Friday Five on Tuesday: Thanksgiving Thoughts

The Cure
Lying around all day
with some strange new deep blue
weekend funk, I’m not really asleep
when my sister calls
to say she’s just hung up
from talking with Aunt Bertha
who is 89 and ill but managing
to take care of Uncle Frank
who is completely bed ridden.
Aunt Bert says
it’s snowing there in Arkansas,
on Catfish Lane, and she hasn’t been
able to walk out to their mailbox.
She’s been suffering
from a bad case of the mulleygrubs.
The cure for the mulleygrubs,
she tells my sister,
is to get up and bake a cake.
If that doesn’t do it, put on a red dress.

–Ginger Andrews (from Hurricane Sisters)

Jan posted this Friday Five last Friday, but I’ve been in the throes of starting a new job and so I just got to this. I wanted to play because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday but I’ve had to do it differently this year. Here’s my stuff:

So this Friday before Thanksgiving, think about Aunt Bert and how she’ll celebrate Thanksgiving! And how about YOU?

1. What is your cure for the “mulleygrubs”?

My mulleygrubs are quickly dispensed by new shoes or some other new piece of clothing. Expensive, I know, but I’m worth it. 🙂 I also love the cooking or just settling in w/ a good book. Going to the gym also works. If none of those do the trick, I resort to pharmaceuticals.
2. Where will you be for Thanksgiving?

This year, I’ve already done my Thanksgiving w/ the family. It was super fun and I feel done for the year. On the actual Thanksgiving day, I will be on my couch watching football and eating Indian food. I’m actually looking forward to it, as I have to be at work the next day at 4 am. Ah, retail.
3. What foods will be served? Which are traditional for your family?

My dad is an absolute Nazi when it comes to the menu. I’ve tried to do some Martha innovation in years past and he just won’t have it. We have a recipe for cornbread dressing that was my grandmother’s that we HAVE to make, and it’s truly my favorite thing. We’ve changed many a dressing-hater’s mind with this stuff. It was always the job of the youngest person to crumble the cornbread and now it’s become my niece’s job and she loves it. We also do a cranberry fluff that was from my grandmother. It’s kind of Waldorfian but not really. It’s cranberries, baby marshmallows, apples, pecans and red grapes, lots of sugar and folded in whipped cream. Divine. We do one sweet potato dish for dad and the sister-in-law, but the rest of us don’t eat them.

4. How do you feel about Thanksgiving as a holiday?

Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE b/c of the food, the feel, the smells and the Cowboys.

5. In this season of Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?

I’m so far loving the new job, glad to have been able to see the family, love the friends, life couldn’t be better!


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