We've had a quiet few days and the next few are going to be even more quiet, and -- dare I say it? -- peaceful. YAY.
We don't do a big family Thanksgiving because there are so few family members to celebrate with, and that's OK. I am happy about not having to get in the car and drive anywhere, or clean up and cook a big meal for people coming here.
My brother usually comes in for the weekend but he said he has to work all weekend except for tomorrow. He's in the retail business and they are short one employee.
I have not heard from my daughter in months, nor has anyone else in the family. I seriously doubt she will come walking in. She is off on her own journey, and all I can do at this point is pray.
Lesleigh is in Texas, studying for a big exam. She is coming home for Christmas, which is wonderful.
A couple of weeks ago, I bought a small turkey breast. We never roast a big bird because none of us like turkey all that much. I remember distinctly telling Michael to put it in the outside freezer. I went out there the other day and opened the fridge, and there it was. He still gets those words mixed up. So over the weekend I planned to grocery shop on Sunday and then it poured rain all day. I thought, I'll send Michael to the store. Did he get a turkey? No.
Mom had the clever idea of sending him to Honeybaked Ham for some sliced turkey. He went there and got only ham.
I am unwilling to go to the grocery store in the days immediately preceding Thanksgiving because they are a madhouse. BTDT and don't need that stress.
So we are without a turkey. We have plenty of ham, though.
I will make a big pan of dressing and we have some deli chicken we will serve alongside it. Mother will likely ignore it and eat ham, since she dislikes chicken.
We told Michael he could eat whatever he wants. He bought some smoked salmon. He also requested I make a quiche. No problem.
I will make him a pecan pie because he loves that. I might also make a pumpkin pie. I made pumpkin bread a few days ago and it came out very tasty even though I made it gluten free so I could share some with my friend Kristy.
I have to work all day today and will likely go in for a little while on Friday. I am getting paid by the hour, and I don't want to lose too much time to the holiday.
We aren't big football watchers in my house so it's possible we may go to the movie tomorrow afternoon. Or not.
Either way, I plan to relax and do as little as possible tomorrow.
Then sometime over the weekend we will put up the Christmas tree and decorate for Christmas...
The photo below was taken at a family reunion in 1978 - proving we DO get together, just not so much at Thanksgiving. I am standing next to my uncle in the green shirt. My hair was looking quite cartoonish. Behind me is my brother, looking ticked off, as usual. Hard to imagine, but all of us in the younger generation are parents and grandparents now... [thanks cousin Doug for the photo!]