I’m a planner. And a list maker. I just can’t help it. Even when I try to be spontaneous, I plan it out and make a list of what I need to do to be spontaneous. So I finally accepted it and keep a pad of paper in the kitchen, notes on my iPhone, lists on my computer. And today is all about making lists and planning.
My mother is visiting from California for the holiday – she gets in tomorrow, and is staying with my sister until I pick her up Monday after work (I was one day short on the vacation I had left). And my brother and nephew are coming on Wednesday. I haven’t seen my brother or nephew in a really long time (12 years!) so I’m very excited. So I have to plan meals, and snacks, and desserts, and activities and make sure we have enough pillows, sheets, blankets, and all that. I need to make sure that we have things to do that everyone will like. Oh, and I need to plan how I’m going to sneak in a little work too.
I thought I’d start by planning Thanksgiving dinner – we have the typical stuff (turkey, potatoes, etc) but I thought this year I’d also try a new cranberry sauce, and new dessert, sweet potato casserole (my brother said my nephew likes sweet potato casserole but didn’t say what kind – but I hope that this is what he meant!) – I might even try a new stuffing. All of this looking at food makes me hungry – I love Thanksgiving dinner – I look forward to it for months. I grew up in a big family, so I just love big family holidays – its been just the 5 of us for a couple of years, so I’m excited that its going to be more family this year – even if it means more planning!
After I plan dinners and food, it will be time to start cleaning. But I’m hoping to get a little down time today to knit – I definitely have startitis and starting looking at making a new cowl out of some handspun laceweight. But I’ve resisted so far – but I think I may give in this afternoon and start it.
It is a beautiful day here – but so freaking cold. The picture above is our ornamental grass – this is the first year that its changed like this – last year it just looked like grass, but this year it changed to a beautiful amber color and now it looks like this. I thought it was so pretty – especially with the beautiful blue sky. I’m glad that I will be staying in today, planning, cleaning and working – but its nice to look out and see blue sky and pretty grass.
OK, off to write my lists…have a great weekend!