How to tackle Turkey Day.

Here in the Detroit, Michigan area, three items are synonymous with Thanksgiving Day: America’s Thanksgiving Parade down Woodward Avenue, a Detroit Lions football game (every year since 1934) and turkey with all the trimmings … and done in that order.

In my daily travels through the ‘hood, I began to see a lot of scarecrows crowding into front gardens before the petunias even quit blooming. I always get a kick out of their smiling faces, so I’ve been collecting photos of them, knowing one day I’d have enough to do a Thanksgiving post, so here goes.

Tackling Turkey Day.

When you’re dealing with scarecrows, perhaps “tackling” is a tacky word to use – after all, they’re not football players, so a big tackle could easily take out a limb, or a head … if you’re a scarecrow that is. After all, they’re just stuffed with straw as you know from the many scarecrows impaled on a bamboo pole (ouch) that appear in homeowners’ harvest décor this time of year.

And, speaking of stuffing

Besides spending the day with family or friends, the best is yet to come at dinnertime. But, whoa – wait a minute! The Thanksgiving Day feast is more than just enjoying that turkey. There is a ton of prep work first … and it’s more than simply calculating how long to cook that big bird, because first you have to stuff it.

Gee – perhaps “stuffing” is a poor choice of words to be throwing around in this Turkey Day post. Yes, how uncouth, because, after all, our flopsy-mopsy friends are stuffed. Their innards are straw, their arms and legs are raffia – even their hair is some type of straw. So, perhaps a better choice of words for that seasoned moist bread that is inside the turkey and/or piled high in your grandma’s bone china dish, would be to use the word “dressing” so as not to slight our scarecrow pals. A fun fact is that south of the Mason-Dixon line and in Canada, they call it “dressing” not stuffing … which brings me to another topic.

Dressing up for Turkey Day.

Many jokes are made about wearing loose-fitting clothing for the Thanksgiving feast – do you do this? Our scarecrow friends don’t have such worries … heck, a flimsy dress with nothing on beneath it (oops) sure takes care of the tight-fitting clothes dilemma. No wonder she is smiling. 🙂

And, BTW, just like these two scarecrow gals, sometimes those designer dresses look similar, but it’s okay if someone shows up with your exact same outfit, but a different-colored hat and pinafore, because scarecrows don’t have angst like humans do about such things. (All scarecrows shop at Michael’s craft stores.)

The guy scarecrows really luck out – they wear pants secured with a rope belt that unties after that second piece of pie, like these two; check out the easy-peasy belts below. It’s all good … (except for being impaled on that pesky pole).

Hail, hail … the gang’s all here!

Grandma’s there waiting at the front door with sloppy kisses and open arms. She’s a hugger like most Grandmas.

As the relatives arrive for dinner, bringing appetites (but no flowers, wine or candy) …

… some of them will be seated at the kiddies’ table.

The rest are at the main table – hopefully everyone brought their best manners and left their political views at home.

Someone’s bound to tell a bad joke about how sloppily Grandpa carves the bird and it’s an OMG moment as everyone gasps and is left speechless.

And of course Grandpa cops a real attitude after that.

This guy is eyeing the sweet potato pie … (despite saying his lips are sealed to any dessert as he must watch his boyish figure). He says this same line every year … ho hum.

When dinner and dessert are over, and the last dribbles of gravy have been dabbed from their flour sack faces, Frank grabs his fiddle and bow and asks (wait for it)

… if anyone is up to dancin’ to “Turkey in the Straw”?? (Groan)

I hear those scarecrows do a mean two-step!

Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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70 Responses to How to tackle Turkey Day.

  1. ruthsoaper says:

    Such a fun read with cute pictures. W always have lots of pieces of twine around that have been taken off bales of straw. I have been thinking about using it for belts. 🙂

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked it Ruth – it was a fun post to put together and what do you know … no squirrels!! Yes, a twine belt would work perfectly to be able to breathe after the holiday feast. 🙂
      How are you holding up with all this wind? It’s still raining here and about 25 mph wind right now. I am holding my breath the power doesn’t go out. I know Novi is not near either of us, but a trained weather spotter clocked winds at 60 mph a few hours ago. We’re lucky we dodged the snow bullet anyway.

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  2. I enjoyed the photos and all the Thanksgiving food talk. Fun post!

