Monday, November 29, 2010

Delighting in the days after Thanksgiving

1. a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
2. something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.
–verb (used with object)
3. to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.
–verb (used without object)
4. to have great pleasure; take pleasure: She delights in going for long walks in the country.

One thing I love about the Thanksgiving holiday is that all of the hustle bustle, fuss and, yes, stress is over after just the first day, leaving a long weekend afterward to enjoy.

While my family and I had a lovely Thanksgiving, I found myself delighting in a number of things during the days following Thanksgiving, as well...

I delighted in my barn water unfreezing:

I delighted in needing to take my big farm coat off because I was too hot:

I delighted in a really, really big egg from one of my girls:

I delighted in my youngest nephew, Gabriel, coming for a visit. Full of energy and enthusiasm, this boy is really good at telling me what he'd like to do next. After a good night's sleep, he was thinking about breakfast:

I delighted in hearing him tell me a (really long) story about his truck and car convoy/parade.

I delighted in watching him concentrate very hard on painting a small holiday ornament:

I delighted in photographing him eating an apple. (Though I think he merely tolerated this particular activity for my sake):

I delighted in playing a rousing game of dinosaurs:

and...I delighted in a bit of extra help in the barn:

All holiday weekends should be full of delights like these, don't you think?


  1. I would delight in warm weather and unfrozen water as well.

    How wonderful to see a child playing with actual toys! A truck, crafts, and plastic characters - a nice break from video games and TV.

    I am jealous of all that hay. Is this the first post ever with no pictures of animals?

  2. Chai Chai - I can't tell you how HAPPY the sound of that running water made me! lol
    Gabey *loves* the cars and dinosaurs...he played with them for hours - so sweet.
    And no, there's a critter in this post. Take a look at picture #2. :-) (jeez, you scared me there for a second - ha ha)

  3. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for that and a number of other reasons: if you are not having it at your house, then it is relatively stress free, the long weekend afterwards, family gathering, everyone celebrates and there is no political correctness around it. I love a time just to be together and enjoy time together.....

  4. I just brought my grandson home with me on Thanksgiving night. He was here for the weekend and WOW! I forgot about all that energy. We had so much fun and I'm so thankful for the time he was here. Tired but thankful....
    I too, am thankful for unfrozen water buckets and the sun on a cold day.
    Lovely post and cute nephew.

  5. Hi Jane ♥ - I hope you had a holiday weekend just like the one you described. :-)

  6. Farmlady - your grandson looks like he had a wonderful time during his stay with you! "Our" boys are the same age, you know. Five is a wonderful age.

  7. It's the small delights that mean the most. Glad you had many delights over the long holiday weekend.

  8. cute kid! Glad you all finally thawed out over there! That is a very cool large egg! And your nephew is a cute kid! Looks like he was a delight to have for company. I can tell you enjoyed the weekend with him!

  9. Awwwww aren't little boys wonderful?

  10. Nephews can be such glorious creatures. I'm glad you had fun with him.
    If that's a Carhart jacket, we have the exact same jackets. I wouldn't give mine up for anything. The lining is riped, but it still keeps me toasty on cold/windy days.

    PS....How much did the egg weigh?

  11. Hey Jen - Yes, it was a most amazing weekend all around. Hope yours was a relaxing, peaceful time, too.

    Hi Sarah - thank you! I was very pleased with my egg AND my nephew. lol :-)

    Thank you, Pricilla - you pretty thing, you. ;-)

    Goatgirl - they sure are. Even the bigger little ones are awfully cute, too. lol :-)

    Hi CeeCee - Well, you know how I feel about my little boys...they have a direct and permanent path to my heart. Yup, that's my Carhartt's. It has a design flaw, though - it has some kind of sticky, fleecy lining that catches hay and straw if I just walk by it, let alone touch it. Come to think of it, maybe it's just an added insulation "feature" for those especially cold days. lol

  12. Man. Water up at the barn you say? Mine has been frozen for many days now....I did have one day in there where it ran a nice little stream for me, but that was very short lived and now it is frozen once again.
    I was just gonna say regards to your Carhartt. The straw is just added insulation :-) Mine has a slick I dont seem to have that trouble, but then I also havent gotten to the point of not having mine zipped up in the front...:-)
    Sounds like you had a great holiday. This makes me happy.

  13. I am delighted every time I see there is a new post from Critter Farm. Having a youngster around is certainly a delight and they sure keep us young (and entertained), don't they? What a cutie pie he is.

    And I'm so glad it warmed up a bit that you had to take off your jacket!

  14. It's a super feeling when little things mean so much, isn't it? I believe that's the true meaning of being thankful. I've been experiencing those moments a lot in the past year and many of them happen when I am with you on Critter Farm.
    Watching Gabriel at play or listening to his long stories is also a delight. I can see you had a great time with the youngest 'critter' in our family.

  15. Oh, I didn't see her in the shadows - your jacket distracted me. I should have noticed the "floating" mouthful of hay.

  16. I'm so glad you're water isn't frozen anymore. There's nothing like a child to make us really appreciate the simple things and joys in life. Your nephew is adorable!

  17. Wow, I had no idea you guys were so busy! No wonder he wants to have "two" sleepovers at Aunt Dannis's house next time :)

  18. Sounds like an absolutely perfect weekend.

  19. What a sweet post. And what a large egg!

  20. Don't you just love nephews and neices? I certainly do! It sounds like he had a great time at Critter Farm! Congrats on the big thaw! You even took off the coat - pretty nice! We are getting the Oregon rain today and last night here in MD. It's a pouring, drenching rain. 3 inches in just a couple hours. But of course, they threw in some terrible wind and a tornado watch/warning, just to keep us on our toes. Great...

    Thought of you the other day in the kitchen store, Danni - I bought another 1M tip (I used to have 2, but somehow misplaced one of them, so I replaced it). I saw some big couplers for the 1M tip and laughed and thought of your frustrations!

    Happy Post-Thanksgiving!

  21. You have such a fun and beautiful blog! Happy Holidays!


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