Cave Dwellings: Thanksgiving…time for reflection
Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thanksgiving…time for reflection

   Well, MacGyver is still a farmer..Hopefully this will be the last week.  In the past years, our family has usually celebrated Thanksgiving early with a BIG Cave-A-Palooza.  Den and I tried to get “on the road” before the snow began to fly here..and that meant throttle down before Thanksgiving Day.  I was surfing through our photos of Thanksgivings in the past few years and decided to share a few from 2006 until present.  For those of you who are cringing at the thought of yet MORE old family pictures, I suggest you prop you eyelids open to stay awake through my nostalgia fix, or just go about your business of whatever you were doing..and as for this blog… “fogetaboutit”.

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This would be Thanksgiving Clear Springs CG, Wright Patman Lake, Texarkana, TX. Yes, I did decorate early..get over it.


Year is 2007..Ter and Tim’s 3 kids above. We were home that year and had a family get together..Jr. and Jeanette came for it. Chris and John had no kids yet.


2008..We were on the road this year. This is Grenada Lake, MS..nice park and very quiet. We stayed 5 nights here.



Turkey Day, 2009..Home. Our nephew,Scotty, was still with us..Photo on right is Jr., Jeanette, and Juanita, Jr’s  sister is to his left..

…More 2009..Our niece, Leanne( in the red vest right picture) was always a big part of our Cave-A-Paloozas.  She will be missed so very much this year.


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Thanksgiving, 2010…Home again for this one…Obviously, our son is a  huge Bears fan..If memory serves, we had left the slides out on our Hiker and before we could leave, Den had to take the garden hose and melt the ice on top so we could pull them in..They give you real funny looks on the interstates if you drive with your slides out…and we had no “wide load” pilot car to go with us.


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Thanksgiving, 2011 was spent at Tickfaw State Park, Louisiana.  We had fried oysters from the little stand for our dinner a couple times.However, on Thanksgiving Day, I made the usual turkey with all the trimmings..But this year it was legs and wings in the crockpot, Stove Top stuffing, and Ore Ida mashed potatoes with instant gravy. MacGyver’s palet is pretty tolerant.(.I actually made the green  bean casserole from scratch though!)..


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In 2012, we did have an early get together the weekend before Thanksgiving …That next Monday before Thanksgiving, I had surgery on my “turkey waddle”..This would assure me that I wouldn’t have to wear Blaze Orange this year to avoid getting mistaken for dinner..and getting shot at.  This particular year, on Thanksgiving morning, MacGyver took me to the Olde Tyme Inn for their annual Thanksgiving Day open Bloody Mary Bar and hors de vours snacks. Note my festive hair bow..As you might have guessed, NOTHING embarrasses Dennis.

This last batch of 9 photos is from last year, Thanksgiving 2013.  You know what they say…9 pictures are worth 9,000 words…Do ya think we had a great Turkey Cave-A-Palooza???

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You’re DARN RIGHT  we did!!!

Ok, those who left the room ad nauseum can now return.  I promise the family photos are over …for now.  This year, the Cave Clan is planning an early Thanksgiving party here on Nov. 22nd..and then Den and I will get out butts in gear to get as far South as possible as SOON as possible…Lift off could be anytime from November 25th on…I’m shooting for ASAP!!! Florida is the ultimate destination this year, with a possible stop in Ridgeland, MS to visit Bridget and John on our way…WOOT! WOOT!..But don’t get in the GMC just yet..I have more family photos to post of our next Thanksgiving Cave-A-Palooza!!! If you are lucky, I won’t have time right away! tehee.


  1. I enjoyed your photos! So neat to see families having fun together. I do miss our T'giving in Indiana. Time surely has passed quickly. Hard to imagine that your waddle surgery was 2 years ago. It sure was worth it, wasn't it. Truthfully, I never noticed your "waddle" until you mentioned it.

  2. You need to come to AZ this year. It's going to be cold in FL...just saying

  3. Great pics of your family enjoying Thanksgiving over the years. The only pic I question is your son wearing his Bears shirt - is that Jay Cutler's Number 6? Burn that sucker!!