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  3. Joni says:

    That was cute Linda…..and so imaginative!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thank you and glad you liked it Joni. Those cute scarecrows amuse me as I walk through the neighborhoods. One year I bought a girl scarecrow in a pinafore color to match the house – she was cute and once it was “harvest season” I put her front and center in the garden. I soon realized she was really too big for the front garden and she overwhelmed the bushes/tree. She had two poles, one under the dress and a second pole to stabilize her. She fell apart while I was rigging her up – the pinafore caught on something and ripped it wide open and in scrambling to keep it from doing so, her raffia “arm” came right out. All that was salvageable was her pig-tailed head. I should have taken a picture – it would be like the bear in the undignified position in the trash!

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      • Joni says:

        I only have one small scarecrow I bought at the dollar store and she seems to be hanging in there but then I keep her on the doorstep in the garage entrance so she’s not exposed to the elements. Speaking of elements, my the wind is howling tonight – wonder if I’ll sleep….

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That big scarecrow just fell apart and I had looked forward to having her out front. I will have to visit Michael’s again next Fall because they do have the cutest harvest decor and since this is a small house, a petite scarecrow would look better. I hope people didn’t have too much holiday decor up already as their decorations are likely scattered around town. Many years ago my neighbor had the cutest Easter bunny. It was a standing Easter bunny and crafted to look like real chocolate – just chocolate-colored, no trim or anything, very clever, but … it was hollow, so that was not great as she did not have it staked and it flew somewhere along with all her other Easter decor … not a single item could be located. The wind is about 12 mph as I write this and I intend to wait a little for a walk since I can go later … trouble is, the critters are back in their nests by then, but I’ll take that chance … I’m not straying far from home – too many people on the roads, so I’ll get down there all weekend; in between I’ll read a little, walk a little. I am thankful for not losing power as many, perhaps 45,000 homes/business were without power when I went to bed last night. I’d not have been happy to have no power as I went shopping for fridge stuff for the end of the year to avoid the crowds, but I’m more worried about losing power during a Polar Vortex and my pipes. Jim got here without incident yesterday, though it made me a little nervous to be honest … he is surefooted and he said “don’t worry” … but still. I am going to “pull a Joni” and bury myself in a book today, and of course I mean that in a good way. 🙂

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      • Joni says:

        Linda I hope you enjoy your book and have a peaceful and restful day…..and weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thanks Joni for the well wishes. Now I remember what was missing in my life for so long. I read, walked, ate, read and now will read some more. The day flew by. 🙂

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      • Joni says:

        Glad to hear you are enjoying it! I shopped the Black Friday sales, got some good deals, sweatpants and comfy tops and warm socks, (ie winter clothes) and saved some money and that was enjoyable too!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, it has been relaxing Joni – two days of walking and reading. Today I will read again but get a few things done as well. I have stayed off the computer most of the first two days as I wanted to. I finished the “Lost and Found” book by Danielle Steel. I wanted an easy read to get back into reading as it has been 20 years since I picked up a book. So I did finish that Thanksgiving Day as it was under 300 pages … now I am reading the book you featured in your beach reads post, “The Summer of ’69” by Elin Hillerbrand. I do not remember the plot that you outlined which is good as there are no spoilers for me and I can see how she used the events of the day and the music as well by starting every new sequence focusing on a different family member by using a song popular in that era. I am enjoying it – maybe halfway through and not sure I will finish it this weekend. I really should do some housework tomorrow – I intended to do it last weekend but it was a clear and dry weekend, so I went out both days and got some pictures – I’ve not taken the camera out of my pocket so far this holiday and doubt I will today either as it’s very gray. We are having a bit of ugly weather later and overnight and maybe rain in the morning, so I’ll walk later Sunday which is not my preference but I need to get more miles in. If it is icy, I’ll stay in. You got some great deals – now you have new warm Winter clothes, you can walk on good days, i.e. no ice and snow.

