Honestly, it is going to be a White Thanksgiving here in Western PA. I am off all week and I am finding that my things to do are expanding to fit the whole week. I was trying to remember the last time I had a Holiday Dinner. Two years ago, Christmas in 2006. I know this is the first time I have had off the entire week, and I am filling the entire week, if I had to work I guess I will get it done in a more timely manner.
I picked up the turkey today. It is 24 pounds I guess I will have to set the alarm clock for early to get the bird in the oven, dinner is at 4 PM.
I think there will be 18 at least. Talked to my friend Ruth in TN and she is having thirty. That is a lot of work, but her guests also bring a dish. That helps sooooooooo much, with the assignments passed out, and helping with the clean up it becomes doable.
I remember when my mother got too tired to do the dinner, then the children restarted the tradition. She was on chemo and it was just too hard for her. She did make pies to bring. Both set of parents have been gone for awhile, but the traditions continue. We will sit around and talke about their quirks, mostly my dads.......
Tomorrow is designated cleaning day. Emily and I will be up early and will do the things that need to be done, but somehow, I just didn't get around to doing them earlier this week.... Dusting the pictures on the walls, going thru the magazines and pitching all the opened, but having no action mail, evaluating all the things I have been saving but have done nothing about, and all the newspaper recipes that I have cut out and hope to cook one day. I collect a lot of them, but never make what I have cut out. Do other people do that too?? Where to put the books and magazines. Washing all the rugs and towels and making the place squeaky clean, and watch all my efforts been gone in one evening. But, I don't really care, we are here to give thanks and have fun with out families.