Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it is back in the office for me. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Mine was up and down, but on the whole, it was good.
Eldest DD brought a friend down with her for the weekend. He is from Georgia and was unable to go home for the holidays. She has been dating him for a couple of months and did not want him to have to sit in the barracks all weekend. He seemed very nice and was helpful and he ate a lot. He spent Friday putting together Ryan’s crib and eldest DD fixed up Ryan’s room.
Ryan was fussy all weekend. I finally took him to Immediate Care on Friday afternoon. Wednesday evening he developed a cough and runny nose. The doctor at IC determined that he also has an ear infection. He would not eat, cried a lot, was just generally unhappy. Yesterday he finally began to eat food again, slept a lot, played a bit, and last night he slept through the night for the first time since Tuesday — Antibiotics are truly wonderful.
Younger DD also brought a friend over for dinner on Thursday. And we had family over — all in all dinner for 7 was served. We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole that eldest DD made, cranberry salad, broccoli salad, a relish tray with fresh veggies pickles and olives, green bean casserole, rolls, and three kinds of pie — apple, cheese, and pumpkin. There was definitely enough food to feed a small army.
Thursday evening I
escaped drove over to the home of some friends bearing assorted slices of pie and ate pie, drank peppermint coffee and watched The Polar Express.
Friday evening I made turkey enchiladas with leftover turkey — one of eldest DD’s favorites — black beans and brown rice mixed with salsa, and corn for dinner. The young people ate and then went off to various places. The baby went to bed and I curled up on the couch with a DVD and my knitting. I watched an interesting film that I found at the local library — The Winter Guest. It starred Emma Thompson and her real life mother Phyllida Law. I enjoyed it. I also tried to watch Nashville, a Robert Altman film, but I just couldn’t get into it. Perhaps another time.
Saturday morning eldest DD woke up with a sore throat and after I baked orange muffins and packed up food for her to take back to Ft. Riley with her, she and her friend left. Younger DD works in a Christian bookstore, and she worked most of the weekend and will not have much time off until after the holidays. So it was me and baby Ryan all day. I tried to get some cleaning done in between his fussing and sleeping. I started knitting a pair of socks. I finished reading An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. If you have not read it, it is truly enlightening as to environmental issues. I would encourage you to read it — it doesn’t matter whether you like Al Gore or not —
Yesterday I had the Sunday off from praise team, the baby was still cranky and younger DD and I had not spent much time together, so we skipped church and had a lovely day reading the newspaper and drinking coffee, working on Christmas gift and to do lists, putting up the tree and various decorations, eating turkey and noodles over mashed potatoes, reading recipes — just a nice quiet day. Ryan slept off and on and finally started regaining his appetite.
My knitting for the holiday weekend consisted of 9 repeats done on the little leaf lace scarf, finished the alpaca boucle scarf and fringed it, and turned the heel on the first of a pair of socks.
It’s been awhile since I updated, so you did not know that the Devan sweater has been finished and worn by the recipient, Kenan. It is a little big — so he will be able to wear it next year also. I took a photo of it and will try to post it later. I’m not very good at figuring out the photo stuff online, but I will try again.