We sit thousands of miles away from friends and family.
Thanksgiving for us was spent in the desert with temperatures in the 70’s and a lot of wind. This holiday for us is usually spent with family and friends with the aromas of turkey in the oven, stuffing, casseroles, desserts and cold temperatures outside. It was a very happy and sad feeling at the same time for us because we were finally pursuing something we had worked so hard for, for years, yet realizing we were so far from “home” on a holiday normally surrounded by loved ones. One of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving is to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade so the first thing I did was climbed on the roof to get our antenna in the perfect spot. Did I mention I’m terrified of heights? I was determined to get the channel the parade was on and after about 5 or 6 times of going up and down checking channels, I got it! Steve offered to do it but he was in the middle of making a breakfast consisting of eggs, corn beef hash and some homemade bread my nanny had made for us before we left. So delicious!!
When Steve and I woke up we could tell it was going to be a windy morning but we didn’t expect the amount of wind that progressed as the morning went on. At one point it was so strong that it blew the antenna right off the roof! Being as determined as I was to finish the parade, I made my way back up to the roof and with Steve’s help, we tied the antenna down with some rope so it would stay up. Mission accomplished. Not only were we able to finish the parade, we got to watch the dog show that followed it. Being dog lovers and all, that made our morning. The dog show took us into the afternoon and by the time it was finished, we had plenty of relax time on the couch and it was time to put up our Christmas decorations!
It has been a tradition in my family since I was a little girl that Thanksgiving night meant to put up Christmas decorations. It was officially Christmas time! I was a little early but why not, right? Steve was more than willing to help me because he’s a giant kid at heart so we put in his Christmas movie of choice, The Simpson’s Christmas movie, and we unpacked the decorations we had taken with us. We put up garland, lights and our Christmas tree. Steve also took it upon himself to take an extra strand of lights we didn’t use inside to put around the camper outside. It came out so pretty! Once he was done, he came inside and started on what would be our Thanksgiving dinner. We had spicy venison sausage, chicken and a mix of pastas all mixed together with spaghetti sauce. It came out delicious!! It turns out that you don’t need a turkey or ham to enjoy a holiday as long as you are with someone you love. So far we were having a great day together.
The day was coming to an end so we made our phone calls to our families and friends to wish them all a Happy Thanksgiving and to tell them of our day so far from “home”. We received some great news from some friends of ours that a proposal was happening soon, 2 other friends of ours found out they were having a little girl, and I found out that my cousin was pregnant! It was all very exciting news to hear! When we finished our calls, we got online (surprisingly our data was usable), and looked into making some black friday purchases. Steve really wanted to find a motor for his bike and I really wanted some leggings I had found. I ordered the leggings but Steve held off on the motor for now. We ended our day relaxing on the couch together watching TV and admiring our Christmas lights. Although we were so far from family and friends, we were happy. This was the best decision we could have made for ourselves and we were proud of our accomplishment. Next week we move our camper, I get my first grooming client and we go out to eat for the first time in Quartzsite!