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Lesson 1163 – Thanksgiving – It still came

We were one of the families in the northeast that spent Thanksgiving without power.

The day before Thanksgiving a heavy snow fell surprising us all. I mean we all knew that snow was in the forecast, but few of us knew that within an hour of its starting, the driving could be difficult and the trees would be covered in white. It was the kind of snow that sticks to everything. It was the kind of snow that took down trees and limbs. In our cozy house, everything was all set for the next day’s celebration, cakes and breads were cooling, the turkey was defrosted and ready to be stuffed, and the yams were set aside, ready to be baked. We had just settled down to watch “The Homecoming” (the one with the Waltons) when the house went dark.

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Losing electricity is really not that unusual for where we live. We have wires that run through the trees and even with yearly summer pruning, the town still can’t keep up with the growth. It’s hardly noteworthy when we lose our electricity, yawn, it will usually be back on soon. We found our various flashlights (note to self, collect all flashlights, check the batteries and put them in a central location) and then lit candles.

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For a few hours we read and talked by candlelight, but without TV or computer to stimulate our brains, guess what happened? We all got tired and were all asleep by 9:00 p.m. certain that we’d have power the next morning.

We didn’t.

And then we didn’t have power by Thanksgiving afternoon.

Fortunately some of the local grocery stores were open and Marc went out to get some supplies. Thanksgiving dinner for us was turkey sandwiches, cranberry sauce, nuts, and chips. It was a meal different from what had been planned but it was a meal we were grateful for just the same.

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Sure we didn’t have power, but our entire family was home and safe.

Then a funny thing happened. Instead of retreating to individual rooms to get on the internet with friends, or to go watch TV, games were pulled out, books were read and conversations were held. It was our own Homecoming, where we rediscovered our sense of family once again.

Our power returned on Friday afternoon, but here in New Hampshire, even though we didn’t have roast turkey with the trimmings, and even though we didn’t have any electricity, Thanksgiving came, it came just the same.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1162 – No Children’s Blizzard here

Snow. It’s coming, and yeah, I know that I shouldn’t complain (condolences to Buffalo), but still.

This weekend, we got out our mittens, hats, scarves, and winter coats. My kids think I’m jumping the gun and blame a book I read years ago called The Children’s Blizzard (because of that book my kids CAN NOT leave the house in the winter without mittens or a pair of gloves.)

But it’s more like I saw this in Vermont when I went to pick up my son at Norwich on Friday. Yes, I know Vermont is to the north of us and that his school is situated between mountains. Continue reading

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Lesson 869 – Time of reflection

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Fall has defiantly arrived, heralded by dusky nights arriving far too quickly and the proverbial frost forming on the morning pumpkins, crystallizing the windshields of cars.

It’s a time to sort things out, to make the transition from being outdoors to the confined protectiveness of the house. Yards need to be picked up in preparation for raking, glass tables at which we shared all summer meals and discussions of the progress of pine cones that look like bananas from a distance will soon need to be moved in an effort to save them from the weight of winter snows. Blankets along with substantial recipes will be located as we prepare to feather our nests for the coming cold months. Continue reading

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