Sunday, November 19, 2017

Currently This Thanksgiving Week









Outside my window...

Today it is sunny and bright. And a wonderful 57*. They keep saying winter is coming. But so far we haven't seen anything of it. However there has been some dipping into the 20's at night!

Pondering..

Today I am pondering about Thanksgiving. It isn't what it used to be around here. At my house, that is! When Richard was alive, celebrating the holidays was a BIG DEAL! Not so much anymore. I am just not in the mood and don't really care. My big extended family stopped getting together a number of years ago, which took all the big time planning out of it. Then my family shrunk to just one son (who still came around) and his daughter. Plus those of us who lived in the home. Then he started a career where the day off isn't always promised. And this year there is just Harley and me. So I think we might just skip it. And save the big celebration for Christmas. We have our fingers crossed that Darian is coming home for Christmas. Thinking back on the holidays made me think of a poem I wrote after Richard died. You can read it here if you'd like. 


Watching...

Harley and Isaiah are watching Madagascar Escape 2 Africa. So I guess, in a way, so am I. For all of you who are wondering about their 'make-up' date they had it yesterday. Isaiah works the evening shift. He picked her up for brunch. After they ate they came home, tuned their phone to music, and danced on the patio. Cute! Both wore their formal clothes which were worn on the night she got sick and missed Winter Formal. I was smiling! And I'm sure the neighbors were too!


Reading...

I'm still reading Matterhorn. Although in all honesty I haven't been reading it much. Maybe a page or two a day. I am currently listening to Jack of Spades by James Hankins, on Audible. Right up my alley. But I do admit it is a bit chilling!

 
Creating...

In my mind I am creating Christmas! It always comes out better in my mind!

Learning...





Planning....

I like to begin my Christmas decorating on the day after Thanksgiving. Since Harley and I don't have much in the way of Thanksgiving plans this year I think we will spend the day putting up the tree. We will drink hot chocolate and sing Christmas carols at the top of our lungs. We both like to sing. And then maybe we'll head down to Spangles for a hamburger!! (I haven't found many other places to be open for fast food).



Growing..

I am growing older. I see it everyday when I look in the mirror. The hair is getting whiter and I see more lines on my face. More age spots too. It's a melancholy time of the year!


Drinking....

I'm sipping water from my favorite stainless steel tumbler. I'll tell you more about it in my November Favorites. Have you tried these kinds of vessels?

What's in the kitchen...

There is not going to be a menu this week. I am going to fly by the seat of my pants. Me thinks! Harley will not be home a few evenings and I will just go with what strikes my fancy at the moment. And fix what's in the freezer on the other days. 




A quote to share...





A final thought...

I want to take this time to tell all who visited my blog this past week, Thank You for reading and being respectful. It shows there are still people who can share their thoughts, on a controversial subject, and not resort to name calling. Or telling others their opinion isn't important. I read all of your comments with interest. And I learned a thing or two. And, even though I didn't change my mind on the subject, I did learn that I could see others points of view. Hope all of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!



22 comments:

  1. I didn't kn ow cranberries WITH vodka was a thing. Maybe we don't have to change our minds, but at least be willing to open them, right? I wish I could be a bug on the wall for the tree decorating and singing. Sounds like fun! Sunny here, too, but nearly as warm as where you are. Happy Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't know cranberries and vodka was a thing either. But I love Maxine! Ha!Ha! I'm glad you can't hear me sing!!

      Delete
  2. I will be alone for Thanksgiving. So will my next door neighbor. We're having Bob Evans.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have never heard of Bob Evans. But I looked it up and it sounds like a good plan, to me! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your neighbor!

      Delete
  3. We are all growing old. I wonder how many more years I can continue doing all the family meals. If you lived closer, you could share dinner with us.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Is it time for the kids to take over the meals for us?

      Delete
  4. Thanksgiving isn't what it used to be at my house when my husband was alive either. This year I'm just going out to eat with my youngest son and daughter and her family.

    We're flying by the seat of our pants here lately for supper. Some nights I cook but mostly it's something simple canned soup, cereal, etc.

    I love Maxine!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Seems like flying by the seat of the pants is the way to go this week!

      Delete
  5. I agree, Thanksgiving is ripe for feelings of melancholy. So many silly expectations and half-hearted invitations from others who think no-one should be alone.

    Seeing Harley and Isaiah in formal wear, dancing on the patio must have made your heart swell. What imagination! It almost sounds like a Hallmark commercial. I'm gonna say a prayer that Darian makes it home for Christmas. Perhaps he'll surprise you?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Paula and Harley! How sweet with the makeup date and how they did it in their formal wear, including dancing! It will just be hubby and me this Thanksgiving and I have to work it so we're doing it low key, which is okay. We have to let others make their own traditions like we got to do when we were young and raising our own family. I do hope Darian can make it home for Christmas!

    betty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree with it being time for them to create their own traditions now. Hopefully they will remember us old folks. LOL!

      Delete
  7. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I too may just spend the day decorating for Christmas. Our family gathering will be on Saturday. We've done this for years now so that the my children can spend time with the other sides of the family on Thanksgiving now they are all married. Still not all will be there as they live just too far away. DDH died the day after Thanksgiving 25 years ago so we always try to do something together that day too. Black Friday. This year my daughter is in charge of that. It's looking like an evening of family fun. Nothing bleak or black about it at all.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like the idea of us spending the day decorating. Since I have worked in the medical field we have often had to change the holiday for days that worked for all of us. I am not a Black Friday shopper but I hope all that go out are safe and enjoy the day.

      Delete
  8. The make up date sounds lovely, I'm glad for them. When I grew up in Sweden, we put the tree up the day before Chritmas Eve and then kept it up until 12th day of Christmas. At which time we had tree plundering parties. The kids did. Left a comment on your previous post. I admire you for speaking out on controversial subjects and it was interesting to read the comments.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know there was a time when the trees wouldn't go up so early. Thank you for your comments Inger. I enjoy getting a glimpse into your Swedish heritage!

      Delete
  9. The holidays can be a sad time. Take care of yourself. Perhaps you and Harley can find a ready made Thanksgiving meal so no one has to cook.

    Our weather is projected to be in the 80s for Thursday. Nothing quite like a California Thanksgiving ;)

    ReplyDelete
  10. The make up date sounds sweet. Much better than stomach troubles! :)

    I like your Thanksgiving plan.

    ReplyDelete

I love to hear what you might think. Leave me a comment. I guarantee though that I will delete your comment if you are just here to cause trouble. So tread lightly!