We love to celebrate Thanksgiving in North America. We travel for hours by train, bus, car, and plane to spend the day with relatives and old friends. We jam the phone lines and cell towers with calls and texts to people we won’t get to see face-to-face that day.
For some, Thanksgiving is a time to eat out and avoid the challenge of roasting the bird. For others, it’s the highlight of cooking for the year – who can forget Uncle Ernie’s smoked meats (plus a turkey) feast for twenty-six relatives and twelve of the vets from the VFW? It was an honor to chat with the retired men and women that gave so much to keep us free, but were far away from family that day. That was an event to keep in the memory book forever.
This year, Sheila busted her knee while working in the garden, and she’s not ready to stand long enough to get the cooking done for a big meal like this. Could I help? Sure, and I always do the prep work and some of the side dishes. BUT, she’s feeling housebound and we’re going to a friend’s house for the day. We’ll take some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, along with sweet potato pie as our contribution. Good food, great friendships that go way back…what more could we ask?
Despite some difficulties with getting the (hurricane related) roof replaced and painting done earlier this year, plus Sheila’s tough injury, we still have lots to say thanks for:
- Enough food to eat
- Enough money to pay the bills
- A NEW, sound roof over our heads
- Potable water
- The freedoms we enjoy
- The fabulous Kerrian’s Notebook community that now stretches to four continents and keeps growing. We are so grateful to have been able to share the stories with you during the past eight years and hope to share more in the future.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
*Photos and recipes by Patti Phillips