I am actually looking forward to a holiday. This may be a sign of the apocalypse. You may wish to take whatever measures you deem appropriate.
I am very fortunate to have this holiday play out like it has. It promises to be a low key, low stress, no drama affair, and other than missing Pebbles and Slater, I get to spend it with those most dear to me.
And while I do love to cook, I just didn't want to cook this meal. By ordering it all, I save time, money and leftovers. We will not be buried in food for days. We will have a meal and be done with it. This also leaves me time to do what I love to do and that is set a pretty table. If I were to completely give in to all my yearnings (and I used to do this), I would have table linens, serving platters, pitchers and sets of dishes galore - beyond galore. But shopping for more really isn't much of a challenge. How I choose to challenge myself these days is to use what is available to me in new and different ways.
What few things I do have are mostly still at Bick's. And it's been well over a year since I've seen any of it. I am looking forward to setting up our table. And it just dawned on me, I'll be using Bick's dishes this year - so something new! My plan is to raid the herb garden for greenery, raid the crisper for fruits and enjoy revisiting a few of my favorite possessions while Reynolds Wrap and a preheated oven work their magic on our meal.
Until that time, I am waiting for sunlight to get on my bike for a ride. I think I shall make it over the 700 mile mark today without too much trouble. Wow! After cleaning up, then it's time to pack up my stuff, swing by Central Market to pick up our dinner, plus the brussels sprouts that I've added to the menu and head north. I hope to get up there before I35 becomes a parking lot. Oh, and I've got to stop by Redbox and pick us up a few movies to have on hand.
I am incredibly blessed and thankful this year. The blessings and graces that I have received are too numerous to mention, but I do want to put out a heartfelt thanks to this wonderful blogging community of supportive, inspiring friends. I am thankful for you all.
It will probably be next week before I return.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Be Thankful.
pic Martha Stewart - can I say just how much I love linen anything? So impractical, but like a moth to a flame, I am always, always, drawn to it.