thank you. My little 4 year old grandson visited, and we always have a good time. Kicking and screaming when he had to leave, he said, "put my jammies under my pillow, Nana, I will be back!"
Little blessings, all.
Thank you for your beautiful comment.
They bring fresh hopes, and so many smiles.
Ethan and collect bird feathers that we find out in the yard. He especially likes blue bird feathers, and we save them in a little tin tool box made to look look like an old fashioned lunch box. It has a tiny lock and key. He tells me that the birds leave them as messages for him, and they are treasures from the birds.
They only leave messages here at my house, he doesn't think they live at his "other house"...I tell him he just has to go outside at his other house and look for them.
We do have a good time.
Yesterday he told me he could eat 5 pieces of bacon, but did not think he could eat 5 pieces of toast. And so he did.
Being another child of the forties, I fully understand. Were I to fixate on the one thing that has changed our society the most, the television would have to be it--- some good, some bad. The PC and Internet has opened up the world for so many. Certainly being able to share with each other everyday is the best of the best.
Have helped dress the chicken with its head recently wrung off way too many times to count. Still remember the stink of putting it in hot water to pull the feathers. yuck. Wish one could find a "pullet" about a pound in the butcher shop. The big chickens that are available today just don't fry up as good.
You are so right, Lou,
Nothing quite so stinkin' as that smell. Well, maybe the smell of rendering lard.
Darius had a great article about "green turkey" recently that I hope you read. It mentions the difference in turkeys that are raised "green" and those that are raised to process for food. Might be the same for chickens, I would guess.
Nice to have memories, isn't it Lou, even those that are more than 60 years old. Keeps us warm through cold arthritic winters...oops, does Desoto have cold winters?
We sure do. zone 8a. Problem here that we have summer 3-4 days, then winter 3-4 days and back again. The plants never know how to react. One really hard freeze puts everything down and then a few days later it may be 75 degrees. Today it is about 50 but wind is gusting to 40mph so it is anything but comfortable. It is raining leaves.
I did read "green turkeys". She is so right. Many of our foods don't taste like they did "in the old days". We lived in the city (Dallas was about 50,000 people then) but at that time the Farmer's Market was a great place. We ate only organic because that's all there was.
We are beginning our second year of our own backyard veggie garden. Not very good last year but we are learning with the help of DG.