We have lived so far away from most of our family for so long, that we are out of practice at spending it with anyone but ourselves! Usually, I cook up a feast, and whatever is left over, Kendall’s buddies would polish off in no time over the duration of the weekend. This year we have neither Kendall nor his buddies, and I will not be cooking anything that resembles a feast.

Instead, we will be headed up to Midland to spend Thanksgiving with both Gaylon’s family, and mine. Of course, it’s not quite going as planned, but that is to be expected, right? Let me explain. My sister-in-law called me a few weeks ago to see if we would be interested in coming up to Midland to spend Thanksgiving there, because Granny Lucille is in poor health, and she thought (and I totally agreed) that it would be nice to gather everyone together to spend time with Granny. The only caveat was that if Granny didn’t feel up to coming to Midland, we might have to move the dinner to Post, where she lives.  Besides, with Faith’s asthma, going to Post would not be a healthy proposition, anyway.  In Post, they all (and I do mean ALL) smoke in the house, and it gets really unbearable.

I was very pleased with the idea of going to Midland, because my Great Aunt Bobbie is there, as well and her health is much worse than Gaylon’s grandmother’s, so any chance to see her is a treat. I called my cousin, and she agreed that we could stay with her. At some point, we would all get together with Aunt Bobbie. Everything was all worked out. Not!

My sister-in-law called a couple of nights ago to let us know that Granny’s son’s side of the family had also planned a big Thanksgiving get-together with her, in Post. Their “people” had not talked to our “people”, and so nobody knew what anyone else was doing. My SIL proposed that we just have Thanksgiving earlier in the day, in Midland, then anyone who wanted to drive to Post to see Granny after the meal, could. Well, we love Granny, but after driving 6 hours to Midland, we are not real interested in driving another hour and a half to Post to endure all that smoke!  (Okay, I confess, I am not interested in ever driving to Post, but that’s not really the point I’m trying to make here!) So, we elected to just have our side of the family meet in Midland, sans Granny. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Now, here is the ironic part: we then discovered that Aunt Bobbie will not be in town! She will actually be here in Austin, with her son’s in-laws!! But the good news is that we will be having Thanksgiving again on Friday at my cousin’s oldest son’s home, and my brother will be coming in for that with his family. So, I am very excited about getting to see all of them! Abby and I are especially looking forward to getting our hands on my brand new great-niece, Trinity!!!  The only downside to all of this is that Kendall and Lishi will be in North Carolina, and Alex is having to work, so he and Mom will be staying home. But I think everyone will have a good time where they’re at, anyway.

So, that’s Thanksgiving with the Family.  Never a dull moment, I guess!  At any rate, I’ve got some Pumpkin Cheesecakes to bake, and then some Pumpkin Pies.  I pray everyone has a blessed and safe Thanksgiving!!

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