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      • Joni says:

        I’m glad you’re enjoying reading again. I meant to answer your gmail but I got watching It’s A Wonderful Life movie tonight. We’re expecting freezing rain tomorrow, but nothing like the bad storms the mid-US has had and is forecast for more as I’ve seen on the news tonight. My clothes are INSIDE cozy clothes, but I might buy a new down Parka on Cypbermonday if Columbia is cheap enough. I don’t know where the week has gone….but we have been lucky weather-wise so far so I’ve been trying to get lots of errands done.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        You don’t have to respond to it Joni. I have never seen that movie, tried to watch it once or twice and never finished it – I think I may have written a post about how a co-worker was amazed I had never seen that movie, “White Christmas” or even the more-modern “Christmas Story” and she brought them in for me to watch at home. I finished the “Summer of ’69” last night and we have a horrible weather day – lots of rain and wind so going to do housework/laundry – kind of boring, but I figure I treated myself to R&R for three solid days so will “apply myself” as they used to say in grade school. 🙂 The freezing rain may not hit our area but we may have some snow showers tonight – hope they don’t stick as I have 45 more miles to go and would like to finish if another snowstorm comes along.

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      • Joni says:

        Congratulations on two books in 3 days! I’m sure you will meet your goal, as the rest of this week looks okay, just a few flurries. I love all those Christmas movies and watch them all every year, but my favorite is A Christmas Carol the 1954 version.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Now that movie I have seen and it probably is a B&W movie, right? The others I did not last – I tried several times after that. I don’t know why. Thank you – I was inspired by you to read again. I won’t pick up a book til next weekend though as I’ve got some pictures to sort through for the next few posts so I don’t want to be distracted by a book and having to see how it ended!

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  4. susieshy45 says:

    How did you think all that up, Linda? So good- the captions are as good as any cartoon book ( even better )and I need to get one of those twine pants myself too)- I was laughing out loud in the library, where I was seated reading this post( for the second time, may I say)
    Are all the scarecrows ready made and from Michaels’?
    Happy American Thanksgiving, Linda.
    Susie

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    • lindasschaub says:

      For goodness sake – I rescued you from SPAM again Susie! I’m glad you got a little smile today. I was trying something different for Thanksgiving and have been collecting scarecrow pictures for the past few months. Some of those scarecrows are looking bedraggled from that big snowstorm two weeks ago and this incessant rain … it’s rained the bulk of today and been extremely windy as well. I took most of the pictures before the snow event so they still looked perky (you remember “perky” right – before school and hitting the books every day and night?) This weekend, after eating and shopping, people will begin decorating for Christmas and all the scarecrows and mini hay bales will be on on the street come garbage day. I remember the last time you were in the library and laughing out loud was the Sweetest Day post about Parker and Petunia. Yes, the scarecrows are ready made and actually come in two sizes and people buy them at Michael’s where they have a big selection. I have seen them at Meijer where I shop for groceries, but they are big and awkward and not cute like these are.

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  6. Eliza says:

    Awesome idea!!
    Happy Thanksgiving! Do you have off at all for it?
    Love, light and glitter

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked it Ellie – I thought I’d try something different than my usual walk and talk. Yes, Thursday through Sunday and I am excited to get a break, even if the weather does not cooperate all that much. Thursday and Friday are okay, but Saturday and Sunday a sleety/rainy mess which won’t bode well for walking, but at least I can wait until the afternoon to walk when hopefully it melts. We are dealing with rain now and lots of wind. Mother Nature is very fitful in 2019. She has a “bee in her bonnet” – do they use that expression in the UK for someone who is irritated about something? Love, light and glitter back at you Ellie.

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  7. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………..I enjoyed reading your Thanksgiving blog tonight………………….you are a clever and witty writer…………………………all of the scarecrows are bright and cute………………………..never knew about the difference between stuffing and dressing before………….I always learn something reading your blogs

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – Glad you enjoyed my Thanksgiving post – admittedly, it is a little different from my usual walks. I generally have more harvest-type decor photos and this Fall it seems I spent more time in the parks than in the neighborhoods. The construction around Pagel Avenue continues to be a pain and I must walk two long blocks extra each way to avoid the mess which is basically mud everywhere and heavy machinery everywhere – sometimes I just drive and can walk those two more miles at the Park, rather than walking the round trip from home. I aim to walk down Emmons Boulevard soon to see their lovely holiday displays – once you cross the bridge from Lincoln Park to get into Wyandotte, the houses are bigger and the displays are always done so festively. I thought “dressing” was just a Canadian term – my mom never called it “stuffing” and when I Googled to see if anyone else called it “dressing” I was surprised to find out it is not just a Canadian term and certain regions of the country also use that word … it is like “pop” and “soda” and even “soda pop” … interesting isn’t it. Glad to share newsy tidbits with you. 🙂

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  8. Great Imagination holiday theme Linda!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. downriverdem1 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Linda!

