Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Funny Turkey Story

Disclaimer: I am forcing myself to type fast. I am supposed to write about Swift's commentary on politics in Gulliver's Travels but I can't get this out of my head till I finally type it.
Enjoy! Happy thanksgiving to all!

I have a large family (you knew that) so I look for a big turkey. Usually frozen. Thanks to dear Aunt Jo I learned to stock a big freezer to save money and to say 'Yes' to company. One year a friend's son was working at a local turkey farm. She called to say they gave her some large, dressed frozen turkey's but she needed to give some away as her freezer was full. Over she came and her son carried it to my freezer before I ever saw it. She had to go quick but hoped we'd enjoy it. When she was sure of her escape she finally told me...

it was 40 lbs.

I had never heard of such a thing. I went down to look and saw a bird as big as a cow. How would I cook it? Sure enough there was no way it would fit in a pan or even in the oven so there it stayed.

Meanwhile my dear Pepere and Memere were starting to find it hard to live alone. Kind people would bring them meals but sometimes far more than they could use. One day my aunt discovered he had taken a frozen meatloaf to the basement and used the band saw to cut off two slices for a meal. Plenty for the two of them. Ingenious!

Poor man was sent for Alzheimer's testing. (Not that I blame my aunt, uncles or dad, but Pepere was not happy) They also arranged for a home health aide to visit regularly.

The 2 stories would have nothing to do with each other if not for the idea it gave my husband. he laid plastic bags and cardboard on the ground outside, plugged in the reciprocating saw and cut the bird in two. (Can I have my home health aid now?)

We couldn't resist teasing my dear in-laws at Thanksgiving. They rightfully worry about us money-wise and DH couldn't help himself: " well we were given a free turkey but we can't afford to eat a whole free bird so we're only having half a free bird"
(Actually Jeff and his mom broiled the skin for quite a treat. And the bird wasn't tough at all.)

Nope, I'm not done.
Gramma passed away in Rhode Island so off we drove to reminisce and celebrate her funeral. Just getting there was its own escapade since Gramps was SOOO caeful about money that the church, funeral home and cemetery were on 3 different sides of town. If you know Woonsocket at all you know 'you can't get there from here' unless you remember where Joe's pub used to be and know which streets have become one way that used to be two way. No its not on the map.

Anyway we were tired and punchy when we got there and enjoying seeing old friends. It was hard to be too sad for Gramma who we knew was probably having a grand old time in heaven. I told my, still short, turkey story to some friends who asked "well which half did we eat on Thanksgiving?" It hadn't occurred to me? Right? left?
No he asked Top or Bottom? I can just see the Turkey A*** sticking up on the center of the table! That was it! We fell laughing.

So there you go. Not quite as funny as Helen Hunt throwing a turkey out a 10th floor apartment window in Mad About You, but its all the things I am grateful for:

Family and Friends
oh and power tools!

Friday, November 21, 2008

If I could pick the perfect son...

it would be my Jeff who was assaulted by 4 little girls when he came home for the weekend with magnets and school projects and 'did you see my haircut?' and look at the turkeys we made. He is already sitting at the table helping make another construction paper turkey and I am dying to take a picture but don't dare interupt such perfect sibling bonding.

Thank you Lord for Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008



Wonderful, funny encouragement to teach creativity first from Sir Ken Robinson.

(I bookmarked it a month ago and don't remember who gave me the idea. Its 20 minutes long so give yourself time.)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Found at Minnesota Mom's

Live your life in such a way
that when your feet hit the floor in the morning,
Satan shudders and says,
“Oh no, she's awake.”

-- Author Unknown

I wish.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Homeschool Blog Awards

Vote soon! By Sun and Candlelight is nominated. I have not yet visited any of the New Blogger Nominees.

And hey! No politics! No one loses! Great homeschool blogs get more visitors and you have an excuse to surf more,

so go!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

For you Sheila


Taking a week off

Last week I dutifully recorded the kids grades in a brand new notebook and had a teacher meeting with the kids. The best thing/worst thing about being your child's teacher is knowing where you helped them and where you failed them. All in all they are not just progressing in academics but in their personal growth and what I need to remember is to praise those things more. I too easily see the next thing they should master and sometimes push too hard.

