Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving & the day after.

Our family Thanksgiving dinner celebration was a huge success. Everyone complemented us on how nice the “basement” looked. Actually it’s hard to refer it as a basement now. I think I much prefer calling it “The Great Room” seeing as it is the largest room in our home.

Sorry the glass “ice bucket” was in the way, but here I am under intense pressure to carve the first of two Turkeys. Judy, my sister in the background making the gravy. 

One turkey was cooked in the oven in the kitchen, while the other was cooked in the 18qt. electric roaster. The one in the oven was inside one of those “cooking bags” and we thought would not take as long before it was done. However the electric roaster surprised us and it actually cooked the turkey quicker and the bird had a much better “browning” layer on the outside. So I much prefer the electric roaster over our old method in the oven.

Here are a few pictures to introduce you  to my family.

My Dad. The first holiday without Mom. Even though she wasn’t here we felt her presence. She always enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinners with her family.


Ken, my brother and his wife Margie.
The pictures on the wall are of my parents on the right and a hand painting of Wilma’s parents.


Judy (far left) my sister talking to my youngest sister Catherine, with Catherine’s husband Scott.


My two daughters, Angel (left) and Tina with Carol a friend of the family.


After a wonderful and moving prayer was said by Scott, the grandkids started the serving line as “Great Grandpa” looked on.

Our Great Room was perfect for this occasion, as the adults were seated together at one long table on one side of the room and the younger kids were at their own table on the other side of the room.  The kids had plenty of room afterward to play together with the toys they brought.

Brooke had the great suggestion of everyone, one at a time, say what they are thankful for. This was a great idea and everyone expressed their feelings on what they were thankful for. A serious moment for each of us to express ourselves. My Dad was last. He expressed how he was thankful for his 4 children, 5 grandkids, and 8 great grandkids. Then he added….”and I’m thankful I’m NOT a Turkey!” This bought on laughter and the family was back to having a great time.

Soon with the help of all, the Great Room was cleaned and the dishes done. All the family left and Wilma and I sat outside on the deck with a fire burning in our Chimnea.We reflected on the day and both felt great that we had accomplished all the work we did in preparation for today.

From Wilma and I to all of our readers, we extend our wishes that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

For those who have loved ones who are no longer with you hear on Earth, click on this link  Then sit back, relax, enjoy the music along with the readings. It's pretty moving.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Paint and new carpet in Basement

Finally it’s done! WOW what a job. Wilma and I have been working just about every day to complete this project. We still have some finishing touches to do before Thanksgiving, but you can see the difference from the before and after pictures.



















Next comes moving in the furniture, tables and chairs and we will be ready for our Thanksgiving Celebration.

It’s been really tough finishing this project. With Wilma tending to the grandkids and her daily chores, plus I’m still working 7 days a week 10 hours a day at work. Looking forward to this Thursday, Thanksgiving day as I will have 4 straight days off from work.

Both of my daughters, Angel and Tina, need new tires on their cars, so Dad has offered to pay for them.  As they are both watching their budget very closely, and my overtime has come in handy at the perfect time. See how God works his ways? Wonderful isn’t it.

Got to get to bed, tomorrow is another 10 hour work day at work and then another 3 hours in the basement.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Paint and new Carpet for Basement

Wilma and I have been working really steady and hard getting the basement ready for new carpet, which is supposed to be installed this Wednesday. We have talked about it and tomorrow Wilma is going to call Empire Today and re-schedule the carpet installation for Friday.
We are planning on having my entire family and Wilma’s entire family over for Thanksgiving Dinner. It will be the first holiday without Mom, and she always wanted everyone together for Thanksgiving. So I’m sure she will be there in thought and Spirit.
I am really starting to feel my age, since I was put on 10 hour days 7 days a week at work until further notice. Then come home grab a bite to eat and head for the basement. Wow, my days are now 15 hours long of steady work. As you can probably tell, Wilma and I both will be so happy when the basement is finished. Of course I don’t think I would make the dead line without Wilma’s help. She has been a real trooper, going way back to getting all the items out of the basement for the Garage Sale, running to Home Depot to purchase the paint and supplies, and helping me with the paint job. AND…she is doing all this on top of her daily chores!

Looking at the stairway area to the left, and what’s left of “Grandma’s Refrigerator”, that will be removed prior to the carpet installation.
The two colors of paint sample are on the wall that we picked from.


Standing in the same place as the photo above, but turning to the right is the other half of the basement. You can see where Wilma applied the paint samples to get a feel for color change in different light.
Also that is our “fake” fireplace.


Standing in the corner of the picture above and looking toward the are that the first picture was taken from.
Not a large basement, as our home is a Colonial, but it serves us very well, and has for the past 31 years.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.