....was had by all! My grumpy is gone (long gone); as is usually the case, all was well and ended well. Our Thanksgiving table had four, not twelve - but...(all together now) more for the rest of us! And oh, my dear ones, there WAS. Everything was as delicious as always - I am a fan of the Typical Repast: roast turkey, dressing, wild rice with sausage, corn pudding, cranberry sauce, gravy.
NOTE: Regarding cranberry sauce. Every year we have BOTH kinds (and you know what they are, I'm sure), There's the sort of whole-berry type; there's the jelled type. Since a wee girlie, my Lovely Daughter has expressed a determined preference for the jelled kind - you have to be able to see the round lines around it from the can. Might I add, this suits me, as I like both kinds, and as long as we HAVE both kinds, there is (all together again) more for the rest of us! There's something about the blending of flavors of Thanksgiving that's just so satisfying!
As usual, Mr Dearling did the bulk of the cooking. The man has a Gift with turkey. Furthermore, we had the genuine pleasure of sharing our table with Molly Bee , who is a special knitty friend of mine and Lovely Daughter's. She's of an age with Lovely Daughter - I consider her my "other daughter by another mother". She endeared herself to us more (if possible) by bringing along a Nantucket Cranberry Pie. Let me say this about that: OH YUMMM-OH! (Lest we come up short after the meal, she also brought along her lovely apple dumplings, and Lovely Daughter came bearing her annual delicious pecan pie.) Only the fact that I am a Jewish Bubbeh, and therefore aware that one should have a meal BEFORE dessert prevented my throwing tradition to the wind and just downright having dessert first.
So...as I did not do this before, and as it's never too late to be all over verklempt: My many blessings are foremost in my mind every day, not just at Thanksgiving, but the fact that I have arrived at this point in my life, this age, and find myself comfortable, secure, safe, healthy, and surrounded by cherished friends and beloved family is something worth mentioning at Thanksgiving time.
Mr Dearling exercised his annual prerogative by asking us each to name something for which we are thankful - OTHER THAN the usual family, friends, health &c &c. Because those things are always at the top of the list, that was something of a challenge - but it occurred to me that I'm just awfully tickled to be able to share my love of history at the museum, and moreso, that I'm able to put on fun costumes and go speechify at senior centers around town. Having the fun and privilege and joy of that just tickles me pink.
I'm awfully pleased that I live in these days of innerwebs and can google and twitter and all that (can you imagine the effect of saying "I'm not sure what kind of person he is, I'll just go google him up" in 1950? I can!) And of course, I'm most earnestly grateful that my station in life and my own little nest are such that I can share my existence with my two kitties (WARNING: verklempt alert). It's no accident that the first word on the title of this blog is "CATS". I feel as though a pet (in general) and cats (specifically) are the Soul of a home, and my kitties? Well - my cats are really my darling treasures...especially my Evangeline, my stout black kitty.
If we found ourselves in the Middle Ages, Evangeline and I would surely be hunted down as witches, because she IS my Familiar, my companion, -- in fact, although in "His Dark Materials" the characters' daemons are the opposite sex, Evangeline IS my "daemon". I've always loved my kitties, but she and I share a bond I haven't enjoyed with other pets.
DISCLAIMER: our wee brown tabby, Lilliane, is a sweet darling too (albeit she is a genuine certifiable paschkudnik) but she is very pointedly "her Da's cat". She snuggles with me sometimes, and sits near me sometimes, but she clearly, unequivocally, most assuredly owns Mr Dearling. She can bend him to her will (example: leaving the clean clothes in the laundry basket for hours because she's sleeping on them) with just a strong gaze from her big green eyes. So don't be thinking she's all ignored and stuff. She's not.
You know, being unhappy over social mishaps (such as I was dealing with on Thanksgiving Day) really is, after the first flush, a conscious decision. I'm over it - that was SO last week! And anyone with the embarrassment of riches such as I am blessed with is in no position to hold on to grumpy.
So now the Holiday Season is officially on - let the merriment begin!