Happy Thanksgiving to those in the USA, and those who may be expats abroad! May your homes be filled with yummy smells, your tummies be filled with tasty goodies, and your hearts and homes be filled with family, friends, and love!
This was our view of the sunset from the west end of the deck last evening…it doesn't look like it but that wind was howling fiercely all day and into the night!
It wasn't until I was up here last Saturday getting everything ready that I even noticed I could SEE the mountains to the west, now that the trees have all lost their leaves for the winter. Before – it was just a mass of green with nothing to see ---and no matter how much I have dreaded winter, and the loss of the beautiful green for a season, If it weren't for the winter, I would never have been able to see the mountains surrounding me on the west as well.
There is a life lesson in that somewhere, but my tummy is still too full from yesterday to consider what it might be! Okay, maybe something like “Sometimes you have to remove the objects obscuring your view – in order to see what is REALLY there?” I’m sure that applies somewhere somehow to most of us with something going on in our lives.
Thanksgiving is a time of year where things start “wrapping up” for me, and that carries on right on through Christmas. And I like to put things into perspective. And get things back in order in my life. New Years starts the next year off fresh and ready to embrace, to make the most of it that we can, to reach for goals not yet met ---
While I was in the kitchen cooking ---I could hear the sounds of the men in my family coming up from downstairs where they were making their own memories and enjoying each other and having a good time. I love the sound of their laughter, their teasing and joking and heated conversations, the way they interact with each other.
The Hubster and Jason playing darts!
And yes, that IS a sock monkey hat on Jason’s Head. LOL!
Family photo tradition in front of the fireplace:
Jason, myself, my dad, and Jeff
Brothers being brothers!
This morning I awoke to a clear blue sky--the sun shining its face on the mountain tops in the distance.
The boys have both gone home – they have jobs and things to attend to. Just us 3 “grown ups” are left to spend the day how we want it.
There are tons of left overs, and I've got the turkey carcass in the crock pot for soup for tomorrow. There is talk of going out to Boone to the movies, and for a drive on the blue ridge parkway to show dad the vistas.
There is one more side of Celtic Solstice to bind!
Oh, which reminds me. I had a whoops. I thought I was clicking “test page” while writing the steps for tomorrow, and it actually posted – for like 5 seconds! I quickly reverted it to draft because I was not done writing it yet. I’m still not done writing it yet! So if you saw a notice for part one in your reader ---it’s just a whoops and was not meant to be a tease!
All will be posted by 7am Eastern tomorrow morning. So be ready! I know I am!