Friday, November 26, 2010

AED Month, Days 25 and 26

Day 25.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful crazy day yesterday with friends and so much fabulous food. Here are the apple pies I brought. The apples are from our trees, harvested, cored, peeled, sliced, and frozen in late September. We have two apple trees, one golden delicious and one gravenstein with three other grafts: roxbury russet, blush rosette, and a red apple that was just ripening and I was going to bring in to identify. A couple of weeks ago the few red apples were stolen! Last night, as we came home from Thanksgiving dinner, we found the thieves in our side yard: a doe and fawn. We're in a pretty urban setting for deer, but close to a creek, so that must be how they get into the neighborhood.

Days 25 and 26.

This journal page took longer than I expected, partly because of drying time, and partly because we thought we had to leave earlier than anticipated for Thanksgiving dinner. So, I finished today (26th). I wanted to do a Mehndi Thanksgiving Turkey and to write things that I am grateful for on the fingers. But I found myself thinking a lot about my mom, whose birthday was 11/24. My mom was courageous in many ways, and surely did the best that she could. But I've had conflicted feelings all my life, and, even though she died 25+ years ago, I've had difficulty with forgiveness. I decided to focus on the things that I am grateful for, and dedicate this page to her. The step-stool in the middle is from a catalog, but it's exactly like the one that we had in our kitchen when I was growing up.