Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, because I believe the spirit of the holiday to be one of the greatest goals a person can strive for, to constantly be aware of one’s gifts and blessings.

As usual, I spent mine with my family. It was a bit odd this year, because this is the first Thanksgiving in my 27 years on this planet that our whole immediate family has not been present.

Nonetheless, Mom, Dad, and I set a lovely table (please forgive the lighting, the battery was dying and I didn’t have much time to futz)

With all the traditional things, turkey, cranberry sauce, green jello (with pineapple and cream cheese), stuffing, gravy, potatoes, peas, wine… and pickles. You’ll notice in the front of the first photo that there’s a bowl with olives and string beans in it. That’s a sweet, a dill, dilly beans, and olives. All but the olives I made and canned.

And we all thoroughly enjoyed the meal

Even the non-human member, Charlie (Red fronted green conure)

Unfortunately, the other non-human member of the family, “Princess” the cat, was not so happy. She’s spent the last week since arriving, hiding around the house, only coming out in the depths of night to eat and go to the bathroom. Until the last two days, when she didn’t even do that. We found her and got her out. She’s now occupying a large dog crate in the downstairs so she can get used to being near people. She put up with being held and petted for a while, so I think she’ll likely adjust. We’ll see. She’s highly unlikely to keep the name. It’s most undignified. Right now Mom’s voting for something related to stealth, I think. Given her hiding habit.

This morning, I finally had to go back to my place, back to lab to set up cultures, back to the grind. Whee! But, on a good note, this box was waiting for me.

When opened it happily exploded into this roving

This is my hopefully-sock-fiber. Superwash, 80% Merino / 10% Cashmere / 10% Nylon Oh. My. Oh my oh my. I didn’t know if the 10% would be enough to make a difference. Let me assure you it is. I hope to weigh it out into more rational sizes tomorrow for dying.

My one regret? Not having much more money to buy her completely out of this fiber. 3lbs isn’t near enough.

There was also a lovely box of two boxes of tea from a friend! Mm tea. I like tea. I’m something of a tea snob, in fact. My main sacrifice to that snobbery being the using of tea bags when I’m out, for convenience sake. I got an aged Earl Grey, and an Oolong. I think my friends have figured me out. Another friend went to San Francisco and sent me back a huge box of nothing but fancy tea.

I am a lucky lucky man. ::grins::

So, it was a good Thanksgiving, even though my brother wasn’t there. Because… this is why my bro, Matt wasn’t there…

Because in October, our whole family went for a 5 day backpacking trip in the Wild River Wilderness, and he used up his days off. He’ll only just manage time off to come back for Xmas.

You know what? We aren’t complaining. It was worth it. Despite raining almost the entire time, freezing cold, fords, falling down mountains, and ending with me making a hitchhike and seven mile run with a 27lb backpack and wet shoes and socks… it was totally worth it.

Like I said, I am a very very lucky man. I have a family that not only gets along but loves eachother deeply, is all happy, largely healthy, and can find the time and desire to get together to do amazing things.

That’s not a small thing.

And so, I’m thankful.

Even if I didn’t get almost any knitting or spinning or crochet done. Must get Matt’s hat started…

~The Gnome

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  1. Nom! Love the wine cups, and that’s a lovely dinner. You all look happy, including Charlie with his plate. Too bad your brother couldn’t make it, but it’s nice to see pix of your backpacking trip again. And more fiber! Tea! Yep, lots to be thankful for. Glad you had a good one!

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