Whew – we’re stuffed!

Thanksgiving is looking a wee bit different this year. In the past, we only had to practice social distancing from that second helping of pumpkin pie, or, perhaps our only concession was not having whipped cream on that second piece of pie.

The CDC, Dr. Fauci and even our governors, have all weighed in on our annual holiday gathering, so you’re likely still tweaking the menu and counting noses for today’s Turkey Day table.

But the Scarecrow Family does not need to heed any warnings … they just keep on doing their own thing as they always have.

The scenario goes like this:

Mama is there to put out the welcome mat and greet everyone with hugs and kisses galore.
Papa loves to welcome home the whole clan while wearing a bow tie and his best overalls.
Sandy arrives breathlessly, announcing she’s been cookin’ and tastin’ goodies all day. P.S. She confided she even had to loosen her skirt, BUT … Sandy we didn’t see any Tupperware dishes full of food!
Sophie and Stanley are newlyweds. They brought wine and a present for Mama (they re-gifted a wedding gift; a tad tacky lovebirds).
Seraphina is a bit of a diva – she’s got her head in the clouds and stars in her eyes. She struck a pose, tossed her head back and said “I’m sorry darlin’s … I had no time to make a dish to pass.”
Sebastian is the lawyer in the family. He was working this morning, didn’t have time to change, said he’d chat a while, take a turkey sandwich to go. He stopped at the drugstore and bought one can of cranberry sauce and called it done – hmm.
Sonny has a perpetual smile and a glow about him. He brought a couple of sweet potato pies and one pumpkin pie.
Slim, (who is aptly named), brought the mashed potatoes and gravy. Mama fawned all over Slim saying “Boy, you just gotta get some pounds on you soon!!”
Sylvia brought her crock pot full of yummy green bean casserole and slyly said she’s really got her eye on the pie.
Susan and Simon were dressed to kill; they brought yams.
Stacy was sure to wear flowers in her hair and brought organic dinner rolls.
And finally … smilin’ Samantha brought the stuffing. Woo hoo!

Mama looked around at her family, all a bit bedraggled-looking from the recent windstorms and almost bustin’ out of their clothes, then smiled and turned to Papa and said “we are missing the main part of our meal – oh my … Papa – we have no bird!”

Just then the front door opened and there was Stuart, the last of the clan to arrive, fashionably late and empty-handed (as usual).

“Hi y’all – happy to be here. Hey, wait a minute … why are y’all lookin’ at me that way?”

Such is the way of Thanksgiving dinner with the Scarecrow Family. After they ate their tasty meal, the womenfolk headed to the kitchen to do dishes and parcel up leftovers, the menfolk patted their straw, then snoozed or watched the Detroit Lions football game and Papa, always lovin’ a little attention, got out his fiddle.

What song did Papa play? Click here to find out.

About Linda Schaub

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, so 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 four 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, though 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. - Linda Schaub
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111 Responses to Whew – we’re stuffed!

  1. I loved your stories of the different ‘crows. What fun!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. J P says:

    So did they have to draw straws on who got to turn the turkey from a guest to a course?

    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Very clever JP! I was afraid to ask exactly how that classification might change. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well – I hope you came up with a plan for outdoor dining. Our Michigan weather is fairly mild today – hope yours is similar.

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    • Joni says:

      I’m thinking that lawyer didn’t look too lawyerly to me – a plaid shirt? I hope he wasn’t in court!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Ha ha – yes, I maybe should have made him a creative type, like a writer or an artist, instead. It was the tie made me say he was a lawyer. And a funny thing Joni … I don’t know if you noticed, but I decided each of their first names should begin with an “S” so I thought up a few “S” names on my name, but needed more, so I Googled around for names and came upon some really different names than we grew up with. Every since I wrote this post last Sunday, I’ve been getting lots of “suggestions” for baby accessories, the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” … obviously that was a bad idea Googling names!

