Times they are a'changin'. At least weather-wise for sure.
Here's another Thanksgiving that I was (perhaps foolishly) hoping we could ice skate on the pond. Not going to happen. Not even close. Our day time temperatures have consistently been in the 40s and dropping into the 30s overnight, but many nights not even freezing.
Okay, so the mild weather thus far this November is something to be thankful for. None of us around here are spending great amounts on heating fuel whether it be gas, oil or wood.
There is no snow on the ground. We haven't even had a light covering yet. Haven't had to spend time moving snow. No ice even to contend with this early winter season. That's something not to be overlooked when being thankful.
Growing up in Illinois I can remember many Thanksgivings with enough snow on the ground for us kids to go out and play in. Likewise in the late 70s and early 80s up here in northern Minnesota. By this time of year we were often well into winter time. Hubby just today reminded me of one Thanksgiving night when the temperature plummeted to 25 degrees below zero. Times they are a'changin'.
I'm thankful to be able to spend the day tomorrow with family and friends in a warm, secure home. I'm not forgetting to be thankful that we have the wherewithal to purchase the food (or have it tucked away in the pantry) we will eat.
My Thanksgiving wish for you all is that you get to spend it with loved ones in a way that is enjoyable, relaxing and happy.
My Thanksgiving wish for myself (selfish little bugger that I am) is that next year, somebody else makes dinner. This year (and not for the first time recently) I'm just plumb-done tired of all the preparations involved. As soon as I post this, I'm going to write myself a (strongly worded) note to put in my planner for next November as a reminder to orchestrate things differently next year.
Wonder if I could arrange for ice on the pond, too.
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