Today is the first day of December and the start of my annual daily blogging for the month. It's become my "scrapbook" of the month - I love to look back at each December and remember so many happy things!
I thought I'd start the month with a little look back at Thanksgiving weekend. My holiday season actually starts (in my mind) with the weekend before Thanksgiving with an annual trip to New York City - I'll be blogging about that next week.
Our kids weren't able to come home for Thanksgiving, so we were very thankful to be included in our friends' Thanksgiving dinner. It is really a blessing to share this day with them. Just look at that turkey - I mean the bird, not Keith! :) It was delicious!
Here's Kelli and I... (we share the same maiden name - Krull - so we're sure we must be related somehow!
This next photo looks so formal, but it is actually the Portrait mode on my iPhone 8plus on the Stage light mono setting. I hadn't used that mode before - I think it's not too bad for a cell phone!
The whole gang for our annual selfie...
We sure missed being with our families but are thankful to share the day with friends!
It was a gorgeous day here in Buffalo on Friday, so we decided to play tourists and take a walk along Elmwood Avenue in the city. There lots of little shops along the way that I've always wanted to check out. There was even music and murals along the way - just like in other cities I visit.
A really funny thing happened as we were walking along. I was telling my husband that I was thinking of getting an Instant Pot if there was a good sale on Cyber Monday. I've read so many things about it and how great it is and how well and quickly is cooks food. It's a modern version of a pressure cooker. Just as I asked him if he thought we should get one, we saw this note on the ground in front of us! How weird is that? There was no pressure cooker in sight, but I took it as a sign that I should get one. It's already arrived - I'll let you know how it is after I figure it out next week.
From there we decided to explore Forest Lawn Cemetery, a large cemetery not far away. This is Millard Fillmore's grave - this President of the United States was assassinated in Buffalo during the Pan American Exposition in 1901. (Oops! It was McKinley that was assassinated at the Pan Am in 1901 - and I taught the history of Buffalo in school!!)
This is Red Jacket's grave - he was a very influential Seneca Indian during the Revolutionary War.
The Blocher Monument is very interesting and beautiful. The story says that the son died at 34 years old, still living at home as his parent's only child, but had fallen in love with a maid in the house, which was forbidden. Supposedly he died of a broken heart, and they say that the angel watching over him looks like the maid and he is holding the Bible she left behind when she disappeared.
This lake in the cemetery park is called Mirror Lake - I can see why!
I thought this statue was very poignant...
I liked this one, too. She "fell asleep in Jesus."
Do you like to explore cemeteries? I always wonder about the many, many stories that are memorialized there.
There have been many years where we've had piles of snow by now, so we are really enjoying this great weather this year!
I'm on my way to Texas today for classes at Scrap Shack Texas! I'll be back with photos tomorrow! Thanks for following along. I hope you had a really good Thanksgiving! xoxo