It's over, done, complete and the only evidence remaining are the leftovers. And who doesn't like leftover turkey day nibblings. And yes, it was a near perfect day. Cold, but sunny....the aroma of turkey baking in the oven, a football game on TV, lots of loudness from both humans & animals...Cinder definitely did not like Mac (the Huskie) and she let him know by her growls that she wanted absolutely no part of him. The little princess's kingdom had been invaded by not one but two strange dogs....and no amount of growling or barking convinced either of them to leave.
My daughter was a godsend in the kitchen, helping me with the remaining cooking, and my son & daughter-in-law and grandson & granddaughter-in-law...did the clean up. If you dislike (HATE) cleaning up the Thanksgiving dinner mess as much as I do, then you know what a blessing that was.
Family pictures were taken and I don't know what in the world I was thinking (I am blaming it on the excitement of having my entire family with me and the stress of my sweetie being in the hospital....I just have to place blame somewhere) but I guided everyone right out into the middle of the sun, in the middle of the day. Now how smart was that??? I think I was also worried about the temperature since it was hovering around 30 degrees and no-one had their coats on. I am disappointed in the pictures because of the brightness, but it's all my fault, dang it. Bright spots, shadows, and squinting oh me oh my....but I love every uncooperative dog, every squint, every blink, every bright spot and shadows because this is my family, this is love.
My sweetie was released from the hospital today returning once again to the nursing home facility. He was in much better spirits and I even got a smile, a hug, and "I love you" from him today. That makes my heart sing when I get a smile, a hug and a "I love you" a triple bonus. For all of this I am grateful.
Hope your holiday weekend is filled with joy and left-overs....!!
"Expressed affection is the best of all methods to me when you want to light a glow in someone's heart and to feel it in your own," ~ Ruth Stafford Peale
PS If you hop over to my collaborative blog Focusing On Life, I shared one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes today.....
Until next time.....