It's been a weird year or two or six around here, but we're finding our way. Thanksgiving is a good reminder to… well, to be thankful for what we have.
Among the things I'm thankful for is plentiful and readily available food at the grocery store. I smiled when y'all were commiserating with me yesterday about having to go to the store…
I actually enjoy going to the grocery store during busy holiday shopping times — there's an excitement, urgency, and bustle in the air — and I feel a camaraderie with my fellow shoppers, whether they're doing the "big shop" or just running in for some forgotten item.
The other day I was amused to pass a teen several times — he was on his phone, obviously out of his element but on a quest, looking up at the aisle directories while being directed around the store by whomever was on the other end of the line.
And I love the little old ladies with their lists and coupons — and often feel a little melancholy about them, too.
I've found most people to be in good humor (knocking on wood) and if there are some who are not, I hope I can make up for it!
We're all working it out as life challenges us with new situations every single year — some good, some bad, some pretty damn ugly — doing our best, finding our way.
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On the menu today:
- Roasted Cornish Game Hens
- Salt-roasted Beets with Pistachio Vinaigrette (Kate)
- Savory Cornbread Stuffing
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Braised Kale
- Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
- Bread (Ali)
- Pumpkin Pie (Rusty)
- Chocolate Dessert (Ali)
It's going to be "quiet" in here — just Kate, Ali & Rod & the kids, my stepdad, Rusty & me. Thinking of Maddy in NZ (new post!); Ann & fam in Spain; Karen & Michael. Also, of course, of my mom & Sharon, grandma & grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins…
Well, before I get too melancholy over here…
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving… and/or a really great Thursday!!