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I Hosted Thanksgiving dinner. . .NOT!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know you are all DYING to know how my Thanksgiving day dinner turned out since it was my coveted time to redeem myself since the last time my family LET me host Thanksgiving six years ago. If you happened to miss that story.  . . you can find it here!

Let me start off by saying that we have a law in my family, The Lowry Law. Lowry is my maiden name and the law is a lot like Murphy's law. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen at the wrong time and the wrong place.

For example: I have paid for several vacations and ended up having to cancel due to sickness from me, child, animals etc. . .OR go on the vacation of a lifetime and there is a hurricane or some big disaster. . .AND this Thanksgiving wasn't any different.

Here is how it played out!

Tuesday night/Wednesday morning my dog starts with throwing up and diarrhea at 2 AM. I get up with him because my sweet husband goes to work and I get to stay home. I'm up cleaning the carpet in my family because my poor little dog can't make it outside. After cleaning up I went back to bed to get woken up an hour later with the dog back at it. So. . .I just stay up with him.

My husband gets up at 5:30 and gets ready for work. Now both my dogs are sick at this point. I call my vet and luckily she can get me in. With a few pills to stop the spewing from all ends, we leave the vet by noon to come home and find my NEVER sick husband in bed with a 102 fever.

I smile.

He responds, "Lowry law."

I walk out to find the pills my vet had given the dogs hadn't worked, so I start to clean up the carpet in the family room. . .again. After cleaning the carpet, I knew what I had to do. Change Thanksgiving to my sisters, who happens to do everything right, and hang my head. I had already bought two turkeys, one ham, and all the fixings, so I packed them up and took them to her house for her to fix the next day for Thanksgiving.

There was no way my husband was going to be better by then.

Thanksgiving, my guys and I leave my husband and the dogs in bed while we head on over to my sister's for the Thanksgiving dinner I was supposed to have. Yes, there was a bit of jealousy in my tone. Damn it! It was MY Thanksgiving dinner!!! And taken away, yet again!

Still, it was nice not to have to clean up. Anyways, my sweet, dear husband had been sick for 36 hours by the time we got home that night. Of course I had called him several times to check on him and he sounded a little better each time.  I could still hold out for our family Christmas tree tradition where we go to my mom's the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you want to read that story, go here.

I had packed my husband a plate just in case he was feeling better.


I came home to ripped up carpet in the family room!!! He said that he got so tired of scrubbing the carpet and the idea of having dog mess on there made him even sicker, so we were getting hardwood floors. . .sigh.

Friday my husband and dogs were much better and on the mend. The hardwood floors were picked out, paid for and going to be installed the next week (which is this week). Okay, so my Christmas tree was going to have to wait to be put up in my house, but the family tradition of heading to Lexington, making cookies, and going to see the lights did happen and it was wonderful as usual.

I guess next year just might be my Thanksgiving to host.

Anything crazy happen on your Thanksgiving or did you go shopping?

One lucky comment gets a free ebook copy of my new Christmas romance short story: A New Tradition.


  1. OMG, you poor thing. I'm glad everyone survived Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, Madison! I got to bring home some food though.

  2. What a Thanksgiving you had! Glad the the sickies are all better now!! We had boring..and I wouldn't change it for the world!! :)

  3. My Thanksgiving was the best ever. My sister, brother in law, son and daughter in law helped so much. I am so thankful for all of them. Everything was great and the turkey was well done. :)
    So sorry to hear about your sick husband and dogs.

    1. Thanks, Jean. They are definitely on the mend a week later!

  4. LOL I love it! Lowry's Law. I'd take that over me and the male in my life who likes to get in the way and steal my pans as I'm trying to use them. Luckily I love him enough to not disembowel him yet.

    Our proudest moment was Christmas for 10 people in an apartment that is only 900 square feet big. Yes. Can we say we fit everyone in and everyone had a seat and there was enough food for twice that? Plus, the official title of Turkey Grand Master is now mine. *grins* The secret is brining. Yes, the brine makes it mine. BWAHAHAHA!

    Of course, I have to do the turkey by my lonesome. The male sleeps in. *growls* I also carve the bird. The male says it would be wrong to desecrate the bird after I've done so wonderful a job. It almost works with me. Almost. LOL

    1. 900 square feet???? WOW! You are the Turkey Grand Master! Hopefully, I can use your brine tip one day!

  5. Well at least you are getting a beautiful new hard wood floor out of it all! We went shopping Thursday night. We left my daughter's house at 9 pm and returned at about 4 am for a nap. Then we went out again in the afternoon. Not too many crowds! I don't go for the bargains...I go to people watch.

    1. What about my Christmas tree?? I won't be able to put that up for a couple weeks...grrrr...

  6. Tonya, that is a hoot. I know that drill though. We USED to have carpet, but we also have 4 dogs and 3 cats so it didn't last very long. My Thanksgiving was wonderful. We went out to dinner.( I know, I know cheating), but it is soooo worth it. Everyone is able to sit together the whole time and no clean up. Wonderful. I hope next year is a better one for you. So glad hubby and the dogs are better.

    1. Kim, out to dinner is sounding really good for the future. Yep! Lowry law hits again!

  7. OMGosh. That is so stinking a sad pathetic way, of course. I wonder if my hubby would let me put in hardwood floors if my doggies messed on it!! Interesting idea!
    Hope everyone is on the mend and that Christmas is much better!!
    As for the perfect sister...Um, this is book fodder, dear! You scored. She's got nothing on you!

    1. Yes, Sherry it is a bit funny. I was good with carpet, especially until the holidays were over...sigh...

      So glad to see you here!

  8. Oh Tonya. Makes me think of all the Murphy laws things that happen to me. Just remember it only happens to us because we can take it. I've had Crystal climbing up Noelle's Christmas Tree (I told Eric to only put up 1 tree this year).
    Last year the glass to my brand new oven shattered when I cleaned the oven after making holiday cookies. I was without an oven for a week. LOL.

  9. What a stinky time for you all. I have a great idea. Next Holiday, don't plan ANYTHING at all. You will all be well, there won't be any tornadoes or hurricanes, and you can then just fly by the seat of your pants and do something on the spur of the moment. Hey, it's worth a try.
    And what a guy that Eddie is. Sick one moment, and tearing out carpet the next. Does he have a big "S" on his t-shirt? It must be there.
    You'll love your wood floors. Especially with dogs. I'm about to do ALL my floors in laminate. I have two rooms done in it and it's beautiful.

  10. Tonya, are you sure we are not related somehow?! Because I swear this is the story of my life! I bet we could swap stories all night long! I'm so glad hubby and the doggies are feeling better. Make sure to post a pic of those beautiful hardwood floors! :)


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