Daily Reflections From My Window

November 24, 2021 Wednesday: Thanksgiving Eve, Pie Making Day

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“Spend some time alone every day.”

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Do you have any traditions that you do, just because your Mom did it that way? My Mom always made pumpkin pies the evening before Thanksgiving and we just knew that was the way it would be. She worked full time, even way back when most other Moms didn’t. She didn’t have the luxury of being a stay at home mom. So on the night before Thanksgiving, she’d head to our tiny kitchen and make the most delicious pies and our house would smell like Heaven. She’d always have just a little bit of the custard that didn’t fit in the pie pans and she’d put it in just enough glass Pyrex pudding bowls for us each to have our own little dish of custard. I thought she had some long passed down recipe because it tasted that good and when I finally asked, she told me that it was just the recipe on the back of the Libby’s pumpkin puree can-the plain, not the one with the spices. You add those yourself. And the Pillsbury crust in the red box that you roll out. Simple. That’s where I’ll be tonight. Making pies. Somehow they taste better when I make them just like she did. She’s been gone for 20+ years, as has my Dad and the two of them loved holidays. I miss them. I still have just one of those little custard dishes and her pie pans. They’re pretty special. Let’s see… what went on here yesterday? Oh! That’s right. I needed something I couldn’t find and ended up cleaning out a closet or two. Gosh, it is so freeing to clean out things especially with expired dates. It was our linen closet and medicine chest. I got rid of makeup I never used, little samples of this and that, and that sort of thing. Now we have space for what we DO use. It’s a good feeling. Then I headed to the grocery store to pick up a few things for Thanksgiving dinner. All my dear Jay asked for this year was that we have frozen peas with pearl onions. I went to two stores and there were none to be had. Who knew they were so popular? We usually do plain peas but I think he was missing his tradition of his grandmother serving them. He’ll be on the hunt today, I won’t have time. I have things to do here. Here was the sky yesterday as I was at the light going into Aldi. I swear God was telling me that I’d complete my shopping list there. I did-except for those peas! Can you see the rays coming down? I got home in time to put my groceries away and get to hooping. It felt great! Dawn always gives us a good workout when she knows we’ll miss because of a holiday. That’s what makes her such a special teacher. The playlist was all Rod Stewart. It went by in a second-he made it fun! She chooses the best music and it will seem like forever until Tuesday.

On to today. Besides cleaning the house for tomorrow, I’ll be in my studio finishing up some items for the Small Business Saturday and Merry Makers Mart at the BottleWorks on Third this weekend. I’ll have to raise my prices a bit because they take 30% and my margins are pretty tight this year. Sorry! I’m also working on a few other items for custom orders. Feels great to be back in the game.

I better get the day going. It was barely 14* this morning when I got up. A little cooler than normal. The temp went up as did the weather stick since then. Hope that means good things. The alpacas don’t mind these brisk temps. If the rain starts, they head inside but snow and cold don’t bother them. You’ll find them out more often than in. Here they are this morning, munching away on their hay. I hope these chilly temps kill the ticks. I’ll be in my studio, alone, creating!

However you prepare, enjoy it and do it with intention. Someone may be watching and waiting to do it that way too.

I know these posts seem like fluff, but I hope it gives you a break from the chaos happening in the world. What the heck is happening to this country? I can only control what happens here apparently so I’ll tame the crazy by making pies like my Mom did. Maybe that’s what she was really teaching me all those years ago.

In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.

Have a blessed day!