Wow. That was one of the least stressful holidays I’ve ever experienced. Considering I made two pies completely from scratch, three batches of fudge, and some homemade crackers for the weekend, I must say that was the easiest Thanksgiving I can remember.
My older brother lives about an hour and a half away. He hosted last year so I contacted him early in the month to see if he was doing so again, hoping he was. When your in-laws live on top of you, getting away to your own family is a needed relief. BHE and I showed up with pies, fudge, and Angel Baby, determined to consume mass quantities of food and alcohol, all while talking over football on TV. Sounds like the all-American way of celebrating Thanksgiving, right?
Making it through the weekend
Knowing how crazy the holidays can be, and we have many branches of our families to see, I didn’t want to have a four-day crazy-ass weekend. I warned my sister-in-law (BHE’s sister) ahead of time that all I really wanted to do on Black Friday was consume wine and pie. And maybe leftovers, if there were any.
On Friday, I had steel-cut oats with raisins, apples, and honey for breakfast, fudge and Chardonnay between breakfast and dinner, and a slice each of apple and pumpkin pie for dinner with a side of Moscato. Yep, wine and pie.
Moral of the story: plan to not stress out.
How we travel
We use cloth diapers but not exclusively. Depending which brand is on sale, we use Seventh Generation or Babyganics disposable diapers when we aren’t home. We live in the middle of nowhere, which means anytime we go anywhere, there is a fair amount of travelling involved. Just assume that if I’m not at home, Angel Baby is in a disposable.
Also, we heat our home with a woodstove. There are ways to stuff that sucker (BHE calls it “banking the stove”) so that it lasts quite a long time and still leaves you plenty of coals to work with. Still, we have a propane-fueled furnace as a backup.
I am thankful for my family, for their health and their love. I am thankful for the means with which we can put food on the table, regularly as well as in abundance on the holiday. I am thankful for my friends, for my home, and for the vehicle that safely gets me from one to the other. I am thankful my home is warm and it is a healthy, happy place to return to when the day is done.
Stay tuned for the next part in my Surviving the Holidays series.