Sunday, November 28, 2010

Celebrating Thanksgiving and a birthday, too

I had the very best Thanksgiving ever. Ever! But honestly, this happens every year. My family does one thing absolutely right and that one thing is Thanksgiving.

We all love it so much that nearly everyone on my dad's side of the family shows up every year to talk too loud, eat too much, sip some wine, and simply have a terrific time. All this and no presents, too. Just a fine focus on family, celebrating new brides and babies, connecting with cousins, and remembering the others who have gone before us. My favorite part of the whole day was hanging with my Facebook friends AKA my teenaged nephews and cousins. So much fun. Here I am with two of the boys, Cameron and Avery.

This year, my aunts and I collaborated on a special project. Susie, the generous donor, asked me to whip up a design for some aprons. I found this great photo of my grandma cooking Thanksgiving dinner in 1962. Isn't she beautiful? The caption reads: Ruth's Girls - great cooks make great cooks. I created the artwork and got them printed at

All of the female family members got one. Here are my cousin Caroline and my aunts, Amy, Susie, and Christa adorned in their aprons.

Thanksgiving Day was also my beloved's birthday. To celebrate his big day, I always make Tom dark chocolate fudge like his mother used to make. I also got him the HBO's The Pacific DVDs (like every other man I know, he's obsessed with World War II) and a book about Ghoulardi, this crazy horror movie host who haunted Ohio television back in the day. Tom seemed pleased with his birthday gifts, but was mostly happy having his cute kid, Michael, join us for Thanksgiving.

Now we trudge on to Christmas. I'm making good progress on Tom's Beagle sweater. It's a very easy knit and beautiful in the Ultra Alpaca. Still, I can't wait until it's finished so I can go back to knitting my fabulous Kathy Zimmerman Early Bird Special Cardigan. I think about this project every day, but I can't do a thing about it until my Christmas knitting is finished.

Sigh... I can't believe this long four-day weekend is almost over. Tomorrow it's back to work and full steam ahead into the holidays. But I am grateful to have had a lovely Thanksgiving. I sure hope you did, too.


  1. What a happy celebration! Everyone looks like they are having a wonderful time. It's great that your family can get together and enjoy each other's company.
    Love the cookbook and aprons!
    Great pictures of you and Tom and Tom and his handsome son.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. A great family time!
    That photo of Grandmother brings back memories.
    All dressed up in the kitchen!
    The ladies wore aprons along with freshly starched blouses,stylish pumps and pearls as they baked and mashed!Thanks for the memories..the photo brought back many and I am now pulling out my set of 50's oldies to reminisce.
    Beagle is coming along swimmingly!
    Today I BO the neckline on my pullover.
    All is done but for the neckline.
    Question is...will seaming turn me off again after all this? If it does..I'm D-O-N-E with flat knitting for good.
    guess who?!

  3. What a wonderful celebration! We had a smaller but equally nice one as well. I was so pleased my son was not melancholy, its the first Thanksgiving without the girlfriend. I dare to hope he is doing better. Your grandma was lovely and looks so much like you. For a minute, I thought I was looking at you.