Laughing and Saying Thanks!!!

This made each of us laugh out loud.....he was loving some chocolate-dipped marshmallows

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What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.

— Yiddish Proverb

My sister and I do not need a reason to laugh....

On this particular day, we were laughing because our goal was to eat our way across St. Augustine (Florida).  This was restaurant # something or other...
On this particular day, we were laughing because our goal was to eat our way across St. Augustine (Florida). This was restaurant # something or other... | Source

I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth.

— Quincy Jones

Do you take time to be thankful AND to find humor in the lighthearted side of life?

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Taking time for even the briefest moment every day to give thanks makes us see how much we really do have to be thankful for.

I know I have so much to be grateful for that I find myself saying, "I am so thankful for ...." often. I am not positive that I do it every day..So now that I see these words, I have decided to make a mental note reminding me to give thanks each day.

Thanksgiving Day is one day that we celebrate and pause for a moment to give thanks. It is time we make thanksgiving an important part of our lives each day.

Taking a look at Thanksgiving Day for a moment will give us the opportunity to bring a little humor, the lighter side to that holiday.

Something we can be thankful for is those who have a funny bone that causes them to dream up ways to make things funny we may not have thought of ourselves.

Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. What puts man in a higher state of evolution is that he has got his laugh on the right end.

— Max Eastman

Laughing is Good for the Soul!!!

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A laugh is a smile that bursts.


Mary H. Waldri


Maybe you can try some of these....

Here are a few suggestions that might add a little interest to the Day....

  • "Load your plate up high, then take it to the kitchen, toss it all in the blender, and take your "shake" back to the table. Announce that it's the new Thanksgiving Weight Loss Shake.
  • When everyone goes around to say what they are Thankful for, say: "I'm thankful I didn't get caught" and refuse to say anything more.
  • Bring along old recorded football games, pop them in the VCR/DVD player when Dad's not looking. Make sure it is set to the last two minutes of the game. When he comes into the room, turn off the VCR and turn on the regular TV.
  • Bring a date that only talks about the tragic and abusive conditions known to exist at turkey farms.
  • During mid-meal turn to mom and say, "See mom, I told you they wouldn't notice that the Turkey was past expiration date. You were worried for nothing."
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  • http://www.101funjokes.com/thanksgiving.htm

A laugh is a smile that bursts.

— Mary H. Waldri

A freezer full of canning jars will do if we run out of Solo cups and they bring smiles to faces who do not use them ....

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No need to buy new paper plates; we have these left over from Halloween.

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Oh, Dear, You might be a redneck if...

  • You've ever had Thanksgiving dinner on a Ping-Pong table.
  • Thanksgiving dinner is squirrel and dumplings.
  • You've ever re-used a paper plate.
  • If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Cool Whip on the side.
  • If you've ever used your ironing board as a buffet table.
  • Your turkey platter is an old hub cap.
  • Your best dishes have Dixie printed on them.
  • Your stuffing's secret ingredient comes from the bait shop.
  • Your only condiment on the dining room table is ketchup.
  • Side dishes include beef jerky and Moon Pies.
  • You have to go outside to get something out of the 'fridge.
  • The directions to your house include "turn off the paved road".

Thankful for what we have...

More quips

Be thankful:

  • for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need washing, and gutters that need repairing and cleaning, because it means my family and I have a home.
  • for all the complaining that I hear about the government because it means we have freedom of speech.
  • for the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I can walk and I have been blessed with a car.
  • for the shockingly high heating bill because it means my family and I are warm.

Not so humorous reasons to be thankful....but REAL REASONS to give thanks

At funny.com I found these little quips which have a bit of humor but a whole lot of truth...

"I am thankful for:

  • the wife who says, "It's hot dogs tonight," because she is home with me, and not out with someone else.
  • the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato because he is home with me and not out at bars.
  • the teenager who is complaining about doing the dishes because it means she is at home, not on the streets.
  • the taxes I pay because it mean I am employed..
  • the mess to clean up after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
  • the clothes that fit a little too snug because that means I have enough to eat."

http://www.funny.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Funny.woa/wa/funny?fn=CJN4L&Funny_Jokes=Being_Thankful

The two grandsons are reason to be thankful every day.

Baby is saying 'cheese' as Momma takes the photo
Baby is saying 'cheese' as Momma takes the photo | Source

My daughter and my baby grandson: two reasons to be thankful

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.

Stephen King/Hearts in Atlantis




Why are you thankful??

This cannot end without a little bit of SERIOUS.

Each of us has different reasons to be thankful. There is one reason that I feel so blessed and so grateful this year. I am thankful that God has brought my daughter and grandson through another year. Without going into all of the details, they both have serious medical issues and have been given a terminal diagnosis. For me, every day they walk the planet is a reason to be thankful. Everything else is secondary to that.

