Well it is official, in our neck of the woods at least, winter has descended — inches and inches of it, covering everything in thick fluffy white. In the last decade, a storm as I described last weekend would’ve been followed by a more “autumnal” warming trend for a week or so, culminating in a “brown Thanksgiving”, and it wouldn’t be until mid December that we got got serious winter. Well this year, we are entering a second week of below freezing, snowy, blowy, tree-coating, street-slopping, wear-all-your-winter-layers-and-accessories days, instead. Whoa.
We had a yummy, cozy Thanksgiving dinner with our closest neighbors. We didn’t have to drive but the travel conditions were still harrowing. This was the first year ever in my lifetime that Thanksgiving did not coincide with a pumpkin pie, but with salty carmel butter cream iced chocolate cake with an apricot jam layer in the middle, instead. Whoooa.
Since that delicious evening, Natalie and I with girls in tow have spent almost every waking hour at our nearly finished home remodel. Until this weekend, all the work has been done by our amazing crew, and we been refugeed around the corner. But all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Natalie and I painted kitchen cabinets while the girls played and watched movies together in what will soon be our dining room. And just for kicks, we even did a whole extra layer on all of the cabinets and drawers of the wrong kind of paint. Whoa-oh.
At one point, Xideka asked me as I sanded and buffed primer, “Papa, is that fun?” And I flashed on that scene where Tom Sawyer tricks Ben Rogers into whitewashing the fence for him by acting like it’s fun to do. And then I said, “Well yes, actually. I happen to be the kind of person that looks for ‘the fun’ in whatever I am doing. So yes I do think this is fun.” She stood there for a moment, clearly thinking that I was going to say something else. Then she went back to her game with Echo.
So we’ve been busy winter beavers in the truest since, but happily so. We are so thankful for the work that has been done on our beautiful home, and thankful also for the opportunity to make enduring contributions to that beauty. We are thankful as well for our amazing neighbors/friends for sharing Thanksgiving with us, as well as their home(s) and selves. And so thankful as well for the gorgeous transformation of our little town from New England Autumn calendar to Christmas on the Planet Hoth this week. And, most of all, we are so thankful for our own sweet little family — the way it organically moves and grows and stretches to accommodate the needs of the whole, and the manner(s) in which we all pull together to do that.
Of course there are whole posts more of things for which I am thankful (and Natalie as well). But these are the ones most present at this moment. And this is where we are.
And gladly so.