Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rainiest day














We woke to rain yesterday morning. It doesn't happen often but I like when it does. The forecast was for rain on and off through the day, with snow on the mountain, where it's colder. We never get a steady, all-day rain here, though I like that too. But we were in and out of showers all day long, with a few breaks of weak sun. It was our full homeschool day, so the three of us stayed home most of the day, only going out for the GB's ballet class in late afternoon. There is almost nothing I enjoy more than a day at home in bad weather. After very hectic shopping on Sunday, to collect everything I need for Thanksgiving, I was happy to spend Monday at home, supervising schoolwork, crocheting, making soup in the slow-cooker (I made this tomato soup again, the third time in about a month, because I just love it), catching up with my magazines and doing a little housework.

The children like staying home on a stormy day too, which is one reason I love the monsoon in summertime; the unpredictable weather breaks up the days, making it easier, and more interesting, to spend lots of time at home together. They finished their work and moved on to other things - science experiments, reading and crafts. Miss GB worked on her long-stitch project. We watched a few How Stuff Works videos on Amazon Prime. We talked about baking but I decided that my impending birthday cake and our Thanksgiving dessert will be more than enough.

We headed out to ballet during a lull in the rain. While she danced, a big thunderstorm moved in. The LB and I listened to the rain falling hard on the dance studio's roof. We drove home in heavy rain, as heavy as any monsoon day, arriving home just as the Bear returned from work. We tucked into our soup and then we sat in the dark and watched the lightning.  After the kids went to bed, the Bear and I caught up on The Durrells and Soundbreaking. I finished writing out my Thanksgiving Day cooking timetable (two days' worth) and gathered dry ingredients on the buffet to make them easier to grab while I cook. The smoker is not quite fixed yet, so I'm roasting the turkey whole. I've got the Butterball website bookmarked. I'm not afraid to call the hotline if it comes to it.

Today, we woke to clouds and mist but we couldn't stay home; there was just one day of school before the break. But the Bear took the day off as part of his holiday time, and we spent the morning running errands together - Hobby Lobby, Target, liquor store, thrift store. We are home now, ready for our holiday. He's making wax-and-sawdust fire starters in the shop, I'm drinking tea and watching the storm clouds lift and fall over the foothills, leaving a little more snow every time they rise. The children float between us, back and forth with their own pursuits. We'll be ready for an excursion tomorrow afternoon for the LB's guitar lesson, but for now, I'm very content. I'll make more tea, think about tonight's dinner, check the backpacks and wash the water bottles, fold a bit of laundry. There will always be ups and downs, and the days are not always cozy and peaceful, but I am deeply thankful for my homely, lovely life.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! Thank you for being sweet, kind friends.

23 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post, you have a talent for capturing the cosiness of this season and you always make home seem the very best place in the world. Which of course it is. I love that you always have something scrumptious on the stove when it's chilly outside. It rained here all day. I managed to stay at home for most of it and I so enjoyed the low light while the rain lashed against the windows. I hope you have a lovely week and a good Thanksgiving. CJ xx

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  2. Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Jennifer! :o)

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  3. I love the sense of cosying up and hunkering down for the holidays in your post. It sounds like you're very prepared. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours, and also happy birthday for tomorrow. (I'm afraid your card will be late, I only just posted it.....sorry!) xx

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  4. Enjoyed reading of your cozy days leading up to your Thanksgiving. Gorgeous shot of your mountains. The soup looks delicious, and if you've made it three times recently and loved it, I'm definitely heading over to check it out (thanks for the link). We've moved from an extremely warm fall (up to 20C on Friday) to -5C on Sunday ... the cold continues now, and I fear Winter is here. There has been snow dusted across our area, a warning and a promise of what's to come.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner (ours being long past, my thoughts are already on Christmas now). I hope the hotline doesn't need to be called ;)

    Wendy
    PS I was looking for your Winter Project link and wonder if you will be doing one in December? I couldn't find a date for that, and then saw you were on a break. Thanks Jennifer

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  5. What a lovely post! I love cozy days at home, too. Happy early Birthday!! I hope you have a wondeful day, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  6. Nice photos, as always. Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving with your family. Oh, and I hope your pecan pie turns out perfect!

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  7. What a beautiful post, and perfect description of a rainy day. I enjoy the rain too - perhaps because we see so little of it! We watch storms, sometimes sitting outside on the deck unless the lightning gets too close. Last year I think we only had two storms all Summer, but this year we have had several already. I love your picture of the clouds on the mountain, storms and snow all intermingled.

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  8. Rainy days are special family time. Love the photo of the clouds in the foothills. Your Thanksgiving preparations sound lovely. Have a happy holiday. B X

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  9. Sounds idyllic, I can feel the love you have for your family and home. Rain is the perfect weather for hunkering down and enjoying each others company. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  10. I love hunkering down when it's stormy outdoors. We had so much rain on Monday that there was flooding in our little town but I didn't have to go anywhere so I stayed home where it was warm and watched through the windows, apart from when I had to walk Archie, of course. He wasn't too impressed having to go out in it. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  11. We had rain all day on Monday but it has stopped now. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and of course enjoy your birthday. Jo x

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  12. It all sounds very cosy and lovely chez you Jennifer. Best of luck for the cooking marathon! I am never allowed to cook for big events because I am too disorganised... enjoy your well deserved holiday. xx

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  13. Funny...it's raining here today too, and Brian and I ran errands all morning. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!

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  14. Those storm clouds look amazing. It must so hypnotic watching them. Enjoy your cooking and preparations for Thanksgiving and I hope you have a lovely celebration with your family on the day.

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  15. This is such a heart-warming post full of peace and contentment. Wishing you and your family a happy holiday, Jennifer. Sam x

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  16. Oh, and have a very Happy Birthday! x

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  17. What a lovely post. I love your blog and will start following you on Bloglovin
    Have a nice holiday
    Manon

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  18. I really do not like rain, but must admit that sitting here inside a warm house I find that there is something very appealing about your rain photos.

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  19. Do I spy your Nandina colouring beautifully? And your photo of the rain-drenched berries is wonderful. I love that your daughter enjoys sewing Jennifer. My daughter did too and even today as a sophisticated 20-year-old she can be found doing free-hand embroidery for pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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  20. A lovely cosy post, Jennifer. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
    Helen xox

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  21. Aw, I love your grateful heart!

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  22. I enjoyed your images.. love that sweet GB of yours. Enjoy the holidays. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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