Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope everyone of you had as great a Thanksgiving as I did.  Holidays for me has always been a time to visit with family and friend but also a time of lots of cooking and work for a week before and so much work on the big day that very little visiting gets done.  But this year my daughter, Patty and granddaughter, Becca gave me the best present ever, they took over the Thanksgiving this year.  They did let me make the brown and serve rolls, two pies and cook the ham.  These were all done the couple days before Thursday and on Thanksgiving day I only stuffed the turkey and made a clam dip, then I was retired to the living room to visit.  It was wonderful!!  they did a beautiful job without me and I talked myself hoarse.  I have never had a chance to do that before and I loved it.  I didn’t even help with the clean up, they drafted everyone else but let me just visit – Watch out kids you may find I had such a good time I will try and get out of all holidays–  but not yet.  Christmas Eve is still my day.  As we get older we do have to give up the family feasts to the younger members of the family and it is then that we see how much they really have learned through the years and how much they enjoy the old traditions.  It is the best feeling in the world and gave me a good memory from a year that had not been so good.  I will keep this memory in my heart for a long time.

This next two weeks will be busy.  Norman goes for his cataract evaluation.  He is having trouble seeing and it is not his retina so he will probably have to have the cataract taken care of which we both dread!

I will be making cookies for Christmas for the next couple of weeks.  We have children, grand children and great grand children around the tree at Christmas eve and we give them all a bond for Christmas but that is not something to open and since I could not compete with Santa, I can’t afford it! I needed something they all like so I am making each one their favorite cookies and each will get their own box.   Time to get baking  Have a great day!

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving!!

  1. Carol….all this cooking that you still do just amazes me!!!!! Not my thing and that is o.k. I will make a strawberry/rhubarb pie to take to a social event on the 13th. I make a lattice crust so the red shows through and looks holidayish! It is Peter’s Kawanis Christmas party to be held on Spofford Lake at a super rich house. Not my style, but I’ll muddle through it somehow. Neither of us are ” social butterflies ” but he has some leftovers from his career and friends from past years. So……I will go along and watch. I always look forward to January and then I can hibernate like the bears until Spring.

    We are all well and that is the best gift!!!!! I have had both eyes done for cataracts. Not a bit of discomfort and the constant eye drops is the most bothersome. Tell Norman it is an easy road. I don’t know his eye complications, but……with good M.D.s he will sail right through it.
    My new address will be 29 Middle St. Keene, N.H. 03431 Tel.# 603 352 9582 . Will write a real letter once I can settle down. Pass on to Shirley please. Much love, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, So glad you made the move to Keene I know you will enjoy being where the action is. You would die living at my house in TN just as my mother would have but I think you would like our villa here in Florida. It is more like what mother called a cottage, very small so there is not much house work to do but right in the city. We are within walking distance of several stores and the postoffice but there is so much common land it is more like a country setting and we are right next to a nice park, Lingate Park so can walk there any time and there are side walks to all these places. I like it cause we have a nice heated pool and we are coated half way between Patty and Becca so can visit them whenever we want to. Patty came in today and we visited for a couple hours, I always love that. I will send you new address on to Shirley tonight. She will be down to visit for one day on the 18th but if I wait until then to give it to her I just know I”ll forget it. Have a Merry Christmas. Love you Carol

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