I'm afraid my Thanksgiving was a bit on the grumpy side. Mom says you couldn't tell -that my "grumpy" presented as calm in the midst of chaos. Well, I'm glad I had everyone fooled!
We spent a couple of days cleaning house. If you don't stay on top of it, it can degenerate pretty quickly when you have kid, two dogs and four cats - one of which sheds hair profusely. I got the livingroom all clean on Wednesday, and when I went down on Thursday it was covered in hair again! Perhaps if I shaved her...
I was the first one up, pulled the turkey out and got it all cleaned and ready to be done by Darling Man. Then I cleaned some more. The diningroom was left for last since it was the easiest - then I got it ready for people by putting the leaf in the table, dragging out the card table and setting both. I don't really believe much in centerpieces.
Everyone showed up, visited and ate. And I kind of felt like I missed it. I was busy doing stuff in the kitchen while they visited, and clearing plates and putting them into the dishwasher, and during the meal, the guys did almost all of the talking. My family is loud. And I have discovered recently that my hearing is going the way of my grandfather's... if there's more than one voice going at a time, I can't understand anything that's being said. It's just a wall of noise. So I had a wall of noise (loud noise) that I couldn't respond to because I had no idea what was being said.
Yeah. That made me a little grumpy. That and the darned hot flashes that decided to show up in the middle of dinner. I had to go out on the back porch to cool off (and regroup). It was warm and muggy, but cool under the fans. The dogs kept me quiet company and after a while, much more composed me went back to rejoin the party.
Jerry left right after dinner. He had two more dinners to go to! Heck, if I'd known that, I would have scaled back on the potatoes (there are now three containers of the stuff in the fridge). Kurt, Patty and Kylee left not long after. K & P had worked the night shifts the day before (hospital and Michael's) and they were exhausted. Mom and Dad stuck around a bit, toddling off to home and recliners around 7, leaving Andy behind. That was really nice. I got to talk to him a little without all the others around. I don't see him nearly enough and usually there are so many people that an actual conversation is hard to come by. He left a while later to go see a movie - and it was back to me and my guys at a relatively early hour. Which was very nice. We were tired and retired not long after everyone left!
I need to organize things a bit differently next time, I think. I was very happy to have everyone here but was too tired to really enjoy it.