It was the joy that did it.
It was warm that Thanksgiving and I distinctly remember people talking about sitting outside- just like the pilgrims. Blessings fell down on her head that day, her first day, from all her many admirers.
This birthday, quite unlike her first, blessings fall from snowflakes instead of mouths but they cover her nonetheless.
No school on birthdays in this household! Adele' is spending her day with her new doll from Grandma and Grandpa and counting down the minutes until Papa comes home and she gets her presents from us and gets to eat cake. And biscuits and gravy. And STRAWBERRIES ON THE SIDE. (Her birthday wish.)
As for me, I am making a quadruple batch of cinnamon and vanilla bean ice cream to bring with us to the Thanksgiving festivities, among other things. I made a batch last week and about died of goodness. I immediately thought how amazing it would be cozied up to a piece of pumpkin pie on a dish and new it was just the thing I ought to bring. (A good way to use up the ever present supply of jersey milk around here too!)
My fingers smell like vanilla and the kitchen smells of cinnamon while the snow blankets the earth outside our windows.
A good way to spend a birthday, methinks.
Cake decorating is next on the docket.
As for the yarn along~ I finished a vanilla version of the calm cowl a few weeks ago using the very last of the lamb hat and snowdrop neckwarmer. I'll be sad to have that luxurious yarn all used up. It was lovely to work with. I didn't make it as large as the pattern suggested because I had only remnants left to work with- so it is missing some bulk...but I like it anyway. I have a few scarves on the needles and hook this week- two men in my life (both in their 90's) need a bit of warmth from me this year and I am hoping to deliver.
I've been reading plenty of stories to children but haven't had the opportunity to read any books for myself this week. I got a good one from the library though- that I hope to crack open soon. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a World War II historical novel recommended by a lady in my knitting group. I love reading about that era, so I look forward to the time when I can crack that book open- whenever that time happens.
Hope you all are warm and snug today! And a happy, happy Thanksgiving to you all!