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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Family – Thanksgiving 2017 by Miriam Hurdle.

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Time for a new series of Posts from Your Archives and the theme this time is all about family. We have all written posts that are now languishing in our archives and this is an opportunity to share them again to a new audience…mine. At the end of the post you will find out more on how to submit your favourites. It is also an opportunity to promote your work.

My guest today is poet Miriam Hurdle who wrote a post in 2017 at Thanksgiving. It was an eventful time with Miriam in recovery from an operation for cancer and her daughter about to give birth.

Thanksgiving 2017 by Miriam Hurdle.

Thanksgiving 2017 had come and gone. This is a little recap of the detail. It has something to do with decorating the Christmas tree. I’ll get to it toward the end of the post.

I was hosting the Thanksgiving…

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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Celebrate & Number

The prompt for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge this week is Celebrate and Number

We had a double celebration on Thanksgiving Day. My sister-in-law’s birthday is on November 21, mine is November 22. Every so many years, my birthday falls on Thanksgiving Day. Kriss and I had a joint birthday party on that day with thirty-two members with several members who couldn’t join us. What a blast!

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Gather

Together

Once, twice a year

For family folks

Live in further distance

Keeping in touch with latest

Cheering youngest and soon coming

Strong bonding warms the hearts and builds strength

Assures support in a lonely world


Colleen's Poetry Challenge - Celebrate & Number

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Happy November, Poet’s Choice of Words

Happy November, dear friends. It’s time to recount the abundance of harvest – good health, blessings of family and friends, achievements and more in this year. Let’s share and celebrate!

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Smile is contagious

Like reflections in mirror

A grin on your face

All eyes and lips resonate

Happiness joins the dancing

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Weekly Photo Challenge – 2017 Favorites in Review

“This week, we’re proposing something a little different to celebrate the end of the year. Instead of a specific theme or topic, we invite you to share your most meaningful photo from 2017” – Ben Huberman

It is our tradition to watch the New Year around the world and here is the New York city welcoming the Year 2017.

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In February, when we walked around our favorite Laguna Lake, we watched the lovely family of Mama ducking and her seven ducklings.

In March, we visited Mercy and Will in Portland, Oregon and found out the exciting news that Mercy was pregnant.

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In April, a group of friends from church visited the President Nixon Library.

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In May, we visited Mercy and Will again and they treated me for an enjoyable Mother’s Day Brunch.

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In June, a group of ladies from church went on a short trip of “walk and brunch” in Newport Beach.

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In July, we started several home projects. One of them was to paint the interior of our home.

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In August, Mercy’s friends gave her a wonderful Baby Shower. She was showered with abundant blessings.

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On September 28, we welcomed the precious baby Autumn. She brought so much joy into our life.

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On October 15, Autumn had her first pumpkin patch visit.

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In November, we had a great family gathering of Thanksgiving dinner.

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In December, Miriam participated in her fifth year of performance of Handel’s Messiah.

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Mercy went back to work two days ago after twelve weeks of maternity leave. She missed Autumn so much and was happy to pick her up from the daycare.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites

SoSC December 2, 2017 – Thanksgiving

Linda G Hill’s Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cramp.” 

Thanksgiving 2017 had come and gone. This is a little recap of the detail. It has something to do with decorating the Christmas tree. I’ll get to it toward the end of the post.

I was hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year. The previous time I hosted it was in 2009. That was the year I received the chemotherapy and radiation for my melanoma cancer from January to July. I know, I was so brave to host the dinner for 28 people four months after the cancer treatment. With the limited energy, I took two months to get the house ready, cleaning the house one room at a time. On the day of Thanksgiving, my daughter Mercy helped me do most of the cooking, I had written the schedule of the day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. when the family would arrive. She followed the schedule to put the turkey in the over, cook other dishes and set up the hors d’oeuvre and dessert tables. She did such a good job that all I did was get myself ready for the family dinner.

Well, for this year, I couldn’t plan too far in advance. I went to Portland, Oregon on two different trips when Mercy gave birth to her first baby. I went on the first trip in mid-September by myself when Mercy was due. Her baby was overdue, and I had to come back to California to take care of my After-school Care business.

My husband went with me on the second trip scheduled on September 28. The night before the trip, my son-in-law, Will called, and said Mercy was in labored and admitted to the hospital. I prayed every minute from the time he called to the time we arrived Portland the next day afternoon. We took a taxi from the airport straight to the hospital. Mercy was in pain but was not ready to deliver. By 10:00 p.m., Will asked us to go back to the house and will call to give us the update.

We went back to Mercy’s house, but I wasn’t able to sleep. I set the phone to the lowest ringtone because my husband went to sleep. I looked at the phone every five minutes, making sure I didn’t miss a call. By 4:00 a.m., Will called and said Mercy had delivered the baby through C-section. It was too much to coordinate by the time the doctor decided to have C-section, so he didn’t call earlier. After the delivery the doctor said Mercy could have visitors and that was when Will called me. We rushed to the hospital and were so happy to see our first granddaughter.

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My husband went back to California after a week and I stayed for six weeks. I helped to take care of the cooking, doing laundry and other chores. I took the first “shift” at night to watch Autumn so Mercy and Will could rest a little. Mercy had to feed Autumn every two hours and Will tried to help. Being new parents were quite a learning experience to Mercy and Will. Mercy tried holding Autumn in different positions for feeding but there was a latching problem. Will went back to work after two weeks of paternity leave. He continues to help when Autumn wakes up during the night for feeding.

When I came home a week before Thanksgiving, I rushed to the stores to get fall season decoration. I stopped by many stores, all I saw was Christmas items. So, I had to use Christmas decoration. Why not? Mercy, Will, and Autumn came to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. We had a houseful of family again this year and had a great gathering.

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Our old, artificial Christmas tree was all worn out, and we bought a new one – white color. Throughout the years when I decorated the Christmas tree, I cramped the tree with several strings of lights, many strands of garlands, and years of collections of ornaments. This year, after I assembled the tree, Mercy helped to decorate it. She only used two strings of lights, one strand of the garland, and twenty ornaments. She liked the simple look. You know what? I like it. I like the peaceful and quiet look of a simple tree.

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By the way, Autumn is two months and four days old. She had her first immunization. Mercy said Autumn handled the shots well. “Good girl, Autumn!”

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Linda G Hill’s SoSC December 2, 2017

 

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