Someday, I’ll start making lists again. I’ve been picking up things here and there for a couple of weeks – in preparation for Thanksgiving.
I assumed since the sugar canister is nearly empty, and since I only buy about five pounds a year (always near the holidays), I needed more. I forgot I’d picked up four pounds a month or so ago (in anticipation of holiday baking). Now I have nine pounds.
And if you count my gluten free baking mix, I have fourteen pounds of flour – after picking up a five pound bag of regular flour yesterday – after picking up another one about a week ago.
Crisco? Five one-pound blocks of the stuff – because I hardly use that either and forgot I still had two left when I bought the other three yesterday.
The can of pumpkin I KNOW I bought last week has come up missing somewhere between the checkout lane and home so instead of two yummy pies cooling in the oven, I have two empty, uncooked pie crusts wrapped and in the refrigerator until I find an open store in the morning. I’m assuming the errant can is under one of the seats in the van and since we’ve hit freezing a few times, I’m not going to use it when I do locate it. If it actually made it to the van.
Oh yeah. And I’m out of butter too. Why? Because C.J. doesn’t always throw empty boxes away and I assumed there was a full box.
What do I have? The turkey, everything I need for stuffing (which I bake outside the bird because I can make more things if the leftover meat doesn’t taste like sage and onion), about three hundred pounds of yams (okay, maybe four pounds – which will feel like three hundred after I’ve finished peeling them), whipping cream, cranberry sauce, and frozen roll dough.
But even if I wasn’t going to set the table with a full table tomorrow, including homemade pumpkin pies and rolls with real butter, even if I had to serve hot dogs or tuna sandwiches, I still would have the most important part of Thanksgiving. My family, a roof over our heads, food in the cupboards, fridge, and freezer, and all of the other blessings in my life – including all of you.
Thanks for sticking with me, supporting me, and encouraging me during a rough period of writer’s block.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who will be celebrating it … and Happy Thursday to those who will not be. God bless each and every one of you. <3