Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving is a week away!

We have clear skies with chilly temperatures this morning.  I'm fixing myself a cup of sugar free hot chocolate and sitting down to make out my shopping list for Thanksgiving next week. 

I'm running a bit behind this year in preparations as I've had a flare-up of vertigo and costochondritis again this week.  The vertigo is much better today and Advil has been helping the chest pain tremendously.

My menu for Thanksgiving is the usual turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans or corn, garden salad, and rolls.  I used to fix extra dishes such as a fruit salad and scalloped oysters, but we just don't need that much food.  I'll fix a pie or two and I'm  hoping I can find the recipe for the sugar free pumpkin pie I used to make for my dad who was diabetic.

Do you fix the traditional turkey dinner or will you skip the cooking and go out to eat this year?  

My daughter got started on blood pressure meds this week and I'm hoping that will help bring those numbers down soon.  She stayed home from work a few days to's orders. 

She's ready to begin decorating for Christmas when she has the time and energy.  As much as I love fall, I'm already getting a bit tired of the orange pumpkins and decor around the house and am thinking about getting the trees out, but will probably wait until after Thanksgiving.  Do you put your tree up before Thanksgiving?  I've seen a few already up and shining brightly in the windows as we drive by at night.

The Pioneer Woman has her new Christmas line of dishes out at Wallyworld.  They are very pretty and oh so tempting, but I don't need more dishes and I still love my Pfaltzgraff Winterberry plates and mugs. 

Do you have Ree's new cookbook?  I'm going to put that on my wish list this year.  It looks interesting and I have a few of her other cookbooks.  Even though I don't cook like I used to, I love to read cookbooks! 

I'm wondering if the squirrel has a nest in this tree.  It's interesting to me to see all the squirrel nests that have been built high up in the trees.  They are much more noticeable once the leaves begin falling.

With the vertigo and being lazy, I haven't been able to fluff my nest as I'd hoped to do.  The painting will most likely have to wait until spring.  I do want to make a few other changes but they won't be as time consuming as painting would be.

Such is my life these days.  Exciting, huh?   Trying to get well and puttering around with one thing or another, but not accomplishing very much.  I've been limiting my time on the computer due to the vertigo, so that means I've visited less in blogland and am lucky to get one post a week done.  I'm also hoping to be well enough to take a little road trip soon.

When I get the laundry caught up today, I'm going out to shop for the Thanksgiving turkey.  I have a recurring dream that the day has arrived and I haven't yet bought the turkey.  lol!  That's actually never happened, but I still have the dream each year. 

Happy Thursday to you!

xo Cheryl


  1. Your leaf is beautiful, and I am glad to hear from you! I am so glad you are a bit better. I love seeing the squirrel nests when the trees are bare! Yes, Bree's Christmas line is so pretty! In WM, they have it all displayed so that you have to walk past it. But I would never spend such money for something I can only use for a couple weeks. OH my gosh, you are making so much food! I am at the point where it is hard to cook more then two things at the same time!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  3. sorry about that vertigo, it is horrible, been there done that. I usually put my tree up on TG day or the day after, not later than the Sat after TG. mother did that. I stopped cooking holiday dinners in 2006

  4. but if I were cooking it would be just what you listed

  5. I love the beautiful photo of the leaf and I was just noticing all of the squirrel nests around here yesterday! Don't feel bad...I haven't gotten one thing bought for Thanksgiving dinner either. We always have the traditional meal...I just love it...will fix a spiral sliced ham as well in the crock pot and a sugar free cranberry salad that I think will be tasty!. I hope you are feeling better so you can enjoy your holiday...Happy Thanksgiving! HUGS!

  6. Cheryl, I am so sorry to read you are still having those vertigo issues. I know it's hard on you , what with things you feel you have to do and want to your daughter's illness. I am sending hugs to both of you. It is so easy to say, "oh just relax" but it is one hard thing to do any time of the year, let alone here at holidays. I just want you to know we care about you, so please take care of yourself too. I would buy already made things to cut back on the stress . LOL. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

  7. Hope that by next week you feel fine. Those special dishes are gorgeous. I love pretty dishes, but try hard to retain myself. I really don't need any more stuff cluttering my house.

  8. Oh my sweet friend, I feel sad you have had these health sruggles. I do hope you get feeling better and can be back doing more of the things you love. I pray that your daughter will be doing much better too. Life does need to slow down a bit and be less stressful.
    Yes, we are having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, alothough going out sounds good too. We are having our one son and family that is fairly close to us. There will be a total of 16; so it’s a fairly big dinner to fix. If the whole family was here it would be 52. Several years ago we did Thanksgiving dinner with everyone and we had to book our church for it. There was proabably about 40 then.
    I love to decorate for Christmas right after Thanksgiving. That’s when I love the Christmas season to start.
    I loved the little Squirrel photo. We used to love to watch them in the trees in our back yard when we lived in Spokane, Wa.
    I do hope you are feeling up to that Branson trip soon.
    Sending prayers, love and hugs your way!

