Especially thankful this week for all the blessings we enjoy.
Here are my answers to this week's Happily Settling in the Hodgepodge from Joyce at From This Side of the Pond. You can answer the questions on your own blog then link with Joyce and the others to read everybody else's answers.
1. Are you settling for something?
I'm very content with what I have. The only thing I can think that might be considered "settling" would be to remain in our current home. I would like very much to move into a smaller one story house, but DH isn't ready for that, so I am "settling" for now and trusting we will move at just the right time.
2. It wasn't that long ago almost every store in the US locked doors and turned out lights on Thanksgiving Day. This year many will be open all day Thursday, giving shoppers a jump start on 'Black Friday'. In your opinion is this a good thing or a not so good thing? Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
I won't be shopping over this Thanksgiving weekend. My heart goes out to the people who have to work on holidays. It is the norm for people in service: fire department, policeman, nurses, hospitals, restaurants, etc. I guess retailers think what they have to offer is a service to the shopping public.
Speaking for myself, I don't think it is a good thing. And yet, I wonder, is it a good thing for the economy? But really, it is only one day set aside to just be thankful. What a great idea! I wonder whether, even if the malls are closed, are people really giving thanks? Or is it just about turkey and football?
3. Speaking of shopping... I saw a recent article on the twelve best shopping cities in the world. In order they are-New York, Tokyo, London, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Dubai, Madrid, Milan, and Seoul. Ever shopped in any of the cities listed? In which city would you most like to pull out the plastic or cold hard cash?
I have shopped in New York, London, Vienna and Paris. In each city, we used credit cards and, usually, my shopping is limited to some kind of memorable and usually useful souvenir. The only time we really used cash would be for street vendors, ice cream, that type of thing.
4. When did you last dine by candlelight?
I can't remember!! I may have to set the table tonight with candles! :-)
5. What do you have too much of?
Odds and ends around the house. Stuff.
6. The Hunger Games...are you a fan? Did you read the book(s)? Will you/have you seen the movie? Will you/have you seen Catching Fire? No spoilers please!
I haven't read any of the books and don't plan to see the movies.
7. Share your plans for Thanksgiving Day. The who, the where, the what...especially the what! As in what's for dinner? If you're one of my International visitors, whose homeland doesn't celebrate American Thanksgiving (the whole world doesn't, ya know!), then still tell us your plans for Thursday.
We will be spending Thanksgiving in Tulsa, Oklahoma with my sister and her family. My husband and I will drive 5 hours on Thanksgiving morning arriving in time for dinner, followed by a time of catching up, nap, leftovers, stay the night and leave early Friday morning. We will stuff ourselves with turkey, stuffing, gravy, broccoli casserole, cranberry sauce, asparagus, kale salad, deviled eggs, pies and cake. I have high hopes for mashed potatoes to be on the menu!
8. Insert your own random thought.
I just realized from Joyce's answers about food that sweet potatoes and corn pudding are not on the menu. :-( Guess I will have to settle and be thankful for what I get!!! :-) YES! I can do that.
Truly, my own random thought now is that holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to divide sometimes as we get older. Everybody is expanding and it isn't always possible to spend holidays with all the people we love.
Thank you for the Hodgepodge questions. I wasn't expecting to see them during Thanksgiving week. I look forward to reading everyone's answers.
Happy Thanksgiving and I hope your family makes it in.