My father-in-law, who passed away last week. We had one of those sad/happy weeks last week: good memories to talk about, good times seeing lots of people we don't see very much of, but also certainly some sadness for what won't be anymore. Just the way life is.
Some plans for this week
Working on that Thanksgiving plan. Some more Christmas planning and getting going on some early shopping (I hope). We do not shop on Black Friday though - I just can't bring myself to do it, unless it's online. Planning and making our own Thanksgiving feast at home, two days after Thanksgiving. Putting up the first Christmas decorations the first Sunday of Advent...this coming Sunday! And hopefully kicking the terrible colds most of us developed over the weekend.
We are on break this week, but I plan on finishing up A Murder for Her Majesty, because we are so close to done. Rose and I need to finish rowing Cranberry Thanksgiving and reading through If You Were at the First Thanksgiving. Other than that, I plan to catch up on some correcting and read my copy of Evaluating Writing .
Out of doors
The temperatures look like they will be all over the place this week. The leaves are finally off just about all of the trees, and I think we may be officially done with leaf blowing and raking for the year. It is certainly not perfect, but in a few weeks the snow will probably cover it all, so it's good enough!
In the kitchen lately
Not much went on in the kitchen last week, and I missed our normal routine. I find so much comfort in routine lately...things like cooking dinner, tidying up, and even cleaning start to look so good and normal after several days of things being topsy-turvy.
Watching, reading, crafting
I am reading The Night Sister, a suspenseful read just right for being sick! I have also been reading lots of Christmas magazines while I sit on the couch. While I certainly would not choose to be sick, there is something nice about having that excuse to just sit for hours on end without any guilt. I have been doing a lot of knitting too, and some cross-stitch. And I have discovered Pinterest (I know, I am slow), and I really, really love it. I could spend hours on there, so I have to limit myself. With the kids, we watched A LEGO Brickumentary, which my boys especially loved - they are huge Lego fans. Without the kids, we watched The Theory of Everything, which I definitely recommend.
Hope you have a wonderful week!