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      • Joni says:

        HA! Sometimes you have to be careful what you google! I thought maybe he reminded you of your boss? Does he wear plaid shirts. My boss wore the same kind of plaid shirt (not flannel) all the time, when everyone else wore white or solid colors? Maybe plaid shirts were in for awhile? It was a cute idea anyway – looking forward to the Scarecrow family Christmas gathering.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        My boss probably has gone in wearing flannel as we had no dress code. He wears island shirts in the Summer to work, no tie. He always kept a suit/shirt & tie in the closet in case he had an emergency meeting as he always got/gets dressed up for client meetings. When we were still at the Firm my boss got dressed up, but he had this unique thing going for years. He has ties for every occasion – he ordered them from a tie catalog of unusual ties. If it was Easter week, then a week of different Easter ties. Maybe I’ll change Sebastian to a creative type instead. Yes, maybe I need to use “Duck Duck Go” when I am Googling so I don’t get those type of ads … 🙂 Glad you liked the Scarecrows … I have to start putting together something fun for Christmas.

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      • Joni says:

        Nah, leave him as a lawyer. How is your boss by the way, any plans to retire, and thus you too?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Okay, Sebastian Esquire stays then. No, my boss has not mentioned it any more lately. We’ve been busy the last few months and should be into the new year for these new matters. When he goes, I go. 🙂

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  3. ruthsoaper says:

    Great photos and a fun story. Makes me wish I was a scarecrow. LOL! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Your scarecrow guests sound like the real thing! I especially love the guy who bought a can of cranberry sauce and called it a day. I had a guest do that. It’s not that it was bad but at the last minute I had to run around opening and getting it into a serving dish. After that everything brought had to be ready to serve. Oh yeah, one year the salad person brought a grocery bag with all the makings and proceeded to take up much needed counter space doing that at my house.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Ha ha – I’ve always had a small family, just my parents and me, so the most at a holiday dinner was five at my grandparents’ house many years ago So we didn’t have any of this family drama going on, but I’ve heard other people complain enough about “that one guest” or the guest who feels they are exempt from bringing a dish to pass or helping with the dishes afterward.

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  5. Sylvia is my favorite and I loved the card. Have a great Thanksgiving Linda!

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  6. That’s quite a feast! The Scarecrow Family know how to do up Thanksgiving. 🙂 I love it when everybody brings a dish. Thank you for a fun post — the story brightened my day and thanks also for the delightful e-card! Happy Thanksgiving, Linda! Many blessings to you.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, they “do it up right” – don’t they Barbara? I think it is nice when dinner is potluck style and everyone brings their favorite dish or specialty. I’m glad this post brightened your day and you might have kicked up your heels a little while the e-card was playing. Thank you for the holiday blessings as well and hopefully you got to touch base with your family via Zoom or otherwise on this usually family-oriented day.

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Linda something we do not have in the UK. Over recent years a lot of villages here now have scarecrow festivals but often in the summer.

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  8. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Der Miss Linda……………………Why don’t you publish this Thanksgiving story??………………….it is so good……………title: “Whew………..we’re stuffed”

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Ann Marie – I am glad you like this post. I went for a long walk after the Park on a sunny Saturday, (one of the days I visited the harvest display on Emmons Boulevard) and there were scarecrows everywhere. I came home with many photos and while walking, this idea was starting to bubble around in my brain. I did another scarecrow post for Thanksgiving in the past, but not as many “family members” … thank you for the nice suggestion – that made my day!

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  9. Sartenada says:

    Hi Linda. What a gorgeous post. I did love also those stuffed creatures; Very cute. It always a great joy to see what you find next time.

    Have a wonderful day!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Matti – when you and I discussed “turf heads” and scarecrows one month ago and I promised you lots of scarecrows on 11/26, I was not kidding. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed these straw characters and their holiday feast. Have a wonderful day as well.

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  10. bekitschig says:

    What a great post Linda! Thank you for the country kitsch 😉

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Jeanine – glad to give you a smile … in harvest season here, there are scarecrows adorning homeowners’ property everywhere you look – I love their goofy grins.
      I like that idea that they are country kitsch. 🙂 Have a good day (what is left of it).

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  11. Sandra J says:

    That is the perfect title and oh so many beautiful stuffed dolls, beautiful thanks giving decorations.

