Hello - here we are, already to Sunday. Between my years and the calendar speeding by, I think I'm already behind. Whoa! Only a bit of sewing around here - too much else going on. My DD and her 3 little ones arrived on Tuesday mid-day. They had lost power on Monday evening and spent the night sleeping on the living room floor in front of the fireplace [ not the most effective heat source ]. DD had to get up every 3 hours and stoke the fire. She reported that by Tuesday morning it was 45` in her house. So they headed to Nana's a bit earlier than originally planned. This holiday didn't usually include her husband as he chose to work Thanksgiving in exchange for having Christmas off. So that part of the time wasn't so hard. (Christmas is going to be really tough!) Coupled with our snow, our little house got to feel a bit small with 3 young, active kidlets around - plus 3 adults. Oh well.
Thanksgiving was delightful if not totally chaotic. 11 adults and 7 children. Fortunately I could locate enough chairs for everyone. The mixed dishes and cutlery were just part of the festivities. The 5 year old son of one of the guests made place cards for all of us - even with our names printed on them. Some of the children also made placements noting things they were thankful for. Everyone brought food and we dined like absolute kings. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash, pesto roasted vegetables (carrots, beans, onions), brussel sprouts with apple and onion, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and of course, green bean casserole. Dear Kerry, as is often her style, outdid herself and made 2 kinds of pumpkin pie, apple pie, berry/cherry pie and pear and rosemary cake. We did space it all out a bit, so no one comotose. In fact, 2 of the dads and one of the moms took all 7 kids sledding between dinner and dessert, while the rest of us started the clean up. And we also portioned out the left-overs so everyone got to take food home with them. My photos really don't do the event justice, but
Meanwhile, I did sneak in a couple of hours to work on the Bonnie Hunter current mystery. Great fun. I made her Christmas mystery last year and loved it, so thought why not try this again.