A Quick Thanksgiving Update……Hmmmm.That Ham is Good…..and Salty!!!!

Concealed within his fortress the Lord of Mordor sees all. His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh. You know of what I speak….a great eye.Lidless wreathed in flame. He is gathering all evil to him…….Saruman the White.

Welcome Free Folk of Middle Earth! Glad you stopped by for another edition of the Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog!

Nothing quite like the Great Eye. Ya gotta hand it to JRR Tolkien. The guy came up with some really good stuff.

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was nice. We got about 4 inches of snow on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. Like I was saying to my wife, I had mentioned that I was hoping winter might hold off for a while for my own selfish purposes.  I open my big mouth and we get a snowstorm before Thanksgiving. Good going Jim. Well it’s supposed to get warm Monday and hopefully this patch of snow will melt and give me a chance to get my gravel done this coming weekend.

As I was saying, I hope everyone’s turkey day went well. We had a really nice day. We usually celebrate the holiday at our house with my wife’s family. It’s turkey day right? My mother in law shows up with a ham. What’s up with that???? Okay, she does do a lot for the meal and all but after the antipasto (remember these are Italians I have to deal with here) it is physically impossible to have a turkey dinner and throw in a side order of ham. It just doesn’t work. But whoa to those who might bring this to anyone’s attention.

I digress. Just one other word on antipasto….and I might have mentioned this last year but I just don’t have the energy  to go searching. So the antipasto is an Italian thing which I happen to love. It’s sort of like a smorgasbord of a bunch of stuff. I don’t want to make any specific statements here because Italians get so bent out of shape when you start saying what something is or how it should be. But this here Italian family I had the pleasure of marrying into likes to have a huge antipasto before Thanksgiving dinner. Everything’s there. You’ve got your olives, cheese, artichokes, red peppers, chick peas, sweet peppers, crackers, bread sticks, pepperoni, salami, and last but not least, the dreaded “super sod.”

You’ve never heard of the dreaded “super sod” have you? Well, just a brief overview. Super sod, (and I really have know idea how it’s spelled) is something that the surgeon general has determined is dangerous for your health. There’s actually a label on the super sod that has the surgeon general’s warning but my mother in law peels off the label before she brings this evil into our house. If you ever want to get on the good side of an Italian just bring up the subject of super sod. You’ll make a friend for life. For the record, super sod is like a dried pepperoni type sausage with huge hunks of fat in it. I’m not kidding….and like I said Italians think it’s heaven. (Editor’s note: Not all Italians. Once again, please take what Jim says with a grain of salt. And I, too, have NO idea how to spell “super sod.” You do NOT spell it s-u-p-e-r s-o-d.  That’s sort of  how you say it.  But for the sake of ease let’s just spell it “super sod” here.)

I know I’m getting way off topic here but we didn’t work at the house this weekend. Although our plumbing inspection went well and we got the okay to proceed with our next phase of slab readiness. So next weekend we should be bringing our gravel in with the skid steer to level the floor. Gotta make a few phone calls and set that up.

Just watched the New York Giants lose to the 1 and 10 Jacksonville Jaguars. Horrific loss. Things are not going well with the New York sports teams. I think the Rangers are doing okay but I’m not a hockey guy. Oh well.

I had to work Friday so that was a bit of a bummer. Traffic wasn’t bad but I missed being with everyone here on Friday. And  obviously couldn’t do any work on the Hobbit house.

Saturday was great though.We went to Liberty Paintball (which is just down the road from us)and faced off against my brother’s family in paintball war games. We had a blast. I don’t know if you’ve ever done this before but it’s a lot of fun, exciting, and challenging all at the same time….and if you’re not ready for it physically you could wind up in a wheel chair. The first time I went paint balling I forgot that I wasn’t 17 and I couldn’t walk the next day. I prepared for this match though. I was doing wind sprints after work to get my legs in shape. Good thing I did because I was still in a lot of pain by the end of the day.

So Sunday came around and Georgia , Ethan, and Jude all had to go back to school by 1 oclock. So we were all kind of sitting around talking and someone brought up the ham on Thanksgiving. (Which I personally didn’t touch.)

It began with Terence innocuously enough saying: “The ham was good….and salty.”  Ethan thought the delivery of this statement was somehow hysterical.It devolved from there. Everyone began talking about this ham. You know, sort of in a Monty Python way. “And the Lord spoke and said that the hams will be salted and all salted hams will be good.” Also: “In the beginning there was salted ham and the Lord said the salted hams were good.”  And then: “The lord  held the unsalted hams up on high and cast them into the bottomless abyss to spend the rest of their days in darkness and despair.” Also: “It began with the forging of the great salted hams. Three were given to the race of Elves wisest and fairest of Middle earth…..for in these salted hams were the power and knowledge to rule each race. But they were all of them deceived…..for another ham was made.” It went on and on from there for quite some time.

Well I guess you had to be there but it was pretty hilarious. Well, you had to be there and you also had to have our sort of stupid kind of humor, as well.

Hope I didn’t bore any of you too much. We’ll get back to Hobbit House building next week if all goes well.

Have a great week and I’ll see you next time.

Take care!

Hobbit Hollow Jim


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