The first holidays in Grandma’s house in over forty years!

Dec 11 2015
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Sadly, I actually don’t have any memories of having any holidays in this house. By the time I came around my aunt had taken over Thanksgiving and my mom had taken over Christmas. So, when I made a turkey and put on a spread for Thanksgiving it felt like so much more then just the first Thanksgiving for us in our new house. Instead, it felt like we were finally bringing the holidays back home after over forty years of their absence. The smell of turkey filled the house while I did what I love most: puttering around the kitchen, making food for the people I love. Mom made the dressing (to die for) and her signature sweetheart salad. I folded mashed sweet potatoes into the regular mashed potatoes and made creamy turkey gravy. It was absolutely wonderful.

UPDATE: December 15th, 2017. Joe and I are now divorced. I will not be deleting blog posts like this one as it is still a diary to some extent of my past and that still matters to me. I wish I had been more honest about how things were going to you guys here on the blog… I thought things would get better. There was always something: once this happens then he won’t be so angry… But, eventually, he ran out of excuses and I had to face my reality that I was wrong about Joe in every way possible. Grandma’s house is completely mine so now it can actually become what I dreamed it would be on all those late nights alone when I was renovating it. Happiness does not always come the way we expect it to (sometimes it even takes a broken heart to get us there) but I still believe in happy endings!

A full on snow storm and the first holidays celebrated in my Grandma's house in over forty years!

Afterward, with the family gone home Joe and Diesel did what they usually do after a big holiday meal, they cuddled and fell asleep together on the floor while I curled up with a glass of one and a blanket. It was Heaven. Not long after that we had our first real snow fall of the year. Up here in northern MN we all know its coming and no, I don’t think many of us really look forward to the snow and the cold, mostly because we know that once its here its probably going to be here for a good three months. Amazingly though, we have had highs in the forties lately! Crazy, awesome, beautiful, I already decided to pretend it is March and no one can tell me any different. Taking advantage of all this beautiful weather I tackled this week’s project and built our screen door for our wood closet under the stairs. Once installed I looked on excitedly and then tried to open the door, and it only opened about a foot, hitting the cabinet beside it *facepalm* ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!! So, I dismantled the cabinet and Joe got involved. We both were reaching for the reciprocating saw when Joe mentioned that the chainsaw had a new sharp blade on it. “Okay, just go get it.”

A full on snow storm and the first holidays celebrated in my Grandma's house in over forty years!

Seriously though why use a reciprocating saw when you could use a chain saw so much easier? I hate it when shit like that happens. I know, I know, it happens to everyone, but, still, I should have seen it coming or something! Oh well, we got it all fixed, touched up etc. and I finally got my door under the stairs and the kitchen is just about finished! Diesel has been bouncing around excitedly during this amazingly warm winter weather that we’re having. His opinion of snow is moot. He doesn’t like to get his feet wet, he hates it when its raining and he is NOT a cold weather dog even if I put a jacket on him.

A full on snow storm and the first holidays celebrated in my Grandma's house in over forty years!

We have four Christmases to look forward to and I know we’re going to be waddling/sloshing around by the time Sunday night gets here. It starts with Joe’s family on Xmas eve, then half of my family Xmas day, then the other half of my family is coming over here (with my cooking the meal and the turkey) on Saturday and then my extended family is having Xmas on Sunday. I think I’ll just put my scale in the closet for now and find something stretchy to wear – Diesel wholeheartedly agrees with me.

A full on snow storm and the first holidays celebrated in my Grandma's house in over forty years!

Looking forward to sharing an Xmas present I just finished building for my mom once I can finally give it to her! Otherwise she’ll see it here on the blog first lol! So, that tutorial will have to wait until after Christmas. I’m still working on building and finishing the eight thousand more closet doors that this house needs, ugh I am so so so sick of painting. This Saturday Joe and I are planning on finally hanging our barn door upstairs for our master bathroom and that is something I am very excited about showing you guys!

Happy holidays in every way everybody!

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