Saturday, November 18, 2017

The best night of the week

Taking a few minutes to reflect on the blessings of the past week, along with the lovely Friday Fave Five group. The link is here.

1. Dan and I decided to get a jump on some Christmas shopping. Last night we went out for Mexican food for supper, then went to the local big box toy store to look for ideas for the grandkids. We picked up a few things, and have ideas for the rest.

2. I am so blessed by the younger women in my life. I'm a decade or so ahead of most of the women I work with and volunteer with, and I have so much respect for how hard they work in their careers and the way they are raising their families, particularly daughters. It fills me with hope for the future to see how capable and enthusiastic they are.

3. After watching this episode of The Pioneer Woman, I'm excited to try something new for Thanksgiving this year. Instead of roasting the turkey whole, I ordered one cut up at the local grocery store. It has never occurred to me to do it this way! Dan isn't disappointed a bit that he doesn't have to carve it, and I'm happy not to have a big old turkey carcass to deal with for cleanup.  Ree's recipe gives instructions to roast the bird the day before, but I will probably just do it the day of.  I'm thankful for new ideas!

4. I came across this quote and it has resonated with me all week: "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." John F. Kenney

5. Dan and I have a standing date with my aunt for dinner on Friday nights. Sometimes my dad and stepmom join us, too! We always toast to the end of the week, remembering my grandpa who used to call Fridays,"the best night of the week."

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the world. Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Faith said...

Sounds like a great week! I love hearing and seeing some of the younger moms in my work place and the way they are raising their children. I also like "being there" as a mentor for a few of them when they have questions about a certain period or developmental stage that my own daughters have been through. It really does take a village to raise up children!!

How fun to have that Friday night tradition. by Friday night I am EXHAUSTED so we call it early jammies night :)

Have a happy thanksgiving!! (great idea about the turkey!!)

Willow said...

I like that: best night of the week! And I love your Friday night standing date with your aunt.

I have been a fan of Pioneer Woman since she first began blogging. A lot of her recipes don't work for vegans but she still has a great writing style.

I always appreciated the older women in my life as we raised both sons and daughters--it's different. And I hope I am able to pass on some wisdom now.

Happy Thanksgiving week ahead!

Barbara H. said...

Yay for a jump on Christmas shopping! We're hoping to do that this week.

I'll be looking forward to hearing how the turkey turns out! It's pretty easy to dump it in the pan to roast, but it is a big deal to clean up afterwards. Thankfully my husband helps both with getting all the meat off and then pan clean up. We love turkey bone soup a few days after Thanksgiving, too. But it would be nice to serve it already cut up.

I agree with that quote. And I feel the same way about Friday! I love your standing dinner date.

Mari said...

I saw the episode with the turkey and thought it was a great idea! I don't have to cook the turkey this year, or I might try it too. :)

Karen said...

I like that quote. I need to express my appreciation more often. That is a great idea about the turkey!

Mereknits said...

What a wonderful week you have had. I feel those around you are pretty blessed to have you in their lives.

Mildred said...

This is a great post. Thanks for sharing about the turkey. Glad you got started on Christmas buying for the grands. This is a wonderful quote. How very thoughtful to have a night devoted to your Aunt.
You had asked about my's an old Lumix.
Wishing you a blessed day.

Linda Hoye said...

Sounds like a lovely week, indeed! We have started Christmas shopping too. I like to get it done and out of the way as soon as possible. While we had Thanksgiving here back in October, I still hold on to the tradition I picked up when we lived in the US of putting the Christmas tree up right after your Thanksgiving. I’m chomping at the bit this year to dig out the non-traditional tree I picked up a month or so ago.

Lynn said...

Thanks for the link to Ree's recipe! It's nice to have options, esp when the oven you have is smaller and so is the number of ppl you are hosting.

Susanne said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I had never thought to do the turkey cut up but I have thought to do it the day before and have it all carved and sitting in it's juices all ready for reheating. You'll have to let us know how it turns out if you make it.