Well, we've reached my favorite holiday of the year, and not just the day (Thanksgiving), but the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday leading up to it and the Friday and weekend that follows it. Over the years it has become a special time here at our home, first for many, many years in Naperville and now out here in the countryside of northern Illinois.
I can't remember the last time I spent Thanksgiving at some other relative's house.
It has always been here at ours, mainly because we love doing it every year and our location puts us between the folks who live in Ohio and Nebraska.
As the years have wound and twisted along, we've watched the kids (ours and my sisters') grow from little ones into "married-with-their-own-kids" people! The fun and tradition--usually full of laughter and all sorts of nonsense--has been a staple here year after year.
Some years have been fully attended; others have been minus some. Now that the younger kids have grown, married, and moved to their various places on the map, it isn't as easy getting everyone back the way it was when we were all younger.
But time marches on, and our Thanksgiving Week is getting into full swing tomorrow (Wednesday). The turkeys have been thawing in the fridge and the first one, a twenty-two pounder, will get going on the Weber charcoal kettle early tomorrow. I'll get up and do a smaller (fifteen pounds) on Thursday morning.
There will be, it goes without saying, plenty of wonderful turkey for the dinner and those tasty sandwiches later on! There will be lots of cold beer to enjoy in the garage--our sanctum--and many a tale and yarn will be spun with those around us.
Meanwhile, I have accumulated over 30,000 words on my novel for the NaNoWriMo project. Shooting for a completed 50,000 word novel by the 30th of this month. I'm feeling good about it, even though I'm fighting for every piece of "writing time" between now and then. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the days ahead and savor the turkey and the goodness of family and friends who will begin gathering tomorrow.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, readers!... MLA