Wednesday, November 14, 2007

One Week until Thanksgiving


Here is a picture taken on Monday of GBN1 on a beautiful fall day at the park.

TFNP called yesterday. At one point in the conversation, he said, "So do you have plans for next week?" I asked, "What is next week?" TFNP said, "Well, Thanksgiving for one thing." Really?! When did that happen? I feel a trip to WalMart coming on if I am going to get myself ready for next week. Yikes! Where did the time go? So, I made some calls to my mom, and brothers to make sure we were on the same page (that they realized it was T-Day next week). Who is bringing the beer, the turkey, and the tamales - important stuff? Mom, be sure and pick up some hair color so we can play beauty shop on Wed. night and look fine on Thursday. Everyone has their traditions.


The truth is that I have been a little weepy (probably hormones again) this last week. It was this time two years ago that Dad went downhill fast. Fall and Thanksgiving will probably always be a reminder of those things. Then Toby and I did some cleaning on our storage stuff. I came across an ashtray that Dad always used when visiting here. What a silly thing to make me cry! The great thing about this blog, is that I was able to go back and look at what I wrote, what I was feeling, and what was going on at that time two years ago. Dad made it through Thanksgiving, but was pretty much bedridden. There are some sad memories - like GBN1 who was not quite two years old walking to the bedroom door, pointing, and saying "Paw Paw." But there are some good memories too - like the whole family curled up in the den late Thanksgiving night and watching the Miss America Dog Pageant on TV and rooting for our favorite dog. I'm glad we had Thanksgiving to be together before Dad died. It made us close and gave us strength.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

Don't feel bad, I did the same thing yesterday while hubby and I were eating breakfast in town. I kinda freaked out. When I got home I called SIL because she has TG at her house every year to find out what I needed to bring (her MIL has decided to rearrange the menu this year).

the friendly neighborhood piper said...

MamaLou,

Thanks for the plug! Now...lemme get this straight...you put hair color on your turkey? Oh wait, its getting clearer...you did have the beer at the top of the list. But that's a good thing. Just make sure you don't get to the point that your drinking the hair color and putting beer on the bird. Although beer on the bird may not be too bad.

Bag Blog said...

Jenny, "kinda freaked out" is what I did for sure. The good news is that our TG is always pretty much the same.

TFNP, beer goes very well with hair color. Come on over, I'll color your hair and we will drink a beer. Do you trust me?

Shelly said...

I can't believe it is that time either, although I'm excited because I get to see The Kid. Tamales?

the friendly neighborhood piper said...

if beer is involved (especially that Canadian Traditional)...does trust really matter? Let's just do some highlighting and see what the Queen thinks.

Dale said...

I know how special times can be around the Barker Home! My you guys have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving! Say hi to everybody that remembers me!

catherine said...

geez....I hate to miss my first opportunity for a Barker Thanksgiving! And now that I know there's hair coloring and beer involved, I'm REALLY bummed. But....it's my turn to help out with MY GBN2 (and GBN1, of course). Don't imagine we'll be drinking much hair coloring .. or beer for that matter!

Hope you all have a wonderful time!