Thanksgiving came and went without a hitch. The family showed up and ate lots, but we still had lots of leftovers. In fact, I'm getting rid of the dressing and mashed potatoes today (just say NO to carbs). I think this is the first time we have had leftover potatoes. Maybe my family was off their feed a bit, because they usually chow down on the mashed potatoes.
My sister and I made lots of pies including a Texas whiskey pecan pie. Actually it was the Tennessee whiskey pecan pie recipe from Southern Living, but we used Texas whiskey - Rebecca Creek Whiskey - Texas in a glass. In this case, it was whiskey in a pie. Pretty darn good. We also made a pear pie. My sister wanted to jack it up by putting cranberries in it. I knew that Toby would not go for that. Pink pears are too strange. So, my sister put cranberries in her Brussels sprouts, and yes, they did turn pink.
After the big meal, several people took naps and watched football. It was a fine day to be outside. The big boys went out to shoot guns. The little ones rode the 4-wheeler and played in the woods. GBN1 was big enough and old enough and responsible enough to drive the younger kids around - yay! Some people sat outside on the patio in the sunshine. Others lounged around visiting in the big room. Everyone stayed until dark - food was left for everyone to munch on through the day and on to supper. I think everyone had a good time. If we could judge the fun by how tired Toby and I were at the end of the day, it was a super good time.
Later when discussing how much work Thanksgiving had been - from the completing of the new old room to the cooking and cleaning of the meal - Toby and I decided it was way too much work. It made me think of all the times we came home for Thanksgiving and my parents had everything done. I always helped - baking pies, pealing potatoes, whipping cream, etc. but the majority of the work was done by my parents. Now I am the parent doing the Thanksgiving. I guess it was all worth it. Maybe next year we will do something different - like let someone else take over or meet in neutral vacation home and everyone pitch in.
I've been meaning to show how my new old part of the house turned out.
Here is the den area where we watch TV and I do my art classes. Yes, there is already art stuff out on the table. Here is our the guest bedroom.
Here is Jesse's room. She chose the blue, which turned out pretty nice although it shocked me at first. I need to put up the window blinds. Of course, there are still little things to be done. You will notice that we don't have many paintings on the walls. It is not as though we don't have paintings; it is more like we have too many and need to make decisions on which to put up. Here is my bathroom.I'm particularly proud of the way it turned out - kind of funky.
Now I need to get busy and get the house cleaned and get back into the normal swing of things - whatever normal is.