Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Monday, November 25, 2013


Steve and I are changing things around a bit this Thanksgiving. His daughter and son-in-law are both police officers, and therefore have the least flexible schedules, so we decided to host the dinner around them this year. Normally, everyone goes to my parents' house, but as my family has gotten larger and more complicated, it has become a bit too challenging to manage that way. My parents like to eat early, and since there is some tension between my sister and my husband anyway, I finally decided to just accept that everyone will be happier if I stop trying to force a Norman Rockwell style fantasy. I'm looking forward to hosting a Thanksgiving meal for the first time and since I will still be visiting my folks earlier in the day, I'm hoping everyone will be happier this way. When I was married to my first husband, we had two Thanksgiving dinners every year, so this won't exactly be a hardship.

Stephanie and two foreign exchange students are coming home tomorrow, so I am making granola tonight, using Alana's recipe from her book, The Homemade Pantry. I made it a lot last winter, and Steve loves it. This way, the girls will have something good to snack on while we are at work. Despite being grad students, they seem to be a bit helpless when they are home.

I've been knitting some quick projects this past week. I finished a Darkside cowl, made a gorgeous Gaptastic Cowl, (I need to take a picture of me wearing it, so you can see how pretty it turned out) and I'm now working on a hat, using the Declan's Hat pattern and the Dragonfly Fibers yarn I had tried to use first in a cowl pattern. One of the lovely things about knitting is the way you can rip out and start over.

My students just finished a research paper project, and although the results are less than stellar, at least the torture is over, and we are now reading/listening to the Greek play, Antigone. I find I enjoy teaching literature a lot more than teaching writing, but it's all a part of the job, so do it I must. Anyway, the kids seem to enjoy literature more too, although who knows?

On the Gracie front, she finally sat in my lap last night! I adopted her in January, so it only took ten months. Here's a cute shot of the momentous event:

My cutie pie.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!



  1. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Yay, Gracie!

  2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Rose, enjoy your family and your time together.

  3. I'm hosting a small T-giving this year. It's only my third turkey, so I'm crossing my fingers. Most of my family will be in Williamsburg, but I'm here because both my kids are here!

    I'm sure yours will be lovely!