Archive for November 23rd, 2006

The Food

Picture_069 Pretty self explanatory…

Picture_072 Did someboday say "Gravy?"

Picture_074 Hazel surveys the turkey.

Picture_071 Diggin’ in…#2 tries on his big cousin’s super cool hat.

Picture_076 More sides…

Picture_080Gastrica, the Baroness of the Bariatric (formerly known as The Slimming Sister) and her Thanksgiving plate.  I sorta felt sorry for her.  For about 2 seconds.

Picture_123 Mr. Smiff takes his first bite of Pumpkin Gooey Buttah Cake.

More to come…

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Liveblogging Thanksgiving

On the menu:

Turkey, Honey Ham, giblet gravy, dressing,  sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, broccoli cheese casserole, green bean casserole, waldorf salad, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, shrimp cocktail.

On the dessert table: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake, Carrot Cake, Strawberry Pretzel Salad (more dessert than salad)….

Mr. Smiff has told his Jeanne Pruett fainting on the Grand Ole Opry story, which has become as much a Thanksgiving tradition as them big ol balloons in Herald Square.

Oh…who all is present:  Hazel, Brother In Law, Sister In Law Smiff, Niece and Nephews Smiff; My mother, Gastrica, the Baroness of Bariatric, The Engineering Brother in law, my nephew and niece, Opry Dan, writer and cool dude extrordinaire, Chet Flippo and his super cool wife who is also a write, Miz Martha Hume.  I’m told Robert Hicks is supposed to show.  Obviously, he hasn’t yet, for it is too quiet.

There’s still tons of food.  Y’all come get some.

Macy’s Parade

Nobody asked my opinion on this, but, Meredith Viera sucks on the Macy’s parade.  I liked Katie on there.  She was always perky and wore groovy hats.   Maybe I just don’t like Meredith.

I love this parade.  I watch it every year.  I have since I was a youngster. 

Totally random, but, oh mah gawsh…there’s Hall and Oates and they look like they should be on the cover of the AARP magazine.

#1 Son said last night that he never thought anything about the Macy’s parade cause it was always on every year, but, he said he loves to watch it and that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving Day without it.  So my attempts to create something on holidays ARE working.  Yeah, it’s a parade on the tv, but, still….

One of these days, I am going to be there live and in person.

WIth A Grateful Heart

When I think of Thanksgivings past, when I was a kid, I immediately think of San Antonio, Texas.  We spent many Thanksgivings there when I was a child, up until I was about 14. The entire Collie Clan would get together, in one way or another and it was always fun. The Collie’s are a rather loud and lively bunch. Some of them are big, on the mouth kissers, which I am not.   Some years we used the big room (it probably wasn’t as big as I thought) room at the Thanksgiving_at_grandma___pop_s Grandparents Senior complex and then eventually, we moved to Cousin Cindy’s house.

What’s kinda funny about is something I remember about a lot of those San Antonio Thanksgivings was that the conversation centered around how much weight one of the family members had lost or gained.  And we wonder why I have such a weight complex.  Sheesh. Grandma_with_great___grandchildren

Pop died in 1979 and then my grandmother died in November 1984, so we stopped going after that.  Funny how when the matriarchs and patriarchs go, everything changes.  It’s pretty sad how that happens, but, it usually does.  I remember those Thanksgivings after that, we stayed in Nashville and how depressing those years were. Not depressing.  Just boring. There was no tradition or anything like that during that time and it was boring as hell. 

I just remembered that I did go back for Thanksgiving in San Antone in 1997.  This time, I took my family, which was then only two kids. (Turns out #2 was in the house, but, we didn’t know it yet).  That was a fantastic time with my wonderful, Texas family.  Collie_clan_1997

Things picked up when I married Mr. Smiff.  Hazel has always hosted Thanksgiving at her house, but, I do remember the first several Thanksgivings we were together, Mr. Smiff was on the road.  That was crappy, but, it’s been a long time since he’s been gone on the actual holiday, but, he usually has to leave either that night or the next day for an annual bluegrass festival in Myrtle Beach. 

Thanksgiving at Hazel’s is always lively and fun.  There’s always a lot of interesting people there.  I’m not even sure who all is supposed to be there today, but, you can be sure I’ll document it. 

What am I thankful for?  Oh boy.  Lots.  I am thankful for my family, my health, laughter, the confidence of my salvation, and this year, a whole new world has opened up to me cause of this here blog.  I’m humbled by the people that I don’t even know who stop by here everyday to read my silly ramblings and thoughts.  (I’m curious who my readers in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Palo Alto, CA, and Bronxville, NY are.) 

I’m really thankful for my blogging brothers and sisters here in Nashville that I’ve had the chance to not only meet, but get to know and spend actual time with and can say they’re not just somebody I know from blogging (why are we still ashamed to admit we met people online?) but treasured friends.  You know who you are . I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know even more of you.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

I always thank God for you…  1 Corinthians 1:4