Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here.  It's been raining for three days now (mostly just steady light rain but there have been some downpours as well).  Our soil (misnomer there, we have mostly clay) has absorbed all it can absorb and we are now running the pump in the crawlspace.  It's nothing new.

It's supposed to be cold overnight and then sunny and crisp tomorrow.  Good parade weather.  Santa comes into town tomorrow at the end of the Thanksgiving Day parade.

Not having a television, we miss parades.  We don't actually miss them, we just don't get to see them.  If I really wanted to, I could go to Philadelphia and watch the parade but I'm thinking not.  We are going to the movies tomorrow to see the new Muppet Movie.  I loved the original one and saw the preview for this one and it looks like it might be good.  It could be a total bust but I'm willing to risk it.

The recent rains have washed most of the leaves off the trees.  Where just a few days ago were leaves of yellow and red are now wet brown branches.  Fall doesn't last long enough.

I baked cornbread for the stuffing, made fruit relish and baked mincemeat and pumpkin pies.  Tomorrow all I really have to do is make stuffing, put the turkey in the oven and cook potatoes and green beans (fresh green beans not that casserole with mushroom soup and french fried onions on top) and make gravy and whipped cream.  It's not that difficult since we eat at our regular time.  I know lots of people who eat early in the afternoon and therefore have to get up at the crack of dawn to put dinner in the oven.  I have until about 11 to get the bird aroastin'. 

Did I ever mention that I don't like to speak in front of a group?  No?  Well, I don't.  Although I have been told I do it well.  I get all flustered and turn red.  The Director of our agency asked me to speak at a meeting of all the agencies next Friday about our recovery committee initiatives.   I know this stuff inside and out but that doesn't make it easier.  I have a week to come up with a presentation that fortunately should only be 5-10 minutes long. 

Pk and I had lunch out today before we left the city to come home (we ate at More Than Just Ice Cream and it was delicious).  I saw the Asst Director there and she thanked me for giving the presentation and told me "you'll be great".  Now, I have been on the top of her shit list before so I get a little apprehensive when she says something nice to me.  There was a time when I lived on top of that list !  No pressure here.

I have so many things to be thankful for.  And I am mindful of how lucky I am.  I hope you all are having a good day and whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or not, take a moment out of your day to be mindful of all the blessings we have.  As Roxie reminds me, "nobody's shooting at me" and that's just for starters. 

Happy Thanksgiving.


amy said…
Happy Thanksgiving, Donna Lee!
Galad said…
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
Rose Red said…
Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving day
Kaye said…
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Knock 'em dead today w/your presentation!
Roxie said…
Hope all of your turkeys were stuffed and roasted!
Amy Lane said…
Yeah... I hate the shit-list boss... you're glad to be off that list, but always know your name is waiting in the wings. That being said, you're amazing and competent, and I'm sure you'll be great!

And the Muppets were amazing--I hope you liked them too:-)
Anonymous said…
i often wish we had a thanksgiving here, some way of making people stop and think about lucky they are, especially compared to people in other parts of the world. but no, we'd rather have stupid holidays based around buying stupid plastic things. not thankful about that. it sounds like you had a great holiday tho xx

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