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"The RoseBouquet"

A Good Thanksgiving at My Place

Yes, things went smoothly. I had forgotten last week to register for church, which meant that I would have to watch the LIVE version online, but I decided that was not so bad after all. I would work in the kitchen all morning to prepare the turkey meal and get it all ready to bring to table, then drive off at 12 noon to pick up my three single guests (with no family gathering to go to).

I started at 9 am, and sure enough by 12 noon, all I had left to do was cut up the turkey for a serving platter, make gravy and mash the potatoes. Then place all the serving dishes on the table, and we were set. I left those foods that were to remain hot in their pots, phoned Gaynor to let her know I was on my way, and drove off. She was waiting at the door of her building. My next stop was for Cecile, a shy Chinese university students, who boards with a couple from India. I phoned her from my smart phone once in her driveway, but she was soon in the car.

Less than half an hour had passed. Using Circle Drive I was at Shirley’s in about 10 minutes, and she was ready and waiting too. We were at my front door in another 10 minutes. While my guests got acquainted with each other, I bustled into the kitchen and make short work of the turkey platter, mashing the potatoes and making the gravy. (It looked like too much, so I took out a cup full, but it went over so well, that I had to go back to make another pan full of gravy later!)

I like to buy juice in cartons when they are .98 or no more than $1, and the one I served instead of water was a mango with clementine orange juice. It went over so well, that I ended up giving Shirley the empty carton so she would know what to look for in the store. 😉

We had a good time visiting, and continued after I’d cleared the food away to the kitchen. Shirley (is often overwhelmed with arthritis as she gets older), so I half expected, she was asking to go home before the afternoon was quite done. So after 3 pm I took them all home.

When I got home I tackled the proper putting away of the food, and washing the heaps of dishes. I was ready just in time for the 7 pm ESL class online. There I am partnered with Cecile for the break-out room times, but we didn’t get much chance to visit, as another couple joined us.

When that was done, I turned to answer emails – and I had fallen seriously behind because of two days of major computer problems…. However, it didn’t take long until – feeling content, satisfied, and full-of-turkey, which as someone reminded us in the class, makes one sleepy… yes, I was zoned out. It took me a long time to write one short email. So I went to bed.

No matter whether you celebrated on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, – or even over two or three days altogether, I trust you also feel content and satisfied that it was all good.

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