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Book Discussion: Mystery Off Glen Road (Read 11739 times)
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Re: Book Discussion: Mystery Off Glen Road
Reply #25 - May 4th, 2017, 6:13pm
 
Going back through this book right now and I'm reading the part where Trixie describes the open house to Honey. I've been meaning to mention this but never remember. I always thought it odd that the Beldens have a Thanksgiving Open House. Not that I think it's wrong or anything, just that the concept is strange. Why? Thanksgiving is one of those big holidays that is just family. A lot of people have Christmas parties. You have more time during the winter break for something big. But Thanksgiving (back in the day) was just 4 days. I would think it to be exhausting to mount something the size of the open house. Or maybe I'm overthinking it, especially in terms of today when both parents hold down a job.
Does it seem strange to anyone else?
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Reply #26 - May 4th, 2017, 10:49pm
 
Quote from macjest on May 4th, 2017, 6:13pm:
I always thought it odd that the Beldens have a Thanksgiving Open House.

 
I thought it really odd when I was a kid. †Partly because of the family thing, although we've had friends for Thanksgiving and eaten with friends as well, but mostly because Thanksgiving is much more centered around a feast, and sitting together around a table, than any other holiday. †For a lot of people, that meal is the holiday, thus all the jokes about getting stuck at the kids' table and things. †While not everyone follows my brother's teenage practice of eating themselves into a stomach ache, it is a much larger meal than usual for most people, and it's the holiday where most people kind of crash for the rest of the day, be it watching football or sitting around talking or whatever. †
 
Plus, depending on the size of your kitchen (and I never got the impression the Belden kitchen was huge), it would be a real challenge to do much of a buffet the same day you're serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. †The turkey and ham could be leftovers, but they also had cole slaw and potato salad, which are not usually Thanksgiving food (although they could be, I suppose), and I'm just wondering where Mrs. Belden managed to fit all this stuff. †I have two refrigerators AND a big freezer downstairs, and I can find tucking away the Thanksgiving leftovers a challenge sometimes! †
 
Also, the thought of sandwiches and potato chips on the day of Thanksgiving dinner does not do much for me. †Just doesn't seem in tone with the holiday, but that's admittedly a personal quirk. †Then again, while we ideally have a big layered salad with bacon and a creamy dressing, along with my second batch of rolls shaped like a sheaf of wheat and flavored butters (some of my kids think those rolls and butters are the best part of Thanksgiving dinner!), for our Thanksgiving evening meal, we have on occasion had leftover Mexican Beer Chowder, which I usually accompany with tortilla chips, so I don't know why potato chips on Thanksgiving seem wrong to me!  Apparently my subconscious thinks tortilla chips are serious food, but potato chips are frivolous.   Roll Eyes
 
The Bob-Whites in general spend more time with their friends than I did. †I don't see my parents going to an open house the evening of Thanksgiving, but they also wouldn't let me go to a sleep over in the middle of the week, or off to Arizona without them for Christmas, or a lot of stuff the Bob-Whites do. †Then again, we weren't even allowed to visit on Sundays -- we could go biking and otherwise play by ourselves, but were forbidden from knocking on anyone's door Sundays, because "That's family time." †So maybe my parents were super-protective of family time, I dunno.
 
While things have certainly changed since then, especially in terms of Sundays, I don't think Thanksgiving has changed that much. †If anything, people are so busy nowadays, that while family time may be rarer, it's all the more precious and protected. †My kids have gone to a lot of get-togethers Thanksgiving vacation, and hosted a few themselves, but only on that Friday or Saturday, or even Sunday afternoon, not on the Thanksgiving Day itself. †And when we've had Thanksgiving guests (or been Thanksgiving guests), it's an all-day thing. †I think even when we were kids visiting grandma's (my two sets of grandparents lived in the same state, about half an hour apart), we'd alternate Thanksgivings, spending the day with one set one year and the other set the next.
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Reply #27 - May 5th, 2017, 9:59am
 
When our family comes for Thanksgiving, there isn't room for visitors.  With our boys, their spouses and children, and my husband's siblings, we generally have about 25 guests.  Everyone brings something for the table and we always have way too much food.  I'd rather keep it simple, but there's not much chance of that.  Too many cooks in our family  Wink
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Reply #28 - May 17th, 2017, 2:23pm
 
This was the first Trixie book I ever read, and it remains my favorite. †It had so much horse action, which I loved, and which made me very envious of Trixie and Honey getting the chance to ride so much. †How fun it would have been to ride every morning before school!!! †At the time I read it, I was probably 8 or 9, so the Bobwhites were big kids to me.
 
