Weird day, and didn't do very much. Not feeling well, which is more often the case these days than was true at one time. We have snow on the ground, which I hate, and the temperatures have been hovering in a narrow band from just above freezing to the upper 20's for the last few days.
Wife is set to "watch" the Great-Nieces tomorrow. Yes, plural: not only the next-door great niece, but also the daughter of wife's nephew. He and his wife will be in court: some drunk ran off the road the other night, ran into their front porch and their vehicle in the drive, damaging both severely, then left the scene. He's in jail, unable to post bond. Problem is, nephew's wife let the insurance policies lapse for non-payment, so they aren't covered that way, and the local constables neglected to ensure that the drunk driver had any coverage either. So this will be pretty ugly. Lot of finger-pointing going on. I'm staying out of it.
And this week will commemorate Thanksgiving. We should have that same attitude all the time, of course, but making a special occasion of it is a good idea. We're supposed to attend a family Thanksgiving dinner (at that residence noted above), and then high-tail it out so they can go 40 minutes away to attend similar at the home of nephew's in-laws. So much wonderfulness will be encountered we hope.
And the "usual" festering family tensions will be evident. Wife's sister and her husband will be there. And, probably, sister's boyfriend and his son, she and husband live with them, an arrangement that I find strange. Interesting, to say the least.
I have two brothers. One is on his second wife, who loathes us and we are forbidden to set foot on their property. I hope they enjoy the day. My other brother, divorced, lives about 90 minutes from here, he sometimes gets together with the kids that his ex-wife had produced with her first husband. Don't know.
My sister lives in northern Virginia. I won't hear from her, probably, though they -- she and her husband -- normally come through the area for a day or two, around Christmas. They have no kids, which is probably just as well.
In both our families, we are both now the "old generation", all those who were before are now gone. Many of my cousins are older than I, some by a good bit. I have one I've not had word from in more than 40 years, another for nearly as long (other side), and a few that I've not encountered for more than a few minutes at funerals in 20-some years. Probably my fault, but it does trouble me somewhat around the holidays.
Our daughters and their husbands live far from us, and neither seems inclined to have the least bit of contact with us. That makes it worse.
We have much to give thanks for, but there are some things we do wish were different. Perhaps next year, Lord willing.
The Old Testament reading is chapters 24, 25, and 26 of Ezekiel.
The New Testament passage is chapter 3 of the book of James.