A Slice of Life / Randoms post :
I mentioned in a few previous posts that my oldest was home for the holidays. I had made some food on Thanksgiving for him to take out to my mom’s and he took a few photos of Brent, my little grandson, and his longtime girlfriend’s son Gabe playing outside.
We are in southwestern Pennsylvania and we are just as likely to have cold snowy weather around Thanksgiving as middle of the road chilly weather, but Thanksgiving and the day after were incredibly mild for this time of year. As you can see the boys only needed light jackets. My mom lives up on a hill and this is the view of the boys out in the front yard with farmland below.
A train tunnel runs underneath….now, when I was a kid, we went down to the road, turned left, walked down a country road for awhile, then turned right onto another road and got onto the tracks eventually, with minimal discomfort. My son decided to take Pearl and the boys through the tunnel and relive some childhood memories of his own.
However he took them right down over the hill, through woods and bushes and what-have-you, and they all came back with little burrs over all of their clothing, lol! That’s ok because the middle son started his turkey kind of late so dinner didn’t start when it should have either, and so no one was late in the end :) And this mama who had a break from hosting formal dinners for a lifetime didn’t care at all…just enjoying this stage where I only have to make a few things and not DO IT ALL! :)
Anymore, when it comes to the grands, I don’t take as many pictures as I used to…I just steal the ones posted on Facebook that my DIL took and crop them a bit. Here are Brent and Javis all dressed up prior to a football banquet :
Javis started football this year and their team won the championship. Both Brent and Javis will be in wrestling over the winter :
Moving on, since this is supposed to be a randoms post, enough of the kids :) Autumn light…here it is dancing on my bed upstairs a week or so ago :
While Kanga the cat might loll around on the bed sometimes, she also spends a lot of time watching the birds outside :
Jenny Wren is so vocal and noisy, no one could miss her / him!
Crabapple Tree Against a Lovely Blue Sky :
Well enough of the sunlight!
My oldest left to go home on the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving and rain and gray dreary skies moved in to echo my mood seeing them leave, or should I say enhance that mood? The news doesn’t help, either. Reading the news that morning I once again thought to myself that we are concerned about terrorists, yes, and should be….but what is going on in America ? There is terror all around us provided by American citizens. Every morning I see it afresh.
I decided to put away the fall decor and bring out just a little Christmas to start and try to get into a cheerier mood. Do you ever decide to do that ( just a little to start ) but once you’ve started you just end up dragging it all out? :)
I’d say that I brought out about 80% of it that day with just a wee bit more to do. I did a little sewing in between and some other things, but I was all stocked up, didn’t have to go anywhere, and that was nice.
I was still in a ‘mood’, though. The kind where I was saying to myself “and in a month I’ll have to put all of this away again!”
It’s okay to be in a mood. I knew why I was in it, and that if I just kept on, that the next morning when I got up I’d be happy that it was all done and over with or at least most of it. The same attitude applied to standing at the ironing board prepping a lot of long skinny leaves for an applique project. ” I should have NEVER started this project” says the one side of me. ” Just do it, a little at a time” says the other.
My son and Pearl and Gabe arrived back home safely and that was enough to be be thankful about for the day.
But the bonus was when I checked in with Sheila’s blog : I am not sure how many of you have been aware about little Carter, Sheila’s granddaughter, but I’d been praying for her along with many other bloggers and when I read Sheila’s November 28th post I shed tears of joy. Sheila’s powerful statement of ” We will live Thanksgiving every day from now on” puts everything in the world into the proper perspective. ( HERE )
I have witnessed on several occasions the power of bloggers uniting together in prayer and I am so thankful to be part of this community that does so. Carter is doing better but still requires prayer and we’ll continue to uplift her.
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