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  10. Wow! No squirrels but lots of cute scarecrows! I rarely see any around here. Seems like Thanksgiving is getting kind of lost here this year. I noticed that many of our neighbors already put out their Christmas decorations and Santa is at the mall every day. Fun post and a happy Thanksgiving to you, Linda! 🦃

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I knew I would leave everyone speechless by not including a single squirrel in this post Sabine. I keep seeing cartoons and memes about Thanksgiving being the “lost holiday” as we move from the hoopla that is Halloween, right into Christmas … this holiday is lost now with all the shopping. I had a restful day which included a long walk and reading a book, which I have not done for many years. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

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  11. Margy says:

    Great way to tell the Thanksgiving story! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Margy – I won’t say back at you as you enjoyed your Thanksgiving last month, which is a smarter time to have the holiday since the American Thanksgiving has become very commercialized. My late mother used to make Thanksgiving dinner for both holidays since we were/are Canadian. A good excuse to have to pumpkin pies!

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  12. Prior... says:

    This was a delightful post! And you sure do have a variety of scarecrow photos!
    And by the way! So sorry the Lions lost! It was close and I felt bad for them.
    I mean – I know Chicago needed the win too – but think Detroit could have appreciated the Win more!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Yvette – I thought it was something different than my usual posts and a good way to use all those cute scarecrow pictures that I’ve been collecting. The last few Lions games have been very close – yesterday was unusual because we had quarterback who was backing up the backup quarterback. Matt Stafford our QB the last 10 years or so, fractured some bones in his back and the backup QB had a hamstring injury – this guy had never played in the NFL. I don’t follow sports except by osmosis and hearing the sports commentary on the radio. The Lions are out of the playoffs again and likely looking at a new coach and manager next year – the owner, widow of William Clay Ford, Sr. is 94 and supposedly calls the shots and has done so since her husband died five years ago. Our hockey and baseball teams, both owned by the Ilitch family, are in serious rebuilding mode and their stats are abysmal – Pistons not so hot either, so it’s tough to be a sports fan in Detroit.

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      • Prior... says:

        Yeah – tough in Detroit and maybe a little better in buffalo / not sure
        However – here is to better seasons ahead

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Indeed – they are not too effective this year, even the Pistons are not so good. I just absorb the sports stuff by osmosis – what I hear is not good for any of them, the college teams are much better. I just noticed your other comment in SPAM re: what I was reading … so I’ll answer here. (Sometimes in moving a comment I have lost it. Grrrr.) I had not read a book in over 20 years. I was once an avid reader, especially when I took the bus, then my boss/I moved to another location and I had to take two buses, one a city bus, that didn’t work out so great and I began riding with someone in the building who lived near me – gave them my transportation allowance but was forced to listen to morning show pranks or listen to that person talk on their cellphone all the time and it would be rude and/or impossible to read so I stopped reading. I could never read at work and by the time I got home at night and sat down, it was late and I’ve never been able to read in bed as I’d likely fall asleep. Once I began blogging and interacting there on WP, I don’t even get magazines read anymore – I only have one magazine coming to the house now (AARP) and read all my news online. Anyway, my mom and I bought many books together and I have two tubs of books downstairs that she read ahead of me – even more books upstairs. I was going to wait until retirement to get back to reading. I was at the grocery store in October and saw a Danielle Steel book “Lost and Found” and picked it up – liked the story line and I have read her books for years, watched her miniseries – it is always a quick and enjoyable (though often predictable) read, so on a lark I bought that hardcover book. Since that book, I bought about 8 more books (even with the books downstairs – yes a little dumb I agree) … I finished “Lost and Found” and started a new one yesterday, So the book which I am reading now is “Summer of ’69” and read the review in a fellow blogger’s post about beach reads. Joni and I are the same age and she recalled all the historical events, the songs and other items mentioned throughout the book all from that year. I am about halfway through that book and enjoying it also. The other books I bought are a mishmash of genres … I hope to set a new regimen of reading and stepping away from the computer more – at least through the Winter which is predicted to be snowier and colder than usual. I hope to be able to read on my exercise bike as well, if the light is good enough. I got two different small book lights and am not thrilled with either of them thus far – maybe a headlamp would be better, but I’m no fan of going out in the malls shopping this time of year and Amazon is pretty congested, so it can wait til next year. Enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend Yvette. We’ve had a gray and gloomy holiday so far – today is no different, and I’ve not taken a single photo.