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  12. Laurie says:

    If only our whole family could gather like the scarecrow family did. That’s quite a collection of scarecrows! Like Sophie – I had to loosen my waistband. I wear my most comfortable pants on Thanksgiving! 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, no worries at all for the scarecrow family.
      We have a lot of people in the neighborhood that do harvest decor, so I collected these fairly quickly. We all need “fat pants” sometimes. 🙂

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  13. Wonderful pictures and what a fun story to go along with it. Now I’m wondering why there aren’t any decorations like these around here!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you enjoyed this Sabine. I collected so many scarecrow shots on that walk that while walking home, I decided I needed to do something clever with them. We have a lot of homes in the neighborhoods that decorate for harvest time and start doing so right after Labor Day.

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  14. Joni says:

    HA! Such fun! I loved all of it – the captions, the characters, the card – it gave me my smile for the day, and it’s been decades since I’ve heard that song. So imaginative Linda, I do marvel at your ability to constantly come up with new and different ideas!

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    • Joni says:

      PS. I’m afraid I was guilty for years of just showing up.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I probably would be just as guilty … my prior track record for cooking would have people saying “it’s okay – just bring yourself!” I once burned slice-and-bake cookies!

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      • Joni says:

        That’s easy to do – as ovens are so tempermental. Last week I made one of those Betty Crocker cookie packages that only make 12, as I didn’t want a whole bunch from scratch, and it was overdone, but we ate them anyway.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Those slice-and-bake cookies were the ones that are already pre-sliced, so even worse, since I only peeled and placed them on the cookie sheet, but they were sad-looking cookies, I’ll tell you that. Ever sadder … my mom’s birthday was Valentine’s Day and I had bought the cookies with red hearts in the middle to bake for her for her birthday. She passed away two weeks before her birthday. I knew those cookies were in the fridge – wrestled with the decision … should I make them, toss them … wasn’t sure how I felt, but made them and burnt them – it was just not meant to be with those cookies. I’ve never made cookies or anything in the oven since.

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      • Joni says:

        Ah….that’s so sad. I might have been tempted to just throw them out – too many memories. The ready to bake mix just needs a spoon or two of melted butter and water, and I added some extra peanut butter too. Easy to make and to burn apparently!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I was pretty embarrassed and swore I’d never tell anyone about it and here I am. But that was the last time I made them. I think I mentioned this to yu before, but my mom used to make peanut butter cookies and brownies from scratch for years – we always had them in the house. I was shopping one time and brought home Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie and brownie mixes, both in a pouch. My mother said “why?” I said to make it easier. She made them and they went in around the same temp as I recall, so cookies finished, the brownies went right in, same temp. She said she couldn’t taste the difference – I’m easy to please and she never made them from scratch again. Me … I burn slice-and-bake cookies. Baby steps. 🙂

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      • Joni says:

        That’s the one I used – Betty Crocker – and I thought the peanut butter one was good, although I did add a tablespoon more of plain PB. I’ve tried making them from scratch a couple of times and didn’t like how they turned out – too bland, not enough PB, so a friend gave me her recipe and it had so much butter and PB in it it was so high fat I didn’t think I could make it for mom with her gallbladder problem, and the mix just makes 12 so a smaller amount. My mom used to make good PB cookies when we were kids but she never measured her ingredients, so it’s hard to get an accurate recipe out of her. I’ve also made the Betty Crocker chocolate chip package and they’re good too…..for when you need a treat!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I can remember coming home from school or work and smelling peanut butter cookies – so wonderful. Before my boss and I went out on our own, our building had a small bakery in it – they made croissants, cookies and brownies. You could buy three tiny warm chocolate chip cookies in a wrapper for $0.25. The whole building smelled of fresh chocolate chip cookies all the time. They were delicious. I would get some for a snack to have later, kind of stupid when we always had cookies at home. 🙂

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      • Joni says:

        Not stupid at all, esp for that price! One Tim Hortons cookie now is $1 or more probably as I haven’t worked for years. Not worth it. I sometimes wonder how people can afford to eat out. Snow storm forecast tomorrow Linda – batten down the hatches!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        It was a deal even though the cookies were fairly small – nothing like having a warm chocolate chip cookie. Will I ever have one again? I have not used the toaster oven in years and it is too small to bake much. Maybe it’s better. I never knew how people could afford to eat out every day, especially in downtown Detroit when I was still working in the City. Most places were very pricey. People who are now working from home probably realize how much they spent every day, apart from gas for their commute. I had heard you were going to get slammed with snow – I hope it did not happen to you Joni. We were supposed to get 4-8 inches and ended up with 2-4 inches. I had wet snow and ice underneath – it was heavy but the driveway has melted already. Too bad we got this as it is supposed to be nice now through the weekend and into next week too. The snow spoiled our nice weather/clear roads streak.

