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6 Ways I Feel Thankful Over Thanksgiving

fruitcakeIt is the time of year when we reflect on that which makes us thankful; old friends (or relatives) begin sending those printed generic holiday letters everyone loves to hate; and my mom makes her dark, hard fruitcake which we will never eat but will outlive my great, great, great, great  g r e a t  grandchildren.

They won’t eat it either. Maybe you are wondering if the redhead is thankful this year or you are just looking for something to do so your boss will think you are working.

I might be able can help so please read on.

Just don’t nod off at your desk or you will blow the whole act.

  1. I am thankful my ass didn’t grow any larger this year, as with menopause God seems to enjoy some cruel idea that women over 40 need larger asses.  Maybe it’s to throw it in front of anyone trying to cut in front of us in those long Christmas lines.  I don’t know, but God a good elbow to the chest is just as effective, so you can tell Santa to go ahead and bring me that automatic shrinking ass kit on Christmas morning.
  2. I am thankful for Brian (of course) and the fact that he still gets full on three bowls of rice, half a chicken, two apples, a half gallon of milk, and several yogurts for dinner.  We haven’t fully migrated to half a rice field, half a cow, a bushel of apples, two gallons of milk and the contents of the freezer for dinner YET but give him time.  He is only 12, in size 11 shoes  and 5’7″. I keep wondering why people aren’t asking him over for dinner.Eating what he leaves behind might be a great diet plan, since it is usually just crumbs on the floor.
  3. I am thankful for my mother and all the times she reminds me that I am still her daughter.  I see my future and my mother is 104, I am 72 and we are still having the same conversations.  they’d go something like this:
  4. “I think the skirt you are wearing is a little short Catherine…”

    “But MOM it’s three inches past my knees…”

    “Men won’t respect you.”

    THAT’S the idea mom.”

  5. I am thankful for the warmth of the fire, the roof over our heads, the vehicle I drive, the clothes on my back, the air that I breathe, the money in my wallet, the readers of this blog, my online friends, the opportunities laid before me, the hope and comfort that chasing my dream brings me, Boonie the dog’s constant tail wagging, Brian’s friends and their many idiosyncrasies, and the ability to find humor in everything.
  6. And my red hair is still mine.
  7. And the attitude that comes with it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

With love,



PS.  I am thinking of offering my mother’s fruitcake (as a prize) to one lucky reader.

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About Catherine, the redhead mom blogger

Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

9 Responses to 6 Ways I Feel Thankful Over Thanksgiving

  1. Chic Girl November 21, 2007 at 10:09 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving Catherine and Brian! May your day be filled with love, good food and laughter!

  2. robert bourne November 22, 2007 at 12:12 am #

    Happy thanksgiving Catherine and Brian..enjoy the day,family and friends..even the ones that are to chickenS….T to comment….:):):)… Texas has a stock of beef cattle ready for when Brian reaches the Half a cow stage…:)

  3. Theresa November 22, 2007 at 10:12 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy all those things you are thankful for (except maybe the fruitcake).

  4. Colin November 22, 2007 at 2:16 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving Catherine and Brian.
    Believe me, foodwise, worse is yet to come!! My daughter is nearing 15, and when she stays with me it’s like a constant food fest…..the fridge, the freezer, the pantry, any tins of sweets…nothing is sacred lol and I don’t get a look in!!
    Have a wonderful day

  5. Speedcat Hollydale November 23, 2007 at 1:36 pm #

    Ohh sure, women may battle a large behind, which you seem to have avoided, but us poor old critters on the male side go bald and belly after 40. NOT FUNNY!! I work out and fix my dew a lot…as to try and cover any holes on the top of my head.

    I remember those fun days of youth, barely. I could NOT gain any weight no matter what or how much I ate. Wouldn’t that be cool to have happen again? Hey, I’m hungry for a yogurt now…

    Glad to see your wonderful candor and humor are still intact :) I really hope I win the fruitcake, as it matches my personality!

    Eric “SpeedyCat Hollydale”

  6. Catherine November 26, 2007 at 8:30 pm #

    Thank you all for your wonderful Thanksgiving wishes. My wireless router is still giving me issues, but I hope to set-up a new one this week and hopefully end my sporadic ability to be on the Internet. THEN, I hope to stop by your sites and reciprocate with comments too.

    So… Eric wants my mother’s fruitcake…

    Think he’d like her Marzipan too?


  7. BobG November 27, 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    “I am thankful my ass didn’t grow any larger this year, as with menopause God seems to enjoy some cruel idea that women over 40 need larger asses.”

    And with us guys, the hair falls out of our heads, and then starts growing in our ears…what the hell kind of sense is that?

  8. Jenny December 12, 2007 at 8:02 pm #

    If it were not for the fruitcake how many people would go hungry thru the Holidays?

  9. Darrin December 26, 2007 at 1:25 am #

    Fruitcake? I’m there! Yes I’m one of the 2 people in the U.S. that actually likes fruitcake. A curious result that spurred from my Dad receiving dozens of the fruity loaves every year from his faithful barber shop clientèle.

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