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      • Prior... says:

        Hi – thanks for the reply to both comments – ha
        — I don’t think it is a bad idea to buy books that call to you even with two containers full of books to read. We have to follow the call- ha.
        — I have a small book light that I don’t really like either – tried three headlamp and it is annoying – and maybe a kindle will work for you? I know some folks love theirs for nighttime reading

        Have you considered audio books?

        And best wishes with your stepping away from the computer more. I had to be very Intentional about making it happen or I am not sure I would have been able to pull away. The first couple weeks were toughest because it is a new habit and breaking a routine – if you know what I mean? And you have built a wonderful following with your blog and you are interactive ((❤️)) so I know you might have to work adjust – but getting lost in books is a good place to pull back into.

        And hearing you chat about commuting – well that must have been a mixed bag – good on one hand and annoying on another – oh and I can’t read in the car – or even on bike or treadmill – so good for you for being able to ….

        Lastly – the summer of 69 book came out at a great time (sure it was planned for the 50 years ago kind of thing) and this year we had the chance to visit the place where Woodstock happened – need to post about it soon- but my favorite part of our visit had to do with the people – the coolest folks seemed to be visiting the area that day! There was also a wine festival and a 5 k that day – and people were just cool all around (some of the employees were a crank but no worries)

        Wishing you a nice Saturday my friend

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Hi Yvette – I guess I was feeling rather frivolous at first, but thought that first impetuous buy might just be the impetus to get back into reading again. I had forgotten the joy of immersing myself in a book completely. A fellow blogger (Kate Crimmons – you may follow her?) wrote about a Kindle a few months ago (before my book-buying binge) and I asked some questions about it and she mentioned she has had several and loved the latest model. She also suggested getting an audio-capable Kindle. At the time I told her I’d think on it but had all the books stashed downstairs and upstairs so was not sure I could justify it, but I’ll bet it would light up much better and I could read on the bike. I’m glad you told me about the headlamp, so I’ll keep my money. I may get another clip on to have one each side of the book. Or just position myself under floor lamp (likely the best option).

        I was 13 in the Summer of 1969, as is one of the characters in this book – her parents are quite strict, just as mine were, but she had the advantage of older siblings having blazed trails, where I was an only child. Every little freedom I would get was considered an accomplishment by me – ha ha. I’m sure it was timed perfectly too and the author turned 50 this year as well. I read a lot about Woodstock this Summer before writing my post about it and there were many people who attended and returned … I would have visited if I was in that area.

        As to the bike, I have no room to bring it upstairs and back in the 90s, I used to do 20 miles every night. Of course I was a lot younger and had more stamina then, but never read on the exercise bike, mostly listened to music, sometimes watched TV. I hated that commute – it made sense as door-to-door but their schedules didn’t always mesh with mine and I was often left doing the commute on my own in the end.

        I really have stayed off the computer this weekend – I will do a short blog to write about my total – just have 45 more miles to go and won’t do a log of posts through the end of the year – I love writing the posts and the interaction … I think I mentioned I’ve only been interacting with other bloggers for two years – my first WP follower was in November 2017. Enjoy your weekend as well Yvette.

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      • Prior... says:

        Only two years? Wow – it didn’t take you long!

        And thanks for the reply-
        Not sure if this is an option for you – but kindle has a reader you can use on PC (and maybe tablet)
        And my hubs loves his kindle for when he goes camping/hiking deep into the woods.

        I will look up your Woodstock post.
        We watched a documentary about it (so good) and had fun walking the grounds .
        I will let you know when I post my pics – hope to get it done in 2019!

