Happy Turkey Birthday Dad

Dad in his knot cap and me
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I love this photo of my dad and me in the backyard of Mom and Dad’s House

My Dad’s Turkey Birthday

My dad had the fun, or challenge, of having Thanksgiving fall on his birthday every once in a while. His birthday is Nov. 22 and it would take its turn as the 4th Thursday of the year. Dad’s been gone for almost 10 years now. He passed just a few months after my 50th birthday at the ripe old age of 87. So it is wild to think that he would be almost 100! (Almost as wild as coming to terms that I am almost 60 yikes!)

Dad loved Thanksgiving no matter if it hijacked his birthday or not, because of all things in his life, Dad loved having his family around. Not only us kids, but ALL of his family – cousins, 2nd cousins, 2nd cousins twice removed (and being a genealogist he even knew what that means). We often went to Grandma’s (his mother) and ate with a passel of shirt-tail relatives and friends who I didn’t know all the rest of the year.

There was pie and turkey and all of the trimmings and running around Grandma’s blueberry farm and fishing out minnows in coffee cans and tossing walnut pods plucked from unmowed grassland that has fallen from monster trees. There was me, the youngest, and only girl, tagging along with my “boy cousins” who got progressively cooler and more “out of my league” but who let me hang with them anyway.

Almost every year of my life I sat around Grandma’s mahogany table for Thanksgiving. And I took possession of it in college after she entered a retirement community due to a broken hip. I cried. That table was beautiful and I loved it. But my student affordable apartment was not the place for Thanksgiving. So that table became the place for books and bills and hats and coats and hopeful dates and crazy all nighters.

It graces my dining room today. It almost ended up in the dump as it had fallen to pieces over the years. But when Mark and I remodeled our kitchen and bathroom a few years ago, the wonderful cabinet artisan who came to measure my bathroom, saw it and said, “We cannot let this beautiful wood go”. So he took all of the pieces with him and totally rebuilt the table and chairs and I cried with happiness that this part of my history still lived – even though my dad did not.

Mahogany dining table

Here is Grandma’s table in all of its restored glory. Another cool thing I love is the matching china hutch is actually my mother’s mother’s – so I have a matching “Grandma” dinning suite.

Today both of my parents are gone, as are Mark’s. We will share our table with a new friend. A new shirt-tail relative. I think Dad would love that on his Turkey Birthday.

xoxoxox

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Ep 0168 – What We Do For Love and Please Support Dawny

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I enjoy watching the birds here from my newest podcast rock find.

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I update you about the California wildfires, a new health issue and why I’m grateful. I share a wonderful tip for creating a kinder, gentler life when dieting or working on any other goal. Please support our friend, Dawny. New BC Shelby gives a 5-Star review on iTunes. Thanks to all who send, or have sent, virtual coffee. Send holiday greetings in by Dec. 15, 2018. Holiday Dance Partay!
Foothills past the trees and a white house across the street.

The view from this new podcast space. Skies are still a bit hazy from the fires and you can see how near the road this is. Still, a nice shady and restful spot for pondering.

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  • Shelby – who posted a 5-star review on USA iTunes

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Ep 0167 – Flowing With the Tide and Happy Birthday Fionna!

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I’m smiling big time to be back up my beloved mountain.

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A trip back up the mountain creates some interesting lessons. How is life like improv? BC Kat from S. Jersey calls in. Comments are back in business. Send your holiday greetings by Dec. 15, 2018. Happy Birthday Fionna!

Brown cliff sparsely covered in foliage and bright blue sky.

I enjoyed the contrast of the cliffs against the bright blue sky.


Shady bench under a tree in a grove at the bottom of the trail.

Ta Da! The next to bottom Zen spot.

