There are exactly three things to do today:
Be thankful. Make it a habit.
Honor History. Think about what really happened when the pilgrims came here. Don’t look it up or surf the web. Just think about it.
Get out of the house. If you have absolutely no invitations, make a few phone-calls to friends and relatives (keep them short), volunteer, or go out in nature. No staying home! Remember you are not shopping today, tomorrow, or possibly never again!
Spend some time with friends or family. Call ahead and see if it would be helpful to come early. You can help cut vegetables or set the table. If not, go for a walk near the person’s house and be on time!
Here is the list for quick jobs before leaving the house. Remember “Good Enough is Good Enough.”:
- Pick up every towel or cloth in your kitchen. Keep three kitchen towels. Put the rest in the trash, in the recycle bag, the give away pile (they make up rag bags), or, if new, with tags, take to the thanksgiving fest as a gift.
- Take everything out of your kitchen sink. Take out rare heirlooms or valued dishes, wash and put away. Can’t find a place? Make room by throwing out things. Anything rusted or rotted or cracked goes out! Throw it all in the trash (ceramic cannot be recycled with single stream). Do not try to recycle. Get that sink empty NOW. Take the trash out. Scrub the sink with soap and water. Leave a good sudsy layer on for a few minutes and then scrub off. I like these purple scrubbers because they stay clean.
- Sweep the floor that is visible.
- Throw out the trash and put all recycling out. Take it to the curb or ask for help.
- Put furniture out on the curb now (someone might take it over the holiday weekend!)
Now get outta here! Take a book with you and leave it for someone else to read when you finish it! Take the dogs to the dog park. Donate towels and newspapers to the pet shelter. Call a friend and go for a long walk. Do not stay home!