November 7 and I can’t think of a thing to say

Well, that’s actually not true, because I have a lot to say. Just not sure how to share it here in an, um, palatable way.

So I’m just gonna start typing and see how it goes.

My heart hurts that our country is so divided. And I’m wondering what it will take to bring us back together. I think it is going to take me. And it’s going to take you. And it is going to her. And it is going to take him. Doing what we were created to do. To encourage. To listen. To help. To love.

Does anyone actually eat candy corn? There always seems to be a shit-ton of it left after Halloween in the “clearance” section. I don’t ever see M&M’s or Kit Kats or Reece’s Peanut Butter cups in the clearance section. And Peeps…Peeps are on the clearance shelf year round. #justsayin

Does anyone else leave up some sort of stringed lights year round? Not the Christmas lights…this isn’t West Virginia, but the soft white lights? We do. On our fireplace mantle and our deck and porch. They are calming to me. And festive. And remind me of the constellations. And how teeny tiny we humans really are in the grand scheme of life. And eternity.

Wine? or beer? Or maybe a girlie drink (no judgment here.) Or maybe just a soft drink? Which do you prefer? Comment below.

I love this time of year. The weather temps and humidity go down and frankly, my hair is at it’s happiest. And if you have hair like mine (curly, prone to frizz, thick) you know exactly what I am talking about. It’s not about vanity; it’s about time and containment of all the hair.

I know that this time of year is difficult for some. And, if I allow myself to focus on it, painful for me, too. Of course, I miss the generations that are no longer here with us, and I miss them, and I still embrace and practice a lot of their traditions. It’s the ones that left us too soon. That break our hearts over and over, every day, but even more so at this time of year. That has us wondering, “what if?” That has us missing not just them, but all that they would be now.


I love Y’all.



Day After Thanksgiving Tradition.

Today, we all head West to the Christmas Tree Farm. We do this every year the day after Thanksgiving. For the first time ever, My Girl is working and not going with us. I’m trying not to think about it. I might end up balled up in the corner sucking my thumb if I dwell on it for too long.

We have a big crowd going with us this year. We have put the Manassas Cracker Barrel on notice. They told us to call them when we are 30 minutes out and they will be ready for our party of 20ish. Then we head to Amissville/Viewtown for the Tree Farm where we trump through the fields looking at trees when we all know, or at least my family knows, that The Tree is one that was just cut this week and is leaning against the side of the barn just waiting for me to call it the Best Smith Tree Ever and haul it home. Frasier Fir. About 6.5 feet tall will do me just fine. The children have accepted this. The Man, not as much. He still tries to convince me that there is a tree out there that didn’t come down off the mountain earlier in the week. Not sure when we will decorate this year as the twenty-somethings are working a lot this weekend. It is not unusual for the tree to be bare in its stand in the living room for a week even when the kids aren’t working. Sometimes, it just happens that way.

So tell me. Did everything go as planned for your Thanksgiving Day? What went amiss? Nothing catastrophic here, thankfully. I missed not seeing my mom, dad, sister and her family, however. Maybe next year we will descend upon them. *insert maniacal laughter here*

I made my first Christmas order today. I am just not enthusiastic about the gifts this year. I feel like we have so much already. I told all the kids and My Man to not get me anything and I am serious. They all looked at me, laughed and said, “Yeah. Right.” I know, I know…I am all about Gifts. It’s true. I am. Or I used to be. No, I still am. But I don’t need anything. And they don’t either. So today, I ordered a really cool thing for each of them. I really don’t even have a list for anyone this year. Truly, I’m fine…I’m not down in the least. Just wondering where we are going to put any more stuff. Honestly, for the first time ever, an item came into or house and I have no place for it. It’s not that our house is junked up and piled high with anything except books┬ábut there was no cabinet or drawer or any space to put it. I nearly had a pull-my-hair and scream-at-the-top-of-my-lungs moment. But, I didn’t. I did, however, further my resolve regarding S-T-U-F-F.

Is it status quo at your place this year regarding gifts? It’s totally cool if it is. I’m not judging one iota, I promise you. I, personally, have just gotten to a place where the stuff is consuming my time and energy and has got to be weeded out. I’m taking the rest of my family with me; they just don’t know it yet!

Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving. I will be posting some pics tomorrow from our Two-Day-Thanksgiving-Extravaganza.

Love you guys.