Well, it’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving and all 16 of the towels I washed and dried are folded and put away. The good china is back in the pantry and the good silver is in the silver chest. The good cranberry sauce is gone and so is the gravy.The boys are gone, on their way back to college for a week of classes and then exams, after which they will be home again. The Xbox One is on its way to college, too, and the clothes that were left behind after the rushed 7 a.m. departure of a certain young man to St. Lawrence University are clean and ready to be mailed tomorrow.
The house is quiet except for the occasional gurgling of the kitchen sink. The turkey carcass still takes up the bottom rack of the fridge and I’ve combined the last of the pies and other desserts onto one plate.
I know there are tons of things I COULD be doing, like shopping and wrapping and getting decorations out of the attic, but I find myself not motivated just yet to do all that. After the hustle and bustle of the past week I am content to sit by the fire and think about how lucky I was to have my children home for a week even though it’s sad when they leave again.
So, maybe tomorrow I can make my way up to the attic for the green plastic containers with the Christmas decorations. I am thankful for all of my blessings.
Santa will arrive at the Eastport Firehouse on Union Avenue on a fire truck on Sunday, December 8, at 9 a.m., and will be there until noon! Stop by and have breakfast with him. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children age five to 12. Come have your photo taken with Santa for $5. All are invited.
The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will be having its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, December 7, from 1:30 until 4 p.m. Decorated green wreaths, handmade ornaments, gift items, baked goods and jewelry will be available for purchase. Walk the “Cookie Walk.” The church is located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue.
Members of the Choral Society of the Moriches will have their dress rehearsal for “The Messiah” next Monday evening in preparation for their upcoming three concerts. Concert dates and times are as follows: Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church on Ocean Avenue in Center Moriches; Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m., at the Patchogue United Methodist Church on Church Street; and Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m., at the Center Moriches Presbyterian Church on Main Street.
Check their website at www.moricheschoral.org for more information. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Please give Joyce Kelley of Eastport a call at (631) 325-1582 if you can donate an hour of your time to ring the bell at the Salvation Army kettle in front of the King Kullen in Eastport over the next few weeks. Students who need community service hours are welcome to participate!