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      • Joni says:

        It wasn’t too bad here – just a couple of inches but the street was kind of melted bare by noonish. I didn’t walk though as it was a little slippery.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’m bummed because the driveway is clear to the concrete, but the street and most of the sidewalks (as far as I can see) were icy and ruts from where cars drove and people have walked. I don’t think the City plowed … maybe on the weekend by mid-day I can walk but not sure. We are not slated to have any snow all next week, so I hope it melts everything over the weekend. Hope you got all your errands done before this week – you were hoping to.

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      • Joni says:

        All errands done now, except groceries which are local – it’s a relief to get it all done, in case the stats get worse. All our snow has melted and I was able to walk yesterday and today too, so that was also good. Small things make me happy these days.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know what you are saying Joni … I really could have walked Thursday but was leery of going to the Park with all the ice. We had ice on the street and sidewalks. I said they didn’t plow or salt – I later found salt in the street, so they must have salted, not plowed and it kept refreezing. I went to the Park yesterday morning. One side of the Park was full of ice on the path so I had to walk on the grass. Today most of the ice was gone. I am happy we got a reprieve and didn’t get what we were supposed to have. I’m glad to hear you are done with everything – it does feel good and I hope not to venture out, except walking and shoveling – our stats are terrible here and deaths counts and case counts are rising daily but today we had 193 deaths, but some are due to records review/reporting now, but still. We are setting daily records for all the wrong reasons.

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      • Joni says:

        Covid stats are okay here, but not Toronto way, but I still don’t want to go out too much. I walked today but briefly as it was just too cold and damp….just out to get a bit of fresh air. Next week looks like some sun.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I think they are going to keep our restrictions in place – the Governor gives her next press conference on December 8th. Like you, now it is just walks – it was really cold today and I went to two River parks and to my regular park (just briefly there). I have not warmed up since I’ve been home. It was 28 or 29 when I left the house this morning. I am hearing a warm-up this week, but I also heard some precip for next Saturday and maybe snow on Sunday. I took the car for a run today since it was clear out. I didn’t want to have to buy gas until the next surge post-holidays passes. Enjoy the snow-free week Joni. I am behind here again – hope to catch up soon.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Joni – your comment made my day! I like that song too and could just picture someone fiddling away and playing it with the whole scarecrow family around. I decided I had so many photos of these scarecrows from the neighborhood, that I should do something creative with them, especially that big crow! I’ve got an idea bubbling in my brain for Christmas and hope I can pull that off too. 🙂

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      • Joni says:

        I’ll stay tuned!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’ve been meaning to tell you this for a week already … last year I gave you two radio stations that go all-Christmas music on November 1st. They were WNIC 100.3 and The Breeze 98.7. The Breeze just became an alternative music station last week, so if you go there, no, you are not losing your mind.

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      • Joni says:

        Thanks Linda – I haven’t been listening to the radio at all lately as I don’t drive anywhere, but I have been listening to my Christmas playlist on my IPod when I walk each day, for about a week now, and am enjoying hearing all the tunes again. Kind of getting me in the spirit, also hung two outdoor wreaths today as it was so nice. I don’t think I’ll put up as much stuff as I usually do this year though.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You’re welcome Joni – I listened one Saturday and I had to shut it off as the loud Christmas songs (the newer ones) actually got on my nerves. I like the original tunes the best, but I have to say the Mariah Carey songs just get on my nerves. I have not hung the wreath up yet, but will this week … next year things will be better hopefully and we can all put more effort into decorating.

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  15. Michael says:

    Ha fab 🙂 happy thanksgiving

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Michael – it was very relaxing … I really did nothing for four days. We are having our first major snow storm of the Winter season beginning tomorrow, so I made the most of being outside/walking.

