Happy day after Thanksgiving Day. I hope yesterday was a great day for you. It was for me. Besides my husband, my son, grandson and great-grandson, and my grandson childhood friend, also came by to spend part of his day with us before going home to his family.
Thanksgiving is the one day of the year in which I enjoy cooking for the family. I put my turkey on about 2 or 3 in the morning and let it cook slow. I love waking up to the smell of turkey cooking. It gives the house such a welcoming and warm, cozy, glad to be home feeling.
When my children were still at home, I would get up and prepare breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon with hot chocolate or hot apple cider. That was one of my family traditions until all the children were out and on their own with their families.
I awaken about seven and after performing my morning ritual, I started preparing my Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was cooking and had the house smelling good. My husband cooked the ham, which is his favorite meat for Thanksgiving. I cooked a cake, green beans, corn, cabbage with bacon, rolls, gravy, and dressing and we had potato salad. I bought an apple pie because I never learned to bake one. It must have been good because there is only a small sliver of a slice left.
The day was cloudy and chilly. It helped add to the ambience for me. I always have this Norman Rockwell picture in my head at Thanksgiving time. The streets are lined with trees and the leaves are beautiful golds, burnt oranges, yellows and faded shades of red. The wind is rushing leaves along the streets and children are outside playing games and riding bikes and tricycles. There is laughter in the air and the smell of Thanksgiving food is coming from the houses up and down the streets. I have had this vision for years. It comes to me this time of year. I have one for Christmas and New Year as well and I will share them at that time.
This vision helps make the day extra special for me. It is a time I think about my life and my family and give thanks that I have them. God blessed me with four great sons and I don’t tell them often enough, how proud I am of them and how much I love them. Collectively, they have given me 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
I give thanks to God for such a bountiful blessing he has given me through my children. I thank God for my health, my children, all my families (siblings, cousins, and their families) and friends and that I have lived to see another day.
This has been a wonderful year. I met and made new friends across these United States and I’m looking forward to continuing these new relationships. But it is this new year, 2017 that is going to be great. This year was my coming out year to learn new things and decide I wanted to do with my life. Two thousand seventeen is my action year to implement those things I have learned and the things that will help me achieve my goals. I can’t wait to get going.
Until next time, take care. lw