Of course I am thankful for all of my family and am especially fond of my baby grandson--how much I cannot even begin to describe or put into words.

What else?

  • freedom of speech
  • freedom of religion
  • a home, clothing, food
  • friends
  • Angels that watch over us
  • God and all of His wondrous strength in my life
  • my new friends on HubPages--who encourage and cheer me on
  • the beauty in nature that brightens our world each day
  • the sounds of music that lift me up

The list is endless. As it is for most of us, I imagine. Without being too redundant, I am thankful that there are things to bring laughter to my life.

© 2012 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes, Sunshine, I get it...like I told Eric I have no trouble finding the humor in most anything...at family gatherings people look to me to keep the laughter going..and the chicken dance is something I have done a time or two

Wishing you a lovely Friday and a most blessed Thanksgiving season this year. Thank you so much for stopping to visit.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Sunshine625 13 months ago from Orlando, FL

Hi PS, I can find the humor in just about anything and if there isn't humor in the situation then I will create it. I have a warped sense of humor that at times isn't appropriate, but oh well. Such as while rinsing off the turkey I have been known to hold it by it's wings and have it dance a bit for the kids. We name the big bird too since it's part of the family, if only for a very short time. Thank you for the humorous hub! :)


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You sound like me, Eric. It takes very little to bring a smile to my lips. It makes people wonder when they see someone smiling so much :D and truthfully it comes from the heart.

Thanks for stopping to visit. Hoping all is good with you and yours.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving season.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Ericdierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Great thing about age, I think I read this before, but it was like brand new again. If I ain't got no reason to smile -- I make myself smile and then that cracks me up so I get a giggle. Stupidest happy formula in the world but it works for me.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Alocsin

Laughing is a good thing..it lightens up every situation and allows us to make light of things in a kind and gentle way. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving .

Thank you for stopping by. I will visit soon.

Sending Angels your way...ps


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for lightening the mood during a holiday that can be quite stressful. Voting this Up and Funny.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so welcome just gotta laugh sending angels your way


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Fun. Thanks.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi rajan jolly...we DO have so much to be thankful for. And sadly we often we forget or we take them for granted. So many good things have happened to my family in spite of the not so good things, that I learned to be grateful.

Along the way because of some of the challenges we have faced, we have learned that laughter has helped us to stay afloat, to distance ourselves from fear and pain. The old time worn saying: laughter is the best medicine holds much truth for our lives.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi rajan jolly...we DO have so much to be thankful for. And sadly we often we forget or we take them for granted. So many good things have happened to my family in spite of the not so good things, that I learned to be grateful.

Along the way because of some of the challenges we have faced, we have learned that laughter has helped us to stay afloat, to distance ourselves from fear and pain. The old time worn saying: laughter is the best medicine holds much truth for our lives.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

ps, we have a lot to be thankful for and each moment of it is wonderful. Enjoyed the humor as well the redneck side of the hub. Voted up, beautiful.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Rebecca

You gotta' laugh, I do so believe. I have so many things to be thankful for that I am overflowing with thankfulness. I hope all is good with you and your family at this time for giving thanks. Sending Angels your way. :) ps


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I just love your Thanksgiving Hub, both the funny side and serious side. Really creative thinking on those redneck jokes!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Nell Rose

love me some paper plates but actually use dishes that have been in my family since I was a babe. I love this time of the year. All of the holiday fun and stuff makes me feel like a little kid. And having my grandchildren to share them with makes it so much fun. Thank you for stopping by and I will celebrate a little for you. Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Nell Rose

love me some paper plates but actually use dishes that have been in my family since I was a babe. I love this time of the year. All of the holiday fun and stuff makes me feel like a little kid. And having my grandchildren to share them with makes it so much fun. Thank you for stopping by and I will celebrate a little for you. Sending Angels your way :) ps


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

What an amazing hub! all the things to be grateful for that we always moan about without thinking, wonderful! and yes I did use paper plates! haha! mind you that was because the decorators were doing my kitchen and I got fed up of washing up in the bath! haha! have a great thanksgiving, we don't celebrate it over here, but darn wish we did! lol!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Eddy

Hope all is well with you and yours today. Thanks for the vote and for sharing. A little laughter can lift our spirits when we really need it most. Have a blessed day.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub and I vote up plus share.

Eddy.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You too?? O, my, Bill. And, really those Ball jars...I really do have a freezer full and love to have my sweet tea in them. And, Again as I laughed and laughed it may have been to keep at bay some of the tears I may have shed at the wonderful fortune I have to be so blessed this holiday.

