Thankful Thursday XXXVI – Meatloaf

This Thankful Thursday I’m thankful for meatloaf. Not the rotund Texas singer, although I sometimes don’t mind his operatic rock epics. Instead I mean the food, a food many call a “comfort food.”

My sweetie made a meatloaf earlier this week. It’s not a meal we eat much in our household; if we have a pound or two of hamburger meat, we’re more likely to make tacos or hamburgers. Hamburger Helper perhaps. But this week she baked a meatloaf, ketchup, bread crumbs and all.

So, you’re probably thinking “he must really like meatloaf!” In fact… I don’t. I have my share of comfort foods – pasta dinners, sandwiches, spicy tomato soup, pizza when my stomach’s up for it – but meatloaf, not so much! In fact, I really don’t like it much at all.

But that’s ok. It reminded me how lucky I was to have someone who cares for me and cooks up nice meals for me and the kiddo frequently. Moreover, I’m very thankful for us having enough food. Even in our community, there are some who are hungry most days, and we’re better off than half the world. There’s a whole lot of people who would love to have the problem of having lots of healthy-enough food to eat and simply not thoroughly enjoying a little of it. Earlier this week on my music blog, I’d featured a record by Harry Chapin, a singer who put his career on the back burner at one time to help the government combat hunger in our country. You know he’d have appreciated some meatloaf!

The next evening we had some fish, and I was even more thankful. But I had some leftover meatloaf for lunch, said a few thanks, and made a note to myself to buy some stuff to donate next time the supermarket runs a food drive.

23 Replies to “Thankful Thursday XXXVI – Meatloaf”

    1. yeah, it’s nice to have someone like that around, especially if they like to cook. I like to cook at times, but I seem to like my food better than the rest of the family (I make a fantastic chili, for instance, but Texans have this crazy idea there are no beans in chili!)

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      1. yeah, to me that’s a better option than no beans! I used a lot of kidney beans, a few baked beans, chili powder, sometimes a little hot sauce or actual hot peppers, a bit of corn, some tomato sauce, and usually a little meat (sometimes hamburger, sometimes pork ground up) but it wasn’t an overly meaty meal. Opposite of Texas chili.

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  1. Not my favorite either but I get what you are saying…we don’t appreciate what we have enough. Sometimes we worry about first world problems.

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      1. Oh I have many! When the damn Dodgers lose lol. No I do have many that I do. I was complaining about the cost of flooring that I’m installing this weekend.

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      2. Aah! So that’s why it’s a Twilight Zone only weekend! That seems like a thankless job, but I guess it is worth it. One of my brothers in law is in that line of work, he used to have his own company at one time doing that, mostly on new houses I think. What type of flooring are you doing?

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      3. I’m taking a break now… laminate… was going to get wood but with Martha we thought better of it… we have 650 sq foot to do. We live in an A Frame and the living room is huge… we still have carpet in some places.. my save up and have laminate in stalled in those… it’s not hard… just time consuming… we thought we would save money and do it ourselves.

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      4. smart moves. Laminates look pretty nice and I’m sure offer a big savings over full out hardwood. Hope the task goes well! My dad told me a story , not long before he passed away, I didn’t know. Apparently in the 70s he had connections who knew a guy who ran a laminate company in Ohio, and he went down there for a weekend to see the factory; the owner thought my dad was talented and offered him a supervisor job for there but he decided against it because he wasn’t sure and my mom didn’t want to move to US. Could have had a whole alternate life path I guess, being in Columbus from about 10 years old. Wonder if I would have been a Reds or Indians fan?

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      5. That would have changed your life. Probably a Reds fan in that time…they were a bit better! It’s going good just slow. The odd cuts are what takes so long. Cutting around closet doors, corners, and vents take a long time.

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      6. true, and I already did like the Reds, but I always wondered which way Columbus leaned, being about halfway between the two Ohio teams.
        How’d the flooring come out? Hope it looks good. Putting that down does look very tedious although probably not overly difficult.

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      7. It’s little under halfway done. Our living room is huge.
        The underlayment is the hardest part. Pulling the old as hell carpet (1992!) and pulling all of the staples and nail boards out and then sweeping it….and then laying down that underlayment that goes under the floor. Once you get on a roll…it gets easy.

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      8. I’ll get a picture or two when done. We were fortunate to buy the house when we did and we got it at an under the market price deal.
        Because we are located around 30 miles from Nashville…the house has doubled in price…right now houses don’t stay on t he market…but we are staying put.

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      9. Yeah, same problem here. My sweetie blames Chip and Joanna Gaines, but I think that’s overly simplistic. The ‘Fixer Upper’ effect certainly has created a huge tourist trade here that wasn’t present even when I first came here, 8 years back, but I don’t think many who come to see their stores or restaurant decide to relocate just because of it. Instead, Dallas and Austin are getting real expensive so more people are moving here either because they can work from home or because they’ll put up with a 90 mile commute to one of those cities to save 60-70% of the housing price. We did see an HGTv show that was in Memphis, which was suggesting it was one of the cheapest cities in the country…but Memphis doesn’t seem as desireable as Nashville.

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      10. NO…Memphis is an awful place. It’s night and day with Nashville.
        We had a COO come here and he had to pay over 80 grand over the listed price just to get a home…all the other ones he looked at were gone after a day…one day.
        That is another reason we are hanging on to our house. I don’t want to sell it only to over pay for another house we won’t like as much.

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      11. for sure, you like the house and the location so why thing of changing? Memphis looked pretty grungy when I went through it, though it’s hard to tell from the highway or Greyhound station. The Mississippi is pretty impressive though!

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      12. There are really bad neighborhoods in Memphis…I mean bad bad. Nashville doesn’t have many of those at all…and the city is really safe.

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      13. Detroit’s the only large city I’ve gotten a worse vibe from when traveling through in the last decade or so… again, that may not be entirely fair given the limited amount of time I spent there but stats seem to back it up somewhat.

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      14. Yea that seems about right. I know some co-workers that moved from Memphis to Nashville and they tell me it’s night and day… I have heard some nightmares about Memphis…drugs and gangs everywhere.

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      15. The 2 small cities seem ok too, Chatanooga and Knoxville. I stopped in Knoxville one time while driving, only spent a couple of hours there but it seemed alright, rather a small town feel – little smaller than the population would indicate.

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