Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Thanksgiving Day Project

Three piles of leaves, all piled up pretty. There didn't seem to be any sense in raking the lawn more than once, so we just let it all fall before we started. These leaves are in a compost pile now. Most of them. Some of them I just raked into the woods. :)
Andy and Mindy and the boys are in Utah for Thanksgiving, but all of the other West siblings and their parents are in Chester. The project for the day was to fill the woodshed - and it's all done. It was a good job for the day - everybody helped, everybody who wanted to got to drive the tractor, and we have almost 2 cords of wood tucked away in our shed. We also extended the front of the shed by two feet for more protection from the elements. Bring on the snow!
The work crew, with the full woodshed behind us. It is a good feeling to have the winter's heat all set aside and prepared.
So... I don't know why Chris looks so ridiculous, but here was our table for Thanksgiving. We borrowed two long tables from some friends, added a sheet of melamine to the middle, and ended up with a table nearly 8' square. It left lots of room for a great centerpiece, and plenty of food to make the rounds as well. A lovely meal, and we certainly have a lot to be thankful for. I mean... for which to be thankful.
We will not be together for Christmas this year, so... in the spirit of family togetherness, we held a vote, put on some Christmas tunes, cut a tree, and we all opened one present from each other. It made for a wonderful day and a good memory. And we all promised not to feel bummed if our presents feel small this year on the real Christmas day.


OUR CLAN said...

Looks like you guys had a wonderful day!! We really enjoyed having Andy and Mindy come and share Thanksgiving with us. I sure hope that you don't regret the "bring it on" comment. Now you will probably get a ton of snow!!

Kelly Tillotson said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I will be looking fondly at your beautiful snowy new england photos in these up coming months while we're still in the 60s and 70s here in TX :/ I dont think I'll ever get used to this warm climate!
Hope all is well!!
-The Tillotsons

Vasicek said...

Thanks for sharing, Chris and Karen. I hope you stay warm this winter!