So, I cooked for two days straight, which I love to do, and we housed a tiny cottageful of people who camped out under loads of quilts on Wednesday night in beds and on sofas and even on the hardwood floor (kids can sleep on anything; I think their spines are made of rubber). It was a fun few days, but I have to admit that I also love hanging out tonight in the cottage with a few candles lit, the rain and waves blustering outside, the cats sleeping, a Scottish mystery (Hamish MacBeth) in the DVD player, and just the two of us, feasting on Thanksgiving leftovers. There's a reason I make enough stuffing to feed a brigade. I do love my Thanksgiving leftovers--maybe even more than the meal itself.
Yeesch, it's really storming out. The cottage is creaking; boots and slickers and umbrellas are drying by the door. I am counting my blessings, including the roof over my head, those little plastic containers full of food in my fridge, and the coats that kept us dry as we walked home from the ferry today. This is going to be a tough Christmas for many. Thankfully there are many ways to help people who need a hand this winter. Here in Maine, in addition to the incredibly important coats for kids donations, some organizations, like the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, are collecting coats for seniors. For those knitters and crocheters who, like me, tend to craft obsessively during the winter, a great way to help out is by knitting for charity. The Daily Knitter has a long list of folks for whom we can knit. Other places that need donations now more than ever are local animal shelters. Even a big bag of food or litter is a help.
If you have a favorite charity, please tell us about it in the comments section so that we can spread the word this holiday season.
Thanks so much, my friends, for your inspiration, friendship, wit, and wisdom. You make every day brighter over here in my corner of the blogging world.