Oh Lord...come June, why don't they just skip over the next few months and go straight to Thanksgiving and Christmas? It seems like that happens anyway. Sometimes the holidays sneak up on me when I haven't particularly been focusing on them. It doesn't happen often, but this year I'm kind of feeling that way. It started with Halloween....BOOM, there it was. Thank God I had the presence of mind to at least get out and get some candy. My mind was basically on other things....things I'd just as soon not have my mind on. Medical and dental appointments and tests....things that force you to be a grown-up. I'm never up for that. Now that most of that is over, I've been playing catch-up for the holidays.
Finally got some Xmas shopping done...maybe one or two things left. I'm ready for Thanksgiving...it's going to be a very quiet one at my house; just Joe, Jenna and me. But we're cooking that bird and all the trimmings by God....and Jenna's baking dessert.
I guess I could consider it a good thing that the holidays this year will be pretty low-key. Hmmm, but I'm not exactly taking it in that way. The whole gang isn't coming in for Xmas this year....like they did last year. As much as I may be a little less than gung-ho and energetic this year, I still love the idea of everyone spending the holidays together.....here, or somewhere. Actually, I'm the one who's kind of the 'stick in the mud' this year about traveling anywhere....so I guess I'll take the guilt and shoot for next year to all be together.
I do feel good about my two girls on opposite coasts spending this Thanksgiving week together. Julie, Chris, Bella and Bastian are in Oakland, CA with Jory, Jesse and Olive. They're all having a great time together....just as it should be.
I wish you all the most wonderful and warm Thanksgiving ever....quiet or crazy....enjoy every moment. And get ready....Christmas is only a blink away.
Pass The Gravy….revisited
Oh dear God if you’re listening take my words to be true;
Thanksgiving Day’s here, so I’m coming to you.
An abundance of food is sure to be found.
I’m praying you’ll guide me….and help slow me down.
Please give me strength…I implore and beseech
That you’ll keep ‘second helpings’ well out of my reach.
That you’ll keep me in check as my plate grows;
And you’ll stop me from hogging the mashed potatoes.
That veggie-cheese casserole can’t come my way,
And somehow you must keep the gravy at bay.
I’m asking a lot for this day so divine,
And I’m sure you’ve got other requests…not just mine.
Remind me that one scoop of stuffing suffices;
And turkey is fine….just not five or six slices.
With all that is laid out on splendid display,
I hope buttered rolls won’t be part of my day.
Why can’t I load up on things better for me?
Because on this day….there are none to be seen.
Cranberries or jello might work for me best;
But who in their right mind could give up the rest?
Let me eat a bit slower and take it all in;
Small bites, so the gravy won’t drip from my chin.
Let me breathe in the joy of every aroma;
And don’t lay me victim to some turkey coma.
Yes, I need you to know that my wishes are dire;
For one of these times I’m sure to expire.
I figured a prayer just a few days before,
Might keep me from ending up flat on the floor.
I have to leave room for all the dessert.