Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Roundup

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.

E. P. Powell

Wow, another week to put in the books. Time is moving far too fast for me. I just can't keep up anymore. On Thursday Thanksgiving will be here, and I have made no plans nor bought a thing towards dinner. Unusual for me. Usually I have a shopping bag of Thanksgiving foods by now, but it is different for me this year. This year I am a retiree, and it will be the first Thanksgiving in more years that I can remember that I didn't have to rush home from work on Thanksgiving eve and rush to get a few things done.  This year I have the gift of time.  And if I should happen to forget something?  I am surrounded by stores.  

I am beside myself with glee. Hubby has finally sorted through a few bags of his clothes and took two bags to the Goodwill.  He almost backed down, but then I reminded him that that part of his life is over, and it is time for a new start.  He's such a hoarder, that man.  He's got bags of work clothes in three different sizes.  'One' was his normal size, 'two' was when he gained a ton of weight, and 'three' was for when he was on the regiment of medication for his liver and was so sick for the year.  He was like a toothpick. It broke my heart to see him that way.  His response when I bring up this fact is "what if I....gain...lose?"  My response is, "whatever, you are not going to return to work so at least get rid of your work clothes." Well, at least he made a start.

I really don't want it to sound as if I am a terrible nag.  I'm not.  In fact, he is the one who is always carrying on that there is no room for storage.  Well, he is right in that respect, but, truth be told, the reason we have no room for storage is that a huge closet and above closet built-in storage is being taken up with clothing that is never worn.  Anybody else out there with a hoarder for a hubby?  If so, I would appreciate some tips on how you handle it.

Woke up this morning planning to do some shopping, but they are forecasting rain throughout the day.  Do I want to go or what?  Doesn't matter to me, but I think of the poor delivery man who has to walk in it to deliver my groceries.   And then tomorrow is the Saturday before the holiday, and the store will be packed.  Not much choice but to go today.

So, what are my plans for this weekend? Well, the two most important things are a trip to the supermarket today and Church on Sunday.  If I am feeling better, I may have hubby dig me out the tree and decorations.  I always love to decorate it on Thanksgiving Day.  Digging it out now gives me time to replace whatever no longer works. And now, since I seem to be rambling on and saying nothing, I'll bow out now before I continue to bore you any further....

How do you plan to spend your weekend?  Have you started to decorate yet...or is it too soon for you? 

Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
From North and South, come the pilgrim and guest,
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
The old broken links of affection restored,
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?

John Greenleaf Whittier 
Wishing you all a fabulous fun and rest-filled weekend.  See you on Monday.


  1. My Rare One is a bit of a pack-rat. I discovered, however, that she will willingly part with stuff if she gives it to her nieces because it's "helping them out." That assumption has really assisted in clearing a lot of crap out of our place and makes it their problem now, LOL!

  2. Isn't it wonderful to have free time? I am thinking of starting my decorating in the next couple of days. Next weekend I think we will get the tree if the Bard isn't too busy with work. l love decorating. We already celebrated Thanksgiving here, so it's now officially Christmas season. Have a lovely Thanksgiving day!

  3. Haha! my husband is just like that.He has clothes from middle school. T shirts filled with holes that he sometimes will wear in public(even on tv, that man has no shame) and underwear shoes and so much stuff that he just won't get rid off.
    My secret is that i nag a lot during spring cleanings and when i realise that he has n't used something in years i throw it out in secret!