However the vacation has been great! David and Sarah had a great trip with their youth group
to a Eucharistic Youth Rally and to the American side of Niagara Falls, St. Bonaventure University's Museum, Our Lady od Victory Basilica, and learned about a Blessed. Here's the video source about him. They LOVE Fr. Marek and Sr. Sophia.

You know you are a homeschooler on vacation when:

You let your kids enjoy the Muppets' take over of the Today Show (This year you can buy make your own Muppets through FAO Swartz!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Getting her side

Palin: ‘Never any tension’ with McCain

Nov. 11: TODAY’s Matt Lauer talks to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin about the presidential campaign, her pricey wardrobe, and whether her advisers steered her wrong.

At home with the Palin family

Nov. 11: TODAY’s Matt Lauer talks to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family at their Wasilla home about how the whirlwind campaign changed all their lives.

What do you think of the press printing anonymous sources?
What do you think of the 'politcal handlers'?

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I've been having a hard time expressing my thoughts about the election and this article comes close.

Its not just that I think people are harder on Bush than is really justified (see today's WSJ article by Jeffery Scott Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro is an investigative reporter and lawyer who previously interned with John F. Kerry's legal team during the presidential election in 2004.
: HT Ester.) but of course you can't speak that publicly without being chastised.

Its not just that is insulting to think if you VOTE for McCain you must be racist (I liked Allan Keyes way back when.)

Its not just that I believe there are LOTS of women like Palin who are good, capable and who would change this country around. Plenty of women, with great potential, understand that putting their family first as a mom means, when they do get out into PTA, School Committee, Local Government and try for more, they will have less experience and have fewer cronies to help. That doesn't have to be a bad thing. Trying new ways and getting cronyism out of government is a very good thing.

Yes, she made mistakes and wasn't his first pick
and had only 2 months to overcome all that and Stevens
and Trig
and Palin Gate.
(Don't even get me started here: If I had a Brother in Law use his state issued weapon on my nephew-- or any child- - and I was responsible for that state, I would do everything to get him fired. Period. Luckily all my BIL's are respectable, honorable men.)

My difficulty in discussing it really is this biggest issue:
How can a nation, as it finally undoes some of the harm of treating one class of people less human, less worthy of rights,
how can we at the same time ensure that another class of humans will be destroyed even faster? Do those who straddle the fence on life issues not realize the vastness of the life defeats this election?

It was at Consent of the Governed I tought I saw a quote by Thomas Jefferson: I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Busy Weekend

I promise pictures are coming--- need my husband to get them off the new camera for me. We had a great All Saint's Eve party (tradition) and a new All Saint's party after Mass Saturday. Both were fun and easy. Our little choir did well we just need to mike them better or bring them up to the choir loft. I like having them downstairs with them piano where they can be seen and are really part of the Mass but our mikes are much better upstairs.

Biggest news-- my sister had baby #10! Gregory was born on All Saint's (and his big brother's birthday) All is well.

Marie played a soccer game Sunday and gets to play for the championship Saturday (I was REally hoping we were done!)

This week school will just consist of co-op homework and Report Cards. Tuesday we are doing a HUGE to do list and Wednesday spending the day with a friend. Thursday we'll finish the list including packing David and Sarah for a trip with their Youth Ministry to Olean, NY south of Buffalo. Here is the group
Fr. Marek is an energetic young Franciscan from Poland. I really enjoy him and I'm always challenged.
Also this weekend is a baby shower for baby sister! We expect Little Jimmy about Jan 1st.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

All Saint's Day

Thank you my dear friends for praying this month with me for our husbands, sons, sons-in-law. Taking time this month to have my blog be all about prayer and taking time to focus on my husbands needs and talents has been very good for me and my marriage. The crazyness of fall can put many things out of perspective for our family and this helped me keep my eye on the goal.
Tonight our Children's Choir will sing at a special 4PM Mass and then have a party. I hope you have a beautiful day!