Outside my window- First snow today! It was a nice, well-behaved snow- cold enough to be all pretty and white but not cold enough to make the roads hazardous so we could still get to Mass. Kateri bounced up and down with excitement much of the day and made snowmen with her sisters. A perfect snow day.
I'm hearing- Patrick Ball playing harp. Nice quiet music for night time.
I'm wearing- Wool sweater and skirt, boots, scarf. The standard cold weather garb.
So thankful for- The holiday of Thanksgiving! It's so nice to have this little break before entering into Advent. We sat around last night playing Bananagrams into the late night hours, relaxing and laughing together like lunatics as we are wont to do whilst playing games together in the late night hours. It is good to be on break. Eliza is so excited about the holiday and all of the Thanksgiving Food. This evening at Mass she leaned over to show me what she found in her missal, her face beaming her special so-pleased-with-herself smile. She was pointing to the Te Deum, clearly labeled 'Hymn of Thanksgiving.' I'll have to remember that tomorrow.
I am reading - A lovely old hardback copy of St. Alphonsus Liguori's The Glories of Mary just arrived, so I'm digging into that. We previously had just an excerpt of it.
Note: I've been trying to keep the book lists in the sidebars up to date, so if you're interested in what we're 'Reading Right Now' you can look over there. I'm also attempting to keep a list of some of the music we listen to every day.
From the kitchen- I have three loaves of Leila's Stuffed Braided Bread of Specialness (and a pan of Swirly Rolls of Specialness) rising at this very moment. I found her methods so intriguing and her bread so delicious looking that I had to try it right out. Using what she calls the 'autolyse' you basically mix your dough very little, keeping it very slack and handling it very gently. Since our mixer has been out of commission for months (Josiah fixed it so many times we lost track, and then finally gave up on the thing) I was delighted to see how you can make good bread with very little mixing/kneading. One more reason to love Auntie Leila! Hooray!
We've also been munching on Jam Tarts. Kateri and I made them last evening and we've been enjoying them with ever so many pots of tea today.
We will do all of our cooking and baking for our Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. We don't have any family nearby for visiting, so it's always just us. We will spend the day cooking together and then enjoy our meal together.
Thinking about -Speaking of Leila, I naturally thought of her and her book when I came across this in the St. Alphonsus: Let us not think it too much to visit our Queen every day in some church or chapel, or even in our own house, where for this purpose it would be well to have in a retired part a little oratory, with her image, which should be kept decorated with drapery, flowers, tapers, or lamps; and before it we should also recite her litany, the rosary, etc. Such a happy thought, that a Little Oratory is recommended by St. Alphonsus.
Living the Liturgical Year - The Church's year is drawing to a close; a new liturgical year begins in just a few days with the season of Advent. People always speak of making New Year's resolutions, but it seems more fitting to take on spiritual resolutions at the time of our new Church year. I liked what Leila had to say about devoting ourselves more intentionally to goodness and virtue.
We are creating - Lydia has just completed a Major Project. Details and announcement coming soon! So excited! In her newfound leisure she has been working on stocking The Fig and Thimble.
I am planning - To go eat one more swirly raisin roll (they're done now!)...
A picture thought- (see above)
A Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and yours! Hope your day is wonderful! Good night!