It's been a while my friends. Just life, nothing else. Well, no other reason. Life is good! Retirement for my husband is just around the corner. We are getting our affairs in order to begin another chapter in our lives. We have much to be Thankful for!
Each other for sure!
Our children who are having their children and growing into responsible and loving families.
9 Grandchildren, 9!! Wow! And our kids have found work in this area so we get to see all of the "Littles" frequently.
Our health, making it to our age and having barely anything wrong with us. Yes, a bit of obesity and high blood sugar, nothing a diet and activity change wouldn't fix.
Our friends and family. Good friends are hard to come by in this age when most people think friends are the count on their Facebook accounts. I have REAL friends and we get together and do real things. I'm thankful for my wonderful sister, my cousins, my husbands' family. They make our life more enriched and blessed.
Today, My Sweetie and I are celebrating alone so our kids can go be with their respective in-laws for Thanksgiving. And our "Thanksgiving" will be gathering on the beach tomorrow for a bit of a Black Friday BBQ and Beach Bonfire. Not very traditional but very much "us".
I didn't get up early to make the stuffing, get "the bird" ready and put in in the oven, but I was remembering all the years I was a child when my Dad did that. I think he LOVED making the Thanksgiving feast. The pumpkin pies were made the day before and it was everything we cold do not to pick his crispy homemade crusts. He made his own version of stuffing with bread, raisins, apples, celery, onions, and innards? It had lots of herbs in it too. And it went INTO the bird. WE would have the traditional fruit salad, candied yams, green bean casserole, creamed corn, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, homemade not out of a jar. And before THAT, we stuffed ourselves with crackers, cheese and beef stick slices from Hickory Farms while we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. I miss those days, ok, I don't miss doing the dishes AFTER the feast but that family... I miss them so much on Holidays like today. My family of origin is down to just my sister and I now. Our parents passed in 1998 and 2001 and our older sister passed in 2000. Do you suppose they are thinking of us here too? I'd like to think there is some kind of astral glue that binds us through all eternity.....Ahhhh, to live just one more of those old Thanksgivings......
So today, instead of creating a feast to feed the masses (ha ha ha), we are making a simple spatchcocked chicken on the Traeger grill along with some roasted cut up veggies for two. There will be some store bought croissant rolls served with butter and maybe a little square of pumpkin dessert with whipped topping.
I hope all of you are cherishing your families today and making memories. And those who have broken and "spirit" families like us take a minute to remember those good times and laugh, cry and speak a silent prayer filled with love for that time.
And to my readers, I hope you are still visiting every now and then. I'm going to try and do a much better job of writing here. I'm thankful for all of you too!