A Thanksgiving Feast…..A Paintball Match-up and an Allergic Reaction!

Hello fans of Middle Earth and welcome once again to the Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog!

Glad you stopped by, as always and I hope your Thanksgiving went well. (And if you are from a country other than the U.S. I hope you had a lovely Thursday!) So much to be thankful for really. It is a beautiful holiday. Just a simple get together with friends and family to have dinner together. If I could only control myself a little bit better on the eating front. But alas it was not to be. I don’t think I’ve ever not overeaten on Thanksgiving. Why change now?

Enough with the idle chit chat about the turkey dinner.

Okay so I have the Editor’s family over for Thanksgiving and of course you all know what that means. Yeah, that’s right. Dealing with that battle ax of a mother- in- law of mine. So of course I’m cooking the turkey this year and we get the phone call. Quote, “I’m coming over early this year! I’m not going to sit by and let that husband of yours over cook the turkey and ruin dinner! ‘ Unquote. I don’t know, I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job of cooking the bird the last few years. Then she adds, ” Oh, and by the way I’m bringing a guest!” I’m thinking to myself, this woman is really getting under my skin. Then I’m wondering, who is she going to be bringing with her over to my house. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks!





The Editor, Bob, and that Mother in law of mine.
The Editor, Bob, and that Mother in law of mine.

Bob got a little overwhelmed by the smell of the provolone cheese my mother-in-law brought. We had to put it out on the front porch. Terence was grateful for that move as well. It really does emit quite an odor. Anyway, Bob isn’t used to the ways of our Thanksgiving feast but he did get into it. He even tried a piece of super sod! (Don’t worry I have one of those defibrillators on standby just in case someone overeats  on the super sod front and goes into cardiac arrest.) Hey! I’ve heard stories and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure right?

Bob getting a taste of super sod.
Bob getting a taste of super sod.

He actually liked it.

So the other family event that my brother’s family started was paintball war games on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So that clues you in to the fact that I didn’t get much done over at Hobbit Hollow. Paintball is a lot of fun but you have to be in pretty good shape to play it right. I’m not in very good shape and had to take 2 Alleve every 12 hours for two days straight to help in the recovery process. But it was fun. Here’s a picture of everyone before we began.

Paintball 2015
Paintball 2015

So after paintball we had pizza over at our house and then something strange happened. My lip blew up like a ballon. It has happened before a couple of times. Let me show you.

Lip reaction
Lip reaction

So of course everyone is now laughing at me. It’s okay. I can take it. Go ahead stare at it and have yourself a good laugh. My whole family did, so you might as well. Anyway, the one time this happened at work they started calling me “Jimmy the Lip”. At home the Editor started calling me Dory from “Finding Nemo.” It’s not easy being me at times.

I hope all is well on your end!

See you next week!


4 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving Feast…..A Paintball Match-up and an Allergic Reaction!”

  1. That Bob is something else,handsome devil that he is.He loved the super-sod and the provolone. as far as the turkey I never saw one cooked breast down,you did a good job,I guess you don”t need my help although my turkey always looks brown and crispy,yours not so,but it tastes good.Paint ball gang looks great,so do your lips. love ya.

    • Just one thing after you rip me for the job I did on the turkey. It’s not all about looks all the time capece? It’s about taste. My turkey was not dried out like some I’ve had in the passed. (Not going to mention any names here in the blog for fear of retaliation.) It was juicy and a lot of the positive comments I got, for your information, had to be done in private just so a certain someone wouldn’t feel offended. Of course I’m not talking about you.

      For the record the provolone is going to be served on the back porch next year for the 3 people who eat it. (The fumes are killing the other 19 people who are there)And it’s funny you mentioned the lip. I have a theory about that. It always seems to happen after a visit with you for some reason. That seem a little odd. We’ll talk more.

      See ya and hope you’re feeling better!

  2. Jim,
    I’m thinking the lip thing might be from eating the super sod. (I’ve been married 20 years to someone whose maiden name is Guido, so I can write about super sod!) Seriously, nice family paintball photo. Now, I haven’t seen Herm in 25 years. I’m guessing he is to the left of the editor. Although, the person sitting to the left of your daughter is Herm circa 1981!! How many are there on that side, 7? Hope all is well. Look forward to reading every Sunday night/Monday morning. Appreciate your efforts!!

    • Hey Mike! Sorry about the late response. I think I got home after 730 every night this week. Just enough for shower, dinner, and bed. Anyway, that is my brother next to the Editor and he has 6 children. Not all there that day.

      The super sod thing is another story. I think my mother-in-law is trying to poison me. I was actually contemplating taking an insurance policy out on her in my name and then take her for a drive if you catch my drift. Only kidding. But she really is trying to poison me. That I am sure of. They’ll be sorry when I’m gone.

      The lip thing is strange. It happens sometimes in the morning when I drive to work or when I wake up in the morning I have it. Very strange.

      Thanks for writing and have a great holiday season. Say high to your folks for me.

      Take care,

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