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Happy ThanksgivingGood Evening, one and all. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I am looking forward to a family gathering around a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. I just feel bad since there is a lot of work that goes into preparing and cooking everything and dinner gets finished in a fraction of the time that it took to prepare.

In my house, it seems everyone sits in the living room and falls asleep. Got to love Tryptophan! Although, at my age, I have perfected falling asleep in my chair — and I am able to do it year round without utilizing any Tryptophan. The more ambitious folks might go outside and play football, since this is the season for that as well. I've done this a few times in my life, but not in the later years. I have a few tips for the more mature crowd, who get dragged into playing football — from what I have gathered in my few experiences.

Looking for grass to play on can at times be a challenge being in the desert and all. Years ago, I ran into a Cholla cactus while attempting to play football, and it was a thigh numbing experience. So watch out for plants with pointy things sticking out. The best place to play is the drainage areas, because of the grass and potential mud if you have had rain lately. It seems my grandkids think mud makes everything more fun. I know there may be a few squeamish people who don't like getting muddy, but this is serious business when you are playing with out of shape people and grandchildren.

You don't need a large area, because our greatest cardio exercise typically is going to the mailbox. A Nerf ball is just fine and so much softer. If you use a real leather ball, someone might get hurt — besides who wants to chase the silly thing that far. Celebration dancing after a touchdown or sacking your 7-year-old granddaughter who is quarterbacking is not only allowed but encouraged. This is a bonding experience. Besides, it gives you future bragging rights.

But remember, it goes both ways. If your 5-year-old grandson tells you that you have a spider on your head, ignore it — he is just gaming you. My typical retort is, "You have a tuna fish sandwich on your head." I know it does not make a lot of sense, but he seems to appreciate it. Keep your head in the game, and don't let these kids get into your head!

Keep score! Oh Yeah! Definitely keep score! I was at my granddaughter's soccer game, and they don't keep score! Her mother told me it was about learning to play together and have fun and not scoring, I don’t get it. I know this is for fun, but life is about your kids and grandkids getting to keep score; they need bragging rights. Screw the high road; kick their butts if possible — you could use future bragging rights too.

Watch out for the control freaks that want to diagram an elaborate play. That is going to be challenging if you have a family like mine. When you get a bunch of Colgroves all in one small geographic area, it gets dicey — as we are notorious control freaks! It’s just in our genes, and we can’t seem to shake it with each new generation. At this time, I want to personally apologize to any brave soul who have chosen to love a Colgrove — it is a daunting task you have assumed responsibility for. I am sure you have a special place in the Creator's heart for taking on this responsibility and that you have been given an extra amount of grace. You need it!

Pretend you are just like the 2014 Arizona Cardinals football team and rotate your quarterback like they did. Everyone should get a chance to throw the ball. Don't run! Throw the stupid ball! You look really dorky running with the football, admit it and just go on. Besides, then you can blame someone else when they drop the perfect pass you threw.

So, have fun this Thanksgiving — wherever you may be — and keep a couple of bags of frozen peas around for injured warriors of the day. (Besides, who eats those things anyway?)

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Before the family comes over for your Thanksgiving dinner, make sure your home has the right coverage. Call Colgrove Financial, LLC at (480) 830-2595 for more information on Arizona home insurance.
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