Thanksgiving 2020

 Hey all!  Happy Wednesday!  I am all off on my days this week.  I took off Monday, and now I am one day behind.  But that will be nice come the weekend - it'll be here before I know it!

Today I am recapping my Thanksgiving week.  It sure looked different than normal, but really, what is 'normal' these days.

Monday, November 23rd

I decided to head back home on Monday, and spend the whole week with my parents.  This gave me some time to help my mom prep for the arrival of my brother's family, and also get in a little quality time with my parents.  The drive was uneventful, which is always a good thing.  Monday was pretty low key.  My mom and I did get out for a walk, though, which was really nice.  Chilly, but nice!

Always enjoy getting my cat 'fix' while at home!

Tuesday, November 24th

One of the things I have missed during these times is going antiquing.  The antique mall I loved to pop into is just a little too crowded for my comfort level on the weekends.  I don't mind going places during the week, though, since the crowds are a whole lot less.  With that in mind, my mom and I headed to a place called True North, and I found the BEST goodies.  I might have gone a little overboard to make up for all the times I haven't gone this year, haha, but there were just so many great finds.  I added to my milk glass collection, found a beautiful wool blanket, a sweet little Santa, and oodles of shiny brites.  Plus, a record from The Carpenters!  

Wednesday, November 25th

Wednesday was our big cooking day.  Usually for Thanksgiving, the cooking is divvied up between my mom, aunt and grandma.  Since we were doing a solo Thanksgiving this year, my mom and I tackled everything, albeit a bit smaller menu than normal.  This was also the day that my brother and his family were supposed to come.  

My mom always says that once she smells the onion and celery cooking in butter, that it is officially the holidays.

About lunch time, my brother gave my mom and call and let us know that my sister in law wasn't feeling well.  And that my nephew had woken up with a cough, which, thankfully by the afternoon had pretty well gone away, but still something to note.  We all agreed it would be a good idea for them to stay home, and revisit first thing in the morning.  We were hoping that after a day of rest, and a good night's sleep, my sister in law would feel much better and they could make their way over to celebrate Thanksgiving together.

We spent the rest of the day cooking away, and ended the night with pizza from my favorite local place.

Thursday, November 26th

Unfortunately, my sister in law wasn't feeling better (found out she has strep - poor thing!), and I woke up to the fact that they were going to stay home for Thanksgiving.  It was disappointing to say the least, but necessary to keep everyone healthy, and get my sister in law back to feeling better.

We had a bit of a slow morning, which was a interesting change from years past.  Usually it's a rush of everyone getting ready to head to my grandma's.  We put on Miracle on 34th Street (one of my very favorite movies), and watched that before having our delicious Thanksgiving meal.  All the food turned out SO GOOD!

Our fun little centerpiece - just grabbed a bunch of different leaves from outside, placed them on a plate with a turkey on top!

After we ate, we took a walk and ended up running into one of my aunts and uncles!  It was so great to see them, and we caught up for a bit before finishing out the walk.

We had a Zoom call with the rest of our Thanksgiving crew, which was fun.  Thank goodness for technology.

Friday, November 27th

My mom and I are big Black Friday shoppers, so we both jumped on the computer and knocked out some Christmas shopping first thing.  Then it was time to get ready to head to my grandma's - we had a masked visit planned and I was so excited to see her.  I cannot wait until I can finally give her a big hug again!

Saturday, November 28th

I hit up my favorite boutique, Charmed, for Small Business Saturday.  Courtney always has the cutest stuff, and you don't have to be local to shop - she has online shopping through her website, as well as instagram, which will take you to the site.

The rest of the day was spent decorating the house for Christmas.  While I get a good jump on my decorating, my mom is a bit of a purist, and waits until after Thanksgiving.  It's been years since I have been around for the decorating, and it was really fun.  Although I am not sure how much help I was, haha.  My parents have a good rhythm/routine for decorating and I may or may not have been messing that up a bit.  But it was fun for me since usually it's my mom helping me, instead of vice versa.

Sunday, November 29th

To beat any holiday travelers, I was on the road early.  And that was definitely the way to go.  I had minimal traffic, and it was a nice and easy drive...just the way I like it!

While this Thanksgiving was quite different than normal, there was still so much thanks to be given! 

Linking up with Lindsay.


  1. I think that is so sweet that you were able to help your mom with the Christmas decorations this year! And I’m glad you got to spend a week back home. Have a great day sweetie

    1. I feel like part of the fun of decorating is getting things out, and 'rediscovering' things as you set them out. It was neat to do that with decorations that my mom has been using for years - lots of great memories!

  2. I'm sorry that your SIL wasn't feel well, but glad you had a nice time with your family at home! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  3. Oh girl, you found some great stuff!! I love that milk glass tray! I hope your SIL is feeling better. Such bad timing right in time for Thanksgiving. Glad it was strep and not the dreaded Covid, though.

  4. I feel like everyone's thanksgiving was different this year. I know ours was too. I love antiquing too.