A day early, yes, but I've got a few moments to myself for another mug of coffee before pie preparation (pumpkin and raspberry) begins in earnest along with a few other dishes for tomorrow and running the vacuum cleaner around the first floor to assist the Grand Duchess. Wait! I'm the one who usually swiffers and vacuums anyway. You know. One of those emasculated modern males. No matter. It gets the job done when it needs doing, so who cares which one of us wears the pants when it comes to domestic duties? Not me.
In any case, please allow me to wish all American visitors to The Grand Duchy of Stollen blog, wherever in the world you might find yourselves, a very. . . Happy Thanksgiving! May your day tomorrow be filled with family, friends, fun, and delicious food. We do indeed have a great deal to be thankful for in whatever form our respective lives take, something that is all too easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of the 21st century.