Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving this Thursday!!

I know that noone has seen this picture before. I decided to use this picture, mainly because I feel that the picture says a lot and it helps to actually wish every one a Happy Thanksgiving. Everyone has been real Thankful for the many things that they have. I know everybody has been Thankful for their family, husbands, wives, getting through the day and even more Thankful to be alive. But I think that the most that we should be Thankful for is having the support of our friends and what some don't have as of right now and we should definately be Thankful for this, is that, we have money coming into our households, that helps us to have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and food in our stomachs. The reason why I say this, there are some who don't have that. Some out there are homeless, children who are in foster homes that don't have a family at all. So, we definately should be Thankful for what we do have. As the days will go by, I have been working on some writings of a few poems and I will post them on my blog, so everyone can read them. The Christmas season is coming up and I think that what I have been working on would be most approiate for the holidays. It will come up soon. How soon, can not say, but it will be soon.

In the meantime, this Thursday not only marks Thanksgiving day, it also marks another special day for someone in my family on my side. This Thursday is also my Mom's Birthday (Anita Marie Calkins.) I know sometimes I have a few tiffs with her, but she is a special Mom to me. I was going to go see her not only for Thanksgiving, but for her birthday just as well. But money finances had to stop us from going. I know she does not get the internet and can not access to have some read this blog for her, but I want my Mom to know that I love her very much and I am very Thankful that she is my Mom.

One more thing before I close for the week, I do hope that this message will carry on through Thanksgiving. I am very Thankful for all of my friends that I have, the one's who I have reconnected with and the one's who I stay in touch with more often than others. I try to get all of my friends and family and try to spout off messages, but if I don't, just know that I am always thinking of you and I appreciate the fact that you are my friends. I love all of you with all my heart.

To all of my friends and family; Have a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Love always,

Sara Marie McMurdie

Friday, November 5, 2010

Holiday projects day 3

Here is story that is something to be Thankful for and this true. I thought I should share this story with you. On Thursday (11/4/10) around between 7:00 am-8:00 am my husband Frank was on his way home from work. He was driving just fine on Legacy Highway and part of I-15. Well, on I-15 around the Kaysville exit, Frank started having problems with the car. We have two cars and the one that he was having problems with was the 2003 Chevy Cavalier. Anyways, what was happening with the car it was starting to slow down and than finally just stopped all together. As Frank started getting a hold of family for help, he was stuck on I-15 for a while trying to get the car restarted, no go at all. Frank called me first, after I spoke with Frank, I started calling my insurance to see if a tow was covered. It was coverd, but we had to pay first and than later get reimbursed back for the tow. Well, Frank called his mom and naturally Mom McMurdie called a tow through her auto insurance and because of it, there was no cost for the tow truck. The Cavalier was taken to one of the mechanic shops to find out what the problem was. We found out that the fuel pump went out. Because of the cost of the fuel pump and labor, Frank and I do not have the money to pay for it. As you can see where this is going. Mom and Dad McMurdie is helping us out and paying for the cost of the fuel pump and labor. Naturally, not all at once we are going to be paying his parents back for this help, mostly in payments each month.

So, as a result, I am very Thankful for Mom and Dad McMurdie coming to our rescue again and helping us out when it is needed. Their are times that we don't see eye to eye, but I am very Thankful that they are around when we really need them. Mom and Dad McMurdie thank you for the help, Frank and I do appreaciate very much.

Sara M. M.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Holiday projects day 2

Day 2 and here is another thing that I am thankful for: In spite of problems that is going on in this world; I am very Thankful for this world/USA that we live in, because it is a free country and we can with-in reason do what we want.

Now here is a bit of history to a question that is usually or always asked around Thanksgiving. I know I had always asked this question when I was a child. So, here is the question and answer and reference.

Why do we eat turkey for Thanksgiving?

Although juicy and tender butterball turkeys are the main cuisine of today's Thanksgiving celebrations, these birds were NOT the most popular centerpieces on the first Thanksgiving tables.

In 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving, they were gobbling up many more foods than just turkey. Since lobster, goose, duck, seal, eel, and cod were plentiful during this time, these foods were most likely the main courses of this first feast. Deer meat and wild fowl are the only two items that historians know for sure were menu of this autumn celebration.

So how did the turkey become the main mascot of modern-day Thanksgiving if we don't know for certain that turkeys were at this first feast?

One story tells of how Queen Elizabeth of 16th century England was chowing down on roast goose during a harvest festival. When news was delivered to her that the Spanish Armada had sunk on it way to attack her beloved England, the queen was so pleased that she order a second goose to celebrate the great news. Thus, the goose became the favorite bird at harvest time in England. When the Pilgrims arrived in America from England, roasted turkey replaced roasted goose as the main cuisine because wild turkeys were more abundant and easier to find than geese.


Hope this clears things up on why we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving day.

Sara M. M.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Holiday projects

It's that time of the year again. To where Thanksgiving and Christmas is aproaching soon and we always get caught up in our own little worlds and forget about our friends and sometimes our family. Last year I started a project on my blog, pertaining to Thanksgiving and Christmas. For Thanksgiving it was to find things that you are Thankful for. For Christmas finding Christmas memories that you did as a child and sharing them with everyone. This year I will ask the same thing. Here are the rules to this project; except I will change it up a little bit. Each day I will do some posting myself; prior to those who would like to participate in my project. For Thanksgiving: Up until Thanksgiving day; everyday post back on Facebook or if you make a comment back on my blog, mention each day what you are Thankful for and than after that write a part of the Thanksgiving history down. The history part does not have to be long; just a sentence or two. I will start first to get this started and hopefully everyone will join in. If you cannot make a comment back on my blog, post it on my wall on Facebook. (Instructions for Christmas will be after Thanksgiving).

The first of what I am Thankful for: After 13 years of being married to my wonderful husband (Frank McMurdie); I am thankful to still be married to Frank.

"The First Thanksging at Plymouth" After their first harvest, the Colonists of Plymouth held a celebration of food and feasting in the fall of 1621. Indian Chiefs Massassoit, Squanto and Samoset joined in the celebration with ninety of their men in the three-day event. This is said to be the first North American day of Thanksgiving. On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for the obervance of the fourth Tuesday as a national holiday. http://wiki.answers.com.

P.S. for the history part; you can cheat by using books; google search; and internet sites. Just be sure to put a reference at the end, so the rest of us wants to go to that reference we can do so.

Love always,
Sara M. M.