Some Days I'm Holiday Challenged

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

It should have been a quieter day, because our group of 9 yesterday, was significantly smaller than I normally have at home on Thanksgiving Day. 

But the craziness of the day, more than made up for chaos usually promoted by a burgeoning house full of kids and grandkids. 


I was up early, even by my standards.  I wanted to make sure our dinner was put together well and I had it all under control, even for temporary moments.  I set the table.  I checked my task list, and then I checked it again. 

After swaddling it with butter and apricot syrup, I tossed some lemon slices and rosemary springs into the turkey’s belly.  Into the oven it went!

I don’t stuff the turkey with dressing.  I make the dressing separate in a baking pan.

Here’s were it began to get dicey.  I placed the cornbread and, sourdough cubes into a very large mixing bowl.  I sautéed the chopped onion and celery in a pan, and added to the bread cubes.  Into the mixture went the Golden Raisins and chopped walnuts.  Over the top I sprinkled sage, marjoram, thyme, pepper, and a tad of salt.  Then I added broth.   After the previous steps were complete, I loaded the mixture into the desired casserole dish, to be baked within an hour of the turkey coming out of the oven.

When the time was ripe I went to put the stuffing into the oven.  I couldn’t find it!  It wasn’t in the kitchen or garage refrigerators.  It wasn’t in a cooler for the overflow dishes.  Nor was it on the counter, in the pantry.  It was nowhere to be found!  Finally after a bit, I decided I needed an early swig of wine, and to chill on the couch for a minute.  Then it came to me.  I had loaded the stuffing into the portable oven in the garage.  All I needed do was turn it on. 

No, I’m not about to concede this was a senior moment.  I will concede that I have only moderate skills at multi-tasking, which becomes very challenged on raucous days like Thanksgiving!


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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That is a great story...The day prior to Thanksgiving, we were at Trader Joe"s.  Ron and I kept going over all our list of ingredients.  We took a few moments of standing there perusing the environment.  We both declared, "We are Done!"  Thursday morning, I start gathering the ingredients for my brownies (for those who dislike pumpkin pie), and no eggs in the refrigerator!  Luckily Von's is open and we solved that. 

I think that if Trader Joe's had been hosting a wine tasting, we would have remembered the eggs...I think wine makes for a great memory booster regardless of one's age...Really, I sometimes thing that with the speed our lives move at, it is easy to forget.  Looks like the event was a roaring success. A

Nov 23, 2012 02:36 AM #5
Tracy Lee Parker

Hi Myrl, Your food looked delicious and your family looks so sweet! I am glad you found your dressing, it looks like everyone is very happy!

Nov 23, 2012 04:10 AM #6
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Myrl--I don't consider myself a senior but I have lots of moments like that...Beautiful family you have! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2012 04:31 AM #7
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


           I loved your story great pictures! It looks like a good time was had by all! The food looks great yum and I just had lunch! Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Nov 23, 2012 06:07 AM #8
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Myrl: A beautiful Thanksgiving story! So real and I can so so so relate. There are no senior moments on Thanksgiving... only the wonderful chaos of a real holdiay. It looks delish and an awesome spread! 

Nov 23, 2012 07:11 AM #9
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, I know you had a excellent Thanksgiving dinner and the photos are wonderful. These are the things that are always remembered, the special days when family is together. As they build their own families and grow older and away, they will likley try and replicate these special times. The holiday traditions and all the effort you made will be remembered for decades and decades. I am gald you all had another very Special Day!

Nov 23, 2012 08:50 AM #10
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Myrl, I give you credit for keeping it all together with a big gathering like that.  I'm having a number of people over my house next weekend, but it will be wine and cheese.  I don't think I could do a big dinner like that any more.

Nov 23, 2012 09:34 AM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments and kind words.  My house is still under seige with family, but I wanted to you to know I appreciate your remarks!

Nov 23, 2012 10:18 AM #12
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Love your story!  I, too, am a person who could easily leave the stuffing in the garage . . .

Nov 23, 2012 11:42 AM #13
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

I love the pictures of your family's Thanksgiving dinner, Myrl! Everything looks delicious, and it appears that your family members were anxious to dig in! I'm sure the dressing was scrumptious, even if it did get lost for a while! ;)

Nov 23, 2012 02:59 PM #14
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, The important thing is that you and everyone had a great time!  Have a great weekend!

Nov 23, 2012 06:42 PM #15
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


It would be a celebration at all if it wasn't for you. Your family looks beautiful and proud of you too! Your dinner turned out just right and everyone left with a belly full of happiness and joy.

You are lucky to be surrounded by the love of family.

Nov 24, 2012 06:03 AM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, well I indeed had a senior moment...I left out the sage in my dressing...and didn't realize it until the next tasted good, but for the life of me could not think what was missing :)  great photos and story.

Nov 24, 2012 10:19 PM #17
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Mryl -

Thanks for sharing your nice Thanksgiving story with us.  Your table and food look beautiful and I have no doubt it delighted the palates of all that attended your feast.  Hope you rest up and enjoy this beautiful Sunday.  We have a brunch at 1:30 to attend so there goes my football afternoon down the drain ..... Oh well the food will compensate :)

Nov 24, 2012 10:49 PM #18
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Myrl love the pictures and love the story! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2012 03:20 AM #19
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You crack me up, Myrl. I hate it when you put something in a safe place and then can't remember where it is. LOL. In my case it's generally in one of two places. Either right in front of my nose or in the refrigerator. Glad you found the stuffing! Happy belated Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2012 02:00 AM #20
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Mryl ... Your Thanksgiving dinner presentation post here with photographs of food, dining and guest, is so outstanding that I want to be at your house next year.  I hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family.

Nov 26, 2012 05:54 AM #21
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


            Just stopped by to say Hello and look at that lovely plate of food I am hungry. We are having leftover tonight I am mixing mac n cheese with left over ham and broccoli!

Nov 26, 2012 08:04 AM #22
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Have a very special weekend.  Enjoy the colors and the sounds of the holiday season with your camera in hand.

Nov 30, 2012 08:58 PM #23
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Myrl,

This is so funny but glad you found it in time. I have lost drinks and didn't find them until the next day as I had just sat them somewhere and searched high and low.

We bought KFC to take to my daughter's Volleyball Tournament in Thousand Oaks. We bought it the night before; a 12 piece box of dark. We ate 3 legs and so we had 6 thighs and 3 legs to package up for the car in case we hit traffic and didn't get time to stop. I went to put it in a Tupperware container about 10 minutes before leaving but no chicken to be found. I thought my husband ate 9 pieces of chicken? Oh well I don't want to embarass him so I will just pack a couple of drinks. So we get half way there and he says to me, you must have been hungry to eat all 9 pieces of chicken. What! So we called my cleaning lady who had been there that morning and had asked me about the chicken on the paper towel in the microwave. I had told her to just leave it as we were taking it on a picnic. So I called my lady and she wouldn't answer the phone nor would she text back. So the next morning we went through the entire trash can and frig and no chicken to be found. So guess what....she was fired the following week when she finally answered the phone. I think she was taking paper towels and TP and who knows what too? Your story just reminded me of this so I thought i would share it. But we laughed about each other thinking we had eaten it. Neither one of us could eat more than 2-3 pieces anytime so that made it even funnier.

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