Solitary Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23, 2012

I had planned on spending Thanksgiving with my brother, but he works for the railroad, and he got called up for a trip to Yuma on Thursday morning. We will do the feast on Saturday instead.
So, kind of at loose ends, did a 6 mile walk in the morning, did the weeks worth of dishes and laundry, then potted up a bunch of plants, and washed and waxed my bike.
I was kind of craving some turkey (and stuffing and gravy!), so I decided to go to the Gold-en Corral for dinner. It is a buffet style restaurant popular with senior citizens and non-cooking type people. There were 150 to 200 people lined up in the parking lot waiting to get in, so I cruised right on by. Decided to swing by Sears for some special tools needed at work, but they were closed. Stopped at a Denny's and had a somewhat lame turkey dinner that didn't really satisfy any craving.
Stopped at a local Wallyworld and bought some sweatpants and sweatshirts, some pasta and sauce, sausage and cheeses. (Planning on some lasagna!). Managed to stuff $160 worth of crap into my saddlebags, but it took some artful re-packaging.
I just realized this morning that other than a few minutes talking to my neighbor over the fence, I didn't talk to anyone all day. I am reading everyone's blogs about spending the day with friends and family, and found that I don't really miss all that. Is there something wrong with me if I prefer being alone? No drama, no arguments, just doing what I want to do, when I want to do it.
I have been deaf so long, I've got pretty used to living in my own head, without a lot of outside interference. With the recent surgery, I can hear now, but I'm not really sure I'm ready to come out and play.
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    I love my alone time!

    Don't get much of it (I keep suggesting DH go on a fishing trip, but he's not taking the hint)
    3048 days ago
    Nothing wrong with liking to be alone. I am a certified hermit, and far prefer solitude to socializing. There's a lot to be said for being in control of your own time, space and thoughts, and coming out to play on your own terms.
    3048 days ago
    We can all see that you control your day and you make it what it is and should be. We should all take heart and follow your path and be thankful for what we have and enjoy in life.
    3055 days ago
  • DEBPRE16
    One Thanksgiving years ago I was spending the day alone and enjoying myself. I had a turkey pot pie and watched tv. Well a friend came by and said I shouldn't be alone and took me to her parents house to eat. Her mom and dad were fighting and I had a terrible time. Wish I had stayed home. Glad you had a good day. Hope today with your brother was nice.
    3059 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    I had a very NOISY one with 4 grandsons but it was a nice one nontheless. Hope you have a good day with your brother! emoticon
    3060 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    But it sounds like a good day, nontheless!
    3060 days ago
    If it means anything, I can hear & I don't like to come out & play either. Not too good with the crowds which is precisely why I visit my family in Milwaukee but twice a year. The northwoods with all of its quietness & endless opportunities of star gazing is more my deal! I do hope that your feast with your brother is wonderful though on Saturday. ENJOY!
    3060 days ago
    Hey Bear, it is all you. You decide when to come out and play. I think yer a Helluva guy and I might have to pick yer brain on some of that p[plant stuff. There is a funny story about my black thumbs that I will share if you like. Hit me up if you want to hear it. I totally understand the not being satisfied by food, when we go out and get something that falls short we call it a hole filler. Not hungry but not satisfied. Well enough ranting I hope you enjoy your weekend with your brother.
    3060 days ago
    aww.... you could have joined my family for dinner! only a 1200 mile road trip though....

    3060 days ago
  • DARLY55
    Me too, Bear. My family lives 530 miles away, and I cannot afford back to back trips and I am going to visit in late Dec - early Jan. I went to Ryans - similar to Golden Corral, too crowded so I went to IHOP, then to Walmart, then home!!!
    I was perfectly happy! You are fine and so am I!
    3060 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving WEEKEND to you!

    Sorry your brother had to work and you had to settle for Denny's - but you guys will make up for it tomorrow, I'm sure. I wish you a very happy "late" Thanksgiving celebration!

    Hey, I'm with you on the enjoying being alone and not going out to play! I spent Thanksgiving alone - primarily. My 83-year-old father lives nextdoor. I made bacon-wrapped chicken breasts, baked sweet potato, green bean casserole and a wonderful layered fruit salad. I took a piled-high plate to my dad and we each ate alone at our own respective houses. Dad enjoys being alone as much as I do. I know I overate, but I still lost a few ounces by this morning! Now, I'm right back on my program!

    Wishing you a GREAT weekend Thanksgiving celebration with your brother!
    3060 days ago
    I think it is good that you are comfortable with yourself. As long as you don't purposely withdraw, no harm no foul. I'm glad you enjoyed your day. I love the rare occasion I get a day by myself.
    3060 days ago
    apparantly all Dennys r the same!

    hope u enjoy the weekend feast with ur brother
    3060 days ago
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