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Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I had surgery Monday, stayed overnight in the hospital and was discharged Tuesday afternoon. I am thankful for my surgery team. For the anesthesiologist who listened to my concerns and got me through recovery without nausea or grogginess. For the 2 excellent surgeons- thanking them for having minimal scarring and not damaging my vocal chords. THANK YOU!! To the outstanding nursing staff who had the common sense to question the use of dextrose in my IV line, that change made a difference in my blood sugar and removed the need for insulin! THANK YOU!!

Today I felt well enough to drive, go get a few groceries, take my BFF a small thank you gift, and just enjoy the sun on my face.

Since it is Thanksgiving, I have to share the story of my First Thanksgiving that I cooked by myself.

I was 19, married, and living in England. I had talked to the neighbors, since I learned early on that things in England have different meanings ( Like fried bread is NOT french toast!). My mother had sent me a care package with Pepperage Farm stuffing, and I ordered an oven ready turkey. To me that meant one that all I had to do was pull out the little bag of giblets, stuff the bird and put it in the over. Easy peasy, right? So in the can do Girl Scout spirit I had my hubs invite the airmen in his crew over for a real American Thanksgiving feast.

Not quite! I got up a 3 am, just like Mom and Grandma had done, pulled the bird out of the refrigerator and reached in the cavity for the giblets. I pulled out a plucked turkey head and FREAKED out! The turkey went one way, I went the other and the two cats were having a ball with that poor bald head. I ran into the bedroom and woke up my husband. By that time, all my then too few coping skills had been maxed out.

So we washed off the turkey, I calmed down and prepared the stuffing. Now I have to tell you I hated my Mom's stuffing. It was always so dry. So when the recipe called for 1 cup of water, I added four cups. To say it was stuffing soup would be way too gracious! I didn't know about sauteeing celery and onions so basically it was bread crumbs and water- But it was time to stuff the bird. So hubs held the bird while I poured the stuffing in. Ooops! He had command call and was dressed in his Dress Blues- really bad idea, as the stuff slopped over and down his uniform and onto his highy polished shoes. He looked at me like I had grown horns! I started crying, he consoled me, called someone else to borrow a set of Dress blues and left me to put the BIRD in the oven. Now for those who don't know about England, they have these stoves that approximate the size of an oven in an RV. I had ordered a 24 lb. bird and literally shoved that bird into the oven, without so much as a microgram of room to spare.

7 hours later, all the hungry Airman were ready for dinner, and the BIRD wasn't! Everyone had BYOB so not only were they hungry everyone was a bit tipsy too. I suggested we forget the bird and just barbeque burgers. I think the bird made it's way to the garbage bin as another failed experiment. But it was great fodder for the ensuing years!

It was 25 years before I could bring myself to cook another turkey. But every Thanksgiving as my children would go around the table saying what they were thankful for, at least one of them would give thanks that Mom finally learned how to cook!


Every one have a great Thanksgiving!
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  • LEANJEAN6
    You really are so funny!---Turkey stuffing soup!--Memories are so good eh??--Lynda
    1595 days ago
  • FITJEN48
    I'm dying. That's the best Thanksgiving story I have ever heard. Love it! Thanks for sharing. I sure am glad to hear that surgery went well. All the best for a speedy recovery. Blessings to you sweet friend. I really appreciate your encouragement. It means a ton!
    1596 days ago
  • AURA18
    Sunny I'm thankful you had an excellent health care team. Turkey story, I had a good belly laugh. Extra points for our WEC Laugh out Loud emoticon
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  • CHRIS138
    This reminded me of the Everybody Loves Raymond Thanksgiving episode where she drops the turkey on the floor. I can't imagine trying to do this at 19, it's overwhelming at 53! Have a great day glad you are recovering and doing well. You are a great member of our team with great suggestions and support. emoticon
    1597 days ago
  • BONNIE1552
    Sunny, I loved your blog. Oh, those newlywed days........ It's wonderful that the surgery is behind you and the healing is taking place.
    1598 days ago
  • BARBIEE52
    emoticon That's a wonderful memory, even if things DID NOT go well..but you turned it around & had burgers! emoticon
    I'm so happy for you that your surgery went well......don't overdo your recovery,,,slow & easy..just do what you can! Thinking of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving memory! emoticon
    1598 days ago
  • BARBARAJ73
    What a great story emoticon So glad your surgery went well and you are recuperating - a bit of sun always helps the healing process!!
    1599 days ago
  • BONNIEMCC488
    Wow what a first Thanksgiving cooking experience! Mine wasn't until two years ago when I was 26 and I didn't cook a turkey. We had turkey roast in a crockpot but I did make the rest of it lol. It's a bit overwhelming to do on your own for the first time.

    I'm glad you got the surgery done and things went so well! That's great news!
    1599 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    thanks for making me laugh i am not a great cook either and once cooked a turkey with the giblets in a bag still in the bird. in my defense i did take a bag out not aware the bird had two lol . so happy you did well with your surgery . Hugs and Happy Thanks giving
    1599 days ago
  • MOMWANTSNOWAIST
    Oh Sunny! You are a card! What a great story!!! Hoping and praying for you to get better soon!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1599 days ago
  • THROOPER62
    emoticon story!!!
    1599 days ago
  • SWEETNEEY
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  • INFLATED
    Oh my! I am glad that I am not the only one that has tales to tell about my own cooking. Your story was hilarious!

