* Thanksgiving was great. We had an assortment of relatives from both sides of the family, a 21-lb. turkey, and my mother-in-law's best-ever dinner rolls. I think I can safely say that everyone had enough to eat and enjoyed themselves.
* I didn't have any illusions that I might make homemade turkey soup this year, and the carcass went right into the trash. In other words, I didn't store it in the freezer where it would stay until Easter before being thrown out.
* Traditionally, Thanksgiving weekend is when we put up our Christmas lights. This year the job was delegated to our sons. The oldest one is the analytical type, thinks things through from start to finish, although the follow-through often leads him on a variety of tangents. The younger one is the get-er-done-we're-missin'-the-game sort of guy. All I know is that at the end of the afternoon, the lights were up, the yard was a criss-cross of white extension cords and that duct tape does not stick to brick. The Griswold's have nothing on us.
* I did not go shopping on Black Friday, but I did take my daughter to the mall on Saturday. It was a silly, crazy thing to do.
* I've been reading Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon. It's the first book in her Father Tim series and is just delightful. I tried this book about a year ago, but just couldn't get into it, which was disappointing, because I so enjoyed the original Mitford series. I guess it's true that a reader has to bring something to a book to get something out of it. After my trip "home" this summer, I seem to be in a different place than I was a year ago, so that Father Tim's experiences are much more meaningful. I'm looking forward to the next volume in this series, which will be released in 2010.
* Dan's parents gave him a set of DVD's about America's national parks. We love visiting our nation's parks and have been greatly entertained by watching 12 hours worth of still-photos of scenery and old guys like Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir. We will make a great retired couple when we travel the country to visit or re-visit all of these places in our RV.
Bryce Canyon National Park was one of the areas covered in the series. Mormon pioneer and rancher Ebenezer Bryce was the original settler of the huge limestone canyon, carved by wind and water, and shaped into a bizarre arrangement of towers and steeples that form miles of mazes and nooks and crannies. It is said that after attempting to ranch there, Bryce eventually left, declaring the area beautiful, but "a helluva place to lose a cow."
Hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Now that the Christmas season has officially begun, here's to keeping the true spirit of Christmas and Advent. Let's not get lost in the retail maze!