Our driveway going out to the left,
the drive back to our
wood working area to the right.
It didn't last very long and only gave us a few inches but, none the less, it was so pretty to watch the big flakes coming down.
Standing at our back door
looking across the
The last several winters we haven't gotten the amount of snow Papa Pea and I would like to see. I sure would be happy to have heavy amounts of snow return to our area. In the meantime, we'll enjoy what we do get.
A few days ago I wrapped all the Christmas presents we've already accumulated. Yep, being a smidge bit ahead this year (both in obtaining gifts to give AND wrapping them) feels great. How do you feel about the task of wrapping presents? I used to love it, took the time and was very creative in doing so. Then a couple few years ago, all of a sudden, I found I wasn't enjoying it . . . was actually dreading the chore. I have no idea what happened but my wrapping mojo done left the building. (And shows no sign of returning.)
Something else feels different this year. As much as I like winter time for the slower, more leisurely lifestyle it gives us, fall is my favorite time of year. And I love decorating the house, inside and out, for the colorful autumnal season. I think it may be because we got a bit of snow (and cold weather) early this year, but for the last few weeks, I've been itching to take down and pack away all the fall decorations and replace them with Christmas/winter ones whereas most years I actually mourn saying good-bye to all the fall colors. I have a feeling this coming Friday, right after Turkey Day, I'll be switching the decorations and being mighty happy doing it.
Starting last weekend, I've felt I'm finally beginning to wind down and relax. (Or I may be just unraveling and falling apart.) At any rate, it feels good. I've even started to put in time on making handwork items for Christmas . . . some sewn, some quilted, some embroidered or cross-stitched thingies that can be used as ornaments on a tree. Going through books and finding new holiday-ish recipes is appealing. (Although this morning I tried one that took way too much time and fussing, tasted nothing but ordinary, and made more pots and pans and dishes than I wanted to clean up. No matter. I'll never come across a new fantastic, delicious dish if I don't try new ones, right?)
I'm cooking our fourteen pound turkey tomorrow. In the past couple of years, I've started roasting it one day ahead because I have only the one oven and with the turkey in it, there's no room for any of the other hot dishes being prepared. The big bird gets carved up, then I warm up all the slices and parts of the turkey needed on a rack in a pan with a little water in the bottom and covered with foil on Thanksgiving. Works great and also enables me to make the gravy the day before with the turkey drippings which is then so easy to heat up before serving on Thursday. Not the Norman Rockwell way of presenting the beautifully baked turkey on the table for all to see, but it works much, much better for me.
I probably won't post again before Thanksgiving so I want to send Thanksgiving wishes from across the miles (and through the Internet!) from our home to yours.