A Heart Thanksgiving

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Cheers Team Tiny Peppers here it is my last post as promised. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.  We almost never do traditional Turkey and fixings at Thanksgiving, I mean we have, but we like to change it up.  This year we had a lovely Pot Roast.  There is something that we always do at Holiday Family Meals, and that is Best & Worst.  If you were at our Thanksgiving table and were the first to finish your meal we would ask you to begin the evenings Best & Worst. It started as only that, but we have added Funniest, and What you Learned.  It’s a wonderful way to get people talking and enjoy each others company.  So here’s how it works.  The first person to finish is automatically nominated to begin. They must tell aloud to the people at the table the most recent, Best thing that’s happened to them, Worst thing that’s happened to them, something they learned, and the funniest thing that’s happened to them.  Then they get to choose the person who goes next, and so on, and so on until everyone has had a turn.  The only rule is you cannot repeat something someone else said.  So if someone says their best is getting together for this family dinner, no one else can use that as their best.  Theoretically that doesn’t mean this family dinner can’t be someone else’s worst if your family is snarky like that. LOL You get the picture. So I’ll start… Best: Having Thanksgiving day off from work. I work in a restaurant and I almost always work the holidays.  This year I was very lucky to have it off.  Worst: I was sick on my days off right before the holidays and got nothing accomplished. 😦  What I learned:  I learned that a Slow Moving Loris can kill you in seconds with a toxic bite that causes anaphylaxis in a certain percentage of humans. Unfortunately, you don’t know if you are in that percentage until it’s too late.  Slow loris

Funniest: Attempting to squeeze our little Michaels cart between a lady who was at the register and the narrow pathway of the isle on Black Friday as we were making our canvas score. When I realized it was going to brush against her as I squeezed by.. I said I hope you don’t mind if I shave off a little of your behind as I go by. Everyone behind the counter erupted in laughter. It was pretty funny. I wasn’t serious, and I was hoping she would try to scooch in more, and I think she did, but she was laughing too.

So now..it’s your turn. I nominate you. Please tell me your best, worst, funniest, and what you learned recently. I can’t wait to hear.

Thanksgiving the Myth and the Reality

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Greetings Cheer Peppers I have a little reality for my 7th Nano post, but I have put a positive spin at the end.

I can’t remember exactly when I became aware that the cute origin story I learned in grade school regarding Thanksgiving was complete bullshit.  I only know that since knowing it has changed dramatically how I feel about the holiday in general.  I now celebrate it as a time to gather with family and be grateful, but I still have ugly sad feelings about it.  I know we are not responsible for what our ancestors did, but the fact remains we stole this land from its indigenous people and it feels very wrong to celebrate that in any way.  Couple that with how many in our society are acting now about not wanting to share that which we have claimed as our own, knowing full well it was never ours to begin with, leaves me bitter and angry.  How are we supposed to feel about this holiday when we know the truth?  I guess most people just don’t think too much about it.  What ever Thanksgiving was intended to be, I am not happy with what it’s become either.  The heavy commercialization of our holidays takes the fun and purpose out of them.  Now stores are opening on Thanksgiving in hopes of spurring on the shopping frenzy that feeds their bottom lines.  People that aren’t well to do that have to work with the public are forced to work and participate in the madness.  They are calling it Brown Thursday which is somewhat apropos considering the shit show that it is.  I try to write happy upbeat things and participating in Nano this year I think I have done that.  The last couple of years I have been too bereft to even participate.  It’s hard because there is so much unpleasantness going on in the world right now. I feel like posting only happy stuff is ignoring the elephant in the room.  That said, I know we would all like a break from the elephant so to that end I choose to celebrate love every day.  I will choose to celebrate the good things that are happening and be grateful for the gifts in my life.  Whatever our ancestors did I know we can do better going forward and we must.  Perhaps we define what Thanksgiving is for ourselves.  We don’t have to celebrate the lie we’ve been sold.  We can make it something better and celebrate that instead.  Happy Thanksgiving whatever the day means to you.  Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all

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Cheer Peppers it’s Nano Poblano day 24. I hope you are all having a lovely Thanksgiving. We had a nice quiet wonderful celebration. In our family we have a new tradition. Instead of Turkey, and the usual fare we decided a few years back to do Lasagna. We love lasagna.  It’s a crowd pleaser for sure. One Christmas we made 3 Lasagnas, of course we were having company. This year we made two, one for us, and one for our son. Lasagna makes great ready to heat leftover meals for on the go lifestyles. There will be multiple pies for dessert. We are thankful for each other, health, love, our home. We are lucky, and we don’t forget those who are less lucky, and we try every day to do our part. So anyway…here are some photos of our private celebration. 🙂

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Lasagna in the making. 
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Super burner making quick work of the noodles

 

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Table set
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Lasagna Served
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Our son speechless from the greatness
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Best Lasagna Ever!
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Omg Yumm

 

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5 minutes later….LOL

That’s it for today Cheerpeppers. I will see you all again tomorrow. It’s black friday at the deli…help me please to get through my shift. LOL