Organizing for Thanksgiving

It’s been busy-busy around here the last week or so, getting ready for everyone to come over for Thanksgiving. Major fall cleaning ensued, and once again I found that old-fashioned cleaners work much better than the “latest and greatest” stuff they have on the shelves. I’ve tried just about every product on the market floor cleaner-wise that’s supposed to remove/strip all layers of buildup, resulting in a sparkling clean floor. Followed directions to a T, and they seemed to get the floor clean…seemed being the operative word. Since my experiment with homemade laundry detergent went so well, I decided to go old school–one package of sponges and one large bottle of ammonia. Nothing, and I mean nothing I’ve tried has worked like the ammonia did. Sure, windows and doors have to be open, and a portable fan helps keep the fumes at bay, but it will result in a floor clean enough to eat off of–literally. Once again, old-fashioned is better.

All curtains have been washed, windows and sills cleaned, floors mopped and waxed, bathrooms scrubbed, etc, etc. I’ve cooked the loaves of cornbread I’ll use for the stuffing, the stock is simmering on the stove, Katherine’s white chocolate chip butterflies and ladybugs are baked, and I’m working on the pumpkin bread I’ll use for the pumpkin bread pudding. We’ll get up early tomorrow morning to roast one turkey and smoke another, toss together the dressing and gravy, put the okra and tomatoes with bacon on to simmer, assemble the green bean casserole as well as the broccoli, rice and cheese casserole, bake the sweet potatoes halfway before splitting them open, stuffing them with pecans, marshmallows and brown sugar and then popping them back in the oven, and completing the pumpkin bread pudding. Additions to the menu other people are bringing include fruit salad, rolls, fresh bread, some sort of cherry dessert as well as homemade egg rolls, and a round of baby Brie will be heated in the oven to go with the roasted garlic crackers. Sweet pickles, dill pickles, green olives, black olives along with whole berry cranberry sauce will round out the fare. Sodas, apple cider, eggnog, a variety of coffees, hot chocolate and tea make up the drink choices, along with spiced rum and whiskey for those wanting to add a little kick. I don’t think anyone will leave hungry, do you?

Things have been…interesting…otherwise, too. It’s weird how some issues that lay dormant for years have a way of bubbling up unexpectedly. And it’s weird how one doesn’t realize how much something bothered them until it comes out. Heartfelt conversations and being completely open and vulnerable…well, let’s just say it’s surprising how much closer you can become with another person, even when you’re already completely in love with them. Life is good, and I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be–not a bad realization to have at 45, huh? What can I say? I’m female–always expect the unexpected, lol!

I hope all my friends and family out there have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Look around you and be joyful for all your blessings, no matter how large or small they may be.

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