I had a nice Thanksgiving.
I hope you did too – if you celebrated.
This year was a very casual Thanksgiving for my family.
My daughter and her boyfriend arrived very late the night prior.
My youngest son is in town from college.
There were only five us … so, the smallest group we’ve ever had.
The weather was hot … around 90F at my house so the air conditioning was running all day.
Because it was so hot, we didn’t get dressed up for dinner.
We were in shorts and tee shirts/tank tops and flip flops.
I did all the cooking myself.
(Turkey, gravy, fresh cranberry relish, oyster/clam stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green beans amandine, mashed potatoes, sweet and sour red cabbage, cornbread, three types of pie, etc., etc.)
My daughter usually helps, but she was really sick this year.
I didn’t want her in the kitchen and she wasn’t feeling up to it anyway.
I began cooking on Sunday – I was cooking for five days total.
(My arm feels like it has been ripped off my body … the pain is breathtakingly bad.)
On Thanksgiving day itself, everyone (except me) sat around watching football and drinking beer.
I cooked all day.
Then we had a giant feast, followed by a serious case of food coma.
We took some time to relax.
The three males in the house did all the dishes.
We watched a Netflix movie in the late evening and had dessert (pie) and coffee while we did so.
I can’t say it was the “best ever” Thanksgiving.
The food came out perfectly.
But, it’s the first year I didn’t have all my kids together and it just didn’t feel “right.”
Also, I’ve been fighting a cough/respiratory bug for over a month and I think all the work involved was a little more overwhelming since I wasn’t feeling 100%.
(My daughter is usually a big help, too, and I definitely noticed the increase in my workload with her being sick.)
Plus, my arm (pain level) is off the charts from all the cooking.
But, it wasn’t a total downer either.
It was a nice day.
I was really glad my daughter, her boyfriend, and my youngest son were home.
Everyone gets along so we don’t have any of the awkward relative situations some families have to deal with.
I don’t participate in Black Friday shopping.
(I hate shopping to begin with, and shopping with crowds is even worse!)
Friday was a relaxing day.
There were plenty of leftovers so I didn’t need to cook.
The weather was summer-ish so we went for a long (long, long!!) family walk on the beach.
I know I need to get motivated for Christmas chores now, but I’m not quite ready yet.
I don’t know what I’m getting anyone for gifts this year.
I’m giving myself a few days to recuperate from Thanksgiving before I power ahead with Christmas preparations.