Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happiness

I am *so excited* for Thanksgiving! I just love all the cooking and prepping and setting out all those lovely dishes on the table. It's funny how it takes me ALL DAY to cook everything (in fact, I've done *some* of the cooking and prep today!) but it takes my teenagers about 10 minutes to eat and be gone. They are all about the mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and homemade butter. And turkey legs... everyone always used to fight and gripe over the turkey legs. But see, I got a smaller turkey this year and FIVE extra turkey legs to roast with it, so everyone's gonna be happy.

I've been making an effort to eat more local, fresh, organic foods. My local Farmer's Market makes that pretty easy in the summer and fall, but once it closes it is harder to find many things locally. I recently found a local grocery store that stocks a lot of local stuff. And I searched online to find fresh, local, free-range/grass fed beef and poultry. It's not that much more expensive when you don't eat a lot of meat: 4 bucks for a pound of extra lean grass-fed, fresh local beef is not bad! I only use about a pound a week (or less) since I make a lot of meatless dinners. I was shocked at the price of local free-range turkeys though... think $80+ for a small turkey!!! So I resigned myself to the cheap grocery store kind. Imagine my absolute delight when I found fresh, organic, free-range turkeys on the shelf at the store yesterday for under $2 a pound! Plus, I had a coupon, so I ended up with a nice 12-pound bird for only $15. Can't beat that! I can't wait to taste this bird!

I am thankful for my children. I love them all dearly. You never know what the coming year will bring and whether your loved ones will be at your Thanksgiving table again next year, so take the time to really relish having them there with you. Tell them you love them. Hug them. Enjoy every moment.

Power, strength, peace, and calm. It's all important, it all has to be there. I am slowly creating a vision of the life I want to have, the person I want to be. I am taking steps every day to get closer and closer to ALL of my goals. Thank you for coming along for the ride :) And Happy Thanksgiving!

19 comments:

Pubsgal said...

Just piping up to wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving! It sounds like you've got a nice one planned for you and your family. :-)

Kylie said...

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, but I think taking time to be thankful for what you have is a beautiful idea.

Thank you for your honesty in your blog. And yesterdays post spoke to me in ways that surprised me.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day with your family.

xox

Anonymous said...

Joyous Holidays to you!
You have indeed made some powerful choices for yourself and your family!
I'm grateful for your insights and courage as you share your journey!

Marie

Chubby Chick said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lyn! :)

Candace said...

Happy Thanksgiving-sound like a good time with all the cooking and fun. Really love reading your blog :)

Jeanne said...

All of my kids are home tonight and they are baking and playing wii and laughing and carrying on....it's awesome.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

((hugs))
Jeanne

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! :)

spunkysuzi said...

Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!!

Margie M. said...

Lyn,it looks like you've done a lot of great planning for this holiday meal. Please enjoy the day and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Vickie said...

happy thanksgiving to you too!

Shelley said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lyn - hope you have a wonderful day with your family!

Losing 100 said...

Have a great Thanksgiving! I love the way you are finding all the local grown produce. Thats awesome!

screwdestiny said...

Thank YOU for being such an inspiring person and a great writer. Happy Thanksgiving!

Hanlie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lyn! You are a blessing to us all!

Krista said...

We have the same issue at my place with the legs of poultry! My son calls it "chicken with the bone". Thankfully I only have 2 kids so there's no fighting over it!!!

Have a wonderful Thankgiving, Lynn!!!

Tammi (Hayne's Her Weigh) said...

Have a wonderful day with your family. Good for you in sourcing out local and organic foods!

emmabovary said...

You make your own butter? I'm VERY impressed!

alcush said...

Wow! You are me. Thank you for your honesty.

Karen In Tennessee said...

Lyn,
You have been so generous with all of us readers...sharing so much of yourself with us, encouraging us, and letting us know we are not alone. You deserve the happiest holidays. I am too late for Thanksgiving but I wish you peace and joy for the coming holidays and a 2010 filled with all the things you deserve.
Thank YOU for all the help you have given US!!!