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The Last Show

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Host: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Announcer: Mark Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Laurie
After Thoughts Bravery Hotline Caller: BC Kat from South Jersey
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Other Sounds

  • Crowd Cheering
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  • Applause
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Main Theme:
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Other Sounds and Music used with permission from AudioBlocks and IBAudio

Today’s Custom Music

  • BC Kat from South Jersey’s Call – “Happy Go Lucky” – from AudioBlocks
  • Fionna’s birthday includes: Sing a Birthday Song by Backyard Music, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
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Ep 0166 – Being In Tune With Yourself

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Yahoo! Mark and I embrace Glacier Bay during our Alaskan cruise- and each other.

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What does it mean to be in tune with yourself? Mark and I have been on an Alaskan cruise. How to overcome failing first in our heads. Greet newest BC Christine from Pennsylvania who is on the bravery report for calling and sharing her story. A comment conversation with BC Linda from Sydney. Thanks to Sue from the U.K. for her thoughtful private message. Thanks to new BC Christine from Pennsylvania for a nice 5-star iTunes review and for supporting the show with virtual coffee.

Icy blue-white glaciers flow into the grey calm bay waters in the background with the bow of the boat in foreground.

Glacier Bay as seen from our ship.


Laurie and Mark with Laurie's cousin and his wife cram into the selfie with clear water behind.

The Alaska crew is all here! We’re having a great vacation with my cousin and his wife as we travel by boat to spy eagles and whales.


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We learn about totem poles and that it’s actually a GOOD thing to be low man there – as the first carving is the star of the story. Very interesting day.


Mark makes a funny pursed up lip face in front of a dappled green river under the trees. Laurie leans on his shoulder.

Mark employs his funny face making skills as we pose in front of a wild salmon spawning ground in the woods.

New BCs

  • Christine from Pennsylvania – who called the Bravery Hotline, left a 5-Star USA iTunes review and gave virtual coffee

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The Last Show including comments by Linda from Sydney

Laurie’s Useful Question:

Before eating food, how will I feel…

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  3. Socially

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Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Announcer: Mark Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Laurie
After Thoughts Bravery Hotline Caller: BC Christine from Pennsylvania
Participation Announcer: Mark Weaver

Other Sounds

  • Crowd Cheering
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  • Applause
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Main Theme:
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Other Sounds and Music used with permission from AudioBlocks and IBAudio

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  • BC Christine from Pennsylvania’s Call – “Light Footsteps”
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Ep 0165 – The Gift of Today

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Trying to enjoy myself today even though it is hot as blazes and flies keep buzzing me to drink my water or the sweat from my brow. It’s definitely…an experience.

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It’s easy to wish away our lives waiting for the next good thing and missing out on what we have today. BC Dave inspires us with a meaningful quote. BC Mary S. lets us know about a great web site where we can make cards to cheer up kids in the hospital. Thanks for reaching out about our fire safety and for supporting Mark and me. Dawny catches us up and has a victory. Carrie and I have a comment conversation about improving our body image. BC Dave tells us about his Disc Golf Tourney and what he learned from it. Bcs Jo and Sue from the UK greet new BCs and say hello. BC Mary S. calls with supportive thoughts about making hard choices for our own good.
Sun dried brownish grass in front of some drooping oak trees.

You can see from today’s view from the podcast rock, how dried out the underbrush is and why fires are such a concern.

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The Last Show including comments by Dawny, Jo from the UK, BC Dave, BC Carrie, and Sue from the UK

Make and send cards to cheer up kids in the hospital.

Read our Inspirational Quotes – and learn how you can send one like BC Dave

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Compulsive Overeating Diary on FB

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Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Announcer: Mark Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Laurie
After Thoughts Inspirational Quote: BC Dave
Participation Announcer: Mark Weaver
Commentator: BC Mary S.

Other Sounds

  • Crowd Cheering
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  • Applause
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Main Theme:
Circle by Hartley used with permission by agreement with SHUTTERSTOCK MUSIC CANADA ULC

Other Sounds and Music used with permission from AudioBlocks and IBAudio

Today’s Custom Music – from AudioBlocks

  • BC Dave’s Quote – “My Dreams”
  • BC Mary S.’ Call – “Happy Place”
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