Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful Thursday and more. October is packed full of remembrances and occasions here in the woods. There are birthdays, death days, anniversaries, and a Gotcha’ day. I’m not even going to try to list them all, but this is the month when many of our nearest and dearests celebrate or reflect upon something. The girls are thinking ahead and are all ready for hunting season to begin.
Pardon the picture of the picture. That’s a proof from my bridal portrait sitting. Weren’t the boy-dogs handsome? Mugsy was born on October 5th, and Fred crossed the bridge on the same day, 12 years apart.
Because this is a rather chaotic month around here, I’ll also mention that October 23rd is the 5th anniversary of Gretchen Greer’s arrival in the woods, the 24th is DIVA Sissy’s 6th birthday, and the 25th is our 16th wedding anniversary.
And I’m thankful for every bit of it. Unfortunately, the way life rolls, if Fred and Mugsy hadn’t left us, we wouldn’t have the fur-girls. I believe my maternal grandfather also died this week, 45 years ago. I never met either of my grandfathers, but I’m grateful for what I do know about them.
This is also as good a time as any to note that October 11th is the end of a four-generation run for the inlaws’ family business. That means retirement for MJ, Dae and Uncle. The Knight will truly become self-employed, although he started his own business in a similar industry last summer, and has been working around the clock, sometimes 7 days a week for a while now. I start a new job on the 14th, and when I’m not nursing a sore ankle and placating fussy dogs whose routines have been disturbed (and they don’t know the half of it yet), etc., maybe I’ll be inclined to share more.
I’m thankful for the 12 years I had at the inlaws’ business. Despite the ups and downs and the end of the business, I can honestly say that yes, I worked (at one point) with my husband, his brother, his uncle, my inlaws and even the patriarch too, with Uncle’s wife showing up on Thursdays to deal with debt collections for a while, and we are all still speaking to each other, usually even in polite voices. There were plenty of non-related by marriage employees too, and many of them were like family and are missed already.
What are you remembering today?