  9. Goodness, vertigo too?? Not fair. Hope you are all better for the big day and that your daughter gets her BP under control. Don't know how active she is but exercise has knocked mine right down to normal--even the new normal. Have a fun, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

  10. I hope that you will be feeling well enough to thoroughly enjoy the holiday, Cheryl. We are traveling to NJ to celebrate with y brother and his family, so no cooking for us, but we're bringing wine and other treats. As for Christmas decos, I am a traditionalist in that I wait util after Thanksgiving to do anything, except that I did get out some holiday-themed wine glasses last night as we're having friends join us for dinner here.

  11. sorry to hear you've been under the weather. hope you're feeling up to making dinner. i think we might go out to eat this year since it's just the two of us.

  12. I hope you will feel better soon. I sure hope the bp meds help your daughter too. I don't bake much any longer and it's been a few years since we've decorated for Christmas too. Just too hard on us physically these days. I wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving.

  13. So sorry you aren't feeling well...
    I am working on our menu, too...we will have 12 for sure and maybe another 2 or 3...
    turkey breast this year..and a nice ham...dressing/gravy/corn casserole and not sure what else...everyone will bring a dish and I do turkey and ham, dressing and gravy..desserts...looking forward to it all

  14. We will eat at Lorelei's house...I have the ham bought...Sarah will probably cook it. I sure don't cook like I used to....a lot has to do with some can't eat certain things, or shouldn't so I don't tempt them.

    I don't blame you for putting stuff off till spring...wish you did not have to deal with vertigo...I have had a touch of it a time or too and don't know how you deal with it continually.

  15. Hi Cheryl~

    So good to hear that your daughter is doing better - that was quite a scare for you! Now, you need to get better. I'm so sorry to hear that you have been under the weather, especially with the holidays upon us. You will be in my prayers.

    We are going to my daughter's house for Thanksgiving. They are cooking a turkey, and because my husband isn't that fond of turkey, we are bringing a ham. We will have stuffing, sweet potatoes, twice baked potatoes, rolls and a vegetable tray. Whew, that sounds like a lot of food! We are kind of breaking tradition with the dessert, I'm bringing a spice cake and ice cream. I think that my daughter will make something chocolate, because what would any holiday dinner be without chocolate!?

    I will be sharing a wonderful cookbook I just bought from one of the wonderful bloggers I follow. I'm with you, I love to read cookbooks, but don't cook as often as I used to.

    Loved your photos, the little squirrel is so cute. You know how I love all things furry.

    I hope you have a wonderful, Thanksgiving! There is so much to be thankful for!

    Hugs and Love,

    P.S. I can't forget the cranberry sauce!

  16. Oh my. You have been having a time of it! My friend suffers with costochondritis at times, so I know that it's no fun at all! And vertigo too! Ugh. I am happy to hear that your daughter is getting the help she needs, including some time off to recuperate. Rest is best!

    Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds just right! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  17.'s thanksgiving already? Time sure fly fast this year

    A lovely Thanksgiving to you and yours

  18. So sorry for your continued health issues, Cheryl. And, your daughter's. It's good she is getting it taken care of and, mercy, me, this aging process is not for sissies. Ha! Our menu sounds very similar to yours. I love a traditional Thanksgiving. ;) Hope you are all feeling much better! blessings ~ tanna
    ps we had the same leaf almost! ;)

  19. Hi,
    Get well wishes to you and your daughter! xx oo

    I am in shock how fast this year has gone. Thanksgiving, YIKES, I hear you, how on earth can it be Thanksgiving!

  20. Oh Cheryl...I'm so sorry to hear about that vertigo. I'm praying it will be under control real soon.. Wow, it sounds like you're going to have a feast on Thanksgiving day!!! I know, it does seem like we (as humans) always over I'm going to my sons that will be nice. I'll get to see all the greats! They just grow why too fast!!

    Please take care and don't overdo!


  21. Yes, well I see that I am behind. I am sorry that you are having lingering health issues...seems I am fretting about one thing or another most days. 🧐

    Glad that your daughter is under a doctor’s care and that she is feeling better. That is good news!

    I usually put up the tree the day after Thanksgiving, but this year I am having a gathering on Saturday and I need the room that the tree would take! I know this: my energy level is pretty low this year and my decor will probably reflect that.

    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  22. Hi Cheryl, I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well lately. Vertigo is not fun at all so I do hope you will be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving this week and get ready for Christmas soon. I have my Christmas decorating all done except for the tree which will go up at the end of the month, unless I get antsy to do it. lol I do enjoy the lights in these long dark evenings. Take care. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  23. Hi There, Sorry to hear about your daughter --but hope that the meds help her. She's too young to be having Blood Pressure problems. AND --then there's YOU.... I hope you start feeling better soon... It's no fun to be sick --especially during the holidays. Hope you get to Branson soon --and knowing you all, I'll bet you do!

    Your Thanksgiving Dinner sounds good... Mine is similar (turkey, dressing, gravy, rolls, green bean casserole (my Mom's recipe), sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, iced tea, and a pumpkin cake for dessert (NOT sugar free I'm sure)... ha

    I have family coming here on Thursday and then we'll see more family on Saturday. Should be a wonderful Thanksgiving...

    I'm thankful for YOU.


  24. Sorry to hear about the sickness of you and your daughter. Need to be brave to face all the illness. She is too young to handle these problems.Let's pray and wait for some miracle to happen in your life.

    Happy Thanks giving day! I think that you and your daughter would feel better to enjoy the thanks giving day and Christmas...

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