This blog is officially off for Thanksgiving.  Even though one of the many things I’m grateful for these days is you guys, today is #2 son’s 23rd birthday and we’re celebrating as a family.  Having him all to ourselves is becoming rarer, so I plan to enjoy it.

Amanda’s continuing dissection of Hillary’s book continues tomorrow, Dark Fate on Saturday.

Love each and everyone of you.  Now go and have a happy thanksgiving.

41 thoughts on “Thanksgiving

  1. The turkey is carved, the cranberry salad is made, the breads are done, and all that’s left is putting the casseroles in the oven. I was firmly informed that taste-testing of the desserts was most emphatically not needed. Spoilsports.

    Y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. *goes back to reading*


    Oh, sorry. Just sharing what I’m thankful for.

    Been a year, but I still haven’t gotten tired of that.

    *not hillary*

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! The table has been cleared, the leftovers have all been put away, and soon the after-meal walk shall commence. Hope you’re all having as great a time.

        1. The idea is an anathema.

          There are already too many books that I really want to read and not enough time for them.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! I’m at work, getting tempted by text with pictures of the appetizers and vicariously enjoying the adventures of the dog going nuts to the smell of roasting turkey in the oven. Later tonight, I shall be enjoying the company of friends, drinks, dessert, and a thousand-piece puzzle. May your Thanksgiving be as awesome as mine’s going to be!

      1. But trifle IS an excellent dessert, when properly prepared.

        Or improperly prepared, because you can’t go far wrong with cake, pudding, whipped cream, and fruit.

        1. Peter made a “Proper English Trifle, Like Mum Used To Make.”

          This involved me learning how to make sponge cake, and a trip to the import store to get proper ladyfinger biscuits.

          He ended up making two after I stared in some alarm at the amount of brandy (for the blackberries) and cognac (for the raspberries) that were drowning the fruit set to soak, and mentioned that some parties might need to drive after dinner.

          So now there’s the Proper English Trifle Like Mum Used To Make, and the Proper English Trifle For The Children Like Mum Used To Make.

          Shortly, I’m going to take a “long lunch break” and sample the nonalcoholic version, so I can drive back to work and finish my shift!

        2. because you can’t go far wrong with cake, pudding, whipped cream, and fruit

          Until you add the layer of beef, peas, and onions.

  5. Absotively! First time in a while I’ve had everyone here, and nobody had to run off right away for work. And I was able to cook my tradition this year. Worth every bit of the lost sleep (or so I think right now, maybe not when I pick up people at midnight and 2:30 in the morning…)


  6. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

    Now for a week of leftovers from the traditional feast. I always seem to have way too much buttered toast.

  7. Happy Delivery Day for you and foundling.

    Happy Givingthanks Day to all others, even those of you not American citizens of the United States.

    G-d’s blessed us, every one.

  8. I would not ordinarily note this type of thing, but special circumstances, eh? Audible is having on of their occasional sales of audiobooks for $4.95 and there are two of particular note for the Huns, with I trust no explanation is required:

    By: Jerry Pournelle
    Narrated by: Lloyd James
    Length: 10 hrs
    Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember. The voice guides him in all his decisions, helping him through situations with useful information and helpful insight.

    One day, finally daring to ask the voice some tough questions, Kip discovers that his computer scientist parents implanted an artificial intelligence chip in his skull, which connects with a powerful mainframe computer via satellite. He also learns that his parents died under suspicious circumstances and that his very existence is a well-kept secret that will soon come to light – putting his own life and the whole of outpost Starswarm in grave danger.

    ©1998 Jerry Pournelle; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
    By: Robert A. Heinlein
    Narrated by: Lloyd James
    Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    In what is considered one of Heinlein’s most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that’s the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Winner of the 1967 Hugo award, this novel marked Heinlein’s partial return to his best form. He draws many historical parallels with the War of Independence, and clearly shows his own libertarian political views.

    ©1965 Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1999 Blackstone Audio Inc.

    And one more, because:

    Free to Choose
    A Personal Statement
    By: Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman
    Narrated by: James Adams
    Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, teamed up to write this most convincing and readable guide, which illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith’s capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations. While a large central government may have good intentions, the results it produces are lamentable. More than another indictment of government planning and bureaucracy, however, Free to Choose offers several convincing and creative remedies to the world’s woes.

    ©1979 John McDermott, Forward ©1990 Milton Friedman and Rose D. Friedman; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to all from a friendly lurker. I’m thankful to have this blog and comments to read each day.

  10. I hope Huns and Hoydens across all geolocations had a Thanksgiving full to the brim.

    Happy THanksgiving all.

    1. eh. It’s too elegiac. Portugal also sent barefoot, unarmed soldiers who stole the French messenger bicycles and ran away back home, arguably the sanest thing they could have done. I knew about it because down the road, when I was born, still lived one of the guys who had done that and then WALKED home.
      However I came across it in a Red Baron biography.

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