MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: THANKFUL FOR FAMILY, TURKEY, PIE, GUNS, AND MOONSHINE!

Friday, November 27, 2009

THANKFUL FOR FAMILY, TURKEY, PIE, GUNS, AND MOONSHINE!

Well, it isn’t all that “cut and dried”, we actually were/are thankful for much more, but the title of this post does generally sum up our Thanksgiving Day together.

Thanksgiving dinner/supper is always at Charlotte and Gary’s. There is lots of room, a big screen, a screened porch for cigars, and a wide vista of East Tennessee fields, ponds, and hills! I think the primary reason for holding the annual event at their house is so the turkey doesn’t have travel! Charlotte rises early to prepare it and by the time we arrive Gary is busy carving it.

Each sister brings her assigned dish, and the guys bring their latest pale ale discovery, and me, well, this year I discovered Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon! I really enjoyed the 80 proof clear elixir and its sweet corn taste. You should try it! We enjoyed our spirits in moderation…this year!

Visiting this year was Terri’s son Joey, his wife Krissy, and his daughter “Juliana-Bug-Bug” from Minnesota. Joey also brought his new little friend, a beautiful little Colt AR-15 A3 Tactical Carbine! Although we never fired the weapon all day, we did each grope it lovingly! There was a “shoot fest” at Steve’s on Monday, but we were entertaining Lily and didn’t attend.

Steve’s daughter Becky, and boyfriend Nick, joined us as well. Becky is a recent graduate and his currently teaching art in the Atlanta school system. They are always such a joy and I look forward to seeing Becky’s big smile each year.

Of course there is always the 15 minutes devoted to the annual “sisters group photo” (Linda wasn’t there…she has Thanksgiving with her daughters), but some of us tend to sneak…no…force our way into the sister-only shots! I was determined to get in the family photos this year. I bought a wireless shutter release for my camera, and after strategically placing my camera and tripod, I could fire the camera remotely! However, I made the mistake of shooting from too far away, which reduced the flashes range in some shots. BUT, they were good enough for blog use, and a good lesson learned. Thank God for Photoshop!

The photo session always reminds me of the Beatles’ “Hard Days Night” (or was it “Help”?) movie scene where they get off the plane snapping photos of each other! One of the sister’s will shout out, “Okay, look at Steve…now look at Ron…look at Paul! It’s a wonder we ever get any decent shots, but even if the faces are looking at different cameras, they usually turn out to be an accurate record of the sisters!

The food was as good as usual, and, as these shots show, the turkey was ravaged to the bone and pies were all consumed!

After eating, Gary took us for a ride down through the fields to where he trains his Labs and hunts ducks during the season. He has flooded the nearby cornfields, providing a great refuge and overnight stop for ducks flying through the area. There were a couple of groups (of 6 or 8) circling the area as we left the area just about dark.

I am so thankful for this extended family. They mean a lot to me and I hate it when I have to miss a gathering of the dragons! I have missed two this year, both with pneumonia from my leaf allergy, and it really saddened me. They all teased me Thursday by asking, “And who are you?

I responded with, “Paul Mashburn, damned glad to meet you!

15 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

fine looking family Mr Mushy, fine looking Pecan Pie, I have to pass on the shine, personal problem.

I am thankful that my demon is dieing and I am not.......

Jose said...

Glad to read you had such a good Thanksgiving. It's always heartwarming to hear from such a family man such as yourself. Enjoy the rest of the holidays.

Mushy said...

I'm thankful too Sarge!

Thanks Jose...I'll check you out later.

Michelle H. said...

What a big family gathering! By your pictures, your Thanksgiving looked wonderful! I hope it will be the same for you the entire season.

Mushy said...

Thanks Michelle...we actually were missing several. Hope your gathering was warm and happy!

BRUNO said...

Both of us are gonna hafta quit GROPING those guns, an' actually SHOOT 'em, someday!

"And who are YOU?" Oh, how I remember THAT line, from several years ago! Except MY extended family was serious---they always identified me as my brother.(He's the one with the aura of lights, an' the angel-trumpets!) But once I told them who I was, I was immediately the proverbial "turd-in-the-punchbowl"!

But, on the PLUS-side---there were NEVER any long, tear-filled goodbyes to worry about...!

Debbie said...

What a great gathering, Mushy. Love that rifle, wish I had one. And that pecan pie makes my mouth water.

You are one lucky man.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Scott from Oregon said...

moonshine and guns in the same vicinity?

Why yes we got trouble. Right here in River City. Trouble with a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for pool!

PRH....... said...

Looks like the weekend was a grand success....I know mine was! Enjoy the upcoming Christmas season.

FHB said...

Awesome. Glad to see you all having a good time. And the AR looks cool.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

We measured up in these parts, 'cept for the Moonshine, we missed out on that! Glad to hear you all had such a fine time, Thanksgiving is special.

Suldog said...

I love Thanksgiving, as you know - my favorite holiday. Sounds like you have a dandy. Junior's lightning is only 80 proof? I would have figured higher. Shows what I know :-)

*Goddess* said...

I was soooo tempted to buy one of Paula Dean's pecan pies and now that I see your half eaten pecan pie, I'm sorry I didn't! But $8 seemed a tad steep...

Joan said...

You can't beat good company and good food!

Ranger Tom said...

Hope you had a better Thanksgiving than mine!