November 25, 2010
Today is Thanksgiving Day. It started out very warm. Last night we slept with the windows open even though we did have to close them up once the storms let loose on us in the middle of the night. The wind really picked up too. The early morning was calm but the clouds began brewing shortly after 10 am. Most of the day was spent inside the camper as it really rained cats and dogs on and off for several hours.
We purchased a pre-cooked pot roast before we left Dallas and plan to have that today along with some carrots, mashed potatoes, peas and some nice bread. Bought a bottle of wine on the way home last night and so it would seem that we are set for Thanksgiving dinner. The only thing missing is the girls. I wish they were with us.
I must admit it is so much less stressful having a holiday away than at home. Andrew and I were discussing why I seem to dread the holidays. I think he hit the nail on the head. Most families use the time to catch up with each other as they probably haven’t seen each other for months living so far away. Having a family that always lives close doesn’t provide an opportunity to catch up as you already know what each other is already up too. Conversation and company is what I think my holidays lack. It is always in a rush it seems to be somewhere else. Rush to eat the food and rush to go home, rush to visit the extended family. I think living so close make it easy for them to turn up and leave at their convenience rather to just relax and hang loose. I always like Christmas Eve gatherings rather than Christmas Day. No one is rushing to get up or rushing to get to different families all in one day. Well that is the way it used to be. Over the past couple of years even Christmas Eve has developed a rushed feeling.
The rains finally quietened down in the early afternoon but then temperatures began to drop. By dusk the temperature had dropped to around 38 or so degrees Fahrenheit. Andrew went and took a few night shots with his camera. I have tried with mine but I seem to get too much noise on the photos. All of these were taken after it was dark but one or two or them look as though it is still light out. From our campsite we can see the green lights at the other sites across the way but from here it looks like the one light that is attached to the outside of the building. However in these photos Andrew not only captured the light but also the illumination of the light on the surroundings. He is really good at capturing what is not there to the visible eye (I guess it is there we just don’t notice it) by adjusting how much light and how long the light enters the lens. I just love these photos.
As the temperatures continue to drop we turned the portable heater on but it was only able to take the bitter nip off the air. We finally settled in to watch movies tonight. Even Shyla found the air a little more brisk than her fur could handle and found a cozy spot on the couch with us trying to absorb some of the heat.