Friday, November 17, 2017

Fly On The Wall In November

     Welcome to another edition of Fly In The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, seven bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you'd see if you were a fly on the wall in their homes.

     The fly buzzing around my house can easily see that this is my absolute FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR! Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve---I love it all. It's a special time to share with family and close friends, to reflect on all the wonderful moments in our lives, and to be thankful for our blessings.

     But let's be real......I'm also pretty damn pumped about the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, not to mention a few games of cornhole in the backyard and listening to my kids sing and play their guitars around the fire pit after dinner. I strive to make each holiday better than the last, because the three empty chairs at my table remind me how precious our time here on earth really is. As always, I miss my father, mother, and sister, when the holidays roll around, but I'm incredibly grateful for my children and husband, who continue the tradition of love and laughter around the dinner table.

Speaking of laughter, there was plenty of it around the house this past month with conversations like this going on:

"You walked the dogs, right? Did everyone poop outside?
"Well, the dogs did, but I haven't yet."

"We've got the whole crew coming over again this year for Thanksgiving dinner."
"You mean we've got all the 'gobblers' coming over for dinner."

"Don't mix the good red wine with the cheap stuff that's left in your glass."
"I'd NEVER do that. What do you think I am---some sort of red wine savage??"

"Insomnia again, huh? Can't get your brain to shut off?"
"What brain?"

"I have to pick up the company donuts on Friday morning for the meeting. There might be several missing by the time I get to the office."

"We should keep dental floss in the kitchen. It would make things easier after dinner."
"Screw that---we need to keep dental floss in every room."

"I accidentally put tanning lotion on my toothbrush."
" I don't think your molars would look good with a tan."

"Milton's Paradise Lost was required reading for you in high school? I'm from the sticks, and the only sophisticated, required reading we had was Green Eggs And Ham."

"Thanksgiving is the best holiday......I love watching the Macy's Day Parade, sharing the day with our family, gathering around the table for dinner, and counting all of our blessings."
"You're not fooling anyone. It's the biggest feast day of the year, and other than Christmas, it's the only time you get a free pass on calories!"

     Have a lovely Thanksgiving, everyone. I'll see you again once all the turkey leftovers have been devoured.

****WANT MORE MENO MAMA? Halloween marked the 8th anniversary of my sister's death. I wrote something new recently to honor her memory, and I'd love to share it with you. It is one of my most favorite pieces that I've ever written, so I hope you'll take the time to read it. Please check out The Fury Of Bereavement, published by Purple Clover. 

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado                  http://www.BakingInATornado. com
Menopausal Mother           
Searching for Sanity                 http://singlemumplusone.
Spatulas on Parade                    http://spatulasonparade.
Never Ever Give Up Hope                   https://batteredhope.blogspot. com
Bookworm in the Kitchen             http://www.    
The Blogging 911              blog


  1. I think of your sister every time I make that Butterfingers Rum Cake, it's a tribute to your relationship.
    I hope you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving.

    1. She would love that, Karen. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, too.

  2. Ha! Love those pieces of conversation. Happy Weekend.

  3. I am so jealous of you to have family members all around you to enjoy the holidays! What fun. I don't have to wish you a good time because I know you will have!

    1. I truly feel blessed by the love we share here in the Doyle abode. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving too, Carol!

    2. Happy Thanksgiving! Life is precious, and like you, I'll be thinking of those I lost.

    3. Thank you, Denise. Big hugs to you.

  4. Oh, what fun! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  5. Marsha, I burst out into loud laughter when I read this one: "You walked the dogs, right? Did everyone poop outside?
    "Well, the dogs did, but I haven't yet." ... who ever that was, I don't want to go for a walk with them... lol

    Oh and adored the one about the donuts... I can see them not all making them to the office... haha

    I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing xox

    1. We had a great time. I hope yours with your family was awesome as well! <3



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