Thursday, 26 November 2009


Last Sunday we had the privilege of hosting a Thanksgiving Celebration for our friends. 5 families came with a side dish, an empty stomach and a sense of humor. And boy did we have fun! We have been blessed with such wonderful friends here and for that we are thankful.

Let me tell you a little about our day and the preparations leading up to it. After researching my options for a turkey (they are not available until this week as people prepare for Christmas meals), I found one. One option. A FRESH one from the south of England (more Americans there so they raise turkeys for Thanksgiving) and the poor guy was delivered on Saturday. They phoned me week before last to say he been killed, plucked and hung. Whoa, that's a little too much detail for me to think about when I'm gonna cook the poor guy. And then we arranged for him to be delivered on Friday. Well, Friday morning, the turkey rep called in a panic to say the courier did not pick him up and would it be okay to deliver him before noon on Saturday. Yes, just fine.

He arrived and he was a fine bird. We had a moment of silence before we put him in the fridge.

Friday night, my friend Amanda (who is fascinated with all things related to American cooking) came to help me bake the pies. We had too much fun. It was so nice to prepare part of the meal with someone else! Apple, Pumpkin and Pecan pies were baked and in the refrigerator. YUM.

Everyone turned up around 1 on Sunday and stayed until 9. We ate, danced, played games, watched a recorded Dallas Cowboy game, and ate some more. And had a competition to see who could write their names with their BUM the best. It was fabulous.

As Scott said, if you invite the Scots for a day of eating and drinking, they will come and they will come ready to party! While we miss our families on this special day, we are reminded of the blessings we have here.

We are thankful.

For family, for friends, for shelter, for food, for rain, for sun (even though it is no longer familiar), and for all the blessings of this life. Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!

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