Thursday, November 26, 2009

Why haven't you posted a blog

It's Thanksgiving Day and last evening my daughter-in-law, Ada asked me why I haven't posted a blog recently. First I asked her if she had posted anything recently (no I don't have a blog) and then I promised to post one today. It's today.

I had some ideas for today that I would go to St. Leo's for the Thanksgiving Hospitality coffee and treats, but I did not articulate it beyond the thought and so I slept in instead. It was 8:45 before I got out of bed. Mary made an early morning trip downstairs, but was back in bed when I woke up. I noted the time as I knew she had some prep work to get the turkey in the oven. She was up in an instant and we both trundeled downstairs; me to make coffe and Mary to start the prep. The first pot of coffee was called weak and when I tasted it I agreed (I must have missed the scoop count?). I made a second pot and announced it as sturdier than the first, a little something to chew on.
A significant facet of this Thanksgiving is the dinner table. In September/October we had a new floor installed on the main level of the house - the family living area. This project expanded into new molding and doors throughout and then new furniture and new carpets. Sometime in late October we said goodbye to our old red plaid couch (acquired in Gaithersburg almost 20 years ago) and our long lived dining room table (acquired in Moncks corner more than 30 years ago). Both, table and couch went to St. Vincent dePaul for someone else to use. As of today we have all our new furniture except for a dining room table., which I ordered in late October. If we are lucky it will be here before Christmas. This is what it looks like.

So we are having Thanksgiving dinner without a dinner table ... and James and Ada are here and the Pearson's are coming and we are without a dinner table ...
The turkey is in the oven - 10:30 AM so out of the oven around 4 and dinner at 4:30 plus or minus. I have been sitting around doing mostly nothing and Mary has been doing everything including coming downstairs while I was doing my back excercises to give me a kiss ... she is amazing. Last night we agreed that I would do some cleaning, but she is doing most of that too ... I am just sitting around doing my exercises and blogging. I guess somebody has to due it. Oh yeah I looked up a scripture reading and our dinner prayer as we ponder those people and events in our lives that we are especially thankful for this day. For me that is:
Matt and Cara's wedding and welcoming Cara into the family. The wedding was wonderful, getting to know Cara's parents, good friends and family, Father Bruno, Madeline's and all the wonderful events.
I am thankful for Matt's new job at Sacramento State aka Cal State Sacramento. It's still awhile before the new job starts, thankfully ... he has some dissertation work that he can now focus on without the regular disruption of another job interview. Congrats to Matt, I know he will be a great addition to the Cal State faculty.

I am thankful for family with special note today to James and Ada. It is so wonderful to have the two of them nearby in Redmond. I pray for gifts of work for them so that they can continue to pursue their dreams. And pray for safe travel to Peru for the holidays ... I know it will be wonderful to see her parents, sister and brothers, other family and friends. The last time Ada was home was just before their wedding in 2007.

I am thankful for my job at Weyerhaeuser and the new Manufacturing Support role I started in August. I think I may be meant to do something else in this life, but Weyerhaeuser has provided for much and given me plenty of growth opportunities.

I am particularly thankful for Mary who right this minute is downstairs talking to the turkey - two and a half hours into the baking. I have been blessed to have her in my life these 30+ years. There is so much more that I am thankful for, but I will leave that unspoken (or at least unblogged) and close with a ...


BTW - the alternative to a dinner table worked


Ada said...

I am thankful to have such great parents-in-law and a wonderful husband. And I am thankful we can get together for this holiday... our lives wouldn't be as fulfilled without having you and Mary around! Love you!!!

Hoag said...

Very touching! I am thankful for my loving, supportive family. It was tough not being around y'all for the holiday, but Cara and I were thinking of you all from afar!



MaryC said...

Hey, hon!
Okay, you did spend a lot of time stretching and blogging, but you had done lots the day before AND the day of, too. So you really arent' quite the slacker you make yourself to be! I had my super efficient sous-chef, Ada, who not only knew exactly what I needed before I did, but was a very capable "girl talk" partner! We had fun and with the nibbles and bevs throughout the day, I never got stressed or cranky. So Ada did her job there, too! I am thankful for you, Mike, (most of the time) and the fun, challenging, goofy, intimate times we shared these 31+ years (counting the dating!). I'm thankful for two mature, handsome, intelligent, goofy, fun sons and their beautiful, wise, fun wives (not two wife per son! I think that should be plenty for any man!). I am thankful for the Newman family especially the matriarch, my mom Nancy, and the patriarch, Dad Bill. I have been so blessed with their time, their wisdom, their faithfulness and spirit. I love teaching and am blessed to be able to do this halftime now. This way I enjoy my home and family more (and they, me) and I am energized upon arriving back to school on Mondays. So I am thankful for my jobshare partner, Toni Brown, who makes this happen and in whose capable hands the class is held "the other half of the week". There are many friends and family members who have molded me into the person I am, in spite of the natural resistance my strong will may exhibit. I thank you for not giving up on me! And it's so easy to take for granted our liberties and blessings here in this country. So I have lots of work to do to stay aware of, to express my thanks and gratitude to all those who have touched my life. I'll try to remember my blessing each day and to pass that love and joy on to those in my life...even the annoying people! Love to you!

DaddyHoag said...

All those in favor of MaryC having her own blog say Aye!

Aye ...

Hoag said...


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