The day couldn’t have gone any better. It was a busy one, but everything turned out so nice and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
These days I don’t do much entertaining. At least not like I used to. When the kids were young we would have several large parties a year. Whether it was a birthday, holiday or just a summer barbeque, I really enjoyed the whole experience.
Yesterday was quiet by those standards, with Keith’s parents, Bernie and Ellen and their daughter Cindy coming to visit and help me celebrate the American Thanksgiving. Keith’s dad is American, and so is my cat Pancakes for that matter, so it was a nice excuse to celebrate yet another Thanksgiving with a traditional dinner and kick off the holiday season.
I had a nice turkey, about 12 lbs. with the usual trimmings. I even got Bobs’ (Grizzman’s) recipe for his Angel Biscuits that he brags about and gave them a go. When I made them however, I did a really foolish thing. I was multi-tasking and preparing several things at once and I accidentally added the salt to them twice. The results were really salty biscuits that wound up going in the garbage. The second time around however, they came out nice. Keith’s dad liked them so much that I gave him a couple to take home. I will definitely make them again.
I was pretty busy with the preparation for most of the day. I just about finished everything about five minutes before they arrived. I felt pretty good because I had approached the entire event with a relaxed attitude and didn’t feel any pressure or stress from it at all. It was a good excuse to tidy up the house a bit and I have enough good leftovers to last us a week. I tried to keep it simple, but even so there was a great variety of foods and there was certainly enough to feed twice the amount that we had here. But once again, I like that and have my leftover recipes ready, from turkey-broccoli-cheese crepes to turkey soup. It’s all good to me. We certainly won’t starve over the next several days.
Which brings me to some good points regarding work. With the house clean and food cooked and all my shopping done, I get plenty of time to finish up my holiday designing. I plan to don my elf suit and make the best of the days ahead and really make some progress. I can’t wait to finish the new pattern that I am working on, and it will be fun to see it really come to life. Here is a sample of what I am working on:
I think it will be a fun pattern that people will like.
On the down side, Keith is fighting a cold. He is quite stuffed up and congested and has been very tired. I have to activate my ‘force field of positive thinking’ and try to ward off the germs and stay healthy. The last thing I want to do is get sick now. Time to get that power of positive thinking going. (Go ahead – laugh. It has worked for me before!)
So much to do and much to look back on and be happy about. It is going to be a wild and busy month ahead, and its time to step into high gear and see what I can accomplish. But I learned that one of the most important things to do is to take some time to actually enjoy the season. It’s the people that are important, not the things. Yesterday was a great example of that. While everything was nice, it was very low-key and as a resulted it was one of the best Thanksgivings ever.
I wish you all a very happy Friday.
Let the holidays begin!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"