Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Typical Thanksgiving Day at Our House



Flannery and I busily prepare the feast.  An assortment of mouthwatering pies prepared from scratch will be set on the windowsill to cool in the crisp autumn air.  Carrots, rutabagas, acorn squash, turnips, parsnips, brussel sprouts, cabbage, all manner of leafy greens, fresh from the neighbor’s garden, will be transformed by Thanksgiving Alchemy, into our delectable fat-free Vegan Stew.  Bennie will shoot an enormous turkey on the back forty.  Oakley will demonstrate, before our very eyes, his prowess in dressing a turkey, as he has for seventeen Thanksgivings past.
 

Each year the turkey’s attire is more festive than last. Oakley’s dressed turkey took top honors at the 1998 Macy’s Parade. Willard Scott was dazzled.




  
If our humble table doesn’t have room for each and every one of us--this year we'll be hosting a multitude--we will set up quaint picnic tables by the rushing river behind the house.  If need be, we will eat in shifts, asking the heavens for a sign as to who should be first to dine, before drawing straws.  Those coming up with the short straw may sit on the ground, on the sidelines, salivating.  Babies shall rest comfortably in hollowed out logs.




 Yes, Native Americans will be in attendance.  They’re a very big part of the tradition.





Whatever your own traditions this year...




36 comments:

C.M. Jackson said...

San

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours--hope your few days off were restful--we didn't get a chance to drop back to the gallery but will the next time we are in town--

Best--Cheryl and Dave

San said...

Cheryl, it was great to see you. You seem to get out this way pretty often, so I'll look forward to the next time.

Lee said...

San,

Happy Thanks giving! Thank you so much for stopping by. Your Thanksgiving plans sound fun! My own will be an exploration with friends who've invited me in to share their Peking Organic Duck. :-)

Update on Mom. She's been having a few good days interspersed with the ones where she isn't so involved in life and all it's possibilities. I'm happy for any days we have with her.

Love,
Lee

Raven said...

Family has it's joys. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know it will be rich in love, creativity and laughter. I will probably watch Babette's Feast, which is one of my favorite ever movies.

SandyCarlson said...

I accept the challenge, my friend. This year, my daughter is making the pumpkin pie.

This is a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed reading about your traditions. So full of heart!

Hilary said...

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy.. I know you will.

Shrinky said...

"Babies shall rest comfortably in hollowed out logs." Oh San, what a picture! Enjoy giving thanks for escaping our oppression (wink). Naturally, we don't see fit cause to celebrate this over here..

Have a wonderful, loving, glutinous day!

Carol said...

All I need are some bangs and I'll be that woman in the bottom photo. :-)

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving adventures!

Daryl said...

We order in .. usually something completely non traditional .. but I do like a nice slice of pumpkin pie .. hold the whipped creme unless its from a tub

jsd said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Our family tradition is to let the children plan the holiday meal, so for the first time in 4 years at their request we'll be having traditional holiday fare.

ellen abbott said...

have a wonderful day. Our daughter will be doing the cooking this year.

Lori Skoog said...

San...as usual, you and your family look gorgeous. And such a feast! Looks like you have a very happy Thanksgiving in store! Enjoy, and thanks for coming back to life with this post...you must be very busy!

Sparkling Red said...

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you'll be serving Beano with that stew. ;-)

How wonderful that you have the option of eating outdoors under the open sky. That would not go over very well at this latitude, unless you could find some guests who enjoy their food seasoned with snow flurries.

Maggie Neale said...

Being thankful is on my mind and so much to be thankful for. Made a thanksgiving apple pie yesterday to share with Bruce's son and wife today when we visited to welcome the new baby. Turkey sandwiches too. Yes, a feast on Thursday and looking forward to days of leftovers!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! The pictures sparked some memories. Thanks.

Philip said...

Just been reading through your blog after my long abscence. Nice to see your paintings again and read about what you have been up to. You are an intersting writer!

aims said...

You cracked me up San!

Maggie May said...

Loved looking at your preparations through art! Very good!
The Indians will make all the difference! LOL!
Have a good Thanksgiving.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

~Babs said...

Oh My,,,your Thanksgiving sounds very much like ours!

I have my pearls and heels all ready to go,
but there will not be babies in hollowed out logs.
We trade those for the pearls.
:-D

Happy Day to you and yours, San!

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful traditions and I hope it will be warm enough to eat down by the river!! lol! have a lovely Holiday!

Sabi Sunshine said...

San

Happy Thanksgiving to you.. I love all the pictures you posted.. they are so awesome.

May God brings you happiness & Prosperity in life

Love
Sabi Sunshine

San said...

Lee--Peking Organic Duck--YUM.

San said...

Carol, YES, that would be you.

:)

San said...

Daryl, I believe ordering in might be a future tradition at our house. Except out here there's not that much to order in.

San said...

J.S.--I'd be curious as to the menu the offspring have planned in previous years.

San said...

Ellen, that's a GOOD daughter.

San said...

Lori, it was a wonderful day.

San said...

Spark, it was in the 30s on Thanksgiving Day here--Fahrenheit not Celsius. I was exaggerating about the rushing river too.

San said...

Maggie, a new baby!!! Yes, you have much to be thankful for.

I'm thankful having you as a blogging friend.

San said...

Philip, thanks for catching up. I'm really glad you're back to blogging too.

San said...

Aims, glad to be of service.

San said...

Maggie, yes, the Indians made all the difference. All the difference in the world.

San said...

Sounds like a great trade, Babs. Hope your day was happy!

San said...

La Dolce Vita, thank you for your warm wishes.

San said...

Happiness and prosperity--those are BIG wishes. Thank you much, Sabi.

lime said...

i'm quite late but i do hope your holiday was a lovely one!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi San,
Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year.
Let's hope it is very kind to us all ~ Eddie