I am not hosting my large family for Thanksgiving dinner this year and I am grateful.
Grateful to relax, drink coffee, watch the parade and eat cinnamon rolls. The parade – which I’ve been too busy in the kitchen to watch for the last several years – and the cinnamon rolls are Thanksgiving traditions.
Grateful that I only have to bake my sweet potato rolls – made the dough yesterday – and roast a turkey breast – just in case.
Just in case because my 86 year old mother is a spaz. (No offense, mom.) And after 65 adult years of preparing, planning and eating Thanksgiving dinner she still worries that there won’t be enough.
As a result there is always waay too much.
We’ll call that another Thanksgiving tradition. And I’ll be grateful for the abundance. And for my mom – who is baking pies, making stuffing and roasting yet another extra (8 pound) breast in her own kitchen this morning. God love her.
In addition to the 26 pound bird my sister, the hostess, is roasting.
Like I said, abundance.
But the thing for which I am giving the most thanks this morning is the good report the beagle and I received.
I took her to the oncologist yesterday afternoon for an acupuncture treatment and a six week follow-up x-ray.
After the x-ray the doc came in with Good News: The tumor has not grown! It is exactly the same size.
That’s a good start. Praying her next x-ray, in 3 months, shows shrinkage.
Considering she was only given 1 – 2 months to live 6 weeks ago, I’m grateful for the hope a 3-month follow-up appointment gives.
Hug your beagle and have a very Happy Thanksgiving all you Americans.
And just a plain great day everyone else.