I'm always so happy when Thanksgiving Day falls in a way that we have a week in between the holiday and the beginning of December. It feels like a gift to me in a way. Extra days to both relax within our home, and to begin small preparations for Christmas. These boots of mine, they stay on a path that ventures far out of the way of anything that even hints of a crowded mall or a big box store, rather they wander around pine trees with their gifts of fallen cones. I gather small branches that have fallen to the ground in our last big windstorm, or visit the plant nursery for paperwhite bulbs to plant in time to bloom at Christmas.
During this next week I might roll a few beeswax candles, and unpack a little Christmas. I've downloaded a couple of Miss Read audio books from the library onto my netbook, so that I can listen to them, while I sit and make cards to mail, crochet a few snowflakes or stitch up a wintry looking pillow to toss onto our bed. One day during the week, my friend Patty is coming over and we're going to watch the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which I've been looking so forward to seeing. I need to think of something good to make for lunch that day.
Our Thanksgivng was lovely. We had an early dinner with my sister and my side of the family, and then another dinner in the evening at my sister-in-law's house with my husband's side of the family. We are so fortunate to have so many people to love. I'm grateful to have had the company of my son for the day, (I never feel like I see him enough!) and I'm grateful for little girls who like to decorate Thanksgiving tables too. My neice Sophie made placecards for everyone, and I was seated right next to her, I'm very proud to say. Her big sister Angelina made me so proud too. I witnessed her being gently patient with her little sister and baby brother, and lending a hand here and there, in very quiet ways. She's growing up into a wonderful young lady, both girls are, and baby Max; he's learning to walk! What a pure pleasure it is to have a baby in the family again. I looked around both our Thanksgiving tables and I gave thanks for all those with us, and for those who have gone before. I am wealthy in family and in my friends.
I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely too!
....'til next time in Merryville.