I hope all of you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. For me, Thanksgiving 2007 was one of the only times in all my adult life I did not have to assume the roles of resident chef and hostess... and with all the plates I've been spinning since September, this in itself was a HUGE, unexpected blessing -- True evidence of God's loving-kindness. I did contribute my "bake it only once a year, bazillion calories" chocolate cream pie, but other than that, I had the chance to rest, relax, enjoy, and truly contemplate my "thank you list."
Now, never having experienced a "just show up and eat" Thanksgiving before, the boys (which includes hubby) and I didn't realize until the next day there happens to be a bit of a downside....namely, no leftovers.
Believe me, as Friday lunch rolled around, and everyone was anticipating those hot turkey sandwiches with homemade cranberry sauce and a side salad, I found myself at a complete loss... "Sorry, guys..."
Then little by little the full realization began to hit -- Also no turkey hash, no turkey soup, no turkey pie, etc. -- the entire, week after Thanksgiving traditional menu wouldn't exist! Talk about a rude awakening! I don't know who was more disappointed, the boys, or the cook (her week of easy fix meals wasn't going to be there...).
Skip to later in the day on Friday... Eli and I were picking up a few essentials at the grocery store when my eye caught a sign on the meat counter -- "39 cents/pound -- While They Last." Guess what it was for??? FRESH TURKEYS!!! Oh, joy! But I had only grabbed a hand basket, so I enlisted Eli to run back and get a cart, "...and HURRY!"
I proceeded to snag three lovely gobblers for less than $6.00 each, then zoom around the store adding all the fixings -- celery, fresh cranberries, potatoes, frozen peas (had to - anticipation had erased my memory as to whether or not I had any at home, and all I could do was salivate...).
Of course, two of the birds are now sitting in the freezer, but the third made its way to the oven on Saturday morning, and at noon Eli, Mark and I were able to celebrate an after Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving meal. A lot of fun... a happy memory... and hmmmm, maybe even a new tradition.
The best part? Lots and lots of leftovers ahead... What a blessing! Once again, evidence of God's loving-kindness. How can I do less than give thanks continually?!?