Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It Took A Number Of Days

It took
3 days preparing for Thanksgiving
and 3 days to put things back in order.
Refrigerator contents now back to normal,
freezer has a 1/2 dozen containers of turkey
to be used for White Bean Chili on a cold day
and maybe make some turkey salad for a sandwich
another time.
Made another Pumpkin pie yesterday and wonder
why I only make it at this time of year.
It is so healthy and tasty
and this one is for me alone.

Seemed I prepared and awaited some of my children,
grandchildren and guest on a nonstop agenda
almost like I was on speed and also had several sleepless nights.
Remember the calls from children saying
"slow down".
I seemed more excited this time for those that arrived
then in the past
it may be that I know there are not many more years of this happening for me.
I might add, Callie was so excited also
and when everyone left it seemed she wanted to sleep forever...

Everything was perfect, (except for those that were missing)  all happy and it was great seeing
dozens of pictures from over the ocean and sharing so much with her grandma.

Even a cooking class was taken in that far away land.

They arrived in summer clothes and quickly were wearing
Winter clothes

I wondered about luggage
and was informed - like my son shared
none was taken.  Just a backpack with minimal items.
Asked about laundry and told they rinsed things in the sink.
Now all of this impressed me
as these young people are use to a whole lot...
Luggage purchased in that land over the ocean
 to bring back a number of gifts.
Was almost envious of the scarves my little granddaughter's received.
Then I was presented with a beautiful blue and while china box
to add next to one similar my son sent me for my birthday.

So life by the woods at this time is
continuing at a slower pace
by one who knows she is loved,
 has a continual smile on her face,
a heart full of peace.

To think I have not written in 5 days :)

Nothing has surfaced to write about
and know  thoughts will return.

At the moment just enjoying
quiet time, reflecting on much
and then it seems
there are minutes
when the mind is just plain empty.

Many have written
"where are you
is all well ?"

~~The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can go
as we are
and not be questioned~~

Mayo Angelou

Why is it
when your grown children return  home
they become your young children again
you look at them like they were many years ago
and you do not view them as being all grown up
and the age they are?"

Guess it is like me
I do not relate to my number
because in my heart it is many many years less.
Maybe I have a mental problem :)

May my children and grandchildren always want to return
to the safe place
where this one
lives with Miss Callie.


lil red hen said...

It seems you had a most wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Same here, although three of the grandchildren weren't with us. And then there was the incident with my potatoes.....Love the quote about being at home!

Sharon said...

I'm smiling at the thought of your Thanksgiving table, beautifully set, with family all around. You are a wonder, Ernestine, and I'm so glad you share your life with such love and grace.

Pienosole said...

Good Morning. Wishing you a joyful day.

MsGraysea said...

Purely Thanksgiving in your happy for you, and Callie, too. She must have had fun saying hello to all the visitors.
Funny, I said the same thing myself about pumpkin pie. Why didn't I make one....I have the ingredients and will do so at Christmas. It is so delicious. Sometimes, I make it in bar form with a streusel topping, and keep them in the freezer to take out a bite at a time.

Balisha said...

After having all my children here this past weekend...I find that I felt the same as you. Several days preparing...several days of putting things away......and a couple nights of little sleep. I was so tired, but it was a good tired. We gave our family a wonderful day full of memories and so did you.Take care and just do things that you want to do.

Judy said...

Wonderful! Just wonderful!

Tabor said...

Glad that you had such a joyous Thanksgiving to recover from. They look like such happy young people and their frugal life style will serve them well in the years to come. Save me a piece of pie...I made a pumpkin cream cheese cake this year and while it was light and delicious...there is sooo much!

Wisewebwoman said...

Oh precious days and times for you. So very glad all went well, the pics speak volumes.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Charlotte, Sharon, Pienosole,
Marcia, Balisha, Tabor, Judy
and WWW,
thank you for visiting :)
and life goes on
at a slower pace
here in the woods :)

Friko said...

So lovely.
You are fine and well, your heart rejoices. Counting years? Pshaw! Whatever for?

Hill Top Post said...

Thanksgiving celebrations are lots of work, but, my oh my, the rewards are great. I know those who gathered around your big table to give thanks were blessed with a day of wonderful memories.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Well my dear, I loved this posting and the place your heart is.

Your family is handsome, but it looks like (and this is more important) healthy!

Sending love and peace,


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Friko, Chip Butter
and Sharon,
Thanks so much for viaiting.
At the moment I think ice
and maybe snow is on the way :)