Thankful for what really matters to me

I guess first I should warn you that this post, even more then normal is going to be rambly. The other day I was doing laundry (I do 1-2 loads a day) and the dryer died. I have already been having issues with my washer and now here I had a load of wet landry in the dryer not drying, and a load in the washer ready to dry. We didn’t have sun that day so I couldn’t hang it out, but I could load it up and take it to my moms as I was going over to do a little cooking anyway. Hubby and I talked about it and he found some great deals on washer and dryer sets for black Friday. We talked about it and we decided to forgo Holiday gifts for each other and get the washer and dryer. He then told my best friend that he got me a washer and dryer set for the holidays and she threaten to throw something at him. Ha ha ha ha love her. The truth of the matter is that he and I don’t need any gifts. We have everything we need and most of what we want. It won’t make the holiday any less meaningful for me because what I really want (to be around those I love) I will have.

Which brings me to yesterday. I was sitting around laughing and talking with my family, an uncle from out of state, my brother and sis in law down from the city and my grandma and grandpa up from down south. The majority of the food for today has already been cooked. our meal for last night was ready and we could just sit and enjoy each others company. It was really beautiful. In years past I was still cooking and feeling rushed like I wouldn’t get it all done. Here I was sitting and having fun and I thought I would share a few thoughts with you about it.

For us Thanksgiving is our big holiday. Bigger then yule/xmas. We have people come in from out of town and we have a lot of traditions surrounding the day. From the food to the activities there are a lot of expectations. In fact I joke that my husband decided to marry me at a thanksgiving when I made him a caramel apple pie cheesecake. Many folks arive on Wednesday so we need to feed a big crowd for dinner. Tday is full of food, football and just hanging out. After dinner we play scatagories. The real point of this game for our family is to be able to argue your point and convince enough people to let them use what ever off the wall answer you came up with. Friday we head up to the tree farm and cut down our tree. Then we spend the rest of weekend decorating it. taking time to eat and go to the movies. In years past I have spent 5 days at least cooking. Last year I sent an email to everyone after the weekend and asked them what their favorite food was and what they liked as far as activities and what they didn’t. so this year I cute back the amount of dished I am making and will make separate dinners for Friday and Saturday instead of just leftovers for ever. Which brings me back to yesterday. instead of feeling like I needed to cook more I was able to sit and relax and enjoy the fun. Today I only a little cooking to do but mostly it is done. So I will be able to watch football and be with my family.

For me it is perfect. It wont look like a magazine but it is filled with love. Which brings me back to my washer dryer/ gift thought. Today I will have 3 people sitting around the table that very likely could not of been here; aneurysm, cancer and heart attack. The fact that they are still here and we are able to share food and time together, to make new memories is all I want. so many of the little things that I used to spend time worrying about or stressing over I just don’t care about anymore and it is a great sense of peace.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful and peaceful, fun filled day!

 

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