Saturday, November 6, 2010

What was I thinkinhg??!!

I have always hated Thanksgiving. My most favorite holiday of the year is New Years Day! Why you ask, because the holidays and all the madness and fuss that comes with it is over and all the stores are open. So I'm not real sure why i have found myself hosting Thanksgiving Day (from here on out known as Tday) at my house.

I'm not a good housekeeper, I'm the most unorganized person i know and i have some serious hoarding tendencies. All those things aside, I and my family find ourselves "Wawa" less. Not to say that wawa is dead or anything, she's just recently had major surgery and recovery is very slow going. Wawa is my mom, she is 57 and hasn't been in the best of health for the last 30 years. I remember as a child her having arthritis and being in pain allot, she always had trouble getting around, although that never stopped her from participating in life. She just did it and took pain pills and other medications at the end of the day. She says you must consider quality of life verses quantity of life. Now she finds herself recovering from a surgery that is suppose to ensure both quality and quantity in the long run, but for now, we wait.

And while we wait, Tday is fast approaching and i have stepped forward to host Tday at my house. Sure, I have aunts that might be better equipped to prepare this feast we have all grown accustomed to, but my house is the biggest and can accommodate all the friends and family that call Tday with us their tradition.

I have searched the Internet over to find the complete guide to preparing Thanksgiving at my home but all those site want to prepare me for is the food. There is so so so so so so so much more that needs to be done. I mean for real!!! I have broken blinds in the entry way, that detail needs to be on a list somewhere. I was in the check out at Wal~Mart and spotted Everyday with Rachel Ray. The November issues cover boasted of a Complete Thanksgiving Guide, again, NOT. There is so much to do and with my ADHA problem, I just don't know that i can pull this off. If anyone has advice or direction, please help. I hope blogging about it can keep me focused moving forward.


Twix said...

Well I don't know how bad your hoarding problem is. How bad the mess is. The blinds are a good place to start. :) I have problems with getting rid of stuff. And with clutter in general. And not much of a housekeeper when it comes to having company. Think you understand. It's comfortable for me, us... but them it might be a bit chaotic. My standby is to gather up all loose odds and ends and shove them in unused closet space or in the bedroom while guests are over. Give the house a good vac and dust. Spray some lovely stuff and light candles in the house for a few days before. That is if I get that much of a notice. I'm not much of a decorator. So I figure at least crap ain't everywhere. They'll just have to deal with absentee decorations. But if you're house is a complete hoarding disaster zone you might have to dig deep and go on a major purging spree. My grandma hoardes. And I don't want to end up like her. She currently has two houses, less than a mile apart, and a small barn, several storage sheds, and a paid storage locker full of stuff. It's sad. My grandparents don't sleep together. He sleeps on piles of clothers and she sleeps in the only chair in the house that's available to sit on. She won't purge but it's necessary! Sometimes it's best to just l;et go of stuff. So take out the extra stuff and go minmimal decoration - less fuss. Stick the basics, turkey, potatoes, and pie. And smile lots! If it helps make a list of what you hope to accomplish before th big day and check it off.

Kimberly said...

When I have a huge job to tackle, no matter what it is, I make a list and focus on one thing at a time.

Go through your house. Decide what needs to be done in each room and then start with the easiest and proceed up the list from there. You will get all of the little stuff done quickly and leave you room to focus on the bigger stuff knowing you've already done the rest.

Oh and remember to breathe.