Keeping in line with the steady stream of changes that have happened over the past year, how we’re spending Thanksgiving has also changed. We’re staying home and keeping it very simple. If we had gone anywhere else, some of the family would have been left behind due to work schedules, and we wouldn’t have seen them at all.
I’m cooking a turkey breast and a spiral sliced ham. Oh yes, my friends, there will be plenty of leftovers for us this year! No yams allowed, either. I don’t hate them, but I can live without them. There will be corn and fresh-from-produce green beans and mashed potatoes. These potatoes will have some skin left on and won’t be whipped to creamy submission but will maintain some hearty lumps giving us something to bite into. Yum! Of course there will be dinner rolls – the simple brown ‘n serve kind. And for the stuffing … wait for it … Stove Top baby! Awwwww yeah! That’s right! Not a lot of people in this family eat stuffing anyway, and a couple of us love Stove Top Stuffing.
I baked two Marie Callender’s frozen pies yesterday: Cherry and Pumpkin. I’m thankful for the gene that makes me a fairly laid back person who has no problem saying, “Sure! go ahead and slice into that pie already!” the day before Thanksgiving! Instead of looking at it like a bit of staged perfection has been ruined, I see it as spreading it out longer. Those who really know me know that I like to bend rules.
I echo everyone’s thanks for health, family, and friends. This year, especially, I’m thankful for so much more. I’m also hopeful that these things continue to be constant in our lives. There was a time when we’d just go out and buy things we didn’t necessarily need. That has changed. Things are really tight. It makes me look at those things differently. So, yes, I am thankful for the over-abundance of material items we have that we couldn’t afford to replace now.
I’m also thankful, and this may sound weird, that each and every person in this world is different. We’re all unique. Even twins! If we were the same … if we all held the same opinions, what a boring world we would live in!
I’m thankful for Facebook! Whatever it’s original intent, I love that it keeps far away (and not-so-far away) family and friends connected conveniently without the need to find mutually convenient times to sit and talk on the phone for an hour or more at a time.
I’m thankful for Pandora! An extra thanks to them for lifting their monthly listening limit, too!
I’m thankful for Xfinity, where I can catch up on shows without relying on DVR.
I’m thankful for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which I’m about to go watch with my girls while baking cookies!