Monday, November 20, 2006


Mission Accomplished...



I finished the table runners I was making to sell at the tearoom. And a few wonderwallets. And while we were at it, we made some tree ornaments. And some earrings and bracelets... and my Mom made these adorable little pinafore aprons, and tons of napkins. I even made some redhat postcards! Imagine that. I dropped everything off this afternoon and the owner of the gift shop couldn't have been happier. And now it's back to everyday life. ahhh....

I love this time of year. Winter is waiting to drop it's white mantle upon the fields- we had our first "stick" last night. The children were ecstatic- so much fun to see it falling down and covering the ground and frosting the trees- makes the winter worthwhile. We moved into our house 7 years ago, today. We spent our first night here, on the kitchen floor- all the children on pallets on the floor around us. We had so much to be thankful for. Our Thanksgiving table was some plywood on a couple 50 gallon drums. It was really lovely. Such sweet memories. Thursday is my favorite day of the week- I can't say why, but the fact that Thanksgiving comes on a Thursday, every year, makes it a near perfect holiday in my book. It will be a quiet holiday. Dh Bill will bring his mom over and we'll have a turkey with all the trimmings. Last year I must have cooked 7 desserts. This year, we'll cook 4 pumpkin pies- keeping it simple. A quiet day at home surrounded by my favorite 9 people.

I am planning a surprise breakfast for the children on Wednesday- all of their favorite foods. Pancakes and bacon and creamed tomatoes and biscuits, applebutter(thank you Grandmother) and orange juice with gingerale. Scrambled eggs and fried potatoes. Sausages and croissants and coffee cake. And strawberries. I am so excited. Joe(16) is going to help me keep the little ones out of the kitchen while I cook. I want to set the table with my best china and linens(thanks Grandmother!) Yes, I'll be up early, but seeing as I get up at 3:30 am anyway... and I have something else to celebrate. Bill is changing his work schedule so we will be able to sleep in until 5:30, after this week! Who would have thought there would ever be a day when I would be thankful for the chance to sleep in until 5:30am? See? Life has a way of changing your perspective. Even when things seem a little dismal and bleak... I am just so amazed at the riches of His grace. Another year of happy memories of precious family and loved friends- even some new friends, here.

11 comments:

Angie said...

So eloquently spoken...your goodies for the tea shop are all wonderful! And your Thanksgiving atmosphere sounds so warm and loving and inviting...and I'm so happy for you that you get to sleep in til 5:30 a.m.!! LOL Happy Thanksgiving!

ForestJane said...

Ok, I gotta ask... what's the difference between creamed tomatoes and tomato soup? Everything else sounds like traditional breakfast-type foods, but can't say I've ever eaten tomatoes, creamed... for breakfast. I love tomatoes though!

Hedgehog said...

The breakfast sounds wonderful!

Angela said...

Your younguns will be too full from breakfast to eat dinner on Thanksgiving. :o) My dh leaves work at 4am, so I feel your pain.

teelduo said...

The tablerunners are beautiful! And I agree Thursdays are wonderful...Craig and I were married on a Thursday. Ya'll have a great turkey day, we will be thinking about all of you..love you all.

McIrish Annie said...

Nines, don't know how you do it??!!
Your blog adds a calming element to my crazy days here in the city. I wish you and your Nifty Nine a blessed Thanksgiving from my little tribe of three here in Connecticut. Gobble! Gobble!

cher said...

sounds like quite the breakfast feast! I so enjoy your perspective on life Nines...imagine 2 extra hours of sleep...that certainly is a gift.

Darcie said...

You are amazing! I'm suprised that you can still type away on your 'puter...with working your fingers to their mere bones on all of the Tea Room items! Delightful pieces...each and every one. I wish you luck with your sales there.

Your words always touch me...whether you're speaking of your riches in family and friends...or talking of the gourmet breakfast....

Bless you today...and tomorrow...and everyday, Nines!

And I noticed...that you're going to be surrounded by your favorite NINE tomorrow. ;-) Hugs to you!!!

Sandra said...

hee hee - sounds like breakfast will be an all day affair LOL.

Shellie said...

I love the blue table runners, especially the one with the dark centers.

You amaze me. I don't know how you find the time for all that you do. I bet the kids loved their extra special breakfast.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Not being a morning person, I can't imagine getting up qt 3.30am every day - sometimes that is when I'm going to bed! I am also amazed how you do all the things you do, look after all those children and sound so calm - must be the long days.