It almost feels like the night before Christmas tonight. When my family decides to celebrate Thanksgiving here I pull out all the stops. My house is cleaned, and the china is washed, seating is planned, and the menu drawn up. Today I was doing some last minute garden cleaning, before the threatened rain/snow arrives tonight. In the last two weeks we've had the carpets and windows cleaned and the roof re-shingled. (That was a joke, guys. We DID get the roof re-shingled, but not just because the family is coming to dinner.....chill out! *G*)
Today, I spent the day returning things to their rightful places. Quilt frame poles to the guest bedroom closet, the laundry basket to the bathroom, out of season wreaths and decorations to the basement.....you know the kind of day I'm talking about. We took the time to make a great salad for dinner, and watched the news, and then we finished the last of the organizational chores.
Tomorrow we start cooking for Thanksgiving. We're doing the backbone of the menu, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and rolls, but there are a few other things I want to do, just for fun. I have a pesto/pignole/sun dried tomato/cream cheese spread I want to make, and an apple cranberry pie. I'd also like to try a Kentucky bourbon sweet potato recipe, and a to-die-for chocolate cookie with chunks of chocolate mint. I may be over ambitious. I usually am.
I'll probably make things in the order listed, and if I don't get to them all, it's okay. I'll do just as much as I can, and not regret that I couldn't do it all, if that's the way it falls.
Thursday, I'll have lots of help. My oldest sister, her youngest daughter, and that daughter's son will join Dear Husband and me to do the last of the preparation. We'll set tables and peel potatoes, and resume relationships that have been put on hold for a bit.
So.....tonight feels rather like the night before Christmas, when all is ready, and waiting for the next day to dawn. I know that I'm a day off, but that may be a good sign. It's given me a moment to sit down to blog, and enjoy the peace.
Should I not have the chance to get back to you before Thanksgiving, my family and I hope that you all have a wonderful day, and that your life is filled with blessings, both large and small.