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      • Michael says:

        How quickly winter he arrived… maybe being indoors so much means it seems rather sudden to me….

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        We have had a great November Michael. We had some days that it was 70F (21C) and even yesterday we had 50 F (10C) … today we have this snow. The weather’s been crazy – we needed jackets around Labor Day. You guys have been on lockdown forever, so it probably does seem sudden to you. I hear you are getting a little reprieve though.

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      • Michael says:

        Weve beenin heavy lockdown since start of August. We get a few days off for good behaviour at Christmas then its back indoors until the spring . Hopefully. Im happy at home tbh. Not going back to the way it was. Nope 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I didn’t realize it was heavy lockdown til Spring – wow. I think they should have done that nationwide here and it might have prevented what we have now. We are in week #2 of our latest “pause” and fully expect on December 8th, our Governor will extend it. You are lucky you have the career that you can work from home the rest of your days … good news there. And I don’t think things will ever be the same again, vaccine or otherwise. We have too many anti-vaxxers here and I will get it eventually, but definitely will take my time getting it and for us that’s next April.

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      • Michael says:

        Its nitvas heavy as it was, the shops are open but its still pretty tight on many things. That’s good though i think. Im.still happy indoors 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’m happier indoors too.

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  16. Prior... says:

    ah Linda – this was a post that has left me smiling –
    I have never had a Thanksgiving with the Scarecrow Family and this was such a clever idea for a post and for a pandemic Thanksgiving – well done –

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Yvette – glad to give you a smile. I was walking around the neighborhood and got so many scarecrow photos I decided to do something fun with them.

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      • Prior... says:

        You did a simply fantastic job with this!
        I almost bought scarecrows this year – we have nkt had them in so long – I never got it do that and so this post brought joy for that reason too
        And maybe next year when we grow out sunflowers we can add a scarecrow or two!?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Glad you liked it Yvette. I had a lot of fun putting it together. People here started putting out their harvest decor so early this year and one sunny Saturday I made the rounds and got all these scarecrow pics. Yes, scarecrows and sunflowers would make a great combo and hopefully will brighten our respective blogs next year. The last scarecrow I got was a girl, very cute and she was almost life-sized. I went to put her stake into the ground, pounded it a little and she fell apart on me … she lost half her clothes, a lot of straw. I thing the glue had become too dried out and I had to throw her away … next year will be better for shopping around more.

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      • Prior... says:

        Or you could make some –
        We used to go to a fall fest when the kids were young and the best part was they had “make a scarecrow” activity – and had a huge set up
        This huge pile of used jeans
        Then a huge couple piles of button up shirts
        Nylons for the head, Twine, some accessories –
        Like hats – etc
        And bales of hay/straw
        And we could each make one – it was fun
        But they were sometimes heavy and had to carry them to the car
        Anyhow – getting back to the one of yours that fell apart – some of the store ones really are flimsy –

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That one that fell apart was really flimsy Yvette. It was almost comical really, but I bought it when the harvest decor came out in late August and was excited to put it up as it matched the house (same colonial blue color for her dress). When the second appendage fell off, I was disgusted and threw it out. I’d have been better with one of the scarecrows that stands up like they have at Michael’s. We had something cool here – an event at the Botanical Gardens called “The Scarecrow Walk” … you paid $25.00 to enter and for that you got one wooden form (which looked like a cross with a head). You picked that up in advance and took it home and decorated it, then took it to the Botanical Gardens and they placed it on the grounds with your name and the scarecrow’s name. The Botanical Gardens has these events to raise $ for upkeep of the Conservatory and grounds. I would have liked to go, but it was Friday at 4:30 and maybe next year they could have it on a weekend as it’d be fun to make a scarecrow then photograph all of them. Maybe next year we have no “gathering worries” either. Some people around here have really elaborate harvest decor with the hay bales, mums, scarecrows, gourds – very festive!

