After several days of late nights and lazy sleep-ins, today's dawn arising was a challenge. BUT - the morning is wonderful! It's very nice to have the nudge of this idling blog to get me off to a good start.
Thanksgiving eve came with 8 inches of fresh snow. Despite all my worries about travelers getting stuck or delayed or worse, everyone arrived on time and unscathed. The worst driving was between here and the grocery store, which we managed without serious incident.
(this is actually an afternoon sun shot, but I couldn't resist including it)
What a lovely holiday, uncomplicated by religious affiliation or gift-giving. My fervent hope is that Black Friday doesn't co-opt the Thanksgiving holiday any more than it already does. It was an unsettling thing to hear a Canadian visitor's innocent statement about our Thanksgiving holiday two nights ago:
"What is Canadian Thanksgiving like?" someone asked her.
"It's just like American Thanksgiving, but without Black Friday."
Ugh! It makes me want to initiate a movement to ban Black Friday. Pretty soon people will be leaving Thanksgiving dinner in the dust so they can get a place in line outside of Walmart (in fact, I think it's already happening).
The premise of Thanksgiving is so worthy of preservation - friends and family gathering together, preparing food, sitting down to a shared meal, appreciating their good fortune. What could be better than that? Leave merchandise out of it, please!
We watched "How to Train Your Dragon" this weekend. S and T had long since told us that the lead character dragon reminded them of our dog Kate. I have to agree. Here is Kate looking kind of like that black Night Fury dragon named "Toothless."