Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giggles and Head Shaking

I want wish everyone a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. I'm truly drinking from my saucer because my cup has overflowed. I'm also thankful for this new community of friends since I began traveling down the blogging road.
I traveled down to Madison, North Carolina this week for some errand and I just snapped a few pictures of downtown and Madison Dry Goods Store. This is just a fun and unique place to shop. They have added a deli full of all sorta of goodies and they were kind enough to share some of the Wisconsin cheeses that have become a real attraction for them. There's so much to tell about the place that I'm going to end it right there until me and sis can steal away for some big girl fun, that way I can truly do them justice.
Hey..Ann I'm a callin'...
I also feel like I've been doing all kinds of traveling right here where I'm sitting. So many folk have shared their families, recipes, DIY projects, beautiful tables in breath taking homes. I've got a birds eye view into your lives but I have to say I've been rather hesitant to bring you into mine. I could surely share things from holidays past that would make you shake your head and giggle; you might would even laugh out loud. I even got to thinking I should retitle my to a more fitting name. Something like...
Redneck Ramblings on Rorrer Lane
Don't get scared I didn't do it. 
Whether you're talking about my Mama's side or Daddy's side of the family there's a lot of us. The get together's are always buffet style; none of that sit down and pass the bowl stuff for us. With everyone bringing a dish or two and usually a desert too, Mama will have the kitchen table full, she'll have stuff that's best kept warm on the electric stove, the wood cook stove will be cold covered with a table cloth and so many dishes until there not a place to sit one more thing. That's when the food starts overflowing into the little  room to the side of the kitchen. You'll see another smaller kitchen table that's usually where the kids would be chowing down at but there's food there too. You might could set your plate down...
awwh...just squeeze in..
and kids eat your real food before you even think of looking on top of the 
chest freezer that is covered in desert.
It's a blue jeans and ball cap kind of crowd. Of course you'll see some festive sweaters and big smiles.
For goodness sake don't be shy...
we are talkers...
and you're sure to hear the latest old joke.

Now my mind goes back to a few years ago, well it's been quite a few now, when I was living in the Old House; I would host holiday gathering on my Daddy's side of the family. Mostly this was because I had the most room and I was living in Grandma's old house and that's where we always met before. I was inspired to do something charming. I had some new dishes I wanted to share and I had a wonderful new recipe for cranberry sauce.  Daddy said the blessing and we was all ready to dig in when my uncle said,
"Where's the plates?"
"Where's the cups?"
I said," they're stacked there on the counter and just grab you a glass." 
He said,
"You should of called. We came right by the store we could have brought 'em. Do you want us to run up to the Ridge( our little convenient store up the road)"
He finally obliged me and used a regular dinner plate as opposed to paper plates and cup. I thought everything would be fine after that. Then someone hollered,
"Where's the cranberry sauce?"
I said, 
"It's there in the bowl."
You know what they were looking for ...
the jellied cranberry sauce that comes out shaped like the can.
After all it has those nice ridges so you can tell where to slice it.
My cranberry sauce was not well received.

Okay. Are you through giggling or maybe you're shaking your head right now. Maybe you understand exactly the kind of gathering we have. I might be a redneck. You might be one two. 
If you find yourself stranded in Stuart town don't worry drop on in there's always plenty to go around.

No matter what kind of holiday you have I hope you spend it with the ones that love ya.
Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Oh my goodness, I grew up in Madison, right outside in Stoneville! I worked at the Dry Goods Store in high school :) Small world!!!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,

    The ladies and I are starting to gather a bit early this week so that we can take our turkey loving time mingling and growing together over the next few days.

    Thank you for linking up with us last week, thank you for sharing your sweet energy with all of us... thank you for being beautiful you.

    Come join us if you please.

  3. I am answering your call! Just tell me when. Today? Tomorrow?

    And well you should have known better than to change up tradtion! Duh Huh!!