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      • Prior... says:

        Hi Linda – I like the festive fall decor you noted in your area but do not always like the dark cemetery themed Halloween stuff – just my opinion and taste
        And I hope the so offer the weekend option – a weekday at 4:30 seems not the best time
        And their event sounds awesome and what a great fundraiser idea

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’m not keen on that dark-themed Halloween stuff either. I got some zombie pics as they had scary faces and I put them in a photo that was a collage designed to look like a Zoom call. I figured next year Zoom calls will likely be in the rear window … for personal use I mean – I think people will continue doing them for work purpose. There are some ghastly and gory themes that people make … I don’t “get” that either when there are beautiful themes you can make.

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      • Prior... says:

        Yeah – the gory is part of the fun at times
        We had one year where we decorated the front with spider webs and dangling items like plastic spiders and had a kit that gave us stuff – we played themed music and had a strobe light! lol
        But after that year I realized the sinister and dark vibe and just felt convicted personally – want to have things that celebrate life
        And we did go to Busch gardens Halloween scare week a couple times and that was super fun – maybe not everyone’s cup of tea but Linda – it was so much fun – there characters walk around and interact – it is not just scaring everyone –
        Well funny all this fall
        Fest talk and it is December 3rd – now my mind is on Xmas decor and lights –
        Not much – just a tad and a very small tree just for the lights and mood

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I have to start decorating a little again Yvette – maybe next year, maybe when retired … I took my little moose with the plaid antlers out of the cupboard and will put him up … so there is something. I’ve not even put the wreath up yet … I feel I am behind in everything. Now that sounds fun at Busch Gardens. They have something like that at the Detroit Zoo, but more a light festival. It sounds like a lot of fun too.

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      • Prior... says:

        The lights at the zoo sound nice 1
        And I recall back in the late 80s when bust with college and my holiday started on the 23rd!
        Just with school and work I was busy and Christmas did not start for me until then and Linda – sometimes if I feel late to decorate or Kate in any way – I think back to starting the 23rd and I sigh — knowing I can take my time and get moving at my own pace.
        Ya know?
        And so how much we decorate or put out
        And when we do it???
        Our timeline – right?
        And one year we put up our Xmas lights and tree on thanksgiving – and never again because we grew tired of it by the 25th!!
        And we learned that taking our time in December makes us feel fresher between Xmas and New Years –

        And I do know your moose with the plaid!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know for years I put the decoration up on the day after Thanksgiving – it is a small house and so all the regular knick-knacks and collectibles, etc. (house is full of country flair items) … everything had to be tucked away or put in the boxes where the Christmas decorations came from – it was a whole event decorating. An entire day and an entire day to take it down and that was New Year’s Eve. And now I do nothing but my little moose. I know when retired I will put more energy into doing things like I did – but where do we find the time Yvette? I am thinking about the candy dishes – there were different types of candies and foil-wrapped chocolates for the various dishes bought over the years … this was and is a job for younger legs!!

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      • Prior... says:

        yes – it is all about pacing and also realizing we have to say no to certain things – and it is not always about output and achievement – right?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, I agree. I used to put a lot of effort into everything – but it was tiring, I have to admit that. I used to spend countless hours in the garden, mostly the backyard. Loved my butterfly garden, fed/watered the birds – then we got rats … had to remove all bird paraphernalia. Then we had two back-to-back Polar Vortex events … I lost a lot of plants and bushes, my entire butterfly garden. I said to myself I would never put that much effort outside again – ever. I was almost fanatical that the garden would look perfect, not a weed in sight. I don’t think I can do that even when retired although I would like to look out and see beautiful flowers again, but with the erratic weather due to climate change, I am reluctant to go through that much effort and expense again, only to lose everything out there.

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      • Prior... says:

        Thanks for stating that! I have lost many of hours in the garden and have had different phases – especially between 2007 and 2012
        And now – just a little garden time is more than enough – I enjoy it – need it – but nkt where I want to immerse

        And rats? Yikes! That must ha e been crazy

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, I put more effort into the yard this year than in recent years. I may do something when retired, but never the extent I did before. The rats were terrible – we had a pest control service for several years then he got rid of the dog. Then he got another dog a few years later – the rats came back. I had to get rid of bird feeders and birdbaths due to the pest control bait boxes. It upset me a lot – I understand we still have them at night – my neighbor sees them as he has a firepit and sits out there late at night. I won’t go outside in the dark. I know they have rats in various neighborhoods and also cities around me – that was caused because they widened a major street in our City and neighboring cities and dug up a lot of property to make a wider road … not nice at all. It is a nice neighborhood other than that and I happen to have a lot of bushes (that lived) and rosebushes and this causes an outside perimeter for critters to hide. Rabbits for one. Squirrels also.

