Posted by Joanchek on Monday, December 1, 2008
We are back from our visit to Virginia for Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful celebration of family and with family. We had 21 for dinner, and ate like royalty. I baked 10 pies and it was great fun to have folks ask for a little slice of this, and that, and that, and then come back for just a sliver of something else. We played games, and read aloud, and washed five dishwasher loads of dishes on Thursday alone. By Friday, nobody could move!
We came to and finally! got the corn stove installed. We're burning pellets now, and so far so good. The installation only required three trips to Home Depot (this may be a Mr record for fewest trips per project) and all in all it went very well. I knew it would take longer than he thought it would, but the important thing is that it's in, burning, and the carbon monoxide detector is blissfully silent. Yesterday was also the kiddo's birthday; I cannot believe she's 19. To everyone else, she looks like a confident young woman, but she'll always be the kiddo to me. She asked for a chicken alfredo casserole with broccoli for supper, and I baked a cake. Her beau joined us for dinner and presents. His birthday is Thursday. This morning, I drove them both down to Philadelphia, back to school. They don't go to the same university, but his is just a skip away from hers so I'm always happy to give him a ride down if schedules permit.
This week, I'll get back into my usual practice routine: 45 minutes in the morning and then another hour or so in 20-minute increments as I can throughout the day. It was simply too chaotic to play at my sister's house, and I didn't have a free minute anyway. Too many nieces and nephews and cousins to hug and catch up with!
I can feel my spring winding down; unlike those toys powered with batteries I do not keep going and going and going. But isn't it great to be tired when you've worn yourself out doing really fun, interesting things?
Monday, December 1, 2008 @2:15:19 PM
It was all about staying up way too late having much too much fun with the family for me as well! This is such a nice holiday with no pressure and its all about your family. What a great way to be! Glad you had a great one too, Joan. Brian
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