Monday, November 5, 2012

Here I am

It has been brought to my attention…that I have been neglecting my blog.  Not only have a few friends noticed but one of my 3 children mentioned it to me.  Yes, I haven’t been blogging.  I don’t have a very good reason, just that I haven’t been.  Summer came and went, then came back again.  Yes the weather in my part of the country is warm VERY WARM.  I was all ready to pull out what few items of winter clothing I had and had to put them back up on the shelf!  I took some amazing photos of my Northern grandies in August.  I will share a few of those photos and also a few fun facts about Thanksgiving….which I didn’t know!  These little turkeys will be visiting for Thanksgiving this year.  We will have a  house full…I like it that way….

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For some reason Lauren was so serious this little photo session, I think she was modeling for me LOL

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There are many of her but these were a couple of my favorites.


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Owen also had a serious side during this photo session

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Pure sweetness!





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It is hard for Ryan to sit still long enough for me to take his picture so I am thankful for anything I can get!


Well have you all had enough? Well don’t fret….they is a lot more to come….just not today! 

This one is for you BARB! LOL


Thanksgiving Fun Facts

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Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving

  • The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
  • The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
  • They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.
  • They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
  • The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
  • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.
  • Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
  • The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

    Thanksgiving Facts throughout History

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
  • Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  • The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.
  • In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
  • Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
  • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

    Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.
  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
  • Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

    Fun Turkey Facts

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.
  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  • Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.
  • Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
  • Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.
  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • Turkeys have poor night vision.
  • It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
  • A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.

    Joolz said...

    Good grief, I thought you'd fallen off the end of the earth! Welcome back!

    I loved reading about your Thanksgiving - it is something we don't have in Australia (unlike Halloween which is starting to creep in - that's commercialism for ya!).

    We have Australia day which is celebrated on January 26 - this is when the first fleet arrived in Australia from England.

    Your grandies are growing like mushrooms! All so cute.

    We are looking forward to a good family Christmas, lunch will be at my nieces house and there should be a good crowd of us!

    Glad to see you back blogging,

    Cheers - Joolz

    Barb said...

    Here I am, though I see not the first to comment. Great Grandie photos and fun facts. Here's another fun fact: my Bob's birthday is Nov 23 - it sometimes falls on T-giving, but not this year. It's the reason we can call him the BIG TURKEY! Glad you posted, Linda. Now, I won't have to bug you for awhile.

    Jackie said...

    I'm so glad to see you that I hugged my computer screen!
    Hi Linda Lu!!
    Your grands are beautiful...and the photos of them are beautiful too!
    Sooooo glad to see you.
    Missed you beyond words.

    Librarian said...

    Hello Lindalu! Don't worry - if you haven't been blogging, then you haven't been blogging, it's as simple as that and there is certainly no need for you to justify your not-blogging to anyone :-)
    But it is very good to read from you again, and as usual, your grandies make top models!

    In Germany, Thanksgiving is not a national holiday, but it is observed by most churches on a Sunday at the end of September or beginning of October, with a special service held and the church decorated with seasonal fruit, to thank God for a good harvest.

    shabby girl said...

    Your grandies are darling!

    imac said...

    Welcome back with a host of news items, cuteness with a load of Gobble Geese. lol.

    Diana said...

    Those were some very interesting and fun facts there Linda!! And your grand are cute as ever, I'm glad you will be having them over for Thanksgiving. I am hoping mine will be here too.
    You better be careful Lindalu, you know if you don't post a blog after a few weeks, the blog police start hounding you. I'm not sure who they are but I think one of your followers here in your comments, might be undercover!!
    Love Di ♥