It's Thanksgiving here in the United States. It's a day when we recount the many things we're thankful for. We follow that by gorging ourselves on way too much food. I'm always in charge of cooking the "feast" for our family. I actually began with some of the cooking duties last weekend. I've been preparing various dishes every day since.
This morning I rose early and went straight to the kitchen. I will remain there cooking in my PJ's until mid-morning. At that time I'll take an hour break to shower, dress, and nag my kids to take care of whatever needs taking care of. I will then return to the kitchen for many hours to come. I love cooking so I don't mind. Thanksgiving is a day when I don't have to feel the least bit guilty about doing nothing but cooking.
The males in my house will be watching football and will maybe even play a little football themselves with some of their friends. They'll walk into the kitchen no less than one million times to see what I'm making, tell me how wonderful things smell, and ask when they can eat. Never mind if it's only 10 a.m., they'll want turkey.
TR is home from college and she'll be helping with the cooking. She'll be my "right arm" so to speak and help out with some of the things I'm still not able to do with my injured arm. We'll plug my iPod into the stereo, crank the music and work away. In the morning we'll sip coffee as we cook and by afternoon we'll have switched to wine.
Holidays often make us reflect back on the previous year. Where were we a year ago? What's changed? Is life in a better place now? I have a very blessed life. I could write pages upon pages of things I'm grateful for. So as not to bore you, I've listed five things I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving. I'm grateful for:
1. My family and their health.
2. The gains I've made in my recovery since last year at this time.
3. The fact that TR is able to be home from college for the holidays.
4. Our family hasn't (yet) been hit too hard by the downturn in the economy.
5. Each and every friend, and reader, I've come to "know" through Twenty Four At Heart.
Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you! What are you feeling thankful for this year?