Thursday, November 28, 2013

Have A Truly Grumpy Thanksgiving!

 Marry an orphan: you'll never have to spend boring holidays with the in-laws




Someone far smarter than me once said the key to happiness is taking great joy in small things. I'm sure this person meant things like watching a sunrise or sunset, walking on the beach, a warm embrace from a loved one, or breaking the seal on a bottle of Bourbon. Yeah, that last one is a bit of a stretch but I could easily list a couple of hundred different things to be appreciative about---with many of them not fit for a nice family oriented blog like mine.



But today at my household there is a completely new reason to be happy about during this Thanksgiving holiday. With the extended family scattered about all across this fine country today it will just be my wife, daughter, son, and myself sitting down at the table. Instead of our usual habit of trying to prepare a meal with all the stress and chaos involved this time we ordered a complete turkey meal from our local Publix grocery store. Making thing even more joyfully simple is that this meal deal comes with three sides and a gallon of sweet tea. If I ignore the fact my wife still insists on making her secret--and completely rancid-- family cranberry sauce recipe our stove will not be turned on once today.



The fact that the hardest thing I will have to do this afternoon is put away the leftovers almost brings tears to my highly cynical eyes. Just want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and remind you to watch out for all those insane a**holes on the road who will be rushing out this afternoon to buy crap for people they do not really like with credit cards that are nearly maxed out and saddled with loan shark-like interest rates.


8 comments:

Pixel Peeper said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! The Publix meal is a great idea.

I usually make a big feast, even though it's just three or four people at my house. This year, though, we are having Thanksgiving dinner at the retirement campus where my in-laws are moving to the day after Thanksgiving. It will be interesting...

MikeP said...

Blasphemy! How can you be thankful without all the suffering and frantic hours of swear-laced preparation?

Why, when I was your age we used to walk 10 miles in the snow BAREFOOT, chase down a turkey and kill it with our bare hands, make stuffing from scratch with stuff, REAL stuff. Not that store-bought stuff you kids eat today!

Happy Thanksgiving, Beach! Glad you had a good one with your family. That's all that really matters.

Mike

Ranch Chimp said...

A lil late Bum, but Thanksgiving Greeting's to you and your's, my only wish for Thanksgiving was that the Dallas Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders, and that wish was fulfilled! (31 to 24){: )

Later Guy ....

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Ranch Chimp said...

For some odd reason dude, everytime I post a comment on your blog, it post's "twice" and I end up having to delete one, just figured I would let you know.

Akelamalu said...

A little late I know but Happy Thanksgiving and a belated Happy Birthday to you Beach.

Beach Bum said...

Pixel: I hope things go well. I have an interesting relationship with my in-laws. They use to descend on my house like invading aliens on either Thanksgiving Day or Christmas day. Then amazingly after only about seven to eight hours of "togetherness" they each went home in their own manner. Most drove but some would fly. It was a strange type of visit that while not long enough to be a pain was almost insultingly short and superficial.

Mike P: Truthfully, if I had my way we would just order a pizza.

Ranch: Yeah, that was a good game.

Akelamalu: Thanks!

Rose L said...

Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours! I think we should not just be thankful just once a year, but all year 'round. Every time we witness something that moves us we should be thankful. Be thankful for another day with loved ones.