Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Thankful Spin or where I get all sentimental and maudlin

This week's spin from Sprite's Keeper is thankfulness.

In these economic and dangerous times it is hard to stay thankful, or upbeat, or any of those other happy and gay (be nice) things. Unfortunately, I don't think it is going to get a whole lot better real soon. Maybe, that's just the menopause talking. When it talks around this house people listen! You Will Listen, Damn it!

Sorry, the scary menopause voice in my head sometimes escape.

If our parents and grandparents could weather the Great Depression than I guess we can weather this time also. I thought this weekend I'd pull out the cookbooks, gardening books, and helpful hints books that I have cluttering up my home and office. I'd spend some time picking out those things that I think may be still relevant to post. I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn from the past. As George Santayana wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," let's not repeat it.

Is this something you'd be interested in? If so, give a shout out.

So onto this week's spin;

I'm thankful for.....

1. JR (for about a billion-gazillion reasons but all of them boil down to the fact that he loves me even though I can be a neurotic menopausal mess right now.)

2. The Boys (for just being around and making it so easy to be their mom. I mean really! With my mile-wide lazy streak these kids had to pretty much fend for themselves. Ask them about junk night and forage day.)

3. The Girl-in-Law (she reminds me everyday that even if you don't raise them from babies doesn't mean you can't love them like you did. Then again it still Pisses-Me-Off that I have to finish the job or clean up the mess from her real parents. That just makes me mad at them not at her.)

4. My parents (my ma and daddy were the best. Oh sure, I had the typical teenage girl angst but they dealt with it the best they could. It probably helped that my brother was a complete f**k up. I must have seemed like a walk in the park.)

5. My step dad (Daddy passed away 13 years ago and 7 years after that Bill came into our lives. He's made my mom happy again and in my book that's all he has to do.)

6. That all of us have jobs. (these days that's not a given. But, we all do; so we can eat).

7. Tripper & Nessa. (Those stupid boys of mine aren't giving me grand babies to fuss over so I have to resort to the dogs. How pathetic is that?)

This is hoping that your Thanksgiving (You Canadian's feel free to do it all over again) is wonderfully filled with family, friends, and food.


p.s. the postcard above is from 1923.


  1. Whoo! Your platform is slow this morning! It took me 40 minutes to see the post! But I'm glad I waited. Worth it! You're linked and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. That is such a nice post. I hope my son marries a nice Girl in Law 20 years from now (and not a moment before).

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!!!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful we found each other's blogs!!!
    Great list!! Great Spin!!

  4. Yeah, even though I hate my job quite a bit of the time, I suppose I should still be grateful for it, huh!

  5. Great list, I like the idea of reminders from the past. We're in such a bad recession right now and all around me, I see people acting and spending like they're not. And hey, dogs ARE kids in my book...

  6. Awesome list. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I always love to come to your blog, you are so full of spit and vinegar it makes my day!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

    (Are YOU going to cook a bird?)


  8. Very nice thankful list. I have finally realised why all the American bloggers are getting sentimental. Happy Thanksgiving.

    (And I also think that dogs and cats count as 'babies' especially when there are no real babies about.)

  9. From one menopausal woman to another - love your spin! It's hard to NOT be full of spit and vinegar when menopuse starts rearing it's ugly head.