"I come from a long line of women who open their handbags and take out swatches of upholstery material, colored squares of bathroom tile, seven shades of yellow paint samples, and strips of flowered wallpaper. We love the concept of four walls." -Frances Mayes

November 26, 2012, Washington, DC: This passage from Frances Mayes' "Under the Tuscan Sun" is on display in my aunt's house in Illinois where we had Thanksgiving dinner. I guess it explains a lot. For the laughter and food and furniture and family we packed into four walls this weekend, I am grateful.