Well today is Thanksgiving and it has been a great day so far... Its been quiet with none of the usual hustle and bustle that usually goes with doing something with a large group of people. There are times that all the chaos is fun, but dealing with an Alzheimer person - calm is so much better. It is definitely a change from other years. We would go over to a family friends house (friend of the family for longer than Gary and I have been married - so basically they're family). There would upwards to 25-30 people... adults and kids - it was scattered chaos - but fun!! If we had tried to do that today it would NOT have been fun - for her or for us. I posted that I wasn't going to be on FB - and that has been a bit hard. I'm almost addicted to knowing what is happening it everyone out there - LOL - but I've been good. Gary is having his quiet time in the office - and I have my laptop out in the front room w/Momma - just sitting and watching TV. Lunch turned out AWESOME if I do say so myself!! Cooked a 16# turkey (yes just for the 3 of us) and we will have left overs for DAYS!! I also baked then mashed some sweet potato/yams, mixed w/Whey Low Gold and real BUTTER <he-he> Then did up a green bean casserole using the Frenches Onions; however I didn't have the 'regular' ones just the cheddar flavored ones - YUM!! Then the 'can' of cranberry sauce - I ran out of time to make up the bag I bought - the turkey cooked faster than I thought it would - didn't stuff it this year. Then warmed up a bun or two for Momma. Oh and I also did up gravy - and I didn't burn it - it even tasted good - LOL! I also tweaked a family favorite - Apple Crisp - my grandmother taught me how to make it - and so I can't wait to dig into it!! I love cooking - its relaxing to me - especially if it turns out well - and I'm impressed with how things turned out today, and I had a blast!! Gary did clean up while I made the mess - nothing is sexier than a man with dishpan hands <just saying - wink wink> Well I'm going to continue to relax and pretend the rest of the world isn't out there today... I must admit though - I'm glad I see my daughter and her husband weekly or I would seriously be missing them today... but I know they are starting out their own lives and traditions - and I'm happy for them :)
Thanksgiving is also suppose to be a holiday - originated by George Washington if I remember correctly - as a time for all Americans to be thankful to God. I am very thankful this year - and I thought I would make a list:
I'm thankful for my faith - I don't always practice it like I should, and I doubt when I shouldn't - but I know that God is there and loves me anyway - with all my faults and doubts. Some how he will provide - but it will be HIS way.
I'm thankful for my husband - he is my HOME - no matter what building we put our stuff - he is home. He protects me and comforts me. I have well and truly blessed when God put him in my life.
I'm thankful for my health - that is one thing money CAN NOT buy. The surgery that I had last year has given me a chance to do better and change what I can. We will let God decide the rest :)
I'm also thankful for my friends - both the ones from my youth, the ones I have had through the years and also new ones. Each one of you bring a special seasoning to my life that brightens the flavor of the day. (Ooo that sounds so impressive and philosophical) - but its true!! Each interaction whether it be on Facebook, BLOGS or in person brings something to my life. A glimpse into someone else's triumphs or fears. Information they have had the time to look up that I haven't. I am blessed anyway you look at it.
I loose sight of that sometimes - I look at the bad stuff and get so caught up in my own mouse trap that I forget just how much I DO have. I'm glad I have taken the time today to really THINK about the blessings in my life and be truly THANKFUL!!