Monday, October 9, 2017

Our Traditions

My life has been a bit of chaos the last few weeks. Slowly but surely we are adjusting to the addition of two new dogs. I have to admit anger took some time to fade. For anyone who doesn't know the story, a friend of ours basically dumped his dogs on us by asking us to babysit a few weeks while he went to Europe for his father's funeral; then emailed us saying he will likely not be back.

But one thing I REFUSE to do is to EVER let anyone ruin my positive outlook on life. Initially yes, I lost even more faith in people; but that also fades as the shock of the situation gets real. My biggest motto is that I can't change others, but I CAN change me.

So with that in mind, I didn't change my Thanksgiving plans whatsoever! Yes, it's a challenge to create a nice holiday ambiance and cook a turkey dinner with five dogs milling around me! Not to mention sneaky cats trying to get at the food while I'm busy shoo-ing the dogs away lol...No matter what Alex does to coax the pets to stay with him in his office, they always end up back in the kitchen...who can blame them? :) Instead of letting our (former?) friend's bad behaviour affect me, I'm thinking how thankful I am that we have two new additions to the fur family and that they have us to take care of them. 

I haven't had good memories of holidays ever, they were always fraught with anger, stress and fear. I actually denounced all holidays for most of my adult life due to those experiences growing up. I even used to tell people my birthday was February 29th so it wouldn't come up every year lol!

But since being with Alex, I've started to develop my own traditions and I'm really loving them. We'll have the full turkey dinner, everything made from scratch with all the fixin's!!! This creates new memories for me, and the old ones fade away with each year that we enjoy the holidays.

There are handfuls of traditions out there, but since today is Thanksgiving, this is what I'm focusing on! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends and I hope you have everything to be thankful for this year! :)

Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition that you hold dear? :)


Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I'm so glad you are making new memories and traditions, Rain. And I'm sorry about your difficult past experiences. I'm happy that you are in a good place now.

That was very inconsiderate of your friend to abandon the dogs like that but perhaps it's a good thing for the animals. They will be much more loved in your home.

I can't blame the animals for hanging around while you're cooking. Who can blame them? I only have two cats that disappear for most of the day (napping) but as soon as something good is going on in the kitchen they magically surface. My kids used to be the same way :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) Thanks for your comment. As they say, leave the past behind right? Sometimes though it's not so easy. But having holidays that I can make my own helps make those bad ones fade away! I am in a very good place now!

And yes, the more I think about the situation...Alex too, the more we are baffled by this guy. We've known him 7 years (me 4 years) and it's odd behaviour. We haven't heard a peep since last week. But you know, we WILL keep the dogs if he disappears. They are so sweet. I am NOT looking forward to bath day though lol! :)

Ha ha and pets ALL flock to the kitchen when things start smelling yummy! Our cats are really smart. They know when I'm focused on the dogs and they sneak up on the counters...

Pam Jackson said...

Well I must admit since I live in the states I was confused over the Thanksgiving dinner....then I remembered where you lived. So sorry to hear the news about the dogs, how can anyone do that to their animals, or someone else? I don't understand. Well, I bet your dinner came out really nice. As for a tradition, years ago we started a deal with a white tablecloth, where everyone at dinner signed it. After a couple of yrs it got misplaced. I thought my sis in law had it and she thought I did.....and I did. I found it recently in a closet I stored things in but did not get in often. Not sure that we will start that tradition over though.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Just catching up on blog posts and emails. Will send a separate email on the dogs situation. :)

I am not one for continual tradition. There are just a few things that I keep tradition on but like to keep things fresh! :) Making it your own is the most fun though!

I am continually tripping on dogs in the kitchen. I wouldn't have it any other way! They love being with me and I am usually in the kitchen and good things always fall from the kitchen counter dontcha know! ;)

Rain said...

Hi Pam :) I'm just as perplexed as you are. No matter what has happened in my life, I've always put my dogs first, paid my bills and dealt with difficulties after. That's a nice tradition about the table cloth!

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :) I'm glad you had a nice weekend. It's hard catching up, my last 2 weeks have been crazy for me, but I'm recovering okay now! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can concentrate on Samhain!!! Woo hoo! :) I do love having all the dogs here though...they are all so sweet, innocent and full of love. So I trip a few times, like you said, I wouldn't have it any other way lol!

Tammie Lee said...

So that is how you got two more dogs. You are inspiring in finding a way to see a blessing in your larger family. That would bee quite a shock. Wising you all happiness together.

Rain said...

Thanks Tammie Lee, it is still feeling like a shock to us. We're doing our best and things are going really well!