Yesterday I made a run to the grocery store which was full of people who all seemed to be looking for holiday foods like canned pumpkin, turkey gravy, and poultry spice. Oddly enough the hustle and bustle made for a festive experience instead of a stressful one, and I quite enjoyed it. I was so in the spirit that I splurged on a pretty floral arrangement which is now gracing my kitchen window ledge.
You may be able to tell from the view out the window that it was not sunny and nice here yesterday. It was very rainy and windy and cold, and this gloomy weather is expected to continue today. It caused me to change my plans and stay home instead of driving around the Beltway to a mattress store (to buy mattresses to be delivered to our home in Boulder in time for our December visit) and to Arlington Cemetery (which I was going to visit with Dawn's father). But for some reason, neither the weather nor the curtailed plans dampened my spirits. I'm happy to be home taking my time getting ready for the big day tomorrow. What a treat it is to not be working right up to the holiday.
Yesterday I made cranberry sauce, one of my mother's Thanksgiving favorites, baked cornbread for the cornbread stuffing, and made chocolate chip cookies, so the cooking is well underway.
As I work and play around the house I'm enjoying watching the birds --there are no cardinals in Colorado! -- and thinking about and feeling grateful for my far-flung family and friends.