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      • Prior... says:

        Thanks for sharing that!!
        🐀🐀🐇🐇🐿🐿🐿

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      • Prior... says:

        Oh and I am curious to see what the world looks like next fall???

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I am hopeful it is better – they say by next Fall people will gather in big stadiums to watch college football. That is a more normal schedule. I’m not a college football fan, but Dr. Fauci threw that out there to say if we are careful and mask up, socially distance, all are steps toward making next Fall normal.

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      • Prior... says:

        I hope 2021 sees some great things unfold – with college football and other areas too

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, I am hopeful too – not only are the events we just took for granted not happening, not all just sports, but there were lots of art fairs and now holiday fairs, parades … all cancelled, but the dire consequences of a tanking economy is downright scary. Our restaurant owners banded together to file a lawsuit against the Governor and it was dismissed. They are livid … on December 8th our latest “pause” expires – they are sure they will leave restaurant/bars shut down through Christmas.

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      • Prior... says:

        I hope that is not the case – that they stay shut down! Yikes
        And was talking with a few folks and everyone seems to agree that the worse governed is Cuomo from New York – whew – have heard nightmare stories

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Well our Governor extended our “pause” for another 12 days from today and there is no doubt that she will extend now until after the entire holiday period. I don’t personally know anyone impacted by this pause as to a restaurant owner or worker. I did work through college at a diner and I was paid a small wage and counted on tips and at holiday time people were often more generous … this was a diner, so tips were not large like a sit-down restaurant, but yes there is still takeout options for bars/restaurants – I don’t know how many people are doing this though.

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      • Prior... says:

        yes – it is tough for so many

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes – we passed our 10,000th death today, so flags are at half-mast for the next 10 days (one day for each group of 1,000 persons). Someone who has a restaurant in a hotel, has taken “X” number of rooms in the hotel, removed the beds, put in tables and chairs and you can rent the room for $50.00 and have your meal catered. Now that is innovative … six people max in the room. Apparently, it is an expensive restaurant and the $50.00 does not cover food/drinks/tips, just the room rental.

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      • Prior... says:

        That room rental is a good idea and really hope this all ends soon

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I thought so too – hope it is over with this time next year Yvette.

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  17. Hahaha! Very cute! I hope you had a lovely T-Day. Ours was quiet but filling. No pie, though… darn it!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Janis – glad you liked it. In my travels around the neighborhood, I had collected so many scarecrow photos, I decided to put a funny spin on those photos. 🙂 I had fun creating this post. My Thanksgiving was quiet too … we had nice quiet weather and so I did a lot of walking as I wanted to finish this year’s goal which I did. Now that the big meal is over, you should definitely bake a pie and enjoy it … do you have enough berries from your yard? (I think you have blueberries?)

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  18. I love your little scarecrow family! And so aptly named, all of them. Poor Stuart though… I suppose he, uh, won’t be coming next year?

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  19. So creative, Linda, nice job! Looking at all the help the scarecrow family had to prepare the meal makes me stop wondering why I looked like a wild-haired scarecrow once I got done cooking all the dishes you listed above! LOL. Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you!!

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  20. 😂 I love your imagination that created The Scarecrow Family. What a lovely bunch to share Thanksgiving with ❤

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Zena – I took so many scarecrow pictures as I walked around the neighborhood, that I decided I should do something fun with those pictures and came up with this. I had a difficult time coming up with names as I wanted them to have names that began with the letter “S” – you will laugh at this. I Googled to find a site for girls and boys’ names starting with the letter “S” and now I am getting ads for child care and pregnancy info – oops! I am glad I gave you a smile.

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  21. Linda, I love this post!! It is like your blog name: whimsical and witty. You put great characters to these scarecrows with the Thanksgiving story line.

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