One thing I remember to this day: †Mr Maypenny, when describing his stew, said "I don't use any water at-all". †I have followed this advice, and never use water in my stews and sauces either. †I use wine! Grin
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Reply #29 - Mar 25th, 2018, 11:13am
 
I decided to throw this here since it is specific to this book.
 
WHAT A HORRID HONEYMOON!
 
My husband has (unsuccessfully) deer hunted.  He and I both squirrel hunt (but I'm not very good).  Hunting is cold, tedious, uncomfortable, and boring when you are not seeing any game.  You are very, very quiet if you want a chance of seeing game.  Nothing is romantic about it (except perhaps the view if you are somewhere beautiful).  What kind of honeymoon involves, "Tom is going to keep on trying to get a deer until the very last minute."?  One gets up before sunrise and gets in place by sunrise.  One can get in place before dark and hunt until dark.   Ever hear of "hunting widows"?  I don't get the feeling that Celia hunts.  What is she doing during her honeymoon while Tom is out trying to get a deer?
 
Does anyone who actually deer hunts have any thoughts?  I know the sport is much more active if you use dogs to run the deer, but I don't think that's the kind of hunting going on.  Plus you use a lot of people to hunt with dogs, and I don't think most places allow it (but Virginia does).
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Reply #30 - Mar 25th, 2018, 11:27am
 
Regarding hunting honeymoons:
 
Living in Oregon, especially in our small rural community, hunters are very common - everything from ducks to big game animals.  This being said, it is a well known fact that you just don't get married during hunting season.  Not only does the sport conflict with the togetherness of the honeymoon ritual, but also each year following when anniversary celebrations take a back seat.  
 
When I read Gatehouse as a child, I didn't think it odd that Tom would go hunting during their honeymoon, perhaps because he was taking advantage of the time off from work.  Now, with 42 anniversaries behind me I get it  Wink
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Reply #31 - Mar 25th, 2018, 7:44pm
 
Wow! You have 42 anniversaries!  I only have half that amount.  Congratulations!
 
When I was a kid, I, too, did not think anything of deer hunting on a honeymoon.  I just reread Book 5, and I was appalled.  I only thought about how bad the honeymoon would be; I didn't think about anniversaries.  You are right; they would be pretty awful, too, right in the middle of deer season.
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Reply #32 - Mar 25th, 2018, 7:58pm
 
Quote from Greycharleigh on Mar 25th, 2018, 7:44pm:
Wow! You have 42 anniversaries! †I only have half that amount. †Congratulations!

When I was a kid, I, too, did not think anything of deer hunting on a honeymoon. †I just reread Book 5, and I was appalled. †I only thought about how bad the honeymoon would be; I didn't think about anniversaries. †You are right; they would be pretty awful, too, right in the middle of deer season.

 
Not to mention the thought of cutting and processing a smelly deer carcass (I know, from experience, it smells icky!) when you'd rather be enjoying a romantic candlelight dinner and your favorite wine  kiss
 
Thank you for the congrats; It actually won't be 42 yrs until June.  We didn't get married during hunting season, but a June anniversary wasn't the best when I began working as the financial manager for a school district and the fiscal year ended June 30  Roll Eyes
 
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Reply #33 - Mar 26th, 2018, 8:33am
 
Quote from suza on Mar 25th, 2018, 7:58pm:
Quote from Greycharleigh on Mar 25th, 2018, 7:44pm:
Wow! You have 42 anniversaries! †I only have half that amount. †Congratulations!

When I was a kid, I, too, did not think anything of deer hunting on a honeymoon. †I just reread Book 5, and I was appalled. †I only thought about how bad the honeymoon would be; I didn't think about anniversaries. †You are right; they would be pretty awful, too, right in the middle of deer season.


Not to mention the thought of cutting and processing a smelly deer carcass (I know, from experience, it smells icky!) when you'd rather be enjoying a romantic candlelight dinner and your favorite wine †kiss

Thank you for the congrats; It actually won't be 42 yrs until June. †We didn't get married during hunting season, but a June anniversary wasn't the best when I began working as the financial manager for a school district and the fiscal year ended June 30 †Roll Eyes


End of fiscal year, eek! Iím friends with budget clerks at my school so Iíve seen their misery. Welcome back, by the way!
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Reply #34 - Mar 26th, 2018, 4:30pm
 
Thank you  Smiley
 
Ironic that I mentioned my job as I received a call this morning from our district superintendent.  They are hoping to bring business/fiscal management back in house; since I retired they have been contracting services.  I told the board contracting services wasn't a good idea, but they chose to anyway.  I actually had to return to work for 6 months when things fell apart, but after I fixed the mess, they went ahead and contracted out again.  Now, the superintendent has asked if I would mentor the current administrative assistant/board clerk to take over business manager responsibilities, beginning June 30.  At least it is after our anniversary  Smiley  Should be interesting.
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