We (my sister and I) FINALLY talked my mom into letting us take over most of the Thanksgiving meal preparations for our family meal this year. Last year, my then nearly 80-year-old mom ran herself ragged and ended up forgetting to put the ham in the oven! I know how hard it is for her to accept help; after all, I’m just like her! But we wouldn’t accept “No” for an answer and, surprisingly, she agreed without putting up much of a fight. That’s how tired she was!
My husband smoked the turkey, while my sister prepared the ham and the rest of us filled in the gaps with amazing and delicious sides. My mom took care of the mashed potatoes and her famous homemade rolls.
Memo (pronounced Mee-mo, and what we ALL call my mom), is always SO worried about her rolls rising properly! It is comical the amount of fret and worry she puts into the making of her rolls. Yesterday, she said she prayed over them that they would rise properly. The prayers must have worked, because they were perfect!
Our lunch was delicious and wonderful!! While some of us were cleaning, the grand kids sat down to decorate some thread spools that a lady had given my mom. This lady thought that Alli could make some duct tape creation with them, but my niece had the idea to paint them and make ornaments. They are sitting around my mom’s table, which has been in my dad’s family for at least 3 generations. In fact, there were many leaves used to extend the table years ago, but have been lost. No one knows how far it will extend….we tried once and ran out of room, but it was at least 20 feet long at that point.
For dinner, we went to my mother-in-law’s home. It’s always interesting, to say the least. This time, she asked me if I had run any runathons. Before I could process what she said, my sister-in-law said, “Don’t you mean marathons?” And yes, she meant a marathon. Although, I am VERY certain she has NO idea that I “train” for this marathon, nor that it is a distance of 26.2 miles.
I did, in fact, run yesterday morning. It was probably a little ambitious, considering my recent ITB issue. I was planning a 7-8 mile easy run. I feel like I accomplished this, for the most part. However, I also achieved a HUGE mental victory. I noticed some tightness in my knee after mile 5, but no pain whatsoever. And, here is the miracle, I decided to stop at 5.5 miles….BEFORE any real issues cropped up. I was a mile from my car and knew I would have to walk back, but I was OK with that. I’m really not sure how this happened, or what motivated me to stop. In any case, I am VERY proud of myself!!
I also feel I am making progress with my ITB. I have been foam rolling, stretching and using my ball several times per day. The stiffness around the ITB attachment point at my hip seems to be easing up some. Just one of the many things for which I am thankful!
Since I’m a conscientious objector to the mayhem that we know as Black Friday, the only shopping I will do today will be in locally owned small businesses.