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Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving has come and gone and tomorrow is the beginning of Advent.  But before I start focusing on all the activities that come with Advent, I’d like to take a moment to remember Thanksgiving and to share with you the things for which I am thankful.

The first thing that I am thankful for is The Husband and the rest of my family.  Despite the hard time I sometimes give The Husband, I dearly love him and I am so grateful that he is who he is and that he is part of my life.  The past couple of years The Husband and I lived a long way away from my family and that meant less visits with them; I’ve missed seeing them.  So, the second thing I’m grateful for is that The Husband and I have moved closer to my family.  It is a real joy to live so close to my sister and to be within a several hours’ drive of my mom.  This means that I was able to spend Thanksgiving with all of them (more about that later).  My brother and his family still live a ways away, but they are still closer than they were before and I can meet with them at Mom’s house this Christmas.  Finally, I’m grateful for the many blessings I enjoy every day – good health, a warm home, food to eat, clean water to drink, and the ability and means to express myself creatively through writing, knitting, spinning, cooking, baking, etc.

As I said above, I was able to spend Thanksgiving with family this year.  My mom came down to Texas and spent the night with us before we took her down to my sister’s place on Thanksgiving Day.  We spent the afternoon and evening together and enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving meal of smoked turkey (organic, pasture raised), roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary and onions, steamed kale, cranberry salad, Ezekiel bread, and finally a cheese platter with fruit and individual ramekins of pumpkin brulee.   We had a good evening talking and playing cards.  There might have been a football game on and The Husband might have fallen asleep on the couch at some point, but I’m really not sure.  =)

We met up again on Saturday to go to a local fair demonstrating various homesteading activities.  There were demonstrations of soap making, blacksmithing, spinning, and cheese-making.  There was a booth selling hot cider and apple cider donuts (yum!) and a nearby tent with the cider press (shoot, missed that demonstration).  There was a working stone flour mill that was running (very cool and not nearly as dusty as I had expected) and there was a tent explaining bee-keeping with a case full of bees.  And there were wagon rides drawn by horses.  There were so many things to see and do that we didn’t get to see or do nearly all of them.  We’re definitely going to have to go back next year.

We spent the evening together and were joined by my niece who had just returned from a trip to Belgium with her orchestra (lucky girl!).  We got to see several of her pictures and the dear sweet girl brought back loads of chocolate for us to sample!  Have I mentioned how much I love my niece?  =)

The next day (Sunday), we drove my mom back up to the city where she was catching a ride with some friends back to her house.  It wasn’t as hard to say goodbye to her knowing we’d see her again in a couple of weeks and knowing that she was so close.  Then we drove home and sat in a suddenly quiet house with nothing that needed to be done, nowhere we needed to be, and no one but each other to talk to.   Ah, nap time.

So, that was my Thanksgiving.  How was yours?  I hope it was as wonderful as mine was for me; full of good food, good friends, wonderful family, and lots to be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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