Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thankful weekend











We've had a lovely long holiday weekend here, with good food and lots of relaxation. We started with my birthday on Wednesday, which was a nice day. I had my favorite cake, the delicious Berry Chantilly cake from Whole Foods Market, and received some really great presents, including a frame loom, which I'd been wanting for a few months; I have a lot to learn, but the Bear helpfully included a book and I have some videos bookmarked. There were also new mugs, boxes of tea, a flower press that goes in the microwave (can't wait to try that), a new kitchen apron and two beautiful handmade presents from my children - a stitched card and a necklace with painted wooden block-beads, wrapped up in paper box with a strawberry drawn on the top. It was a very happy day and I felt so loved by my sweet little family.

Thanksgiving was a nice day too. I roasted the turkey whole, which I don't usually do, and there were a few moments of panic but it came out really well. It was a sixteen-pound turkey, which seems huge but it was the smallest Butterball turkey in the store! There was a lot of meat and it was all good, even the breast, which I have often allowed to overcook in the past when roasting a whole turkey. We had lots of other food but not too terribly much of anything. We ate leftovers for three days and now we've just got a little turkey left in the fridge, plus three lunches' worth in the freezer, for the Bear to take to work. I'm definitely ready to stop eating turkey, but only because I'm bored with it, not because it was terrible turkey. Tonight's dinner will be steak; the Bear asked for "meat from a four-legged animal."

We've spent most of this afternoon slowly preparing the house for Christmas. The lights are up outside, courtesy mostly of the LB, who is really into wiring things up. He had a whole vision for the yard this year and we mostly let him run with it. We've been staying in the house today otherwise because it's really cold and windy out. There may be a little snow tonight. I'm excited but it's just so weird: four weeks ago, we were carving pumpkins in the backyard in abnormally warm weather for late October. Now, it's just three packed, crazy weeks until the long holiday break.

Thanks for your birthday wishes and kind words on my posts lately. I have to tell you that I really needed a nice, homey birthday and holiday weekend. I had some really awful news about a member of the community recently, the kind of news that I think most parents would find startling and worrisome. Between that and our current national climate, I was feeling pretty lousy. I've always had the same type of response to bad news or troubled times: I go inside, shut the door, turn off the TV and the computer, unplug the phones if I have to. I'm glad I took the time because I feel better now. There's a lot to be done and I'm ready to do it.

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful birthday and Thanksgiving! Turkey is so tricky to do, haven't done one in years.

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  2. I could very easily hibernate at home for a very long time and be quite content. Belated birthday wishes. I love that you got a stitched card, a handmade necklace all wrapped up in a hand decorated box. That is really special. All your other gifts sound really nice, too. I'm curious about the flower press and how it works in the microwave. My Colorado boy sent me a quick video shot from his front door yesterday. They finally had their first snow of the season in his area. He also baked a turkey for Thanksgiving, his very first, and said it turned out just fine. In all honesty, I have never, ever baked a turkey in my life. Now, I don't eat it -- but before that, others that we celebrated with would be the one to bake the turkey, while I offered lots of sides and desserts. That boy continues to surprise me. Wishing you a great new week. Tammy

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  3. Hi Jen, Glad you had a lovely family meal. It all looks so cosy. I am interested in your weaving project too. My hard drive on the computer has gone bang so I am only getting limited time on my phone to blog with my very favourite people and you are one of them. Have a great week. Jo x

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  4. Happy belated birthday. It sounds like you've had a wonderful weekend and how lovely to kick it all off with birthday celebrations. You received some wonderful gifts, I'm looking forward to hearing some more about your loom, that's one craft I've never had a go at. The turkey is making my mouth water, I never usually buy a whole one as none of us are keen on the dark meat so we usually just go for a crown.

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  5. Glad you had a good birthday, it sounds like a really lovely week. Such thoughtful gifts, I shall look forward to seeing your loom in action. CJ xx

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  6. It sounds like you had a good time and received some thoughtful gifts too x

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  7. So sorry for the bad community news; that's some of the hardest, when it's close to home; I hope it gets better; the nation, I can only think that the gov'mt is not where my hope is!; what a lovely birthday and weekend! such lovely gifts! and a nice Thanksgiving dinner and meals afterwards! I had a busy Thanksgiving but feel ready to face the week; the sunshine we are having this morning helps. God keep you all and protect!

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  8. It has been a trying time all around I fear. I am glad you had a wonderful birthday, your presents and cake look wonderful.

    Hope you have a restful week.

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  9. I'm so glad you had a lovely birthday, and such a nice holiday time with your family, Jennifer. The turkey looks like it was done to perfection. I've quit making them for holidays because I always dry them out. I hope you get some snow. So far here it has just stayed at the tops of the mountains. I can't wait for it to move down to our cottage!

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  10. I am so happy you had a wonderful Birthday and a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday. I am glad you took time out, it is so important to focus on what is most important to us, shut the door to the outside world for a wee while. xx

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  11. Happy Birthday a little late Jennifer. I have been off the computer for almost a month and so I missed it. I'm so sorry but happy that you hd a great day and a good weekend. Your gifts all sound lovely and well thought out. I put away the Thanksgiving/fall decorations yesterday, just in time for the first snowfall last night. It's looking a little bare because the winter decor isn't out yet. I hope your week is a wonderful one.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. The long weekend sound homey and fabulous - happy birthday! It's great to feel loved, isn't it? No snow here yet...in fact, it's been pouring rain all day. This is the time of year here where we have mostly cloudy, gloomy days. I'm in need of some sunshine!

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  13. A lovely at home birthday and Thanksgiving sounds just what you needed. I'm aiming for a bit of the same pre Christmas ambience here! Xx

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  14. It sounds like a nice, relaxing weekend was just what you needed. Happy Birthday! x

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  15. Belated happy birthday : I'm glad you're feeling a little more upbeat. Your turkey looks very nicely done; I'll be cooking one on Christmas Day, but I've no idea what size yet as my parents buy one from the auction market each year for me and each of my siblings.

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  16. So glad you had a lovely peaceful time just when you needed it . Happy belated Birthday Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  18. It sounds like that weekend did you the world of good. I'm glad you had such a lovely birthday and thanksgiving - the food looks amazing! x

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