Thanksgiving life

All is well here in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley. We have had very cold, wet, drippy fog for many mornings, but Thanksgiving morning has dawned with sunshine on the leaves.

The pace has been quick, swift, loud, rambunctious. But on Thanksgiving, the grandchildren have gone home and the house is quiet, still, waiting for something to happen. It won’t, though, because it’s just Terry and me and the cats, back to our very sedate life. The cats are happy with that. They can nap wherever they wish with no fear of someone pouncing on them to hug and to carry.

Lots of shopping was done in their three-day visit. Art supplies, shoes, books. A new suitcase and candy. Vegan turkey dinner was served early in the week. Vegan corn dogs was the lunch of choice.

Laundry was an everyday occurrence as they brought all their dirty clothes because the electricity had not yet passed inspection at their new house. New to them, but ancient in terms of construction, electrical and plumbing. While they shopped and ate and slept and played here, the city inspector came to their house and declared it can all be plugged in and turned on. But, then the heater decided to quit.

I have no idea what we will eat for the next few days as I refuse to shop during these crazy-making retail days. There is food in cupboard and freezer so we won’t starve, but fresh produce is pretty low so we may get scurvy!

Blessings to you all, dear Readers, on this most thankful of all days, Thanksgiving 2021.


16 responses to “Thanksgiving life

  1. We are enjoying being together, just the two of us, and will have a “nosh” style Thanksgiving meal, having all day long to partake of the prepared meal from our community co-op, consisting of turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans almondine, delicata squash, and cranberry sauce! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Rogers

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. My husband and I are still “COVID-cautious” (although vaxxed to the max including booster) and will be staying home–by ourselves. We’re cooking 2 Cornish game hens; small turkeys are not available and we’d still have too much left even if they were. One of the kids is coming by later and others will likely call, but that’s about it.

    This is O.K. by us, but it would have been good if everyone who is eligible had gotten vaccinated so the country might have been better able to put COVID in the rear-view mirror. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

    • Yes, those anti vaxxers have sure messed up the possibilities. Like the flu in previous years, I get the vaccination, take my probiotics and try to eat healthy and other precautions to keep COVID at bay. We are still masking in most places and following last year’s protocols. As my husband says, they’ve worked for us, let’s keep doing them.

  3. It’s great to spend time with family…but also great to have time with just your spouse.

  4. Happy Gobble Gobble to you and yours. It was just the two of us and I have to admit to having done really well with the Thanksgiving feast! I even got all of the food put away and the dishwasher loaded and run before I adjourned to the couch with my Kindle. A gorgeous day today.

    • It was too cold here in thanksgiving to go outside much. I stayed in where it was warm, reading and finishing A Place to Call Home, season 5. Also did 8 loads of laundry.

      • I have to laugh — you sound like me after the kids have headed back home!! At least I have a dumbwaiter and the kids will strip their beds and the wet towels in the bathroom and send them up to me in the dumbwaiter! LOL

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. What are retail days?

    • Retail days is my own term for the busy shopping days, like the Friday after thanksgiving and the day after Christmas or even the close days leading up to those holidays when more shoppers are out.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you. I don’t like to venture out during the crazy shopping. My son worked yesterday and when I picked him up, he was loaded with Black Friday deals from the store he works in lol. He shopped for us both, I guess. He got some crazy good deals on cereal and toilet paper!

  7. Glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. We were four, and it was a perfect meal.

  8. We didn’t go out either for Black Friday and also staying away tomorrow. Surprisingly the news tonight said there were no lines at the big box stores like Walmart or Target. It was the smaller businesses that were getting all the crowds.
    How wonderful that you were able to have some family time. We are still playing it very cautious.

    • We are fortunate that both of our grandchildren are vaccinated. However, I did not include their other grandma in our activities as she is not vaccinated. I felt terrible about that but also felt she could be a high risk carrier as she works with lots of different building trades people.

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