Monday Missive – A Cautionary Tale

Hello good readers. It is the Monday before our American Thanksgiving, Donald Trump is still president and fighting the results of the election, and the virus is still raging. Unlike many Americans, we are staying home and trying to keep us and our extended family safe.

  • Let’s start with Thanksgiving – a day set aside to find thanks in all we are blessed to have in our lives. It is also a traditional time for families together together and enjoy a too-large meal and watch the Macy’s parade and some rival football games. We have not even decided what we are cooking yet.  We know it will not be a turkey. It is just too much food for the two of us. We are giving thanks for our health and the health of those we know and love, but most other traditions will be set aside until there is an effective vaccine available to the general population.
  • The family Christmas tree. This weekend is normally the time we embark on a trip into the mountains to select a Christmas tree. We normally go to a Christmas tree farm, select the perfect tree, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or warm apple cider and then head home. We usually pick a tall tree because we have very high ceilings. This year we know that size tree is going to be selling for $250. It might be time to reconsider the size and location. Last year we took our great-niece with us to select our tree, but we will not do that this year.
  • Speaking of Christmas, we are doing all of our shopping online this year. Some we are having shipped directly to our grandchildren’s homes which means their parents get to wrap the gifts and put them under the tree. Wrapping gifts is one of the joyful but frustrating tasks!  It does not look like we will be gathering for Christmas either.
  • The virus. When will people learn? How long until our healthcare system crumbles? No one is listening to the workers who have been going at this pace for 9 months. I cannot imagine their state of mind. I never thought ignorance was so rampant.
  • NaNoWriMo – I am behind now. Today will be spent writing and trying to catch up.
  • I found out via a community newsletter that one of my cousins passed away. We were not close once we all grew up and moved away but we were a close knit group growing up. Our family structure seemed to unravel with the deaths of our matriarchs. It made me sad just the same.
  • I have had a ‘crick’ in my neck for several days. Maybe from writing or bending over the jewelry bench. Advancing age has its challenges.
  • The highlight of my week has been the stream of videos from our three year old granddaughter. She is a hoot! Every morsel of life is new and exciting to her.
  • The election. Yes, we are still talking about it. There are enough bloggers writing excellent posts about it, so I will just say Jan 20th cannot get here soon enough.
  • So, with that, I close wishing a happy and healthy week for all of us – no matter the challenges.

19 thoughts on “Monday Missive – A Cautionary Tale”

  1. Christmas can still be celebrated witout stupidly expensive decorated trees. They are only a Victorian-era invention anyway. A cousin’s death is always important, no matter how distant. My condolences.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. We enjoy our tree so much, Pete. It is usually stocked with ornaments that carry a lot of great memories but it can do the same without costing so much. Thank you for the condolences. I appreciate it.

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  2. It’s such a strange time; your summary is telling. So sorry to read about the loss of your cousin. Childhood times are memories that resonate.

    I had no idea the Christmas trees were so expensive! We have a small grapevine tree with lights and garden ornaments which has sufficed for years, especially as we were almost always traveling over winter break, back in the years we were working (and on an academic schedule). Also being far away from family (and with divorced parents), we never had a family tradition of getting together at Thanksgiving until recently, when my brother and sister-in-law started gathering extended family at large vacation house settings here in the East (they live in LA, but their extended families were on the East Coast).

    I will be cooking a small turkey, as Tim loves turkey, but it will turn into a number of meals, that’s for sure!

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    1. Christmas will be different this year as will Thanksgiving, but we are satisfied to celebrate from a distance. We will have a tree, but I am not sure we will trek all the way to Waynesville to get it.


  3. So well stated to the heart of what we are all feeling.
    So sorry about your cousin passing. Hold on to the memories that made you all so happy.
    Isn’t it amazing how our bodies respond when we do things we love? Reality hits too hard!! I had to stop doing my needlework and I have so many beautiful hand painted canvases just sitting there taunting me. Not fair!!
    Lastly, those videos of our granddaughter have also sustained me this week. It’s really hard to be apart and miss so much. At least we have these to bring smiles to our faces. Distant hugs to you both for Thanksgiving.

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  4. My grandchildren live next door and though we can’t be with them as usual, we do enjoy hearing them run back and forth between our homes with their friends. All in masks, but doing just fine. I long to see Trump ridden out of town on a rail!

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