Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Eve

Never before have I 'celebrated' Thanksgiving eve.  It's always just seemed like one mad rush to get things done; you know, the bread has to be baked, pies made, the stuffing prepared, vegetables readied.  But for the last few years my eldest daughter and her husband have hosted Turkey day at their home.  While I still get to bake bread and make pies, it's a different kind of busy.  I'm not the hostess. There's nothing over which I need to stress. (Gee, sounds as though I enjoy stress, doesn't it?) 

But this year we've added a new twist.  Realizing how challenging the economy has been for all of us, and mindful of the blessings we've received, we join with our church in Mesa to observe a day-long fast today, Thanksgiving eve, to call attention to (our own and others' as well) and to focus our prayers on the number of hungry, homeless and sick among our working poor. (My personal rant this week, in light of the bitter cold weather we've experienced, has been we live in a city where dogs are fed gourmet/organic/gluten-free meals and wear coats and boots, while we have children without either food or proper clothing.  I'm now stepping off my soapbox.)  

So, we're not eating today.  Which means I'm thinking about food - a bunch.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snow! No, wait. It's ice, not snow. Yikes

Here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we experience four distinct seasons.  One or two of them is pretty.  Autumn is beautiful as leaves on the trees display colors of the harvest.  Summer, after July 4th, is generally nice - not too hot, not too cold - a Goldilocks kinda season.  Today is that rare day; it's cold to be sure (24 degrees) but the sky is clear and there's no wind.  As Mack is away on business, I have little to do today.  Ok, there is a lot I could do but I want to walk in the sunshine with my camera to see what, if anything, I can capture.  Wish me luck.  I'll let you know how it all turns out.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Opening Comments

After much consideration, some consternation and considerable stewing, I've decided to begin blogging.  Not sure what I'm attempting to accomplish; perhaps some venting, perhaps some wisdom sharing, definitely some wisdom-getting. 
Who am I?  I'm a thrice married (twice-divorced) mother of three, wife of Wonderful Husband (we'll call him Mack here).  I acquired two adult children when I married Mack.  They will, I'm sure, provide much fodder for rants...um, I mean, blog posts. 
I have three adult children and, like every parent, my kids are perfect and have never disappointed me.  Well, perhaps I have a problem with honesty, but only in this one instance, y'know?  Frankly, I think I'm  one of the few parents I know who will admit my children mess things up - almost as often as I do.  (refer to the two divorces previously mentioned.)
Initially, when I pondered walking into the blogosphere, it was because of frustration with my husband's Starter wife (ok, that was just plain mean!  They were married for half-of-forever. I apologize.  I'm certain she's a great woman.)  Many of those struggles and issues are now resolved but I feel a need to share some of what we've learned, perhaps hoping to help others find footing in the morass that can be remarriage.
As I'm a rank beginner at this, bear with me as I explore what is here, what I might offer to the blogosphere, and how I might enrich the lives of other.  Perhaps that's my mission, my service goal in life?