Day 319: Authenticity @ work

thankscard2I’m doing the last of my Autumn/Thanksgiving cards. I have my eye on some stamps and stuff for next year 🙂 Thanksgiving preparations are almost complete. My menu is done and I’ll be picking up everything I can in the coming week. I want the day to be a pleasant and memorable one for the whole family, so I am really trying to include dishes that are each person’s favorites. I think that in the past I was so focused on recreating the meal I grew up with that it was not necessarily the best one for my family. The goal this year is not perfection, but a happy moment that everyone can treasure. Then it will be time to get ready for Christmas.

Day 314: Thankful, Authentic and Resolute.

wpid-20141110_090822.jpgMost days I wake up thankful for all of the great things in my life (especially the fact that I have a life). Lately, though, I have been feeling really driven to get things done above and beyond my normal to do list and that is saying something. I haven’t felt this motivated since I was expecting Miss A. I bricked and planted the flowerbed in the front of the house, painted most of the interior of the house, and did a lot of other things to get ready for her arrival (which might explain her personality – she is a little whirlwindy at times). Maybe I have a new sense of urgency because these recent losses have shown me how precious my time on Earth really is. My Thanksgiving themed cards are coming along. I made this one with a piece of Taj Mahal stack paper form DCWV, some Technique Tuesday Autumn stamps and a few other things I had in my stash. I have never given out Thanksgiving cards before. Are they a new thing? I don’t remember them growing up. My folks just invited people over, and we’d have a whole lot of visitors throughout the day.