You heard about the tough part of our Thanksgiving weekend, but don't feel as though it was all bad! The week leading up to it and times after were great fun. We kicked off the season with our annual city light parade.
The weather was in the 50s, so being outside to enjoy was fun.
The parade was followed by fireworks behind the capitol.We had a great spot to stand!
The next day, my friend Jan and I went with her mom and aunt to the greens market in the town of Northville.
It was hard to choose between the wreaths, swags and arrangements. They were all perfect!
This is one of the most charming towns I've ever been in and the shops were decked out in full finery.
They were ready for us and we didn't disappoint the Northville merchants. So many lovely things to get us in the spirit!
Then, a few days later, was Thanksgiving. As you read in the last post, the day wasn't without its challenges. But it also had moments of great joy and beauty. The weather was perfect, with the temperature in the 60s.
Rick and I enjoyed a lovely walk through "the ditch," savoring the rich tans and browns and water that reflected the blue sky.
We were able to see Kevin (who now lives in Alabama) and his finacee Molly. We've missed them both so much! Greg came by on Sunday.
I was able to bring out the turkey dishes (Johnson Bros. "His Majesty") -- Mom bought these when I was maybe nine or so. I remember driving to Canada to get them at a better price.
I was able to repurpose a centerpiece that Rick received while he was in the hospital last month with MRSA using some corks I'd saved and some wheat courtesy of Diana.
We were able to enjoy a dinner with the GGs (the Great Gang of Women!) This time we let the guys come along.
And of course we took photos!
(WARNING! Cat photos coming up!)
I was also able to enjoy some snuggle time with Mlle. Lizzie Cosette.
She always has something to say. (I am fearing some challenges with the Christmas tree -- she is already captivated by the lights and not in a good way, as she'll swat at them.)
Fortunately, there are 25 pounds of kitty litter on each leg of the tree stand. Ballast.
Let us prepare for the quiet time. The advent season. Time to reflect. To anticipate the season ahead.