Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A few scenes from my birthday, which was an ordinary and lovely day.
Mondays are our full homeschool day, so we did a lot of that, and also went to the children's dentist for their routine checkups (both were given a clean bill of health, yay!). We went to the grocery store next, to buy our turkey and other foods for Thanksgiving. I bought a frozen Butterball turkey, my favorite kind, and it's thawing in the fridge as we speak. We'll do what we always do with it - the Bear hacks it up into its parts, gives me the breast to roast in the oven, and takes the rest of the pieces out to the backyard smoker. It's nice to have some of each kind of meat, even if the smoked meat tends to be too smoky to use in a soup later on.
I'm also making candied yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and asparagus. Very traditional, just the basic things that we all really love for Thanksgiving dinner. I was going to make dinner rolls from scratch like I did a few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, but I decided to cut myself some slack. Those rolls were delicious, but frozen brown-and-serve rolls are pretty good too, so we got ourselves some of those yesterday. There will be cheese and shrimp and pumpkin pie. If anyone goes hungry, they'll only have themselves to blame.
So, my birthday...we had a pretty typical day but there's always that little fizz of excitement when I remember, hey, it's my birthday!, while washing the dishes or folding laundry. Even now that I'm ever so old, ha. I had happy-birthday phone calls from all over. They took me out for dinner on Sunday night. We went to Black Angus for steak. I was craving steak for weeks! I love going there. The meal takes for-EVER and the food just comes and comes. We sat near the bar and watched football. It was perfect.
On Monday, my actual birthday, the Bear brought home my favorite cake, the one I have had for many years in a row, the Berry Chantilly cake from Whole Foods Market. It's amazing. I opened my gifts next, and what beautiful things I got. Hand-painted birthday cards from my children, a dainty and elegant antique sapphire ring (sapphires are my jam), a new Vera Bradley purse for my collection (my first Hipster style bag, so comfy to wear), candy, new blades for my rotary cutter and a DVD of Elf! My friends Leanne and Gillian sent me lovely, thoughtful gifts from across the miles and I was so touched by how well they know me, even though we've never met in person. A beautiful birthday, oh, it really was.
Thank you for your get-well and birthday wishes on my last post. I'm feeling better, for the most part. Still very congested, but that always takes some time to go away. I'm excited about the holiday, and our upcoming five-day weekend! I think we'll decorate for Christmas this weekend and put up the tree. We started listening to Christmas music in the past few days, in small doses for now. Santa lists have been made, some of the shopping is done (none of the wrapping is), I've laid in a new supply of hot cocoa mix. Music and ballet performances and school art night are on the horizon. It's cold out now, and I love it. I'm hoping we'll have a fire this weekend. Yep, it's all looking pretty festive around here. Let the ring-ting-tingling games begin!