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Thanksgiving night musings

Posted Thursday, November 25, 2010, at 8:51 PM

Last night was my turkey and fixin's dinner with our daughter & friend from Murfreesboro. She & I usually have a non-traditional meal of tilapia as the main dish, but I really wanted turkey this year, so Dad got to try his cooking skills out. Deb usually doesn't give me much latitude in the kitchen but she did not have a choice this time.

Melissa brought the side dished of sweet potato, green bean casserole and Joe, who made the cheese and broccoli soup. She seemed genuinely surprised that the turkey looked and tasted like it should and had bread stuffing for the first time. A job well done.

Our lap dog Sofie seems to REALLY like turkey so she has been enjoying the holiday as well as the other dogs who had their evening meal soaked in turkey juice. PITA even vacuumed the leftover cranberry sauce without a blink of her eye. I am not sure she even tastes her food after the first gulp.

The rest of the daylight hours were spent in cleaning gutters (for the second time this fall), chopping wood and bringing in all that I could in preparation for the little cold snap we have coming, although I am not sure I will even light the fire. Just a security blanket, I guess.

I have been watching football games while listing some things on eBay, then watched Taylor Swift special and started to go back to football when I heard some strange sounds overt the blare of the TV. It was rain on the air vents above the stove and I decided I like that sound better than the TV. The refrigerator came on and I actually found it to be intrusive. I can't wait for it to shut off.

Earlier today I heard an annoying car ad come on that has been bothering me for weeks. The brand does not really matter, but what irks me about it is this kid comparing his parents to those who got a new XXXX and saying "just because you're parents doesn't mean you have to be lame".

I think of all the parents out there who are struggling to keep their family fed, probably sacrificing every day (not getting the car they really want) to buy the coolest Christmas gifts they can afford for their children and this kid is encouraging the kids to judge their parents as LAME. Aarrgh.

All right, I finally got that off my chest. Where did that saying come from anyway, off my chest? Anyone know?

This year's Pinetree Seed catalog has me fired up for Spring ALREADY! Debbi better hide my credit cards. BUT, I am thinking about going a little different direction than most years.

We constantly go from glut to famine with the veggies and much of it is given away or wasted. We are not canners nor do we do much freezing so if it all comes in at one time, we eat it until we get tired of it and then....

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Steve it seems that a lot of the ads are leaning in this direction. Encouraging children to disrespect their parents, or adults in general.

It seems most ads try to put down someone, or make some one appear to be less than intelligent.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed this trend.

-- Posted by Wolf Clan on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 1:42 AM

I am also glad to see that we are not the only ones who cannot stand the Toyota commercial. Even my kids, who are more down to earth than most kids, cannot stand that commercial or any of the commercials like it.

As for gifts, my kids understand that they get whatever we can afford. And that we are not the ones that are ready to max out a credit card for Christmas gifts. Because we really do not see the point in it. We have them each write a list and we normally buy between 3-5 items from their list to get them. Because they know the money situation. Sometimes they really surprise me when we are out shopping and we decide to splurge on something for them like a new Wii game or something, and they tell us sometimes that they don't want it because it's not a necessity and that we should save our money, lol.

And our 2 dogs, who are outside dogs, eat totally different. Every Christmas and Thanksgiving they get their own plates. And one pretty much inhales it. The other, she takes her time and really enjoys her food. I think that it has to do with their breeds.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 7:31 AM

Dogs are funny creatures,I say that in the utmost endearing way. Our girl has to take what ever treat we give her walk away with it, sit it down and thoughtfully examine it before she nibbles it. I think if people would regard thier food so thoughtfully the obesity levels would drop dramatically. SHe does not turn her nose up at the treats just takes her sweet ole time to enjoy it.

-- Posted by KaiteJones on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 3:38 PM

I hear ya Steve! The current trend of wise-cracking unappreciative and disrespectful children in mainstream tv commercials is not only downright disgusting to have to watch, it's having REAL-WORLD EFFECTS. I got outta the slammer on Tuesday after being falsely imprisoned too I am currently have a lawsuit in the works for false imprisonment and can not WAIT for the truth to come out and wouldn't you know just as sure as the world turns BOTH my kids gone changed teir phone number on me. I got my youngest one on the phone eventually after spending a long time explaining to my sister Im innocent of all charges and have never touched a kid in my life. And threatening my sister for trying to tell me from MY KIDS. but even after i calle my daughter she still wouldn't even speak to me. Hung up. And I guess she changed apts I don't even know where she lives now. So here I am on the Friday after Thankgiving with no one to spend it with talking to people on the innernet. EVERYONE BE WARY - There's innocent until proven guilty, but sometimes people aren't "proven" guilty, just innocent and CONVICTED. And when you get out your kids forget all you done for them raising them and paying their way for eighteen (or nineteen, or twenty years, OR MORE) and just gonna side with The Man calling you a criminal or this and that or child molester this and that. it's the worst. What happened to HONOR THY FATHER its one of the ten commandments after all!!

How do I get a blog on here I feel like I would have many good things to say that are better than 'joe brought over cassarole' or wtfever you were talking about.

-- Posted by Bitter Parent on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 4:22 PM

It does not always have to be serious BT. Joe brought the soup by the way.

Contact the T-G and see if they have an opening. I bellieve they try to limit the number of bloggers

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 6:59 PM

How many times have you watched a commerical that seemed to be really funny, and the next time you saw it, you looked at it with a critical eye and wondered if that was what the company thought of their customers.

I noticed this many years ago when Miller show a Lite ad with the stereotypical beer drinker (an ignorant fat slob) in his shorts doing the twist because the cap said, "Twist to open."

-- Posted by Tyger on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 8:38 PM

The most annoying automobile commercial (in my humble opinion) is the one that uses animated mice dressed out in the latest "thug wear" with rap music blaring in the back ground. Maybe I'm just too old to appreciate such, but the whole commercial seems to glamorize that that gangster thug lifestyle. I don't particularly like that screaming little pig either. No, it ain't cute.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Nov 27, 2010, at 4:36 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.