Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Full of Grace

  • Walking to work, waiting to cross the street, a school bus stopped to pick me up. A school bus! I assume the driver was probably a substitute driver, and quite possibly blind, but at my age I’ll take whatever compliments I can get.

  • Cheesecake Factory now sells this - Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Topped with Hazelnut Crunch and Nutella. And damn it is good.

  • Anticipating a rather politically volatile Thanksgiving gathering, one of the more liberal in-laws texted those of similar leanings “if the conversation gets uncomfortable for anyone, just say “craisins” and we will try to change the subject.”  It was only said once when a vegan muttered it when the talk turned to hunting, and then one false alarm when someone asked to have the craisin stuffing passed.  With everyone on their best behavior, I had a very loud (2 televisions with football, 4 hyper toddlers, 4 rambunctious and opinionated about football men and 1 almost deaf grandmother who everyone yelled at) but very loving and abundant holiday.

  • Peachie came home early for Martha’s birthday as a surprise. And a delightful surprise it was. Most especially nice was that Beaner stayed with us also. It warms my heart to see my daughters snuggled up together in bed, sharing sister secrets, like when they were little.

  • And since everyone was home we went and got the tree together and put up most of the decorations.  It is still November, the yard is all buttoned up, and most of the holiday preparations are already done. I can now spend December cozily nesting, baking cookies, wrapping presents and enjoying the joyful blessings of the season.  And that is a grateful life.


  1. A grateful life, indeed. Love the 'craisins' -- just short of crazies!


  2. So pleased the holiday passed without incident of grand proportion. Yay for snuggly sisters. My daughter would love that dessert.

    Happy Day.

  3. That cheesecake is calling to me. Good to hear your Thanksgiving went well.

  4. The craisins story made me laugh out loud. But what a great idea!

  5. i love it all. happiest of holidays, my friend.

  6. Sounds like a successful thanksgiving... That is always good. I love it when the kids just hang out and are together. The funniest part of ours was when the son got in the car and saw the youngest daughter and asked what the hell was in her nose... She had gotten it pierced. That provided entertainment for quite a while between the three in the back seat!

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