While there are so many things to be grateful for this time of year, full stomach, warmth, family, home, all things that seem particularly precious when the rains come and the cold winds start blowing into our shores, there is one mundane, everyday thing I'm particularly grateful to bask in: light.
With the darkening days of winter drawing close, I feel like I notice the little light there is even more; candles, fairy-lights, firelight, bedside lamps and lit-up windows...
Thanksgiving weekend has been busy around here, but there's been so much light.
We had a little winter-season opening at the shop, with our friends Kyra and Lindsey selling countless pots their Sealeaf Tea. We're hoping these girls start selling these and other awesome blends soon, for tea-lovers at home, but in the meantime I hope there will be plenty of events for them to ply their trade. Nothing warms you up like a cup of herbal tea on a cold night.
The shop was all pretty and decked out and lit up and friends and visitors dropped by to check out goods and sample teas.
For forty years now, our community has held a Thanksgiving Celebration that anyone and everyone can come to at the old Grange Hall. Part of the fun is you never know who all is going to be there and who you're going to end up sitting with, which is quite different from a traditional family celebration.
This year C. and I were "The Turkeys", who's job it is to set up the hall, roast a turkey and do all the little jobs that need to get done for a successful party.
Sixty something folks showed up, shared gratitude and ate a delicious potluck meal in the rosemary-scented hall. Even our first attempt at a turkey turned out a success, not that I had anything to do with it.
One craft fair and a house that looks like someone detonated a bomb in it later, I'm happy to get back to normal for a little while, light some candles and eat left-over pumpkin pie.
How was your holiday?
ps. I'm sorry I haven't had time to visit with you all, as soon as I recovered from being sick it was time to start preparing for this three day extravaganza, but I loo forward to all the lovely posts I know are waiting for me.