Sunday, November 27, 2016
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.