I thought giving thanks, since many of us are celebrating that holiday this week, would be a great MM&M 50th post. I’m thankful for that—that I was able to come up with some idea (some better than others) on Mondays, regularly at times, sporadic at others.
Fifty of them! Thanks to you for reading them. These end-of-year holidays are fun and bittersweet at the same time. Fun because you kind of put everything on hold—your worries, your work, your weight (ha!)—your brain takes a break from all that. Most of us celebrate these holidays with family and/or friends and do what we do on those days. Whether you work the holidays or not, there’s just a feeling about them. Everyone seems to be more grateful, aware, kinder. (P.S. – I’ve NEVER shopped on Black Friday, so I’ve not observed THAT kind of holiday spirit).
Bittersweet? I think so, for me anyway. I look back over the past year; some memories hold pleasure, others much pain. But holidays always give me hope—I look with anticipation toward the New Year. A year older, but I think wiser and more accepting of myself and well, life—the fun, the pain and all that bittersweet-ness.
A Quote From One Righteous Dude
I’m thankful that every year brings a new sense of urgency for me. I’ve realized how finite this life on earth is. There’s much to do and experience. And as Ferris Bueller said: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it.
And I’m thankful that I’ve come to that realization—I don’t want to miss anything or regret not doing something. I’m thankful I’m planning now what I’m not going to miss and not regret doing. I’m usually not even thinking of this until mid-December.
Fun Facts About Turkeys Because I Want to Post This Now
Because I’m busy making plans, I’m going to end this post with some turkey facts.
- It’s the male turkeys that gobble, the females cluck (and roll their tiny little eyes at the males making all that noise). The male is called a tom or gobbler and the female, a hen. A young male turkey is called a jake and a young female, a jenny. A whole bunch of them are referred to as a flock
- The heaviest turkey, ever—weighed 86 pounds. Talk about a feast—perfect if you’re worried about carbs, turkey has more protein than chicken or beef. Skip the yams and potatoes and you’re good to go. Or, just don’t worry about it—the exercise schedule will be there AFTER Thanksgiving.
- Commercially raised turkeys can’t fly (because they usually weigh twice the weight of a wild turkeys), all turkeys have really poor vision and turkeys can have heart attacks. (Gee, I wonder why.) On the plus side, they have great hearing.
The next time you look at a turkey, see if you can determine where the carancle, snood and wattle is. HINT: You usually don’t eat these because it’s on their heads.
If you want more fun facts about turkeys or Thanksgiving or some facts that you’ll forget by the time you read this, Google “Facts about Thanksgiving” and “Facts about turkeys.” As you can surmise, I did some heavy research.
I’m thankful that you read to the end of this and I hope you and yours have a beautiful and stress-free (yeah, right) Thanksgiving.
(To my Canadian friends, I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving last month.)
Much love and THANKS.