Thanksgiving Flashback

What a difference a year makes. I originally wrote this post on Thanksgiving Day last year. My wife and I were hosting six other people at our home and we were busy getting ready for everyone to head over to our place by around 2:00 pm. This was in the Before Times — before COVID-19, before social distancing, before face mask wearing. Before some 13 million Americans had fallen ill with the coronavirus and more than a quarter million had died from it.

This year, it’s just going to be my wife and me. We have a small turkey, and my wife will be preparing some stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a green bean casserole for dinner. And we bought an apple pie at the grocery store for dessert. For just the two of us. With enough leftovers to maybe last until Saturday.

It won’t be the same as past Thanksgivings, but we are thankful that, even though we won’t be physically enjoying the holiday with family and friends, we’ll be together with them in spirit. And we are thankful that all of us are healthy and COVID-free.

So enjoy my Thanksgiving Day post from last year, and I hope that you and yours have a great Thanksgiving Day today.

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and many Americans, if not most, have the day off from work or school. As an American, I’m also taking the day off. From blogging, that is.

I won’t really have the time nor the opportunity to WordPress today. My wife and I are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for eight this afternoon and evening. Joining us will be our son and his wife, our daughter and her live-in boyfriend, and two of our other local friends whose families live in other parts of the country.

My wife will be spending most of the day preparing the Thanksgiving meal, and I’ll be spending most of the morning, anyway, making sure our house is spic and span so that my wife won’t be embarrassed. And I’ll also be on kitchen cleanup duty so that as she dirties pots and pans, I will be washing and drying them.

The good news is that not one among our guests is a Trump supporter, so that won’t be a concern. But the bad news is that I won’t have much time to post anything or to read what you all post today. I’ll do my best to catch up tonight after everyone leaves…unless I eat so much at dinner that about all I’ll be able to do is waddle to bed.

So to those of you in the United States, I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. And to those of you elsewhere, I hope you have a great Thursday.

I’ll be back in business tomorrow!


Cartoon credit: Mark Parisi.

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and many Americans, if not most, have the day off from work or school. As an American, I’m also taking the day off. From blogging, that is.

I won’t really have the time nor the opportunity to WordPress today. My wife and I are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for eight this afternoon and evening. Joining us will be our son and his wife, our daughter and her live-in boyfriend, and two of our other local friends whose families live in other parts of the country.

My wife will be spending most of the day preparing the Thanksgiving meal, and I’ll be spending most of the morning, anyway, making sure our house is spic and span so that my wife won’t be embarrassed. And I’ll also be on kitchen cleanup duty so that as she dirties pots and pans, I will be washing and drying them.

The good news is that not one among our guests is a Trump supporter, so that won’t be a concern. But the bad news is that I won’t have much time to post anything or to read what you all post today. I’ll do my best to catch up tonight after everyone leaves…unless I eat so much at dinner that about all I’ll be able to do is waddle to bed.

So to those of you in the United States, I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. And to those of you elsewhere, I hope you have a great Thursday.

I’ll be back in business tomorrow!


Cartoon credit: Mark Parisi.

A Day Off

03971EAB-291A-4E71-B80F-94782688D4D1My blogging buddy, Jim Adams, wrote in his Song Lyric Sunday prompt post last night that, “Nothing says Father’s Day like a backyard barbecue, family, beer and some good eating. All dads love to grill, so get some hearty cuts of meat or maybe lobster tails.”

Well, Jim is 100% correct. And since I’m a father and today is Father’s Day — at least in the U.S. — my grown kids are coming over to pay homage to their old man. And as a dad who loves to grill, I’m going to be spending a good number of hours grilling at least four full racks of baby back ribs and half a dozen ears of corn out on the backyard Weber grill.

I really want to be present for and with my wife and kids today, so I’m taking the day off from my blog. No more posts (probably) after this one. And I most likely won’t have time to read all of your wonderful posts. At least not during the day today.

But I shall return tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope all you dads out there have a great Father’s Day today, even if that’s not a holiday in your part of the world. Give your kids — and your spouse or significant other — big hugs.