A Look at Our Week
Our week was spent busy preparing for my family coming to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. We arrived home on Monday from our trip to Virginia Beach & Danville and stopped at the grocery store on our way into town to keep me on schedule as planned! I am a list maker and when I go off the plan I can’t quite function properly! Tuesday was the assigned cleaning day and Wednesday was reserved for food preparation. My family began arriving late Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday was pizza delivery for dinner (Yes, they actually do deliver out here!) I was up at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday beginning my cooking.
Thanksgiving was a huge hit! It was my first time hosting dinner and preparing everything by myself … And we didn’t starve! There were a few timing issues as I was not able to fit as many things in the oven as I had imagined and I believe the oven was getting slower and slower as the morning went on. I truly understood, I was beginning to drag as well. We ate early in the day so that we could eat again later in the evening! We split up the leftovers for everyone to take home with them on Friday morning and we ended up with very little left here, which was the plan!
The time with my family was great! We talked, played games, looked through scrapbooks and reminisced. The boys got up early Thursday and went on a 6 mile hike before eating. I can’t wait to do it all again!
I’m off to Mom’s house again Monday. She has another doctor’s appointment with her foot doctor Monday afternoon. She is recovering well and has started driving now and is able to walk a little better while wearing the boot. She still has a lot of pain and swelling with her ankle/leg. Hoping it will all continue to improve.
The Great Outdoors
I have attempted to feed the birds since we moved in. I went through my first two bird feeders rather quickly. I had these hanging from a tree and some large bird and/or animal would dump all of the seed onto the ground and ended up knocking the feeders down from the tree repeatedly until they broke.
My next plan of action was to find a new place for the feeders where maybe animals couldn’t climb the tree and reach the feeders. I was really wanting a shepherd’s hook to put in the yard but did not find one the day I was out shopping. Instead I got a small hook that attached to the railing of the deck and the feeders hung off of the hook. I wasn’t very hopeful that this set up would be a winner. It would be too easy for an animal to sit on the railing and feast on the seed. Sure enough the first feeder I hung was emptied in the first day.
I then found a squirrel proof feeder that was enclosed in a cage and had a latch that latched down and was difficult for me to open/shut. One night last week I woke up in the middle of the night when I heard my guy coming back into bed. He had heard something outside and had gotten up to investigate. He said he was pretty sure whatever was making the noise had gotten my feeder. Sure enough the next morning I woke to see the below image. I was quite shocked that whatever the animal was (My guy said it looked orange, maybe a cat or fox?) could unlatch the feeder.
I have given up for now and put up the bird feeders. I am not quite ready to admit defeat just yet though.
Below is the view from our front porch this past week. There is a Christmas tree farm right across the street and they have been cutting the trees down to ship them out. It’s really cool to watch. I really wanted to grab one of those trees as the truck drove by!
‘Tis the Season
Being in this transition mode we are living in can be quite challenging at times. Christmas for instance is one of those times. I got rid of my artificial tree last year knowing we would be moving this year. I am not ready to purchase a new tree just yet since I do not know what my permanent home will end up needing. I had the bright idea (after gazing at Christmas trees across the street) of just getting a live tree this year. My guy pointed out we had no way to get a tree from the tree lot to our house. And when I solved that problem he pointed out I would have no way of disposing of the tree after Christmas either. Good points.
Before Thanksgiving I spoke with our landlord and asked about borrowing a table she has stored here. She quickly approved and told me I could use the Christmas tree they have stored here as well. She says it does her heart good to know her mom’s things are being used and she knew we didn’t move all of our belongings here when we moved. Problem solved! I had brought my ornaments from storage during our last trip to Danville.
I always get a bit nostalgic when I put up the tree. Cutler always picked out a new ornament every year of whatever character or thing he was into that year. His ornaments are always hung front, center, bottom part of the tree. When he was little he would sit in the floor and take the ornaments off the tree and play with them or rearrange them again and again. Thank goodness for super glue! As I hung the ornaments this year I couldn’t help but think it was about time to pack up the ornaments for Cutler. That was always the plan, he’d get an ornament each year and when he was grown I’d pass the ornaments to him to decorate his own tree. Hard to believe it’s that time already.
Have a great week! Remember to stop and think about all you have to be thankful for each and everyday! No selfies with my guy this week, but here’s one with my boy from our Danville trip last week. XOXO