Friday, November 21, 2008


"Over the River"

Over the river and through the woods,
To Grandmother’s house we go,
The horse knows the wayto carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow,
Over the river and through the woods,
Oh how the wind does blow,
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go,
Over the river and through the woods
To have a full day of play,
Oh, hear the bells ringing “ting-a-ling ling,
”For it’s Thanksgiving Day,
Over the river and through the woods,
Trot fast, my dapple gray,
Spring o’er the ground just like a hound,
Hooray for Thanksgiving Day!
Over the river and through the woods,
And straight through the barnyard gate,
It seems that we go so dreadfully slow,
It is so hard to wait,
Over the river and through the woods,
Now Grandma’s cap I spy,
Hooray for the fun, the pudding’s done,
Hooray for the pumpkin pie,
Hooray for the fun, the pudding’s done,
Hooray for the pumpkin pie!

It would really be fun if we could go to Grandmother's house like this. Ours is going to be a quiet Thanksgiving this year. My son's Bill and Eric will be here to share our dinner. We will do the entire meal in style though. Are you cooking this year?????


Nancy said...

Once again Heidi, thanks for helping to line this entry up right. You are soooo clever.
Love you, Mom

Anonymous said...

"Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith." Proverbs 15:17

Dinner lovingly made by mom; now that is style.


onlymehere said...

We've decided not to cook on Thanksgiving but to do it the following Sunday or save it for Christmas. I'll do the pies on Thanksgiving though. There's a restaraunt here in town where you pay what you feel the meal is worth on Thanksgiving. No one is turned away. This is their way of helping college students far from home or people who otherwise wouldn't have a dinner. We're seriously thinking about doing this too as a way to give back. I just can't get in the spirit to cook. Bah humbugs early this year I guess.

Mary said...

Sweet Nancy, thanks so much for sharing ALL the words of this poem - I only ever knew the first two! It's lovely - and the photo is great. If only the 'old days' were still here when it was so important to make the effort to travel to mom's or grandma's house for the Holidays, and either of them were happy to play the matriach AND do the cooking. Now they all want to do their own thing!

No, I'm not cooking - Bob and I will go out to eat somewhere which is fine - he gets my portion of turkey because I'm the vegetarian!!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment about my family. Their lives have gone through a 360 degree change since leaving London. Brother no longer stressed from his high powered job and daily commute into the city - sister-in-law no longer teaching French and German in inner city schools where she was cursed by unruly 'children'. My niece (almost 17) now speaks French fluently and is also learning Spanish so will be bi-lingual, a huge plus in the business world now. She may return to England for university - they think the system there is better.

Hope your Thanksgiving dinner will be a great time with "the boys". Wish I could stop by and play Heidi - I know you will miss her being at your table. Hear that Heidi? If I could knock a few years off I could pretend to be you - or the adopted one!!!

Hugs - Mary.

Barbara said...

Well, we have had turkey twice already, and will have it again this next Wednesday, so we will have steaks on the grill with shrimp cocktail, and I will make a mincemeat pie. We will have turkey for Christmas.


Sweetie said...

Hi Nancy, That song reminds me the my elementary school years. We always sang it in chorus. I don't think that we sang all of the verses. We are probably having about 32 here at our house. I have to get out the folding tables and folding chairs. I just started my grocery list.

RoyalTLady said...

Hi Lady,

I guess the title is most appropriate to describe all of us bloggers...

I came via Celebrate The Seasons

Happy blogging.

Mandie said...

That looks like so much fun!!! All bundled up in lots of blankets and riding along. :o) I am cooking this year and I guess we are only having 2 other people over. Some decided at the last minute to go home afterall. So, Looks like we will have lots of leftovers. Love you!!!

Linda said...

I love the picture and the song too....such sweet words.
I'm cooking and I can hardly wait. We will be three....we are having the traditional turkey and all the special dishes Carl and Lisa love...with lots of leftovers...hugs, Linda

Carolien said...

Hello Nancy, Happy Thanksgiving for you and your beloved ones. We have snow here! It's very early for Dutch standards, but the girls don't complain: they're out with their sled ...

Hugs, Carolien

Rhondi said...

Hi Nancy
That does look like fun! We are having a quiet Thanksgiving this year. Just my husband and I and our 2 youngest kids.
I like your quilt. Isn't it satisfying when you finaklly get something done that was started a long time ago?
Hugs, Rhondi

HDMac said...

It would be fun to do a horse and buggy ride.... Used to love this song as a kid.... :)