This Week…Family Fun and Finally Quiet

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This Week…Family Fun and Finally Quiet


It’s been a busy week for many people and it’s not even over. My week was spent preparing for our Thanksgiving dinner with family. 



All men's miseries derive from not being able
to sit in a quiet room alone.
Blaise Pascal

We had about 30, which is average for a holiday dinner for us. A threatening tornado alert kept a few at home, and I can’t blame them. 



I had my checklist of what I needed to make or do days leading up to Thanksgiving. And, at the last minute, I decided to put up some of my Christmas decorations including a small tree. 


The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
Albert Einstein

Dinner was fun and we all enjoyed seeing each other. I don’t know about your family, but when we get together, everyone talks at the same time. We’re all catching up with each other. 



Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Attributed to Marthe Troly-Curtin

Much as I loved having everyone over, I must admit that I looked forward to absolute peace and quiet today (Friday). Larry and I wanted to do only one thing…NOTHING. 

The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody. Albert Camus

Have a splendid weekend with all of the
peace and quiet that you want. 


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Comments (21)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - family dynamics are always a good source for a quote or two.  At least that's been my experience from years decades of observation.  And participation.  

Nov 26, 2022 04:48 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs it has been my experience and observation that all families have their quirks. Mine is no exception. And perhaps I'm the biggest "Quirk" there is. 

Nov 26, 2022 07:41 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. The only part of our home that could accommodate 30 people is our western balcony. The rest of the place would not qualify. Kudos to you and now spend some "nothing" time. 

Nov 26, 2022 05:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate or the wee ones would have been outside playing after we ate. We had a riding igloo cooler to ride courtesy of my neighbor!

Nov 26, 2022 07:43 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Having people is fun, but the quietness after all leaves is priceless.  Great information.  Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend, and here's a GOOD LUCK to your favorite COLLEGE or NFL Team! (Go Texans!)

Nov 26, 2022 05:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley We've been watching football, baseball and the US play soccer. We have been losing our interest in the NFL. 

Nov 26, 2022 07:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving get-together. Here's wishing you a very relaxing day!

Nov 26, 2022 05:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti it's relaxing for me to get everything back in order after Thanksgiving dinner but I prefer doing it when everyone is gone. 

Nov 26, 2022 07:48 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... I get it. When we lived overseas we always had lots of company from the USA... who doesn't want to come to Paris and London and stay for free in a luxurious home? And while I enjoyed seeing friends and family, I was always happy for the peace and quiet that came after their departures.

Nov 26, 2022 05:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Exactly Nina Hollander, Broker I love having company but I also love it when they leave! LOL

Nov 26, 2022 07:49 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Happy Saturday. Great to see your blogs so often. You can comment on mine. Have a great day.

Nov 26, 2022 06:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Eric Bouler What a fun street scene. b

Nov 26, 2022 07:51 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Kathy - it must have been a fun time.  Our plans changed at 5pm on Wednesday when the host at the House in Binghamton NY said the child was sick.  Daughter Ashley was concerned about 5 month old Teddy.  So we went to there club for Thanksgiving.  Working out fine since they are selling their house and have to get ready for pictures.

Nov 26, 2022 06:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Grant Schneider I hope your friend is ok. We had a bad storm just before everyone arrived and some people in Houston lost their power around the lunch hour. I cannot imagine what we would have done had that happened to us!At least it makes for a memorable holiday. 

Nov 26, 2022 07:53 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

we only had eight for dinner - it was a bit complicated because my son tested positive for COVID about four hours before dinner started - he double masked and didn't eat but it made things a bit complicated - I am hopeful for Christmas!

Nov 26, 2022 06:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe I hope your son is doing well. That must have been hard to sit there and not eat Thanksgiving dinner and everyone else eating!!!  We've had the flu going around here and I was concerned that someone would get it at the last minute. 

Nov 26, 2022 08:01 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Glad your Thanksgiving get-together turned out so well Kathy. With all the work involved putting this together, you deserve a nice long REST!

Nov 26, 2022 06:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 Thanks...and believe me, I've been vegging (as well as putting everything away. 

Nov 26, 2022 08:02 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

It sounds like your Thanksgiving was a complete success! One always forgets all the work that goes into hosting and then all the laughter and stories are fantastic but the next day its all I want is some peace and quiet! LOl!

Nov 26, 2022 06:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Exactly Dorie Dillard Austin TX I  make notes each year so I'll remember what to do. It's my checklist! Next year, I may make the whole dinner so we don't have so much food!!

Nov 26, 2022 08:04 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, just thinking of 30 people all talking at the same sounds like a headache.   You are lucky to have a large family.

Nov 26, 2022 07:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox you get used to it! LOL 

Nov 26, 2022 08:08 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

LOl this is too funny!  Gary and I felt the same way on Friday.  Do Nothing!  We didn't have nearly as many as you had over but we still had a house full.  And we were both tired!  Today....a new start!  Time to decorate the tree etc etc etc!!  Enjoy your peace and quiet...........until the game starts anyway!! 😘

Nov 26, 2022 09:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker it's been college football and basketball this weekend. I put a lot of the decorations up for Thanksgiving and will do the rest tomorrow. I actually turned in last night before 10:30 which for me is early. 

Nov 26, 2022 08:10 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy we had a much smaller crowd than you, but it was still fun.

Nov 26, 2022 01:30 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto large or small, what matters is that you're with people you want to be with...and also that there are good desserts!!!

Nov 26, 2022 08:11 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

30 people is quite a good turnout and I am sure everyone had plenty to catch up on!  I can't blame you for wanting peace and quiet after hosting such an event.

Nov 27, 2022 05:01 AM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

That's a huge number of guests!  I am glad you enjoyed your day. Have a super weekend!

Nov 27, 2022 06:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - You deserve to rest the whole weekend.  I remember hosting my family for just about every holiday.  But even with all showing up, we only had about 24.  I had at least 2-3 others helping me. 

Fast forward to Thursday, only four adults, and Tristan and I felt overwhelmed.  I made too much food!  Rick did help with all the cleanup on Friday while I vegged.

 That being said, I am a lightweight next to you! 

Nov 27, 2022 10:18 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have had a raucous 8 days of family activity. Last evening was the end of it.  Today, I rooted and foraged in bed.  There were several face-plants into my pillow, with only the sound of purring from a contented cat or two.

Nov 27, 2022 05:48 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Nov 27, 2022 05:49 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Every single member of my family...including fast and loud. 

I was so happy to have the quiet on Friday. Rick and I didn't even put the TV or radio on like we usually do during the day. We just enjoyed the silence.

Nov 28, 2022 09:08 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Sounds like a very busy but wonderful holiday. Our gathering was small - a total of 10 with the 4 grandkids.


Nov 28, 2022 09:47 AM