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The Best-Worst Thanksgiving Ever ~ Turkey Trot Blog Hop

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This year, I am most thankful that I survived LAST Thanksgiving.

Last year, Thanksgiving was more like the Fortunately, Unfortunately Game.

My day started early–very early, with the release of my first official Mail-Order Bride book: Jessie: Bride of South Carolina. 

Jessie_BrideofSouthCarolinaTired of living under her father’s iron thumb of control Jessie Wilcox decides to do the unthinkable: run away to Montana as a mail-order bride. The only obstacle in her way: the one hundred miles between her home in Williamsburg County and the train depot in Charleston.

Joel Cunningham is in utter disbelief when the girl he once loved beyond reason is on his front porch asking him to disobey her father’s wishes and drive her to Charleston. Logic and reason scream no; his lips, however, say yes.

Will the one hundred miles ahead of them be enough to overcome the five years of painful regrets or will Jessie follow her dream for a new life in Montana?

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After getting up at 2 am, my time, midnight PST, to make sure this released without a hitch and all the formatting looked great, I went back to bed for a few hours. Got up and made all sorts of goodies for Thanksgiving including: potatoes, a relish tray–complete with sliced turkey and a delicious from-scratch pumpkin cheesecake. I had it all out on the counter (uncovered of course) and ran up to my attic to get grab something from my attic i just HAD to have. Then this happened…


Yes, I feel through the attic. Fortunately, I was able to grab a hold of one of those beams and my legs just dangled. But still.

Then I came downstairs to find this:


Insulation had “snowed-in” my kitchen…covering all of my freshly baked/cooked goods!!

Fortunately, I was safe. Yes, my food was ruined and yes, this was going to be a costly repair, but I didn’t fall. Had I fall from my 12′ ceiling onto either those counters or on my concrete floor, I probably wouldn’t be able to write this today. So, I am so very thankful for that.

A little stirred–okay EXTREMELY shaken up–I went to Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house and as I was relaxing just enough while watching Home Alone, I started drifting to sleep, envisioning I was falling through the attic again! Good times.

After going home, I realized insulation was still snowing down (I’d cleaned it all up before I left) so I decided to go get my drill and a ladder to screw the ceiling back together. (No worries, I didn’t fall from the ladder–thank goodness.)

For whatever reason, last time I went to my climate controlled storage unit, I was working on some project and left my drill there. So I hopped in the car and drove over and my code wouldn’t work to get past the security gate. I tried the code over and over and over and finally I called the number on the keypad. Thinking I was about to get in, I was in for a rude awakening when the lady on the other end of the line said “You didn’t make your last payment.”

“Impossible!” I scoffed. “My debit card is attached and you guys–like clockwork–suck my payment straight from my bank account.”

“Well, it didn’t happen this time. You don’t pay, you don’t enter.”

Just then I remembered…A few weeks before I had to get a new debit card because someone had stolen my number and was trying to create dating profiles for a dating site somewhere in Africa… So, no, indeed, I hadn’t paid and though I offered to write her a check for double what I owed if she’d come let me in, she was unwilling to leave her family and drive those two miles to come let me in. (I bet she was really down at Wal-Mart waiting in line to get it for Black Friday sales! Just a theory.)

And at that moment, I had the oddest sensation: burning eyes and moisture on my cheeks! I’m not a cryer, but I was just then. It was like the flood gates opened.

However, in retrospect, I am so thankful all of this happened because I had no idea I had missed that payment and as it turned out, if I had reached Dec. 5th without payment, they’d have auctioned off my storage unit which was full of all of my swag, books, costumes, props for trade tables, and all other sorts of “Rose” things. Things that aren’t easily replaceable. Nobody would want them, but I wouldn’t want to not have them.

So in a way, it was the best-worst Thanksgiving ever and I want to thank all of my loyal readers for always being there for me. The ones who who have read this story before and the ones who sent me good vibes and thoughts.

Okay, okay, enough emotion, please leave a comment below telling all of us about a time when something great came from something you thought was so horrible to be entered to win a copy of Jessie: Bride of South Carolina.

Then please click the following graphic to go hop on down the list. Please remember, the more blogs you visit and comment on, the more chances you’ll have to be entered into the grand prize drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. 



30 thoughts on “The Best-Worst Thanksgiving Ever ~ Turkey Trot Blog Hop”

  1. I’m not entering the contest, but I just want to say that I’ve never met anyone who has trouble follow them around this much. LOL. I hope this Thanksgiving is uneventful…unless it’s something really good!

