Giving Thanks

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving and my first to cook in three years since we usually go to a friend’s who was out-of-town this year. I forgot how much work it is and cooked from 7 a.m. until about 3! But it was well worth it. Everything was delish! I made homemade stuffing with challah bread (thank you J. for the recipe), green beans with toasted almond and shallots (thank you Williams-Sonoma), the usual sweet potato pie, yummy apple pies (Williams-Sonoma again), and of course, turkey.

Mom did great and used the walker with finesse. I think I’m going to have her discharged next weekend. My brother loved her new place.

It was the first time in 16 years my nephew and niece didn’t come down with my brother from NY. And as wild as it can sometimes get, we all missed them. But, we saw them when we were up for the NYC Marathon, so it wasn’t that bad, and they’ll be back next year.

We did have two extra house guests this year – D.’s boyfriend and “their” dog (a doxie, of course!), Rue aka Rutherford the Brave.

He and Charlie have been together a couple of times and they continue to get along fine. Had only one high-jinx episode when we left them one evening – with the garbage can out. Did I mention that Rue is a curious and spritely young fellow for his 11 years? Sorry, forgot to get photos of this. D.’s boyfriend is also not only a master builder of beautiful homes but also a master turkey carver! (see photo below for proof).

We also had extra guests at the girls’ annual birthday dinner that we celebrate over Thanksgiving since all the family is in and their actual birthday is the following week. J.’s girlfriend’s parents and sister were in from San Diego and joined us for a wonderful sushi dinner downtown.

And, BFF C., became a grandmother the day after Thanksgiving – second time in three months!. So, welcome to the world, Miss BSG!

At the end of the busy holiday weekend, I think we all felt like Charlie (see below).

Hope you enjoy the sights and can imagine the smells of Thanksgiving 2011!

Until next year…

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