Thursday, November 24, 2011

No rant, just peace

Home again.

He didn't say one off color word. Not one. No one said a word about Obama. Not one word.

A good time was had by all.

Life sometimes

When you least expect it to.

Now, I need your help. Every year we select a "Christmas angel" from a tree with names of needy children on it. This year, we decided to change it up and picked a senior citizen from a home for the aged.

His name is Joseph. He is 74 years old and likes "anything funny" and gloves.

Now the gloves, well....I can do that.

But, what should we get for the "anything funny" part? I'm thinking maybe a Bob Newhart cd. But...what else? Any bright ideas?

And hey, how did you spend Thanksgiving? Or, if you aren't American...what do you think of a day filled with turkey, stuffin', mashers and gravy, cranberry sauce, yams, and pumpkin pie? Sound good. thanks? And a whole day spent with your relatives, pigging out? Does this make you smile or grimace? Little of both?


Kimberly said...

I'm so happy your day was a good one! I was thinking of you.

Ours was wonderfully relaxing. Normally, we run a million places visiting, but Josh's mom was out of town and his dad had to work, and my parents just did a small dinner at their house. So we got to spend the day relaxing and not driving across three states.

JohnD said...

As a 70 year old male, Bob Newhart sounds great - nice clear voice and easilly followed pace of patter.

As a non-American may I say that we do not need Thanksgiving to have turkey with trimmings but one thing worries me ...... If Obama pardoned that turkey which poor bugger took its place on the table! LOL!

lyon de clarasvals said...

Wow. That was really a surprise. I'm happy for all of your family. Peaceful and quiet here today. Even all the noisy neighbors were gone for the day. Bliss.

sybil law said...

I'm so glad your Thanksgiving was calm and nice - so was mine, for a change - and surprisingly!
For funny, I always go with Mad Libs- for all ages. :)

Anonymous said...

How about a book of cartoons of Pickles or of Crankshaft. Or, if you have a little time, you can find a CD of an old radio comedy like The Bickerson's, Burns & Allen or Jack Benny over at

Jennfactor 10 said...

Maybe check with his center and see if the classic comedies on DVD would be something they'd play for him? Because the old ones are amazingly cheap, so you could build a whole library for him/them!
Or a funny cozy sweatshirt from the Wireless catalog?
...and my Liv fell in love with her cousin from Tennessee who played card game after board game after card game with her. She has a serious case of cousin worship. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, i'm not American - I spent my day in work, then I went home and did some ironing, ate some dinner and read a book.

But .. the day you described (the turkey, craberry sauce etc) that's Christmas day!!? What on earth do you guys eat on Christmas day!? Confused.

LL Cool Joe said...

Glad things went well!

I'm pleased we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK. No one in our family cooks, so it would just be another day of hassle.

With Christmas Day and Boxing Day looming, 2 whole days with relatives I'm thankful not to have to celebrate an additional one!

Fen said...

When I was living in London I lived in the International Dorm at my uni. We had some Americans there too and they did a Thanksgiving feast and WOW it was brilliant. I could have gotten used to that :)

Annemarie of Holland said...

Happy to read it was a good one this year!

JY said...

those vibes must have worked! glad everyone was "tame" this year! well, i have spent many a thanksgiving away from "home" these past 20 or so years, it's an unheard of holiday here in JP. I really do miss the food tho. Hard explaining this holiday to the Japanese.. ;)

Earth Muffin said...

What about one of those day-by-day calendars with funny cartoons on them? He'd have something funny every day for the whole year!

How nice that your BIL was on his best behavior! That always takes the stress level down a notch.

We spent the day at my aunt and uncle's house in my home town. As usual we were kind of dreading it because their house is small, our family is large, there's never enough to drink (not alcohol, I mean she doesn't provide enough of ANYTHING to drink) and, eventually, conservative politics take over the conversation. We were pleasantly surprised though. The weather was great, so my boys spent the whole day outside after eating and actually got along! Politics didn't enter the conversation until we were getting ready to leave. There was plenty to eat and drink. Even Mr. EM (who hates all holidays) said he had a good time.

It was nice.

Anonymous said...

funny for the older gentlemen... all good ideas posted here... books, movies, etc. altho with older folks i always think: how is eyesight, etc.? does he have access to dvd player, etc.? audio recordings can also be good... again, depends on access. (can you find out?) many funny comedy routines, some from radio, available on CD.

so happy your holiday went well! what a gift! and sort of a double gift in that you knew that you had commmitted to dealing with things differently this time, if it wasn't... i almost feel knowing you would deal differently... and being so inspired by liv... was the larger gift.

the holiday going well sort of seems the reward for your that decision.

our holiday was rather... heartwrenching. i broke up with my bf the night before. our holiday plan had been for just the three of us - he, me, and my girl. i felt desperate to find something positive for us because watching harry potter and pirates while your mom cries and talks on the phone in the next room does not make for a happy holiday memory. two school families kindly allowed us to join them and my girl had a wonderful time with peers. she has never had a holiday with peers. it's always adult heavy and usually not much fun. i grew up with huge extended family reunions on thanksgiving, heavy with beloved cousins, so i've always felt badly about that.

so... my girl got a holiday with kids her age... family friendly and fun.

i am heartbroken. i say that like it's nothing... but it is a big deal.

i am big commenter on your blog but may actually have to not read for a while because in a really terrible but rather human way, it is painful to read about love when yours is lost.

something came up that was a dealbreaker. it was a surprise. so it is a double whammy. processing the dealbreaker and processing the loss.

and... as with you and bing... i have known my bf many years. it took us a long time to become involved. for various reasons. he always felt like "the one." on a heart level, yes. but the deal breaker is real. so i'm having to walk away.

all good things to you, bing, liv and socks -


Anonymous said...

I love this!

They just release The Carol Burnett Show on dvd along with the silly bloopers from Harvey Korman and Tim Conway giggling. I always loved those. Maybe he would like something like that. :)

Anonymous said...

A book by Bill Bryson?

Becca said...

Something funny..... The Mighty Book of Boosh. If you don't know what this is, ask Liv. If she doesn't know what that is, then google it. (Although thinking about may not be right for an old man. Look it up anyway. I'd offer other suggestions but the things my grandpas like (cricket, Mass, Salzburg and antiques) are decidedly unfunny. I'll take a turkey dinner any day, but the obligation to eat it with relatives.....not so much. It sounds awful, although I'm glad you had a good day with your fam =)