How on Earth is it Thanksgiving time already? I swear it just turned y2k..
Like yesterday… right?
For those of you who have been reading for awhile, you may recall that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not only the day itself, but the days leading up to the feast.
Life has changed drastically for us in the last few years, and the excitement of my whole family coming over is no longer a reality since we live so far away from any family.
I’m grateful this year that our youngest child was able to travel home for the week. She arrived from Providence last Saturday, and it’s been great to just have her here
My RYAN is halfway across the world studying in Scotland for a semester, and jamanda will be in Florida celebrating together. We will be missing the three of
them so much
This time of year can be very exciting, but also very depressing, depending of what the earlier part of your year had in store for you.
I have many friends and family going through tough times for one reason or another. It makes me sad, and I think about their individual situations a lot.
It makes me really stop and appreciate the little things in life, even when I think I’m having a bad day.
As we go forth in this holiday season, just take a second to think of others’ and send good wishes, whatever method works for you.
Tomorrow is big cooking day ( click the above Thanksgiving link if you have no idea what I’m talking about)
I’ve been BRININGfor about 10 years, and wouldn’t dream of skipping this important step.
There are so many reasons to do so.. I can elaborate if you’d like..
I brine in this cooler.. I bought specifically for this purpose.. And what’s super-cool about this? My turkey never ever goes into the fridge! It frees up all of that precious fridge real – estate!
Here’s this years’ bath 😁 ( with my yittle bird in there)
I’ve roasted the chestnuts
And getting ready to peel them for dressing #1 tomorrow
I’ve made my creamed onions ( my favorite! )
And I’ve made my CRANBERRY SAUCE.. Although this year I made it in my vitamix… And it was awesomely easy and perfect!
This years’ cranberry sauce is extra-special….
I received a knock on the door yesterday and a neighbor was holding a package addressed to me. It was from a dear friend, Laurie ..
Laurie sent me 2 pounds of organic cape cod cranberries and Eastham turnip! THANK YOU, Laurie! Oxox
I am so grateful, as It was hard to find Massachusetts cranberries (which I’ve eaten my whole life ). ( last year my mom sent me some last mintue.. Thanks, mom! )
The other thing that I couldn’t find last year was Bell’s seasoning.. Something else With which I’ve grown up.
It took me 5 stores… But guess what I found today!!!
It may not seem like a big deal, but to me it truly is.
I’m very exciting to make my two stuffings tomorrow!
I think in an overwhelming way I am thankful for not only my family, but my friends as well. I have some pretty fantastic friends, from all stages of my life. I have friends that I haven’t seen in almost 30 years, ( Wowzers!) and yet, we chat like it was just yesterday.
I have friends who are always there, regardless of time zone differences, and that I truly can talk to about anything, and vice-versa.
I have friends that I’ve met in the last year that I can’t imagine not having in my life. I look forward to spending time with everyone.
I have friends who have had layovers at DIA and because we are so close to the airport, I’ve been able to visit with them
I even had the pleasure of traveling to Austin this past September to stand next to a friend as she married the love of her life…. I’ve been friends with for years, but did not actually meet face to face until her wedding dress rehearsal!
If you know me then you know that I am who I am.
And I am truly blessed.
I’m working hard to keep TRADITION alive, despite all of our recent changes…
Like I said in my post about traditions ( click tradition link if I’ve lost you ) .. You don’t really realize when they are happening..
And in the same way, you don’t realize how dramatically we go through the stages of our lives until we are far into the next stage.
As always, thanks for reading. I’d love to hear some of your families’ traditions 🙂