And so it begins….

It’s late.  It’s snowing outside.  The house is quiet with sleep.  The dish washer is humming.  I am sitting here sipping on a huge mug of steaming spiced tea with a nice sense of satisfaction.  I have washed my mixing bowl three times tonight.  (One of the real pleasures of being a minimalist when it comes to available cooking supplies and utensils is that the ‘end’ clean up is a breeze.)   The broccoli/raisin/green onion salad is chilling in the fridge waiting for the addition of it’s bacon bits after tomorrow’s breakfast.  The green bean casserole is prepared and ready for it’s topping and the oven.  The spiced cranberry jello thing that I love is chilling in the fridge.  The ingredients for the pumpkin trifle – a new addition this year as we are already pumpkin pied out – are ready to be assembled.  Potatoes are cleaned and waiting to be peeled.  Celery and onions and a new bottle of sage await an early morning onslaught.  There is a bag of Hummingbird cupcake wannabees on the counter.  I tried a different recipe tonight and they came out more like…polynesian muffins….so tomorrow’s breakfast is ready!  My family are not sweet potato or squash eaters so I have opted to wait until Christmas at my sister’s for those delicacies.  Can’t quite replicate my brother in law’s sweet potato casserole anyway.  And the turkey is….well…..still thawing. 


We are staying home tomorrow….alone….just the four of us.  Probably won’t even make it out of our pajamas….and that’s okay.  We have a stack of holiday movies to watch…..and plans to pick a series to slog through.  Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek….whatever.  HRH is fighting a cold and wants to do nothing but sleep.  The Prince is working on a special project for Economics.  He has been online furnishing an ‘apartment’ and buying clothes for his new ‘job’…all within a budget.  He is ‘shopping’ at IKEA!  Hee.  The Princess has been…well…enjoying the snow.  She is SO true to her Siberian heritage this time of year.  So much so that she has put herself to bed at 7 pm for the last two nights.  Completely exhausted.  She and I are planning to decorate the front porch of our elderly neighbor tomorrow afternoon.


Hard to believe that it’s November.  Hard to believe that with tomorrow’s parades and football and food fest, the holiday season is already upon us.  And after that is the Inauguration to look forward to.  Can’t wait.  So let it begin.  Have a good one, friends….and family!  Whether you be in Florida, New York, Nebraska, Indiana, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Arizona, Boston or MIchigan….we will be thinking of you.

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One Comment on “And so it begins….”

  1. Mary Says:

    And from me in Nebraska, I say Happy Thanksgiving! What a lovely post, with a nice glimpse of a comfortable life. I’m thankful for the new friends I have found through these blogs, including you!

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