    1. I was going to make this comment, but you beat me to it, Catherine. How on earth does this kind of thing keep happening to you, Rose? You make my worst day look like a walk in the park! My mind is blank on what I can say to compare to your Thanksgiving day last year.

      I’m not entering the contest, either. I’m just stopping by to say hi. 🙂 (And I HOPE this Thanksgiving is WAY better!)

  2. I am speechless! Wow, and here you can smile about it and tell us all. I am not a crier either but I would have lost it after all that! What a way to see the upside of it all. The only thing I can think of at the moment is when we sold our minivan it was a horrendous experience (hubby was on a work trip, I had to do it all myself) that turned into good with my dad actually helping and “being there” for once and we had great bonding over it. I still shudder when I think about that time and I actually try to repress those memories!

  3. Something good came from something bad when I moved into my mountain home. I was devastated about moving, but now I love it and wouldn’t trade the mountains for the world.

  4. I really love you, Rose, but I’m really thankful that one of your “disasters” didn’t happen when we met! ❤️ As far as bad into good, the first thing that popped into my mind was when we moved to Oklahoma. I knew we had to move there for Ted’s job, but when we went to look over the area, I hated it….I mean, I really, really did not want to flat, hot Oklahoma, but move we did, and I’m so glad we did! I ended up loving OKC, and didn’t want to move away ever…of course that didn’t happen, but I still miss Oklahoma after thirty years!

  5. I guess it would be when my older car didn’t start on the day before Thanksgiving so I had to have someone cone and get me to take me to the grocery store. Finally got it to run. That Christmas my husband bought me a new car. I was so thankful.
    There is just a great feeling about knowing your car will work as it should.

  6. Always try to look for the silver lining. Things happen for a reason but sometimes I’ll be darned if I could figure out what they were.

  7. I certainly cannot match your tale of semi-woe from last year. And to be honest, I cannot even think of anything in my life that started as a disaster and turned into a silver lining!

  8. Oh my gosh, Rose, that is a heck of a day and I am so glad you are all right! Sometimes things are a blessing in disguise, aren’t they? I can’t believe they didn’t notify you of the card issue though. All I can think of is when I was laid off in 2015 from my job of fourteen years. Even though I despised it, it was still a job. I found a new position at somewhere that makes me much happier. It pays less than the old job but the happiness and satisfaction I have is worth the headache that the unemployment struggle created.

  9. Wow!

    Horrible in-house flood destroyed half my kitchen, I was able to get new wood floors in a beautiful color. I posted a picture of them on a website and won a prize–commercial with an HGTV star.



  11. I can’t really think of anything right now, but I’m glad you could see the positives in the situation. I hope you have a much better Thanksgiving this year.

  12. what a day you had. as a teen i was bullied over the fact i had learning difficulties. i had to do a presentation one day in high school and wouldn’t you know it one of my peirs shoved both feet in his face in front of everyone when he made a really crappy remark during my presentation. i burst into tears fearing i’d get piled on by everyone else. but it turns out the kid who made the remarks got turned on by everyone else and he ended up having to apologize when he realized that he had said the wrong thing. i did get a lot of support that day and made a few new friends

  13. Eeek! Rose, that’s just awful. I couldn’t top that if I tried. I’m more of a lots of little things go wrong, spread out over time gal. Annoying and irritating, yes, but nothing truly major.

  14. Oh my goodness! I had something similar happen to me years ago at my grandparents’… went into the attic and took a step… one leg went through… luckily my dad was up there too and helped me up… after you could see down to hallway.

  15. My goodness, I don’t think I have anything that could come close to being that terrible, most things that happen are small and insignificant, hopefully this Thanksgiving is happier and stress free for you.
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  16. i have spirt here in the hsoue and what he did he messed with the stove today and then i had it fixed and then i have him here and he will stay for while my house keeper as run in with him he slam door and turn the bath water on and then i tell him quick and he throw fit

  17. How could I beat that tumble through the ceiling? I have only had minor issues like missing out on signing up for a class I really wanted and getting into one I liked even better as a result. No clouds of insulation or missing drill, thank goodness!

  18. That was one rough thanksgiving you had.

    The worst thing was when I had a stroke. But it was a bit of a blessing.

    Having a Stroke caused me to slow down. Look at things differently. Hubby had to be the person who took care of me and our boys. It has been a year and a half since I had my stroke, some days are good others are bad. I just got bad blood results back and I am worried about things but I know that it will be ok. Because My husband is strong enough to make sure things are taken care of should anything happen to me.

    This thanksgiving though when my boys and hubby said what they were thankful for.. it was that I was healthy this year.

    Thank you for being part of the hop.

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