God has richly blessed my family and it leaves me feeling so full of emotion I can hardly keep from running up and down the streets of my town yelling, Thank you!! Thank you!!

Finding the humor hand in hands with the reality of being sincerely thankful is a wondrous thing indeed. God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving, Bill, and each day after that. Sending Angels your way... :) ps


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You too?? O, my, Bill. And, really those Ball jars...I really do have a freezer full and love to have my sweet tea in them. And, Again as I laughed and laughed it may have been to keep at bay some of the tears I may have shed at the wonderful fortune I have to be so blessed this holiday.

God has richly blessed my family and it leaves me feeling so full of emotion I can hardly keep from running up and down the streets of my town yelling, Thank you!! Thank you!!

Finding the humor hand in hands with the reality of being sincerely thankful is a wondrous thing indeed. God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving, Bill, and each day after that. Sending Angels your way... :) ps


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You too?? O, my, Bill. And, really those Ball jars...I really do have a freezer full and love to have my sweet tea in them. And, Again as I laughed and laughed it may have been to keep at bay some of the tears I may have shed at the wonderful fortune I have to be so blessed this holiday.

God has richly blessed my family and it leaves me feeling so full of emotion I can hardly keep from running up and down the streets of my town yelling, Thank you!! Thank you!!

Finding the humor hand in hands with the reality of being sincerely thankful is a wondrous thing indeed. God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving, Bill, and each day after that. Sending Angels your way... :) ps


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wait a second! I've had dinner on a ping pong table before...what the heck is wrong with that? LOL

I kept thinking I had missed one of yours recently, and this was the one. It is a rare hub that leaves you laughing and also feeling thankful, but you pulled it off with this one. Excellent job PS!

And now it's time for dinner. I wonder if Bev put the net away this time.

bill


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Shiningirisheyes...

You know, they say..imitation is the greatest form of flattery ...so if you use 'em, it's all right by me. I laughed and laughed over them; posted the red neck ones to fb and my friends and I laughed at the ones that were so like us!!! I admit it: I am a little bit country and a little bit redneck...is that awful??

Happy Thanksgiving week to you and yours....sending Angels your way..:) ps


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Shiningirisheyes...

You know, they say..imitation is the greatest form of flattery ...so if you use 'em, it's all right by me. I laughed and laughed over them; posted the red neck ones to fb and my friends and I laughed at the ones that were so like us!!! I admit it: I am a little bit country and a little bit redneck...is that awful??

Happy Thanksgiving week to you and yours....sending Angels your way..:) ps


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Stupendous job my friend! Hilarious and I am laughing heartily. You KNOW I am going to use a few of these, right?

Also fantastic way to remind us what we really should be thankful for. So many other parts of the world only dream of our rights.

Excellent!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Carol....Yeppie, I do not think I would go for the weight loss shake; I would lose weight because I would not drink it.

As for our family, our journey has made us stronger and taught us how to live our lives with a greater relish than we may have otherwise . We embrace every day and do not second guess the future. It has been a journey to get to this place.

God's blessings to you and yours at this holiday season.... sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good afternoon, Rtalloni

Humor has a way of lifting our spirits that no other emotion can. I have so many serious thankful items on my list that I needed to add this one lighter one just for a smile.

May you and your loved ones be blessed each day.

Sending Angels your way... ps :)


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

It is important to remember all that we have to be thankful for and enjoy a little humor along the way. Love the Peanuts video--how often serving up a meal with a flourish has saved the day! :)


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Lovely thoughts to be grateful. I was laughing when you mentioned putting the meal in a blender.. I think I would lose my appetite as I do feel that most of appetite comes from visual foods. Sorry to hear about your family. We don't get through this life unscathed. Our entire family except my husband and I are not in our lives for many reasons and sometimes it does get very painful. So wishing another year of family for you.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Faith

So glad to see you again. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mother and the rest of your family each day . May you have a blessed Thanksgiving too. Each day is a gift...we are all so blessed despite the stumbling blocks that come along our paths.

Thank you for your kind words. Hugs to you. Sending Angels your way. Your sister in Christ. :) ps


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Faith

So glad to see you again. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mother and the rest of your family each day . May you have a blessed Thanksgiving too. Each day is a gift...we are all so blessed despite the stumbling blocks that come along our paths.

Thank you for your kind words. Hugs to you. Sending Angels your way. Your sister in Christ. :) ps


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What a delightful hub here. Such cute and lovely photos. Your grandsons are precious! Yes, we have much to be thankful for. I love the humor here too, and it is needed right about now.

Excellent write dear friend. Love the video too.

God bless you and your family at Thanksgiving and throughout the upcoming year.

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In His Love, Faith Reaper

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