It's almost 2AM of Thanksgiving day (for the US). The dough for the piecrust is resting before I roll it out; I'll par-bake the the shells tonight and make the filling (a matter of minutes) tomorrow so we have pies warm from the oven. My rye-apple stuffing is baked and ready. gramina has made her famous cranberry sauce with port and cinnamon; tomorrow she'll cook green beans and Brussels sprouts. (Or maybe I'll do the sprouts.) housepet will rise early and roast the big turkey and some sweet potatoes.
After all these years, we work comfortably together and can drift in and out of the kitchen, doing the next task. It's almost like cooking with my sisters at home. I used to rise early on Thanksgiving morning, make the pies, make the stuffing, put the turkey in the oven. The year I was 16, my grandmother, a famous cook, tasted my pumpkin pie and said, "Lynnie, with how smart you are it's a good thing you can cook." I accepted the compliment and skipped over the rest.
This year I have an enormous amount to be thankful for. My physical and mental health have greatly improved, thanks to correct diagnosis and a serious adjustment of meds. I feel better than I have have for 20 years or more. I'm writing, taking walks, eating well, and sleeping well with a minimum of nightmares. It's a miraculous transformation.
My household has had a few rough years lately -- deaths in our birth families and various other upheavals. But the three of us do our best to help each other through the difficult patches. We're a family, and we have a shared history -- something that makes me very happy. We also have a circle of friends and outside relationships, and those are going well, too. It's not that everything is perfect. But everybody is committed to doing whatever work is necessary to make things better. IMX, being able to work things through with your partner makes a relationship far more durable than a smooth facade that crumples under stress.
In the coming months, we'll all be devoting increasing amounts of time and energy to FOGcon. (March 6-8, 2015, at the Walnut Creek (California) Marriott. This year's theme is The Traveler, and our Honored Guests are Kim Stanley Robinson and Catherynne M. Valente, with the late great Joanna Russ as Honored Ghost. Register now!) I'm especially looking forward to this, since in 2014 I worked on the con right up until a few hours before it opened, when I got sick and ended up missing the entire weekend. Also, look at those exciting guests!
For you, my friends, I wish the winter holidays (or summer, for those in the southern hemisphere) bring you joy, health, and good work. I hope we all can look at the world next year at this time and see that we've made a positive difference.
Also, the December writing meme still has some days open. Ask me a question -- any question.
What are you thankful for?
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