Wishing everyone a warm and restful Thanksgiving. We'll be spending the afternoon with friends, but that hasn't stopped me from cooking my own turkey, purely for leftovers, which is in the oven as I write.
Third Dad and the kids are still asleep. I love to get up early, when everyone else is still in bed; I find it particularly peaceful to be up when my family is still snoozing. I don't know, it's just a very cozy feeling. My big cup of cinnamon coffee doesn't hurt, either.
As I said, we'll be with friends this afternoon, and have divided up the menu. They're providing the turkey and potatoes; another friend is bringing veggies, rolls and wine; and I'm bringing stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, sodas and pies. Although I used a frozen one for the apple, the pumpkin are homemade from the good old Libby's-Carnation recipe. I did cheat on the crust, though; anymore I think you can't beat the crusts in the dairy case.
The Girl and I have a bunch of college apps to finish when she gets up. I finished reviewing her essays this week, so we're going to talk through my thoughts and then wrap up the applications. They're all due by Sunday, which is actually good - with The Boy they were all due on New Year's Eve.
The three of us are planning a shopping expedition tomorrow. The Girl and I have been doing this for several years. We go to one of the outlet malls near us and make it a day, with lunch and dinner out. The Boy wants to come along, and has added a couple of stops. For me it's largely a trip to shop for the kids' Christmas gifts, because I'm pretty much done with everyone else. Since Third Dad couldn't find this blog in a million years, I can tell you what I found for him: A turntable with a preamp built in and an USB connection that lets you convert your LPs to CDs. We have a TON of really good music on vinyl, so this will be a great way to recapture our favorites. Yes, I know you can always just download or buy them on CD, but I did some checking into some of the real oldies that he likes, and they were pretty expensive. This little device will pay itself off in about 10 LPs, and trust me, we have a whole lot more.
I will not say what the kids will be getting, because they might just know the blog is here. So if you've wandered by, kids - nana nana boo boo!
I hear a door opening. Signing off with a huge cyberhug to all my online friends, and an equally huge wish to you all for a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I know this holiday is hard for many of you. I wish I had a magic wand to wipe away all the pain. That's not in my power, but what IS is to send you a hope and a prayer that the future brings healing however your heart desires.