Another foggy , drizzly morning. It has definitely melted the snow. But I heard some birds calling this morning. Maybe today will be the day that they find the bird feeders! I hope so. I will enjoy watching them from the kitchen. The feeders are in my back garden and I need something pretty to look at since the frost has put the plants to sleep for the winter.
I have cleaned up the kitchen from our Thanksgiving meal. Just the two of us and the day was quite lovely. I didn’t take any photos, I don’t know why but I guess it was because I wanted to be in the moment. We also each had our own struggles, as we do every holiday, sitting around the table remembering those who have passed, wishing we could hug everyone in person but can’t and praying that sometime soon we will be able to.
Technology eased the pain, I was able to see everyone on Zoom or talk to them on the phone. I sent a few texts. I didn’t feel a million miles away from everyone like I did the first Thanksgiving when we were married 35 years ago. We spent Thanksgiving just the two of us at my husbands base that he was stationed at in New Mexico. I was able to make a few phone calls to family but it was very expensive to do so and the phone bill was a huge expense each month that was based on the number of calls and long distance calls you made. So much money. Equivalent to more than what our cell phone bill and internet is today, and we made so little money back then.
Also that first Thanksgiving, I didn’t own a meat thermometer and had never cooked a turkey before. I had very little knowledge of salmonella or food poisoning and by the end of the weekend I had become an expert on the subject.
Yesterday was our first Thanksgiving just the two of us since that time and it was a lovely day with much less loneliness than our New Mexico day. The pandemic has placed several difficult choices for us and how we spent the holiday was one. However, I was surrounded by the traditions of my family, the food, the football, the love of my husband and many loving memories. And no salmonella.
Today I am listening to my Gen X music, watching for Cardinals to visit the feeder, record a podcast and get to working on my quilt. I think to change it up a bit and I am going to exercise by walking in the neighborhood because it is above freezing. It will be a good day of my Zen staycation.