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Annual Post-Thanksgiving Post

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!! 

I hope your day was incredible! 

This is just such a lovely time of year. 

There is so much to catch up on.  Like, did you host Thanksgiving, did you travel, did you find any good Black Friday sales, are you enjoying your long weekend??

I was hoping to write a post prior to Thanksgiving day to express some thankfulness, but time slipped through my fingers.

"Like sand in the hour glass, so are the days of our lives."

Ha!  Remember that from the soap opera Days of Our Lives?...with the clock-ticking-music urgently ticking away?

I wonder if they still even show it.


Back to being thankful. 

I am so very thankful. 

So thankful, in fact, I cannot even put it into words.

Maybe that is why I didn't write a thankful post.

Thankful doesn't even begin to encompass what I feel for this wonderful, beautiful, life and everything and everyone in it. 

I am thankful for this beautiful little place we now call home and for the two guys that made it's transformation possible.

I am thankful for the many precious experiences I am able to post here on this little blog of ours. 

And, I am thankful for the folks that take moments out of their day just to come by and see what is up. 

It is sweet...and it is a gift. 

A beautiful gift. 


...we had our first Thanksgiving in our little studio. 

Not only that, it was the first real Thanksgiving we have ever hosted. 

If our guests enjoyed it even half as much as we did or if their hearts are half as full as ours are, then I am thrilled.

But, you know what? 

There are NO pictures. 

None, nil, zero, zilch, not a ONE.  

So...I guess my narration will have to serve my memory.

Since we would not be seeing the Castillo family on Thanksgiving day and since we figured the Burges and Ronnie II would be tired from their drives, I thought it would be nice to have a get-together here when they arrived that Wednesday before turkey day.

So, Mike, my nephew, agreed to make bar-b-que for us.  Yet, another thing for which I am thankful!.  He started the brisket at six that morning.  He and his brother, Jeffrey, make the best brisket. 

Yeah, it was kind of a crazy idea for someone hosting Thanksgiving dinner the next day.  But, you know what?  It wasn't all that bad.  I was super organized so preparing for it did not interfere much with t-day prep.  (Next year I will post my Thanksgiving Day timelines.  I think they could really help a newbie to make their first Thanksgiving dinner a success)

We were sad to hear the Burges wouldn't be able to make it here on Wednesday after all, but Ronnie II made it and the whole Castillo clan, plus my friend Veronica and her girls, Jasmine and Vanessa. 

I gotta say, if there was some way we could choose family members, I would definitely choose Ms. V.  The reasons are a hundred.  

If she was single and I had another nephew, I would definitely be match making. ha!

It was a nice evening.  We ate, the kids played, the guys went outside and talked. 

I still had two things left on my "Thanksgiving Wednesday To Do List"...

  1. Put the dressing ingredients together
  2. Make the pecan pie

As I went to pre-heat the oven to make my pie, I noticed the lights were off.

No biggie.

Probably one of the children played with the buttons or something and it just needed to be reset.

I followed the instructions to reset.


I frantically hollered to Ron to come to the kitchen, quick asked Ron if he had any ideas.  He grabbed the manual and tried a few things.


"How will we cook our turkey and ham and sides?  Thanksgiving will have to be cancelled!  You will have to call Rae and Craig and tell them not to even bother to come!  We won't have any food for them!  We will have to send Ronnie II back to Corpus un-fed and starving!"

But then, Ronnie II surfed the web on his iphone and he and Ron put their shoes on, went outside and flipped the breaker to reset the stove/oven.  It worked!

Thanksgiving Day was saved. 

My heroes.

It was about 1 a.m., but I finally got my pie in the oven.

I was kind of worried about Thanksgiving day.  You know, the usual worries...will the turkey be done, will it be dry, will I forget to put the rolls in, will I burn the freaking rolls....

But, everything went off without a hitch.  We had a really nice dinner and either all of Ron's kids and grandkids are great actors, or the food was actually pretty good.

After Ronnie II headed back to Corpus, Mom stopped in for a short visit (she ate with my brother and his family), and then we all settled in to watch the Dallas Cowboys and, later, the Texas Aggie game. 

We talked and laughed, hollered and screamed for our teams and in the end the Cowboy and Longhorn fans in the house celebrated their wins with good sportsmanship.

The past two days have been pure rest and relaxation.

Ronnie went hunting yesterday afternoon, so Mom and I ate leftovers and watched Christmas movies.

This trusty ol' recliner has been good to me today.  I left it for a moment to cook supper, but I plan on being glued to it again to watch the new Debbie Macomber show on Hallmark.

The dogs are all snuggled in, I just ate my last fifteen pounds piece of pecan pie and soon I will make me a little cocoa to enjoy during my movie. 

So, that's our Thanksgiving weekend in a nutshell. 

I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving and that you proceed into a peaceful Christmas season.

Thank you, again, for stopping in!

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