Today was busy from start to finish, but one that gave us joy even as we swallowed the too familiar sadness as we prepare for Thanksgiving. We delivered copies of Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude, delivered a shipment of alpaca/wool rovings and drop spindles, covered firewood, cleaned, and cooked. Oh, we cooked. Pumpkin and maple pecan pie, stuffing, chex mix, winter squash, cheesecake and pumpkin bread. We listened to great music, watched the snow fall, then finally sat down together to watch a favorite movie. Everything we did today was familiar, and gave us pleasure — if only Sam could have been with us in person to prepare, regaling us with his yearly plan for competing with his friend to see how much weight each could gain in that one meal. Tomorrow at some point, we will talk about that set of memories, and it will make us laugh again, as it did when it was actually happening.