Some years are better than others, that’s the pattern of life. 2020? Without any hesitation, 2020 should be buried in a deep, dark hole somewhere and forgotten for all time. 36 days to go.
Sheila and I have always enjoyed our gatherings with family and friends, and as you are aware, most of the recipes and posts during the last nine years have been generated because of those gatherings, whether professional or personal. But, the last eight months have been a blur of cancellations of conferences, events, and people scrambling to make sense of life in the USA and the world, as the Pandemic and politics became the overriding daily themes. We couldn’t turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or open a newspaper without those two topics jumping into the forefront.
So, how can we be thankful for anything except each other? That’s a biggie, for sure, to know that you can count on your nearest and dearest to help and support you whenever you need them, to share both the pain and the joy.
We might be stretching our thankful list this year, but I have to believe that the only way we’ll get through this is to find the silver lining in as much as possible during the truly weird times.
Life will return to normal, with jammed concerts, crowded conferences, full stadiums, big parties, open nursing homes, full churches, in-person book signings, noisy restaurants, real vacations here and abroad, visits with the grandchildren, and hugs of a dear friend – some day.
Keep the faith, wear the masks, wash your hands, and stay six feet apart from people not in your tribe, and we’ll get there. We’re ever hopeful.
Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!
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:
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
*Photos and recipes by Patti Phillips
What could be better than family and friends gathering together around a table heaped high with scrumptious, mouth-watering food? I can’t think of much. We’ve been more than fortunate over the years. We’ve been blessed.
We’ve got a roof over our heads, heat in the house, and always great chow, but we are well aware that not everyone is as fortunate. We came up with a list of what to do to make this Thanksgiving more comfortable for those living in challenging situations in our town.
Hug the family, be thankful for the blessings you enjoy, and have a great Thanksgiving!