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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Thanksiving Traditions on: October 22, 2008 05:21:50 PM
Really neat postings.  I personally have loved this holiday all my life.  Mom would get up at 3 or 4 AM T'day and begin the cooking.  I'm a granny now so that can tell you we didn't have any instant anything to work with.  We had little money and no room for error so we made sure all was as perfect as possible.  All the girls chipped in from small to tall.  

As a granny now I try to do things low key and low stress.  I post a wants list on the fridge and advertise WHAT DO YOU WANT ON THE TABLE? questions to all who plan to come.  I open it up for anyone to come if they can, but tell them I understand if they can't I am the last to criticize since for over 20 years as I trekked through life in military and then as military spouse, I never was able to attend fam get-togethers.  I like to get loads of photos, let the kids eat at the big table, let babies smoosh mashed taters and try new foods, load up on every fat and sugar known to man and make sure to place old photos around.  Particularly important is my effort to keep a photo of my Native American family ancestors since reportedly this Indian/Pilgrim detante idea is the theme.  I hope that someone is willing to say a prayer and that all are thankful for what they have been blessed with and for hopes of the future.  But again, that is a personal or individual thing.  

I set the table in as grand a fashion as my budget allows.  I try to use the best we own, and I also try to place a Christmas or Chanukah or other holiday ornament on each plate or family group of plates for take home.  Sometimes I make the ornament and sometimes I buy them.  I make sure that there's plenty of food and that anyone who wants to bring food can, but no one should feel obligated.  I do my personal memories of the past in my own quiet time during the day and reminisce about days when as a child for a short period we were homeless, and had no promise of food or shelter.  I make my peace with that and then through the day I try to take a mental snapshot of my hands.  The first time I did that I was ten, looking down at my baby brother, comparing his hands to mine, and promised myself I would watch with pride as my hands aged.  I knew in my heart that my hands would age much like my mom's or grandmother's - whose age caused the skin to thin and darken and wrinkle.  I am watching that happen now to me.  Thanksgiving is the one time of year that I make the concerted effort to reflect on what my hands have done, and all the years that I have celebrated that holiday with or without others, and with or without food, and with or without any hope of anything but what is here and now.  

My Thanksgiving reflection this year will include all of you in Craftster world.  You are a wonderful group that sees to it your cyber family is appreciated no matter the size, color, age, financial status, home, or creed.  Thank you all for helping to create that family.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: TWIN PEAKS swap yeah? yeah! on: August 29, 2008 05:23:02 PM
I'll bookmark this one so I can keep up, but just in case, pm me if you do decide to go with Jan on this. Wink
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mmmm sushi! on: August 27, 2008 04:00:42 PM
truthfully I don't like sushi    BUT I LOVE THIS CUTE PATCH!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crafty Laundry Sorter on: August 27, 2008 03:59:13 PM
wow I'm bringing a load or two over right now!  What a beeeyooouuuuteeeful laundry idea
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Coin Magnets on: August 27, 2008 03:48:45 PM
I agree!  This is really outstanding!  Makes a display on fridge easy, but what about a metal cookie sheet, or even that metal or magnetic paint--it''s a great idea
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Proud of my first dress...sooo theres a bunch of pictures :) on: August 27, 2008 03:44:26 PM
What a great job you did!   I think you better make one for me!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Breakfast at Tiffany's Swap Gallery on: August 27, 2008 03:42:02 PM
I've been a lookie loo on this one and have thoroughly enjoyed it.  What talent! What imagination
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Cancer Schmancer! on: August 24, 2008 06:56:48 PM
I really like reading all the posts about my dear Auntie.  I hope to print them out and show her what people think of her work.  She will just love hearing these comments.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: the delicious Good Eats/Alton Brown swap gallery on: August 24, 2008 06:50:12 PM
Love that recipe art.  Hey I tried 40 clove chicken back in 1977 for a big din din I fixed to meet relatives.  The relatives didnt show.  The meal was great.  It was neat to see Alton do that one on TV. 
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: TWIN PEAKS swap yeah? yeah! on: August 21, 2008 05:09:55 PM
Could we figure on a Jan swap with this?  That way we could play up the heavy sweaters and snow stuff.  Also wouldn't be swamped with Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc.
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