Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

This has been a wonderful thanksgiving for our family. The only thing that could of made it better is if the members of our family that are living in other states could have joined us. But as the family grows and spreads out over this great country of ours, I guess it's to be expected.

The morning started out with getting out of bed around 5am. Had morning coffee with Wilma before loading up the car with all the supplies for our dinner.

Arrived at the Lodge around 7am and by 8am the turkey was in the oven. Wilma arrived around 9:00am and between the two of us we had the Lodge set up the way we wanted for our Thanksgiving Family Dinner. Bless her heart, with all the work she did preparing for this dinner. Without her I don't think it could of happened. Thanks my hon! Great job and I love ya!

Wilma's centerpiece she made for this occasion.

Dinner was served at 1pm. What a great dinner it was. Everyone kept telling Wilma and I how good the Turkey and stuffing was. Wilma also prepared mashed potatoes, corn, dinner rolls, deviled eggs, and her sugar free cherry pie for desert. Everyone else bought a dish and there was more available than was eaten.

This was the second year in a row that I was able to have use of the Lodge. And it works out just so perfectly. We had around 24 mouths to feed for our dinner. There was plenty of room in the commercial kitchen for all who had to cook. The kids had more than enough room in the adjoining rooms to play tag and burn off the extra energy that they always seem to have. And the guys were able to watch the Detroit Lions loose yet another game on the 60 inch. Sony TV.

In fact the family started asking where we could all gather for Xmas. After a lengthy discussion and suggestions it was agreed that if the Lodge was available the Sunday following Christmas we would all meet there. So this Wednesday evening I will once again approach the membership asking for the use of the Lodge. Hopefully I will be granted my request.

It's now 6pm and Wilma and I are pretty tired out.

Another wonderful Adventure we had today, and Wilma and I hope that you also had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting way too cold to soon!

Wow it's been awhile since I've last written, so here is kind of a boring update on what's been going on in our life.

On November 1st. we were invited to a Surprise Birthday Party for Debbie F. a close friend of ours given by her husband Joe. And I have to say, Joe did a great job at keeping it from his wife Debbie. When she entered the hall she was totally surprised, and everyone had a great time. Happy 50th. Debbie!

On November 4th, after voting, Wilma and I went to PGA Collision to pick up the Coach. A fine job they did on the repair of the rear corner post and bent bumper. Can't even tell anything was damaged.

I asked for and received a week off of work next week. I plan on doing things around the house prior to Thanksgiving. One of the big jobs I have is getting up the rest of the leaves. It's been below freezing for the last week, so the leaves in the gutters are frozen and can't be removed. Man O Man its getting way too cold too soon this winter. They say it will be up to 40 by this Sunday, I sure hope so because I need to get over to Mom & Dad's house to clean their gutters also. I really don't want my 81 year old Dad on the roof doing it himself. Even though he feels that he is perfectly capable of doing it.

Now we are getting ready for Thanksgiving. Again this year we are hosting the dinner for the family at the Lodge I belong to. Boy does that ever make it nice. Plenty of room, big screen TV for those who want to watch the Santa Parade and Football. Nicely furnished kitchen. What more can we ask for? We are expecting around 24 mouths to feed. Each family member is bringing a few items for the dinner. Mom & Dad pay for the Turkey and will be bringing the Pies. I don't have the list that Wilma is keeping track of but she assures me it looks like everything is covered. Wilma & I should be arriving around 8am to start cooking and setting up the seating arrangements.

Yesterday, Thursday the 20th. Rebecca came home from school and told her mom, Tina, that she was almost killed today. She was visibly shaken and Tina asked what had happened. She said the school bus stopped on a railroad track when the arm came down on it. The bells were ringing and red lights flashing. She said she could see the train getting closer and closer. The bus driver tried 4 times to move the bus but couldn't. (Didn't know if the driver was trying to back up or go forward) But finally on the fifth try the driver was able to drive off the tracks before the train reached them. The bus driver told the kids that it was no big deal and not tell their parents. A boy sitting next to Rebecca told her that he was going to tell his parents because he was really scared, Rebecca told him she was going to tell her mom also.

Tina has contacted the school and put in a formal complaint with the transportation department. And from what Tina has told us, the woman she talked to sounded like there was others who called to complain also.

Now I don't like to see anyone loose a job, especially in the very hard times Michigan is having now, but I believe this particular bus driver must be dismissed. There is NO excuse for getting a school bus caught on the tracks at a railroad crossing. Thank God no one was hurt, other then the trauma those kids got seeing the train close down on them. We will wait and see what the school does. I'm sure other parents probably feel the same as this Grandpa does.

So.....that's about it. Until next time, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween....

Booooo.....October 31st means Halloween.......
The family were to meet at our home to grab a bite to eat, get into their costume and then go to Trick or Treat. But with all the excitement, none of them wanted to eat.

So Na-Na helped them get into their costumes while I manned the front door handing out candy to the early arrival trick or treaters.

The weather was just perfect being in the low 70's for the kids. And being the perfect night, we had a total of 225 Trick or Treaters show up at our door for treats.

The young kids showing up at our door were really cute this year. Then even before the evening progressed to a late hour, the "older" kids started showing up. Now I mean "older" as in above 17 and NOT dressed in any type of costume. Some didn't even have a bag to put their candy in, they just held out their hands.

Now I don't know about you folks reading this blog, but when I was a kid 16 was the magic age you didn't go out to trick or treat! In fact I remember at 15 how awkward I felt doing the same thing as the "little" kids were doing. Well, I guess times change, along with this old coot. But this old coot gave those kids holding out their hands just ONE tiny ity bity sucker. Maybe next year they will take the hint that it just ain't worth all that walking for a little sucker!

OK...I just had to get that off my chest.

The evening ended around 8:30 when the "gang" arrived back home and had to inspect what they had received. Not as much as in the past. I guess a sign that times are getting rough for everyone and the amount of candy is reduced. Plus Wilma said that there were more homes dark not giving out candy then homes lit and giving out the candy.

All in all everyone had a great time.

Another wonderful adventure in our lives complete, come back again to see what our next adventure might be.

Until then be safe and God Bless.