I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving Day. DH and I enjoyed the day with his family, including (real*) ham and turkey as well as a killer apple pie with a yummy crust that just melted in my mouth. I hated to refuse bringing part of that pie home but it would have been consumed within 24 hours if I had not said no. Just saying.
Today, besides wishing I had not refused to bring part of that pie home, I'm catching up with the laundry mountain generated by being away and hunting for a week. The TODO list is growing and I'm happy to have a few days more this vacation to finish some of the list. My plan of avoiding the malls today is in place although I'm getting organized for the next holidays and may have to brave the crowds sometime this weekend. I hope to get the Christmas tree up and decorated but I still have one more weekend in reserve for that task.
I found a new podcast/audio book, that after listening to the first two segments, I'm downloading them all. While cutting up venison, we usually like to listen to an audio book to make the time go faster. In the past, the Harry Potter series was popular but we've exhausted our J.K. Rowling resources. However, I found The Secret World Chronicle by Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey on iTunes. It is a bit pulpy and definitely sci-fi, but the production is well done and the stories are engaging. Besides, the podcast is free. :D We started with the first book and only got through the second chapter but I know I'm going to listen to the rest and so is Dr. E. I just Googled and here is their web site, if you don't do iTunes.
Here's one of my favorite photos from this past week. We were all joking that Mom needed to "stand up!" She had been crouching as a joke and was standing but our men are so tall....well, you had to be there, but it was one of many fun moments.
'Tis the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house, many creatures are stirring, including a mouse (0r two). This blogger is pausing, in reflection of the day (and week), and found she has many, many thankful things to say.
I am thankful for:
A successful and safe deer hunt. Seven deer were registered at the local station and are now filling two (plus) freezers and being made into jerky. Our harvest was very fortunate, as we've heard reports of very low state-wide harvest numbers, so far.
Time spent with family, including my dear mother, brother (Eric, a better brother cannot be found), nephews (Micah and Hunter, two of my very favorite people that continue to impress me with their maturity and love), uncle (David), and cousins (Zach and Kristi) and all the rest that I haven't seen recently. As much as I venture, I realize my heart is ever so happy when I'm with my family ---and my extended family (including in-laws, some that I'll see tomorrow).
My husband. He's my heart and my rock in this reality. We are more than just two.
My friends. Friends who have known me many (or several, heh) decades and those who share less history with me but all warm my heart the same, no matter our tenure. I wish I could spend part of each day with each of you. I'm fortunate that the innernetz allow connections that would not have been possible decades ago without massive telephone bills, should we have had even the fortune to meet.
A woman that holds the heart of someone dear to me in her hands. I pray she will be my dear friend, as well.
A house and home where I feel safe.
My feline friends, with personalities that continue to charm me and soften my heart.
A good job that provides the means to support me and my family, as well as allowing me to meet friends around the country this past year.
Abundance, such that grocery stores carry most every food I could want and no staples are in short supply.
I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, where-ever you are. Thank you for reading and connecting with me, whether you comment or not.
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all.
(Yes, I, too, may hold fear for my next holiday post. Thankfully, that is a month away.)
I had to input my username and password to get into TypePad this morning. I didn't think I had been gone that long but my sense of time appears to be distorted. :D
I'm making bean soup this morning for consumption during deer hunting week. The beans looked so pretty after rinsing them this morning, I had to take a picture. (See, still a blogger at heart.) I'm using Bob's Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix and soaked the beans overnight. They're simmering right now and I'll add vegies and chicken later. We'll probably have this for lunch some day when we are processing and packing our catch.
I've been working on a project at work for the past two months that has just been eating my shortsquite a b**** been difficult for reasons I can't go into on the blog. Thursday, I completed the major segment of it and now it is off to another coworker for their part. Fortunately, that project is not normally part of my job duties and that is good because I feel so really good, mentally, today, that I know doing that type of work all the time would Not.Be.Good.
Of course, feeling good is also because I am on vacation (Whooo!) through the weekend after Turkey Day. My brother and his two sons (say hello to Dr. E) are at the Farm with our DM. Wilson and I will be joining them this afternoon. The Wisconsin gun deer hunting season starts Saturday. We'll all be in our trees tomorrow morning before dawn on the family farm and with luck and skill have a full freezer by Wednesday. The weather looks decent in that there is no rain (which I find to be miserable when I'm in a tree) but there's no snow forecast either which would be good for this type of hunting. Even if you are a vegan/vegetarian, I recommend sitting in a tree in the woods for a day or three. It is an excellent time for mental adjustment and decompression, even if you didn't think you were compressed. :D
Thank you all for the birthday wishes! It was a very nice birthday celebration with lovely gifts. This coming year feels full of promise for new and different, perhaps because I'm into my second half-century. :D I'm certainly fortunate to be able to celebrate it with Wilson, my mother, more of my family and good friends.
This weekend, besides the mundane chores, has been full of Wilson and me getting ready for deer hunting. The gun season starts here in Wisconsin this coming Saturday and requires some preparation. Sighting in our shotguns, looking for clothing and various bits of gear, making sure our blinds are ready were all things we attended to this weekend (and last.) We're looking forward to seeing my brother and his two sons soon and engaging in what we consider our family holiday. Deer hunting is both relaxing because I get to sit in my tree for at least two days and tiring because of all the fresh air and the work that it takes to process the deer once we've tagged and registered them.
I'm definitely going to try to make sure I get enough sleep this week in DC. But on the other hand, waking up at 2:45 am on Mondays is great preparation for deer hunting. It will almost like sleeping in. :D
Minimal knitting has been taking place, outside of a knit and ripped sock heel that I can't seem to turn properly. I'm blaming the dark yarn.
That's enough rambling for this post. Have a safe, productive, and happy week!
I'm chiming in with things I'm thankful for in the hope that when this gets posted it is still Thursday a time zone or two to the west so it will still be Thursday (maybe even in the Central time zone).
I'm thankful that Wilson and I can put up with each other at the end of a week despite being tired and cranky.
I'm thankful for a brother that likes to talk to me.
I'm thankful to be able to come home and listen to my cats purr.
I'm thankful for a mom that likes to sew things (at the very least).
I'm thankful for the friends I've made, whether I've been able to share an "in person" hug with them or not.
I'm also thankful that even if the airplane I'm traveling on is 2,000 pounds overweight, it still successfully takes off and eventually lands at the expected destination.