Hell of a Guy

Thanksgiving Aftermath…

11/25/2007

Here it is three days past Thanksgiving.  All of our wonderful guests have departed, the house is back together; bed clothes washed and beds remade for the next overnighters, the furniture moved back to its original places, carpets vacuumed and about a ton and half of refuse ready for pickup, but not until next Wednesday.  It took The Nancy and me about an hour to rid the house of all evidence there had been twenty-three people tramping through it.  The house became eerily silent after the last of our guests departed yesterday morning and the cat came out of hiding.  I am missing the activity, but it’s nice to see the cat again.

Our dinner went very well – we have this almost to a science these days.  Well, almost a science.  The Nancy did let me know I did not prepare enough mashed potatoes for our guests.  Allow me to qualify this: the judgment was made by her after all our visitors had been served and she was letting me know there would be no leftover tators – and that’s how she determined not enough potatoes were mashed.  We did manage to fill the fridge with a myriad of other unconsumed side dishes – leftovers!  We have sweet potatoes, carrots, Alton Brown’s green bean casserole, three kinds of dressing, gravy, ham and just a little turkey (I planned the turkey right on the number, but The Nancy thinks I should have made more).  We also had a bunch of desserts left, those we couldn’t send home with anyone, and some fudge and another homemade candy.  I’ll take care of the sweets.  Most of this stuff will sit in our refrigerator until we toss it sometime early next week (before the trash dude comes) or after it turns green and moldy.  We have decided to eat out for the next few days.

Thanksgiving heralds the upcoming Holiday Season (aka Christmas Season for us professionals).  This begins the time of year when folks in this country get into the spirit of giving.  Personally, outside of springtime, this is my favorite time of the year.  People get nicer, kinder and gentler.  It seems inappropriate to flip anyone off in December, no matter how much they might deserve the gesture – even though it may be offered in the “spirit of giving.”

Today is Sunday and it is a perfect day here in Beautiful Downtown Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (aka Town of Bath), population 711.  Soon the village will be bustling with Christmas shoppers and adorned in Season decorations.  Many of the houses in the village and around the county are already lighting up at night dressed in multi-colored lights and Christmas décor, and some will just turn on those they never took down from last year.  Thanksgiving 2007 is behind us now with Christmas and the first day of 2008 is just a little over a month away.  Where did the year go?

I am thankful for so many things this day.  I don’t think there is enough space here for the entire list.  So just know this Hell of a Guy thanks you for being a part of his life.  Today for me is just an opportunity to spend another day in paradise.  Shucks, if I were any better, I’d have to be twins. 

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
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