I hope everyone had a good and happy Thanksgiving!  Even though we were encouraged to stay home or in our small bubble, it was possible to get together with family and friends through technology. Long live FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and other apps that connect us!

I just went through my first Thanksgiving without a deep freezer. Let me say how thankful I am for our food supply chain. I picked up a frozen turkey Friday and it thawed in the fridge all weekend. I have a fridge that runs cold, so it needed that time to thaw. In fact, it was still partially frozen Monday morning!  I ran cold water in it before stuffing it and hoping for the best.  I cooked it in a Look bag and tin foil roasting pan, as we have no roaster and no place to store it if we did have it!  It turned out just fine.

Because our current chest freezer does not work properly and our upright freezer, which we ordered in August, has yet to arrive, I decided, in the best interest of not wasting any food, to gift our Thanksgiving guests (my daughter and her husband) with leftovers to take home. Hopefully little food will be wasted.

Other than Thanksgiving this has been a quiet weekend for me. I took some time off to read, review and reorganize. I’m reading David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” for the second or third time in about 15 years. I realize just how much I have put on my plate to deal with right now. I decided to back off and focus on the big picture – the long term view – for the moment. So I’m back in a goal setting phase, making sure every activity meshes with future goals and my vision of where I want to be ten years from now.

This is a challenge for me. My husband is seven years older than I, and is a senior now. I have discovered that in marriage planning cannot happen in isolation. You have to consider the other person and what reactions or parts they might have in the plans. This is especially true for me as I am not driving at the moment for a variety of reasons.

I am going back through photos and sketchbooks for ideas for mats of various kinds.  There are way more ideas than I can possibly hook.  It’s so hard to decide what to do and what to leave undone. Do I compromise and hook a small mat instead of a large one?  Or is it better to just not hook it at all?  In the meantime, I have South Korea mats and poetry mats to hook.

By the way, I discovered the shape of “joy” to me this weekend.  I drew a sketch to twig my memory.  It needs some revamping, but the basics are there. I may have another mat to hook soon!

If you have been reading, thanks! I hope you enjoy your week ahead.  Cheers…Jean.

 

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