Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Saying Good-bye to Autumn

We had Thanksgiving dinner with The Newlyweds at their home, and they served me hot cider in that adorable little bluebird cup pictured above. We had ham and turkey and all the trimmings gathered around the coffee table (because they don't have dining room furniture yet) and it was a treat to see them happily nesting in their new space. I didn't get photos of my plate -too anxious to dig in maybe?- but here's my dessert:

After we ate, The Husband and I took their fur-kid Obi:

on a walk to a nearby park:

There are several benches to sit on, including some backless ones:

My mother died on Thanksgiving Day 2 years ago, and I hosted the family gathering last year but found this year's preparations to be filled with sadness for some reason. The Newlyweds' invitation was a God-send. As we say good-bye to the fall season and dig deep into our anticipation of Christmas, I'm trying to be mindful of everything I have to be thankful for. I need to release the sadness and embrace the joy. It's just so much harder than it sounds.

Please join the goings-on at Bluebeard and Elizabeth's T Tuesday gathering. Share your drink of choice and enjoy the fellowship.


  1. That is an adorable blue bird cup. Glad to hear someone else did the Thanksgiving tasks for you. I think it is especially hard to deal with sadness related to holidays. Somehow it seems you can't mark the loss quietly by yourself but have outside things reminding you every minute. I hope you can find some peace with this and enjoy Christmas.

  2. I think we often get sad at holiday times, thinking of past times, but glad you had a break this time which cheered you up. What a pretty cup, and the dessert looks great. Have a good week, and happy T day, hugs, Valerie

  3. that is such a sweet birdie cup! How nice that Newlyweds hosted a lovely dinner for you. the dessert looks wonderful. Looks like Obi enjoyed the visit too:) Love those decorated benches-a nice bright place to rest a bit. Although Thanksgiving is a special day for gratitude and thankfulness we can't help but think of the loved ones we have lost, and especially you losing your dear mother on that day. Glad you were able to feel a bit better by spending it with your family. Happy T day!

  4. Oh, I love the bluebird cup ♥ Glad you got to visit with family and enjoy the Holiday. It's always so much harder to deal with loss at the Holidays . Sending love and big ole hug your way.

  5. That little bluebird cup is adorable. And the display of pine cones in that copper tray didn't escape my notice, either.

    I'm with Carol about losses near a holiday. Although not a holiday, my grandmother died exactly two weeks after my birthday when I was 19. I blame myself because she fixed a huge meal for me, even though she was quite sick at the time. My grandfather lasted until the day before his birthday nine months later.

    Your desert looks wonderful, and I love the serving set the newlyweds used. I suspect it is vintage, too.

    Their dog is adorable, and I suspect well loved already. Fur babies have a way of melting any heart.

    Thanks for sharing your walk to the park, your hot cider, and your dessert tray with us for T this Tuesday.

  6. Hugs, Hugs and more hugs being sent your way.
    Happy T-day

  7. I also get this sadness nearly each year ..thinking of all my beloved ones in heaven...
    Hugs to you! Don't let the feeling overwhelm you!♥
    Thank you for sharing all this!
    Happy T_day! Always great to meet you on Tuesdays!

  8. What a happy-sad post, oddly up-lifting in the December light outside my window (lack of it, more like). Those emotions balance each other so often as one gets older and I find both gain clarity from it. Loss is inevitable, and the next generation goes on, strong and hopeful as ever. Happy T-day!

  9. I'm glad you spent time (and what a wonderful time it looks) with your family! I know what you mean about thoughts of the passing of your Mum. My Dad and Mum both died on the 1st of December a few years apart..my birthday is on the 12th and it took a while to get through to the New Year without sadness. .family and grandchildren especially have helped! Chrisx

  10. Happy to know that you had a wonderful time with your dear ones. That cup is too cute.
    Hugs and Prayers to you

  11. Awww ...it is hard to release the sad and embrace the joy...but so worth doing. Big hug!

  12. I have heard that from a few people that sometimes the second year is harder for some reason. *hugs* Now that Obi could cheer anyone up. The dessert looked delicious--loved both the cups. Happy T-Day! :)

  13. well, the star of this post for me is this beautiful dog!!
    happy belated t-day and rest of the week!

  14. your holiday sounded delightful until you explained your sadness...I have yet to deal with that and know it will be difficult. I keep telling myself to treasure each moment with family, and be grateful. Your walk sounds the perfect way to work off the meal and get a fresh perspective. That really is an adorable coffee mug...happy tea day a bit late! ♥

  15. Glad you got to spend the holiday with the newlyweds. I know how hard it can be to lose a loved one near a holiday. Love the tweet mug!

  16. I'm glad you had a joyful holiday.I know how hard it is to face our memories when some celebrations come.Happy belated t-day:)