        And congrats for being down to 45 miles left to go!
        My daily walking is still going well.
        I met a friend at the mall and parked across from where we were meeting – it ended up being a little too much walking that day… but also so good!
        Have a good night

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I think I may have known about the Kindle reader and didn’t look into it before but thank you for the info Yvette. I should have done that prior to my book-buying binge. As of right now, I am still using Windows 7 for my work computer and this old laptop which is ten years old and at a standing platform so I am not sitting so much. I have photos stored here. I have a Windows 10 computer (laptop) which my boss purchased and I will be using after January. So the kindle lights up enough to read it in the dark then – that is interesting.

        Actually my Woodstock post was not much about Woodstock as much as reflecting 50 years later on what I did that Summer, but here it is:
        https://lindaschaubblog.net/2019/08/16/reflecting-on-woodstock-50-years-later/

        There will be no walk today – a horrible weather day with an all-day rain and very windy so I am going to work in the house doing chores like laundry and housework, which is fine since I have had three days and only did enjoyable things like long walks and I finished the second book. I won’t start another one until next weekend.

        A fellow blogger, same age as me, did a Woodstock post. She went to a Woodstock party and dressed like the era and reflected on the history of it much more than I did:
        https://thehomeplaceweb.com/2019/08/21/woodstock-revisited/

        Hopefully your weather is better than ours Yvette. At least I will be productive inside as I have fallen short of that for months.

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      • Prior... says:

        Hi – glad you are having some productive in house time.
        and that you finished the book.
        and hubs insists the kindle is excellent for nighttime reading –

        and huge thanks for the two links for the Woodstock posts.
        Going to check them out and maybe I will add them into my Woodstock post this month.

        I am trying to do 31 posts this month (not all of them will be detailed) and hopefully I can get to the Woodstock one as I countdown to 2020
        can you believe 2020 is coming? seems surreal

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That is good to know Yvette, because yesterday I saw that I have bought 10 books during my book-buying blitz, but that was because I saw two on Amazon, only available on Amazon, so I ordered from there. So, had I bought a Kindle and then purchased a Kindle version book, I would have saved money, though some were on sale … the “Summer of ’69” was not in paperback yet, either was the first book I read. I will definitely consider it, though I forgot about a cupboard in the TV room which I had not opened in years and peeked in while dusting – it too, was filled with books from favorite authors and not only that, I had taken business envelopes to stack them and separate them by author – oh, to be that organized again. That organization in my life has sure gone out the door. You are trying to achieve lots of posts and I will hit 1,400 posts soon, so I am limiting my posts to hit that number at year end – I like rounded off numbers for things. I am concentrating mostly on Christmas-type posts and holidays going forward, weaving them in with the walking.

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      • Prior... says:

        Hi! Your organized days do sound fun – different seasons….
        And regarding the posts – I did commit to post every day for this month / but not at all a goal to “achieve lots of posts” – quite the opposite – I had my lowest posting months in October and November (taking breaks) and it is time to indulge a bit. But I could easily post two or three times a day because I connect with photo and writing challenges – and that is actually something good that came from pulling back this fall! I realized it was time for me to maybe skip certain challenges – just a different season – and I feel a sense of freedom – hard to explain – but I like the challenges and want to support the hosts and it is nice to be part of the group and all – but not meeting my needs anymore –
        I think my post count right now is 884 – and wow – cool
        To end the year with 1,400

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I have never done any of the challenges Yvette since I try to keep to the topic of walking, though I do stray sometimes, especially at the holidays. I wrote a lot of posts years ago which were mostly just walking, no pictures, or very little and for a long time, my style was one paragraph with no indentation at all, a one-word title and one picture. I won’t post as much to not go past the 1,400 … a few years ago I ended up with 1,000 miles and 1,000 posts (to date).

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      • Prior... says:

        Thanks for sharing that – I enjoy our comment chats – happy Tuesday

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Me too – you’re an earlybird. I am up that early, mostly in the Summer … as the sun is getting up later again and it is so dark and dreary these mornings, I’m less inclined to step out of bed at 4:30 but then hate myself for languishing in bed.

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      • Prior... says:

        also – if you have time – I was wondering if you would do a simple review of my “avian friends” book – I will email you in a little bit

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, that would be fun Yvette – you have my e-mail address from our interaction here … I have never done a book review except for school, but I have done plenty of book reports back in the day. I took a French class where we only spoke French – did TV shows, movies, magazine and book reviews and that was circa 1978. I hardly would admit I took French for many years, as I have not spoken, written or read it in decades.

