We had a quiet Thanksgiving – a small feast for four. I set a place for those who could not join us. I felt connected and present for my family, but my thoughts kept returning to those who are gone. Bittersweet.
One of the things that I love about this long holiday weekend is the quiet. After everyone has gone a silence fills the clean house, one that presses up against the fragrant aroma of turkey soup bubbling in the pot, one that gives me pause as I pass the room where so much laughter was just hours before. I linger, inhale, I want to hold this time close, to savor its sanctity, before the frantic pace of the holiday season begins.
I rarely venture out on Black Friday, choosing instead to stay home and work on whatever quilting or sewing or knitting project captivates me. I made an exception this year as the Dirty Dogs Salon was offering baths for their clients 50% off. This is HUGE because my dog’s grooming is a whooping $75 plus tip. In the spirit of cleanliness, I made Harley a new bed.
I saw a lovely ornament on Nana Company’s blog. I enlarged the concept to create a hanging for my mother’s door. Many of the residents in her complex celebrate the holidays with plastic wreaths and such on their apartment doors. Mom will have this handmade cheer, filled with holly and red berries.
There was knitting – a special lined hat for a special girl. This is a pattern from Purl Soho and I used their Line light fingering weight merino. It’s dreamy – it has the softest hand and a halo that I adore. I’ll be ordering more of this in the future.
I indulged in a little hand quilting between the sweet potato casserole and the cheese cake creations. Hand quilting is one of my most favorite things and this is no exception- a beautiful little quilt that my dear friend Susie pieced and I am finishing for her.
This must be at least seven or eight years in the waiting and I plan to finish and wrap and tuck it into her front door before Christmas. Susie is a really special person – full of love and laughter and kindness. She has a zest for life that is unmatched. She also has three small children and little time for quilting. That’s ok. I know that we will quilt together again one day soon! I’m looking forward to that day.
Did you remember God’s creatures this Thanksgiving? We have an enormous brush pile in the backyard which we cannot bear to burn because of the abundant wildlife that has made it their home. I saved most of my Thanksgiving scraps for the bunnies, the skunk, and the family of possums that live out back.
What’s this?! The bottle is amazing – it reminds me of Tula Pink.
Have you figured it out? Christmas Rum cake. For the relatives. You can’t go to a party empty-handed and Scott’s family likes to eat! I hope that you are all enjoying this long weekend.