Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Lessons

With the Thanksgiving weekend winding down - son back at college, leftovers eaten or frozen, and Christmas movies dominating the t.v. schedule - I took a moment to reflect on the holiday and the lessons learned:
1. It doesn't matter if you accidentally leave the sugar out of the pumpkin pie. Teenagers will pile so much Cool Whip on it they won't even notice.
2. If you forget to buy the pre-seasoned bread cubes for the stuffing and the only grocery store in town isn't open, emergency stuffing can be prepared from a week-old loaf of french bread and creative use of available seasonings.
3. Alzheimer's is a despicable, heartbreaking disease! But small, loving acts can bring a smile amid the confusion and leave you with a warm satisfaction.
4. The best moments in life can't be planned - they just happen.
5. The best laid plans of mice and men....(and readers). I didn't spend nearly as much time with my feet up and a good book open as I had planned, but enjoyed the time with extended family, church family, and kids who will be celebrating Thanksgiving in their own homes way too soon.
Now, Hubby and daughter are snoozing, so I'm headed to the recliner to spend the last few hours of this Thankfully Reading Weekend with a Carolyn Hart mystery.


  1. I envy you your Hart mystery! I didn't get enough reading in either but I enjoyed the time with family and friends. I love your lessons learned.

  2. Hope you had a great weekend with Thankfully Reading. I thought it was fun!

  3. I'm not ready for the weekend to end! Can't it be just one day longer?

    That's so funny about the pumpkin pie. One year my mother mistook the chili pepper for the cinnamon. It was still edible, but definitely different tasting.

    Alzheimer's indeed is a heartbreaking disease.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend despite the little mishaps. I don't think a family holiday would be complete without something going wrong we can laugh about later. :-)

    Have a great week and enjoy your reading.

  4. My mom left the sugar out of the pumpkin pies a couple of years ago. We also ate them anyway!

  5. I didn't get in as much reading done as I would have liked but it was still fun anyway. Little Thanksgiving mishaps always happen but do make for some good chuckles later on.