When we moved to my son’s basement I was overwhelmed with trying to figure out how we’d ever be able to make it a comfortable place to live. It’s dark since the “living room” windows face north. The basement itself is only half as big as the first floor. It has concrete block walls and a concrete floor. I had no idea how to even begin making it cozy. But everything starts somewhere!
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Each year it has been our tradition to name a few things for which we’re thankful as we’re gathered at the Thanksgiving table. When the kids were young it was usually giving thanks for vacations or new pets. As they grew older their perspectives changed and they were thankful for the things that are kind of easy to take for granted. This year, as I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, I wanted to share the things for which I’m truly thankful this year.
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The past year or so hasn’t been high up on my list of great years. Losing our home, being diagnosed with a potentially serious heart condition, and losing both my nephew and Mama put this year near the bottom of favorites. But there is always room for, as a television character used to say, just one more thing.
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We have a new granddaughter. She’s our eighth grandchild and sixth granddaughter. I adore this child but we’ve come, in the six months she’s been here, to learn that we have on our hands a very Irish girl!
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Each evening, after the grand kids are in bed, Mr. C, Pete, Andi, and I gather to spend a few minutes together. We talk about whatever happens to come up. We might talk about hunting or plans for the basement. Sometimes it’s about what’s coming up on our household schedule. This week it’s about our granddaughter’s birthday. It’s her first slumber party and, typical for this family, things got a little weird.
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Did you get it? Starting from scratch? A chicken scratch reference? Okay. It was a stretch but I laughed. And we really are starting from scratch here. The basement we’ve moved to is small, dark, and almost totally unfinished. But I have plans!
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There was an old television show called “WKRP in Cincinnati” and they had a really funny Thanksgiving episode about a turkey give-away that went horribly wrong. The best line in this episode was, “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” Monday I discovered that, along with turkeys, this chicken can’t fly.
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Mr. C and I are settling in at the New Comfortable Coop. We made the move in late August and are still working on sorting through boxes and finding places to put everything. The issue with the new comfortable coop is that it’s shared with our youngest son’s family so there are some (a lot) of duplicate items, especially in the kitchen!
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The title is a little misleading. I’m not talking about an actual time traveling hen. That would be amazing and I’d like to go with any hen who could time travel but in this case I’m talking about me and the blog.
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Last winter Mr. C and I had the thrilling opportunity to visit one of Michigan’s larger cities. For any of you who know me even a little you know that I would rather stick a fork in my left eye than be anywhere near a city. I get itchy if I can find livestock within a hundred yards. The visit was even more exciting because it became District Court, a phone charger, and a knife.
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