Lost Christmas lights and being Thankful

I was getting so frustrated yesterday…..it was one of those days where I was hoping to bake cookies with my daughter, decorate the tree, and just enjoy some family time.  But my best laid plans quickly dissolved when my dryer stopped working.  So I spent 2 wonderful unpleasant hours at the good ole laundromat.  I sat matching socks and folding clothes while watching all the Christmas shoppers bustling around outside.  Still determined to make the best of my day despite my time at the “mat.”  I got things ready to decorate our Christmas tree.  I started to put the lights on, things were going well, my hormonal emotions were beginning to change.  Until I went to get another set of lights to finish the tree, I JUST had them, but after searching the house for more then 1/2 hour I could not find them.  I am convinced someone broke into our house while I was upstairs and stole nothing else except my Christmas tree lights.  It’s been 24 hours and I still have NOT found them!

I was ticked, I had a 1/2 decorated tree.  I then left my half naked tree to make breakfast for dinner, luckily kind hubby made pancakes, and The Inventor made some yummy scrambled eggs.  I made bacon, and we all sat down to enjoy dinner.  And as our tradition goes, we read off these little cards we all fill out about what we are thankful for.  We stuff them in this old turkey, and pick them out, read them and try to guess who wrote them.


Well as we gathered around the turkey, and my family read each card, my mood began to change.  I realized I have so much to be thankful for.  Heck I am REAL thankful that I don’t have to usually drag 4 baskets of dirty laundry to a laundromat every other day. 🙂  I have much to be thankful for, including drywall and insulation (SportTman wrote that one) and the fact that I don’t live in Haiti ( The Inventor wrote that one).

I had also just enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family.   Yes even in the middle of a very frustrating day, there was much to be thankful for!

Here are a few pictures of our Thanksgiving day.

My mom’s infamous cranberry salad that we all gagged on and hated as kids…….NOW we love it.  Funny how that happens. Good thing my mom kept making it.  What do you think mom, did you ever think your cranberry salad would appear on the internet? 🙂


Dad carving the turkey.  I don’t think he even knew I took this picture.  Look dad you are famous, you are appearing on the internet with cranberry salad! 🙂


Hubby and my brother, relaxing


The kids table……..they sure make their parents proud!


And last but not least, SportTman enjoying time with his sister



  1. Love the Christmas theme to your blog!

    And isn’t it funny/exasperating how we can let a little thing like lost Christmas lights derail us so completely?!

    The turkey dinner and fixin’s look yummy!

  2. Yes, it is so easy to focus on the moment and whatever is the current daily frustration. So glad you were able to re-focus and remember all you have for which to be thankful! Looks like your Thanksgiving was the best!

    Have a great week!

  3. Those pics are great! I’ve sat at a few of those kid’s tables myself back in the day and I’m sure I made my parents proud too! LOL.

    I love how your mood changed when you started to read the thankful cards. We really do have much to be thankful for.

  4. Hi, Looks like the family had a nice Thanksgiving, kids table and all. How I remember the kid’s table! Now I have to figure how I am going to get 7 grandchildren around the table this year at Christmas! Your Mom’s cranberry salad gets used at our house too at Christmas, but it never turns out like your Mom’s. Tell your Dad he looks like a photo from a Rockwell cover of the old Post magazine. As far as Christmas tree lights never working, it is a universal problem. I haven’t started decorating yet, tomorrow is my goal. So I bought a new string of lights all ready for some that won’t work. Sure miss you all, loved the photo’s. Oh, I really remember the fort days, tell you kids that is a good one!!
    Love to all, Aunt C.

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