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      • Prior... says:

        Oh how fun your French class sounds. I will be in touch later this week 😉

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  13. Laurie says:

    We (and by we, I mean Bill) did watch the Detroit- Chicago game on TV this Thanksgiving. I am a big fan of hugs, like the grandmas you mention in the post. I had plenty of grandchildren, sons, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews to hug this Thanksgiving. I haven’t been on the blog for a while (I scheduled a post to be published on Friday), but I am in the terminal at Phoenix waiting for my flight home to Philly right now. I hope you are out walking in the ‘hood right now! You have your goal to accomplish and 1 month to do it!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I figured you had launched your post in advance and maybe traveled light without the laptop to enjoy family and running time only. I’m glad you had a great visit with family – you sure picked a great time to gather, and by now your son from Colorado and his family should be able to get back there without a hitch. Our weather has been gray and gloomy since Thursday a.m., but no snow and no high winds so I got seven miles in each day of the long holiday. I’m happy to say I only have 45 miles left … I was hoping for only 42 and could say I’d done 1,200 by month-end, but Wednesday we had lots of rain and high winds, so that did not happen.

      I do think and feel more confident about this being a doable goal Laurie. As you know, I was on the fence for a while. Hope snow is not in Philly, just a tail-wagging Benji.

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      • Laurie says:

        No snow here, Linda. Just a cold rain. Tomorrow may be a different story, though. I had to run on the treadmill at the gym today. Ugh! I feel your pain of not being able to get out. Here’s hoping we both get better weather next week!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        The rain is dismal – that was our today. This week is supposed to be dull and gray but clear – that works for me and hopefully it will be your weather too, with no snow. Mother Nature needs to cooperate – Laurie and I have goals to meet.

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      • Laurie says:

        That is our weather today. I convinced Bill to go out shopping with me. Our grandkids need some clothes and I wanted to buy some of them for them. Bill gave his input too. I hope they like our choices!

        I hope you don’/t have to worry about meeting your goal on New Year’s Eve! You might have to go out and walk 10 miles that day!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I think you spend a lot of time with your grandkids so you both will be in tune with what they like – they grow so fast, they are always needing new clothes. I think I should be okay to meet my goal. It was supposed to be nice until Sunday evening and now they are tweaking the forecast to include snow showers tomorrow and Friday. We had snow showers most of today and they were not predicted except for one time and not near here.

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  14. A (belated) happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  15. Such a fun post, and the scarecrows are cute! I’m a little late, but I do hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. We did. We stuffed ourselves with turkey, roast beef and yes, dressing, and then, we went on a beautiful hike to Amicalola Falls. (You can google it. Beautiful!) The hike made us full a little better about all we had consumed, but then, we returned to the family gathering and had a bit more leftovers! 😂 So much for feeling better. I needed some real stretchy pants that day! I hope you had a great one! 😊

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked this post – I thought I’d do something fun with all the scarecrows. Your dinner sounds great Mia – you needed those stretchy/comfy pants you showed us in a recent post! I did Google Amicola Falls – very beautiful and I like that big set of stairs that goes up to the top. Anne Mehrling (Mehrling’s Muse) often features waterfalls that are near the mountains in North Carolina where they live, but those waterfalls, while nice, are not as tall and cascading as what I saw when I found the Amicalola Falls State Park site. I’d say after that hike you could feel free to have leftovers and dessert too!

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      • We’ve hiked several falls in and around the area near Anne Mehrling’s town. She actually hooked up with me on wp, and we have been very close to her area. That was so neat! If you’re interested in waterfalls, you might enjoy Googling the waterfalls surrounding Brevard, NC. There’s something like 250 within a 20-25mike radius! It is an absolutely beautiful area!! We LOVE waterfalls and are always trying to find new ones! 😊💗

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I am going to check this out and yesterday Anne did a post about the local waterfalls – she and her grandson like going to the waterfalls and her daughter is here from Denmark, so they have been going to some local sites for walking and picture-taking. So I mentioned your beautiful Falls to Anne. I’m glad she hooked up with you – I was always sending her your posts to read, mostly food reviews and other posts. That is beautiful having that many waterfalls in such a small area. I would love that – the older I get, the more I hate the Winter.

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