    I am glad the surgery is over with and that your recovery is happening quickly and super happy that they listened to your requests and didn't give to you a sugar based IV.

    Happy Thanksgiving and I pray that turkey heads are not a part of this one.
    1599 days ago
  • SRWYLIE
    What a great story, Sunny! If only they'd had YouTube back then - either you'd have learned how to cook the turkey properly, or you could have posted the entire debacle! I'm rolling on the floor with love right now. ;)

    I'm so grateful that the surgery went well and that you're recovering nicely. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, my friend, and know that you are loved.
    1599 days ago
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    1599 days ago
  • GRAMMICHELLE
    Great story though! Happy Thanksgiving!
    1599 days ago
  • TERRACOTTAGE
    So glad everything went well with your surgery, and that you survived that 'first turkey dinner'.
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    1599 days ago
  • LIVINTODAY
    Goodness, you made me laugh so hard!!! We, too, hosted several young airmen on our first Thanksgiving. We were stationed in Puerto Rico in 1968. I was 20 and had never cooked a turkey. Youth is wonderful for self confidence. After all...I had watched my mother and grandmother.....RIGHT! Well, actually at that time you could buy pre-stuffed turkeys so I thought that would help. The power went out a couple of hours after I started the turkey and stayed off for nearly three hours. Well, I had a lot of concerns about that turkey and dressing having sat barely hot for several hours before the power came back on so we couldn't eat our turkey either! Thankfully (pun intended) I had made all the usual sides and we added an extra big salad and had a vegetarian lunch.
    The guys were so good about it! I think they were just happy to get away from the base mess hall, even though the meal there would have been better!
    We learn and grow, right?
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    1600 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    emoticon Have a happy day! emoticon
    1600 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Sunny, your story is hysterical!!!!! I can't imagine the inclusion of the turkey head...........YIKES!!!!! Go to my blog and read about my first Thanksgiving dinner our first year of marriage.

    I am so glad that your surgery went well and it sounds like you are recuperating quickly. Take care of yourself and pamper, pamper, pamper.

    Happy Thanksgiving................ emoticon
    1600 days ago
  • ROBBIEY
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  • MARINGAL
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this story Sunny! And even better, your surgery is over and good things ahead! Happy turkey day my friend!
    1600 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    Glad everything went well with your surgery, and you had me in stitches with the turkey. Did you ever find out why the English put the head in the cavity? That would have been interesting.
    1600 days ago
  • SUNNYCALIGIRL
    What a cute story--even better because it's true! Thank you for sharing it, and I am so thankful also that you had a successful and COMFORTABLE surgery. Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

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    1600 days ago
  • DEQUINTA
    emoticon GREAT STORY!
    DDT'S ROCK! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
    1600 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    what a story! cannot top that.

    So glad your surgery went well and that you're in the recuperation phase. PHEW

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    HUGS
    1600 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Great story, wonderfully told! Love all those vivid, funny details!

    I'm glad to hear you're making a good recovery from Monday's surgery. That's pretty quick!

    1600 days ago
  • LSIG14
    So glad your surgery went well - it is always such a blessing to have a good staff who really cares. Loved the 1st Thanksgiving story. We had a typhoon so my story was similar - I got the turkey in the oven and the power went off. 7 hours later when DH's buddies all came to dinner, it still wasn't back on so while I cried, the guys held up umbrellas, threw burgers on the grill and whatever they could put together for sides (by the way, thawed frozen vegetables make an awesome spur of the moment salad!) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and know you have been blessed to be able to laugh and put a smile on the face of others!
    1600 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Fun story. Great surgery went so smoothly. Happy Thanksgiving !!
    1600 days ago
  • DJBTOO
    Great story/memory! Stuffing soup!!! LOL!!!! So happy your surgery went well and you are out enjoying the sunshine! Have a happy Thanksgiving and a great weekend!
    1600 days ago
  • LUCYCAN7
    emoticon glad your surgery went well and the medical team listened
    to you!Thanks for sharing your first Thanksgiving emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1600 days ago
  • TERMITEMOM
    What a great story! I loved it. I am very happy all went well with your surgery. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    1600 days ago
  • PGBACK
    So glad that your surgery went well! Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon
    1600 days ago
  • CSRICHMOND
    Fantastic story! Loved it! Now every time I go to pull the bag of giblets out of the turkey, I will smile and remember your funny story emoticon
    Glad your surgery went well emoticon

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    1600 days ago
  • GODS-PRINCESS
    Thanks for sharing your story with me! It made me feel good today!

    I love all the stuff you are thankful for! I am also! I am thankful everything went well for you---so many scary things yet God provided so many good people that helped everything good so smooth!
    1600 days ago
  • JUSTYNA7
    Love it and I am very grateful for your successful surgery!!!! emoticon
    1600 days ago
  • PROVERBS3128
    Memories~
    1600 days ago
  • no profile photo CD16687575
    I'm thankful that everything went well with your surgery. Hoping to hear from you soon. emoticon
    1600 days ago
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