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Thanksgiving Countdown

I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend.  We went to see Skyfall and if you are a James Bond fan, you will not be disappointed.  Today  I am busy working on finalizing my Thanksgiving menu my Thanksgiving To Do list items.   I am sharing my list of things that I have to do to get dinner on the table next Thursday.

This week:

  • Borrow chairs/card tables for extra guests
  • Clean out cupboards and refrigerator
  • Finalize menu and create a shopping list
  • Review market ads for best prices
  • Wash tablecloth, napkins, towels
  • Pick up turkey
  • Clean house, carpets
  • Finalize Thanksgiving day activities
  • Buy ingredients, drinks, game prizes (see here)

Early Next Week

  • Defrost turkey
  • Pre-prepare food (wash salad items, prepare desserts)
  • Wash servicing dishes & set out
  • Set the table, including decorations
  • Touch up house
  • Chill drinks


  • Cook, enjoy my family, play games, watch football and review the Black Friday Ads

Did I leave anything out?

October To Do List

So we are now in the final quarter of the year.  This time of year, I look at my fall planning list (yes, I have one) and see what things I can plan for in advance of the holidays.  I want to share with you a list of things that you may want to consider adding to your to do list to help you be prepared for the next few months:

  • Make your holiday gift lists now.  Evaluate your list and determine if you want to change up gift giving traditions.
  • Put an extra jacket and umbrella in the car for you and your family.
  • Pick up your Halloween candy so that your market does not run out of the good stuff.
  • Organize your kitchen pantry so that there is room for the items you will be buying in the next couple of months.
  • Make or order holiday greeting cards.  Prepare your address list.
  • Decorate your home for fall if you have not already.  Even just a pumpkin will help you embrace the season.
  • Stock up on flu and cold medicine before you need them.  It will save you having to run out when it is inconvenient.
  • Order personalized gift items for the holidays so that you have plenty of time to process.
  • Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.
  • Donate coats, sweaters and boots that you and your family have grown out of to a local charity
  • Follow Organized Island so you do not miss an upcoming post.  I was just testing you to see if you read all the way to the bottom. but would love you to follow.

What would you add to this list?

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