Thanksgiving went well. With all the landmines we could have stepped on, we didn’t. No one did. It was mellow, the food was good. The company was pleasant. And despite dire warnings from the weather people, it didn’t snow. A bit of drizzle, but it stayed warm enough to not become ice.


Now, it’s the final lap to Christmas and the New Year. Which is easier for me, especially since what little shopping I do (other than wrapping paper which is always my last purchase), is done. There’s a miniature tree waiting for me in the attic, all dressed up just needing to be uncovered and set in place.


Just a few pictures from yesterday. Taken before dinner, so everyone was less sated — and sleepy — as they would be after consuming the big ham, the lamb, and all those lovely trimmings.


We left relatively early. The dogs needed feeding and I was much more tired than the amount of effort I had put into the day seemed to warrant. I’m not sure why, not even today. Owen did 95% of the work, so why was I exhausted? I often think the anticipation of events and the emotional effort we put into trying to make sure everything goes well is as tiring — more tiring? — than physical work. Even “good” stress is stress.


12 thoughts on “SATISFIED

  1. angloswiss November 25, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    I am glad to had a good time, relaxing and enjoyable. Love the veggies on display. I always make brussel sprouts some time at Christmas. One of my memories after getting together with Mr. Swiss was finding out what his tastes were.
    “Do you like brussel sprouts?”
    “What’s that?
    “Yes there were a few language difficulties at the beginning, but he likes them.

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    • Garry Armstrong November 25, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Owen’s Brussel Sprouts, cooked with brine, were excellent!! Even veggie haters would love ’em.
      As evening set in, Marilyn and I had the sniffles, headache, etc. We think we picked up something while at the supermarket on Wednesday. Wasn’t on our shopping list.

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      • swo8 November 25, 2016 / 1:58 pm

        Our younger son cooks a mean Brussel Sprout with butter and garlic. They can be so good.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong November 25, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      They are in my top two veggies along with asparagus. Which were ALSO on the menu. Lamb, ham, favorite veggies with apple pie and cheesecake for desert. We had very happy mouths 🙂

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  2. Tish Farrell November 25, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Hope you weather the bugs. And sending you both all best wishes from Shropshire 🙂

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    • Marilyn Armstrong November 25, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      Thanks. I think this isn’t a big deal, but we are getting to that age where little things aren’t as little as they used to be 🙂 And it’s chilly and rainy. I don’t so much mind the chill, but the damp chill is hard on older bones. But. I have leftover lamb, so it’s curry for dinner! Yay!

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      • Garry Armstrong November 25, 2016 / 2:08 pm

        Yay! Yay!!!


      • Tish Farrell November 25, 2016 / 4:16 pm

        Know what you mean about cold damp in the bones!


    • Garry Armstrong November 25, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Thanks, Tish. We hope this passes quickly and that we’ll be right as rain again, very soon.

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  3. swo8 November 25, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Did you have mint sauce with that lamb?

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    • Garry Armstrong November 25, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      Leslie, Marilyn brought Mint Sauce and Mint Jelly!!

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