Happy Thanksgiving! Sorry about the lame joke!

So, Randy and I went to look at a house today and on our way, we saw this sign on the freeway:

buckle buckle

Me: That is so lame. That is like “Randy joke” level lame.

Randy, talking like a turkey: Buckle, buckle.


The house was too small (probably under 600 square feet) and less than 10 yards from an active train tracks. A train went by while we were there. It was pretty funny, actually. The whole house rattled and the metal against metal screech of the train wheels was barely muffled.

In any case, I am glad we are at least starting to look for our new abode. Also, the trip gave me this picture so I can share it with you guys. Happy Thanksgiving!

Life is bizarre right now. Keith Partridge and Charles Manson died. Sad about David Cassidy. As far as Manson goes, I guess now the Beatles can have their song back.

The president is endorsing an accused pedophile who was actually banned from the Mall in his town because of the way he stalked and harassed young girls there. How is this even real? I am hopeful that they don’t limit our access to the internet. If you are so inclined, please call to protest repealing net neutrality. I love you guys and I don’t want to lose you.

I’m trying to find my thankful, even though we’re in the upside down right now.

Still, there are always reasons to be thankful. We have a tight family with low drama. We have clean drinking water. We have treasured friends. We have children and grandchildren that give me hope for the future.

I took a few extra days off work, so Randy and I have time to putter in the kitchen and cook food to take to my mother’s house. We’re listening to Bruce Springsteen and drinking bourbon. What’s not to love?

And we have kitties.

Here is a video of Gertie (Gertis Birdis) playing one of her favorite games, chasing Randy’s hand under the blanket.

I hope all of you feel warm and loved on Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all of you.

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  • Oh I do want to see the video. Pls ckeck link. You nailed the upside down environment we’re living with. But agree that a touch of Bruce and a taste of bourbon calms my brain which can’t help but believe there’s a way out of this crazy alt news maze.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    P.S. thanks also for the net neutrality link.

  • Happy thanksgiving! In the world of insanity we currently live in, it’s wonderful to take a day off from the insanity and enjoy what we have and are. Thanks for sharing with us -Hugs!

  • Those little things like train tracks matter.

    Years ago, I rented an apartment that was back to back with a night club. The next one I rented was next to a major freeway.

    A conscientious renter would have made a reasonable inspection of the surrounding areas.

    Oh well.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • It seems we ALWAYS live near train tracks, but this was awful. It was up a ridge so the train was just above roof level of the house. Haha. The house would have been way too small anyway. We want small, but this was essentially 2 rooms, and they weren’t big. Great front porch and deck, though.

  • You ALWAYS make me laugh. I need to read more – I guess making resolutions is supposed to be on a different holiday, but who’s being technical?

    You are thankful for drinking water – I am thankful that I finally got my but to the doctor to have my blood tested because I’ve had trouble sleeping for months. I have celiac disease and thought I was being SO careful . . . blod work showed I am inadvertantly getting gluten in my diet. Oops. Thankful to have an answer and start sleeping again. (And thankful I don’t live near train tracks that would keep me up at night – talk about a nightmare!)

  • You’re lucky that Gertie is at an age where chasing hands (and feet) under the blankets is still fun. Come back in a few years and describe the look of disdain on her face when you try it. What’s up with Alfie & Dude?
    Have a terrific Thanksgiving and enjoy the extra days off!

    • Dude..he’s been in the background a bit because we’re working on the house. Alfie is all good. He just isn’t much a chaser anymore..kinda like you said.

  • Gertie is adorable. We have a lot to be thankful for here, it hasn’t been that long since we were in that awful foundry building with no heat and the bathroom was fifty yards down the corridor…
    And to Ernie who commented above: I’m only cooking “Thanksgiving” dinner today because our friend Zsuzs, who is a vegetarian with celiac disease is coming to visit. On the menu so far is gluten-free fusilli with sauteed veggies and Alfredo sauce, a spaghetti squash, yams, and possibly some pumpkin pie with a crust made from gluten-free cereal, and whipped cream.
    We’ll see how it goes, but I feel fairly confident that it will please even the non restricted diet folks, as I’ve been working on these dishes for a while now.
    And take heart, Michelle, we’re starting to win again.

  • Gertie is something to be thankful for. So are cat videos in general. And Randy jokes. And weirdly a friend of mine likes to live near train tracks.
    Takes all kinds, right?

  • I love lame jokes.

    Good luck with househunting. The weird houses make for great stories (like the one we viewed that had a toilet smack dab in the middle of the livingroom).

    I hope the rest of your weekend is blissful!

  • Gertie is totes adorbs. My key-cats compete with each other over who is the better hunter, Cocoa, who hunts the ball or toy mouse FIRST, or Smokey, who steals the prey from her and hunts it LOUDER. Always after we’ve both gone to bed. Always.

    I skipped Gluttony Day for my First Annual Skippage of Gluttony Day Parade (?) – there was no parade, simply a shortish walk to the local grocery chain, which was, in fact, open (fuckers), so we bought ice cream. A quart for each of us to pig out on. Two days later, and I still have some left for tomorrow! Woo Hoo!

    I’m grateful for all of my life’s blessings on a daily basis, no matter how much bitching I may do on those same days. I don’t need a huge-ass meal to bloat out on and then have to clean up from to remember to be grateful. So no more. Maybe next year, I’ll call for public action on my blog, on my SECOND Annual Skippage of Gluttony Day Parade (?)!

  • Ah yes, the upside-down.
    I am kinda sick of living in the upside-down but I don’t think it is gonna right itself anytime soon.

    Thanks for the buckle buckle laugh, though. That was good.

    And we once rented a house near the train tracks. 11pm everynight the house shook and we laughed that we felt we could open the front and back doors and the train could barrel right through.

    • No sister, I do not think we are going to be right side up for a long time..but I do believe it will happen.

      I’m glad you liked the buckle buckle..I’m just glad Randy stopped making turkey noises. Dear god.

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